The Grapes of Wrath Historical Accuracy


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Why is The Grapes of Wrath not considered a historical novel?

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1. The Grapes of Wrath is a long work of fiction known as a(n) _____.

2. Why does Steinbeck focus on tenant farmers in The Grapes of Wrath?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Evaluate what you remember about the focus of The Grapes of Wrath and its historical accuracy with this quiz and worksheet combo. This resource offers the chance to review what you know about the book and the focus of the story.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

The intention for this quiz and worksheet is to address your knowledge of:

  • The reason The Grapes of Wrath is not considered a historical novel
  • What a long work of fiction like this is known as
  • Why Steinbeck focuses on tenant farmers in this story
  • What Steinbeck describes with historical accuracy

Skills Practiced

  • Information recall - see if you can recall why this work is not considered a historical novel
  • Knowledge application - ensure you know what Steinbeck describes with historical accuracy in the book in order to answer a question about it
  • Interpreting information - verify that you read and were able to correctly interpret why Steinbeck uses intercalary chapters to help the reader

Additional Learning

You can find out more about this book in the accompanying lesson, The Grapes of Wrath Historical Accuracy. In this lesson, you'll find additional insight into:

  • The two major historical events Steinbeck writes about in this work
  • Why it is sometimes confused as a historical novel
  • How reading about the storms helps the reader connect to the characters
  • The economic conditions that the Joads represented