Repetition in The Grapes of Wrath: Examples & Quotes


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In The Grapes of Wrath, why is the word 'towns' repeated in the phrase 'In the towns, on the edges of the towns, in fields, in vacant lots, the used-car yards, the wreckers' yards, the garages with blazoned signs...?'

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Why is the word 'cars' repeated in the following sentences from The Grapes of Wrath?

'....Used Cars, Good Used Cars, Cheap transportation, three trailers, '27 Ford, clean. Checked cars, guaranteed cars. Free radio. Car with 100 gallons of gas free. Come in and look. Used cars.'

2. Which of the following words is repeated to provide the reader with auditory imagery about the monotony of the road trip in The Grapes of Wrath?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz and worksheet tests your understanding of repetition in The Grapes of Wrath. With this resource, you'll check your knowledge of different instances of repetition from the story and the purpose behind putting them there.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

This quiz and worksheet focuses on what you remember about:

  • Examples of repetition in the novel
  • Identifying the author's intent behind repetition
  • The word used to offer auditory imagery on the road trip
  • What little Danny wants on the road trip

Skills Practiced

  • Knowledge application - use what you know about examples of repetition in the story to answer questions about it
  • Reading comprehension - from what you read, ensure you were able to pick out the word that was repeated to tune the reader into the auditory sense during the road trip
  • Interpreting information - verify that you read and were able to correctly interpret the message conveyed by the repetition about Danny

Additional Learning

You will find an extensive review of this topic in the lesson, Repetition in The Grapes of Wrath: Examples & Quotes. This lesson offers more insight into:

  • What repetition is most used for
  • How some repetition helps put the reader in the characters' shoes
  • What the sounds of the road may indicate
  • The journey for the children