Survival in The Grapes of Wrath: Theme & Quotes


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Survival in The Grapes of Wrath is all of the following EXCEPT:

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1. When Tom Joad promises that he'll 'be there' when people are hungry, he means that:

2. In The Grapes of Wrath, the Joads use the phrase 'our folks' to refer to:

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Survival is a dominant theme in Steinbeck's The Grapes of Wrath. This worksheet and quiz combination will test you on how he uses it, and on important quotations from the characters that demonstrate their will to keep on going despite the overwhelming difficulties facing them.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

You will answer questions that test you on:

  • What Tom means when he uses the phrase ''I'll be there''
  • Who the Joads are talking about when they say ''our folks''
  • Which group of people Ma expects to ''die out''

Skills Practiced

  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge of The Grapes of Wrath to identify what survival means in the novel
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read and correctly interpret information about what the Joads do that enables them to live through their journey
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding Tom's promise to ''be there''

Additional Learning

If you'd like a closer look at this topic, check out the lesson titled Survival in The Grapes of Wrath: Theme & Quotes. Successful completion of the lesson will enable you to meet these objectives:

  • Explain what a theme is
  • Discuss Steinbeck's purpose for writing The Grapes of Wrath
  • Describe the Joads' future prospects