Hope in The Grapes of Wrath: Theme & Symbols


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As long as the men's faces do not _____ there is reason to hope.

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1. What does Rose of Sharon give the dying man?

2. Why did Steinbeck include hope in The Grapes of Wrath?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz/worksheet is designed to check your understanding of how hope is portrayed in The Grapes of Wrath. You'll review your knowledge of how hope shows up in the characters' actions and quotes from the book.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

This quiz/worksheet addresses what you know about:

  • What is said about hope in regards to men's faces
  • Rose of Sharon's offering to the dying man
  • Steinbeck's purpose for including hope in this story
  • The reason the farmer men are worried in chapter one

Skills Practiced

  • Knowledge application - use what you know about what Rose of Sharon gives the dying man to answer a question about it
  • Information recall - see if you recall why Steinbeck added hope as a theme to this book
  • Interpreting information - verify that you read and were able to correctly interpret what the willingness of the Joads to share what they have represents in the story

Additional Learning

There is a broader discussion about this topic provided in the lesson, Hope in The Grapes of Wrath: Theme & Symbols. This lesson offers a more extensive look at:

  • Who the children look to for hope
  • What happened when men became angry
  • The story of the family of twelve that didn't have a car
  • How Steinbeck uses Rose of Sharon's loss as a symbol of hope