Examples of Symbolism in The Grapes of Wrath


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Where did the Joads travel to in hopes of finding work in The Grapes of Wrath?

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1. What dark symbol foreshadows the trials and death the Joads will experience in California in The Grapes of Wrath?

2. Which symbols have dual meanings in The Grapes of Wrath?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz/worksheet combo will help you measure your knowledge symbolism in The Grapes of Wrath. You will need to identify different symbols throughout this novel.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In this set of questions you'll find out if you understand:

  • The place the Joad's are traveling to
  • Symbols with dual meanings in The Grapes of Wrath
  • The group oppressing the migrant workers

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the material, such as one of the early events in the novel that symbolizes the dark events to come
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding how Rose of Sharon saves the old man's life
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about where the Joad family is traveling to in search of a better life and who seeks to exploit and oppress them there

Additional Learning

If you would like to know more about this famous American novel, read the lesson titled Examples of Symbolism in The Grapes of Wrath. This lesson will help explain:

  • The birth of Rose of Sharon's baby
  • Religious overtones of many events in this novel
  • The multiple uses of blood as a symbol of death and despair