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Imagery in The Grapes of Wrath: Religious & Biblical

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The Joads' truck in The Grapes of Wrath, overflowing with people and belongings and carrying them to their new life in California, brings to mind _____ from the Old Testament.

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1. The character Jim Casy in The Grapes of Wrath is intended to bring to mind _____ through his words and actions.

2. Jim Casy's last words, as reported by Tom in Chapter 26 of The Grapes of Wrath, are meant to remind the reader of _____

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

What does Tom Joad's truck represent? What is the significance of the character, Jim Casy? These questions are indicative of the type of information you will need to be familiar with when you use this quiz and worksheet.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

This quiz/worksheet assessment is designed to test your ability to do the following:

  • Identify the biblical image Joad's truck refers to
  • Name the biblical figure Jim Casy reminds one of
  • Understand how Jim Casy's last words are a biblical reference
  • Describe what California can be compared to in biblical terms
  • Compare the handling of Rose of Sharon's baby to a biblical figure or event

Skills Practiced

  • Making connections - use understanding of the link between California and a biblical place as depicted in The Grapes of Wrath
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding Tom Joad's truck
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about Jim Casy

Additional Learning

More details about this type of imagery in Steinbeck's novel can be found in the lesson titled Imagery in The Grapes of Wrath: Religious & Biblical. Information you will find in this lesson includes:

  • Specific quotes from the novel supporting the biblical images being discussed
  • The sacrifices of the character, Jim Casy
  • An explanation of how Rose of Sharon's baby differs from the biblical imagery it is related to
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