Intercalary Chapters in The Grapes of Wrath: Analysis & Purpose


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According to Steinbeck himself, some of the purpose of the intercalary chapters in The Grapes of Wrath was to _____

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1. Chapter One in The Grapes of Wrath, which deals with the dust bowl, focuses on _____

2. Some of the intercalary chapters in The Grapes of Wrath are like sermons in the sense that _____

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

On this quiz and worksheet combination you will answer questions that test you on what Steinbeck's intentions were when he included the intercalary chapters in The Grapes of Wrath. The quiz will ask you about the impact of the dust bowl, the symbolism of the turtle crossing the road and other related information.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Questions on the quiz center on:

  • What Steinbeck wanted to do when he included these chapters
  • Where to look to find out what his goal was
  • How these chapters resembled a sermon

Skills Practiced

  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge of Chapter 1 of The Grapes of Wrath to identify its focus
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read and correctly interpret information about Steinbeck's chapter describing a turtle's progress as it slowly makes its way across a highway
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding Steinbeck's use of sermon-like language in the intercalary chapters

Additional Learning

Study the lesson titled Intercalary Chapters in The Grapes of Wrath: Analysis & Purpose to examine this topic in greater depth. The lesson will help you learn to:

  • Explain what we mean by 'intercalary chapter'
  • Name the economic upheaval that was occurring when this story takes place
  • Discuss the focus of Chapter 19