Symbols in The Grapes of Wrath: Drought, Dust, Rain, Flood


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What does the drought symbolize in The Grapes of Wrath?

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1. What does the dust symbolize in The Grapes of Wrath?

2. While in Oklahoma, the farmers prayed for rain. As Californians, what does the rain mean in The Grapes of Wrath?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This brief quiz and worksheet will assess your understanding of nature symbols in The Grapes of Wrath. The worksheet can be printed with or without an answer key.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

The following topics are covered by the quiz questions:

  • What the drought and dust symbolize
  • Meaning of rain for Californians
  • Story in the Bible that relates to the flood in The Grapes of Wrath
  • Lesson learned by the Joads from the flood

Skills Practiced

  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about nature symbols in The Grapes of Wrath
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding what rain means for Californians
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information regarding what dust symbolizes and interpret it correctly

Additional Learning

Explore this topic further by reviewing the related lesson titled Symbols in The Grapes of Wrath: Drought, Dust, Rain, Flood. Here's a snapshot of what the lesson covers:

  • The nature of symbols
  • Definitions of key words
  • Drought conditions in Oklahoma
  • Joad family struggles