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Route 66 in The Grapes of Wrath: Symbolism & Quotes

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In The Grapes of Wrath, John Steinbeck draws an implicit relationship between the Okie migrants and what other journey?

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1.

This phrase from John Steinbeck's The Grapes of Wrath indicates what literary symbol?

''The mother road, the road of flight.''

2. Which of the following literary devices does Steinbeck use to express the significance of Route 66?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Route 66 figures prominently in John Steinbeck's novel The Grapes of Wrath. Determine what you know about the road with questions on topics like an analogy to another type of journey with regard to the Okie migrants and what is represented in the phrase 'the mother road…'.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

You'll be quizzed on these study concepts:

  • Literary techniques used by the author
  • A certain focal point of the book's setting
  • Whom the Joad family comes across in their travels

Skills Practiced

  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about the significance of the book's setting with regard to the open road in America
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding somebody the Joad family meets on the road
  • Making connections - use understanding of the concept of the migrants' journey westward and how it's connected to the way the author uses various literary devices in the text

Additional Learning

Find out more with the lesson we've called Route 66 in The Grapes of Wrath: Symbolism & Quotes. Use these study points as a guide:

  • What the characters experience when they are traveling to California
  • Why migrants leave their homes to take that journey westward
  • How this journey brings people together in the book
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