The Grapes of Wrath Car Dealer Significance


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This passage from John Steinbeck's The Grapes of Wrath demonstrates the use of what literary device?

'Piles of rusty ruins against the fence, rows of wrecks in back, fenders, grease-black wrecks, blocks lying on the ground and a pig weed growing up through the cylinders. Brake rods, exhausts, piled like snakes. Grease, gasoline.'

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1. In chapter 7 of The Grapes of Wrath, John Steinbeck mentions different kinds of cars: '27 Ford, '26 Buick, '25 Dodge, Model T, etc. This is an example of what literary device?

2. In chapter 7 of The Grapes of Wrath, John Steinbeck refers to the car salesman as 'neat, deadly, small intent eyes watching for weaknesses.' This is an example of what literary device?

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Study questions in this worksheet/quiz combination will assess what you know about the car dealer in the book, The Grapes of Wrath. Topics on the quiz will touch on areas like a literary device used by the author when he describes a junkyard and one he uses when talking about American-made cars.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

See what you know about:

  • Literary device used when the author mentions the car salesman
  • A modern-day type of jalopy
  • What an intercalary chapter is

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson on the car dealer in The Grapes of Wrath
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about literary devices used by the author in the book when describing the car dealer, a junkyard and types of automobiles
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the concept of an intercalary chapter

Additional Learning

For more information, review the lesson called The Grapes of Wrath Car Dealer Significance. You'll be going over these topics:

  • Importance of a Model T Ford
  • What a jalopy was back when the book was written
  • Definition of staccato