Capitalism in The Grapes of Wrath: Examples & Criticism


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Why was John Steinbeck critical of capitalism in his book 'The Grapes of Wrath'?

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1. In John Steinbeck's 'The Grapes of Wrath,' who tells Mr. Thomas how much to pay his employees?

2. What does Rose of Sharon give the starving man at the end of John Steinbeck's 'The Grapes of Wrath'?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Going through the quiz and worksheet is a handy way to test your knowledge of the concept of capitalism found in The Grapes of Wrath. Why the author was critical of capitalism and different instances where aspects of capitalism appear in this book are topics on the quiz.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Take the quiz so you can gauge your knowledge of:

  • The type of economic system that capitalism is
  • Whether or not owners were always safe from losing their land to the banks
  • Why Steinbeck was critical of capitalism
  • The person who tells Mr. Thomas how much to pay his employees

Skills Practiced

  • Information recall - access the knowledge you have gained about something Rose of Sharon gives to the starving man at the end of the novel
  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the lesson on capitalism in The Grapes of Wrath
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information about why Steinbeck is critical of capitalism and interpret it correctly

Additional Learning

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  • How long the Great Depression lasted
  • What capitalism is dependent on
  • Breaking the capitalist cycle
  • Speeches and dialogue related to capitalism from characters in the book