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Economic Themes in The Grapes of Wrath: Socialism, Communism & Marxism

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What prominent aspect of Marxism appears early in John Steinbeck's The Grapes of Wrath?

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1. In addition to taking the land away from the farmers, how else do the banks interfere with their ability to earn a living, as described in Steinbeck's The Grapes of Wrath?

2. Jim Casy, and eventually Tom Joad, decide to strike back against the banks. As described in Steinbeck's The Grapes of Wrath, how do they do this?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Use this quiz and worksheet as an evaluation of what you know about the economic themes in The Grapes of Wrath. You'll review your knowledge of how Marxism appears in the story. as well as Socialism and Communism.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

This quiz and worksheet is designed to check what you read about:

  • The prominant aspect of Marxism that shows up early in the book
  • How the banks interfere with people trying to make a living
  • Striking back against the banks
  • The place that most exemplifies Socialism in the story

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure you are able to draw out how the banks interfere with people trying to make a living from what you read in the lesson
  • Information recall - see if you remember what Tom and Jim do to fight back against the banks
  • Interpreting information - verify that you read and were able to correctly interpret why the boxcar scene becomes an example of Communism

Additional Learning

You can find a deeper discussion of this topic in the lesson Economic Themes in The Grapes of Wrath: Socialism, Communism & Marxism. In this lesson, you'll discover more details about:

  • The two classes according to Marxism
  • How the classes are represented in the book
  • Defining Socialism
  • The rules of the camp
  • Understanding Communism
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