The Grapes of Wrath: Okies, Sharecroppers & Migrant Workers


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Why did the Joad family sell their farm in The Grapes of Wrath?

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1. The Joads are sharecroppers at the beginning of The Grapes of Wrath. What is a sharecropper?

2. Why did the Joads become migrant workers in The Grapes of Wrath?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Go through the quiz and worksheet any time to see how much you know about the different laborers and their roles in The Grapes of Wrath. Topics covered include the definition of various types of workers in the book.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

You can assess your comprehension of:

  • Why the Joad family sold their farm
  • The original meaning of the term 'Okies'
  • Why the Joads became migrant workers
  • The meaning of a sharecropper

Skills Practiced

  • Information recall - access the knowledge you have gained about the meaning of the term 'Okie' according to the California natives
  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the lesson on laborers in The Grapes of Wrath
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about the Joads

Additional Learning

Access the lesson called The Grapes of Wrath: Okies, Sharecroppers & Migrant Workers. Doing so lets you cover the following topics:

  • What the Joads start as in this novel
  • The definition of 'migrant worker'
  • Characteristics of a sharecropper