Rhetorical Strategies & Devices in The Grapes of Wrath


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Which of the following rhetorical devices in used in the following passage from The Grapes of Wrath? ''Listen to the motor. Listen to the wheels. Listen with your ears and with your hands on the steering wheel; listen with the palm of your hand on the gear-shift lever; listen with your feet on the floor boards. Listen to the pounding old jalopy with all your senses…''

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1. While on the road to California, the narrator tells which of the following anecdotes in The Grapes of Wrath?

2. Which of the following is an example of a colloquialism from The Grapes of Wrath?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

You can test what you remember about rhetorical devices in The Grapes of Wrath with this quiz and worksheet combo. This resource checks that you remember how these literary tools are used and that you can choose an example of a colloquialism from the story.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

This quiz and worksheet was created to check your understanding of:

  • The rhetorical device used related to the old jalopy
  • The anecdote the narrator tells while on the road to California
  • An example of a colloquialism from the book
  • The device used when Ma refers to Rosasharn

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure you are able to draw out from your reading the anecdote the narrator tells on the journey
  • Information recall - see if you can remember an example of a colloquialism from the novel
  • Knowledge application - use what you know about polysyndeton to define it

Additional Learning

You can find a deeper discussion of this topic in the lesson, Rhetorical Strategies & Devices in The Grapes of Wrath. In this lesson, you'll find more information about:

  • Why rhetorical devices are used
  • Common rhetorical devices used in this story
  • What asyndeton is
  • Example of an epistrophe in the book
  • What parallelism does