The Grapes of Wrath: Simile & Metaphor


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What is the primary reason why Steinbeck uses similes and metaphors in The Grapes of Wrath?

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1. Which of the following is an example of a simile from The Grapes of Wrath?

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

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz and worksheet addresses what you know about the use of similes and metaphors in The Grapes of Wrath. You'll check your understanding of examples from the book and the reason they are used.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

This quiz and worksheet targets what you remember about:

  • The primary reason Steinbeck uses similes and metaphors in this work
  • Examples of similes from the book
  • Identifying metaphors from the story
  • The implication of comparing Tom's nails to clam shells

Skills Practiced

  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding Steinbeck's primary reason for using similes and metaphors
  • Knowledge application - use what you know about similes and metaphors from the book to answer questions about them
  • Making connections - use understanding of the concept of similies and metaphors to identify examples from the text

Additional Learning

There is an extensive explanation of this topic in the lesson The Grapes of Wrath: Simile & Metaphor. This lesson provides additional insight into:

  • Comparing metaphors and similes
  • What was compared to ''ripe new blood''
  • Why Casy compares Tom and his father to cats
  • What the monster the men refer to is
  • Metaphors used to describe the setting