The American Dream in The Grapes of Wrath: Theme & Analysis


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If the Joads had been able to realize the American Dream in The Grapes of Wrath, how might the novel have ended instead?

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1. In The Grapes of Wrath, what does California represent?

2. What main obstacle stands in the way of the Joads achieving the American Dream in The Grapes of Wrath?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

To pass this quiz on the American Dream in The Grapes of Wrath, you will need to be familiar with symbolism found in the book. You can take this quiz multiple times.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

You'll be tested on the following topics:

  • An alternate ending to the novel that would have reflected the American Dream
  • What California represents in the book
  • Obstacle that prevents the Joads from achieving the American Dream
  • What is used to symbolize the promise of the American Dream
  • How the idea of manifest destiny is communicated

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related American Dream in The Grapes of Wrath lesson
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding what California represents
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information regarding manifest destiny and interpret it correctly

Additional Learning

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  • Modern interpretation of the American Dream
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