Dialect in The Grapes of Wrath: Examples & Quotes


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What is dialect?

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1. How do we know Steinbeck cared about character authenticity in The Grapes of Wrath?

2. In The Grapes of Wrath, why do we refer to the Joads' speech as a dialect and not an accent?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

See what you understand about the dialect used in The Grapes of Wrath with this worksheet/quiz combo. Questions will assess you on key points such as what dialect is and the author's feelings about the authenticity of his characters in the book.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Find out how much you understand about these topics:

  • The speech made by the Joads as a form of dialect rather than an accent
  • A long vowel sound in a word with a 'd-sound'
  • Reason that not all dialects are classified in the U.S.

Skills Practiced

  • Making connections - use understanding of the concept of dialect and how it's connected to the characters in The Grapes of Wrath
  • Distinguishing differences - compare and contrast topics from the lesson, such as a dialect and accent
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding why all the dialects in the country haven't been named

Additional Learning

Learn more about dialects in the book via the lesson called Dialect in The Grapes of Wrath: Examples & Quotes. Pay close attention to these study points:

  • Dialects in the U.S.
  • Examples of specific dialect in the book
  • How these sentences were structured