Marxist Literary Criticism of The Grapes of Wrath


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Capitalism in the Grapes of Wrath exposes the land owners as the _____

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1. In The Grapes of Wrath the Joads are considered _____

2. What does the tractor signify in The Grapes of Wrath?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz and worksheet evaluates what you remember about the Marxist theory and how it relates to The Grapes of Wrath. With this resource, you'll review what you know about how capitalism is portrayed in the novel as well.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

This quiz and worksheet checks what you remember about:

  • What capitalism in the story exposes about the land owners
  • What the Joads are considered in reference to Marxism
  • The symbolism of the tractor in the book
  • Who Marxist literary criticism is named for

Skills Practiced

  • Information recall - see if you can remember what capitalism in the story shows about the land owners
  • Reading comprehension - ensure you are able to draw out what the tractor signifies from what you read in the book
  • Interpreting information - verify that you read and were able to correctly interpret what Steinbeck is criticizing about capitalism in this book

Additional Learning

There is a full overview of this topic in the lesson, Marxist Literary Criticism of The Grapes of Wrath. In this lesson, you find a more detailed explanation of:

  • What Marxist theory states
  • Understanding capitalism
  • Socioeconomic relationships in the book
  • How machinery affects people and their work
  • The troubling aspects of capitalism