The Grapes of Wrath Great Depression Quotes


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What was the Great Depression?

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1. How long did the Dust Bowl drought last?

2. What does the kindness of the restaurant owners on Highway 66 prompt two of their customers to do in The Grapes of Wrath?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

On this quiz/worksheet combination, you will answer test questions that will ask you about the human, economic and ecological conditions that formed the backdrop for Steinbeck's The Grapes of Wrath. The quiz will ask you about the Great Depression, the Dust Bowl, the actions of the corporate landowners and two guests at a restaurant.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

This quiz will test what you know about:

  • What we mean when we speak of the Great Depression
  • Why Steinbeck wrote the novel
  • How two customers at a restaurant responded to the owners' generosity

Skills Practiced

  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge of the Dust Bowl to explain how long the drought that caused it was in effect
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read and correctly interpret information about the actions that some corporate landowners took when their crops could not be harvested or sold
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding Steinbeck's purpose in writing The Grapes of Wrath

Additional Learning

Examine the lesson titled The Grapes of Wrath Great Depression Quotes if you're interested in learning more. When you finish the lesson, you should be able to:

  • Explain how Steinbeck did research for this book
  • Name the highway along which the restaurant was located
  • Describe what the banks did that forced the tenant farmers to leave