The Grapes of Wrath Setting: Description, Importance & Analysis


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What is one of the incredible things about The Grapes of Wrath as a novel?

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1. Why is it important for readers to visualize the drought and starving land of Oklahoma?

2. What did the Joads' see when they looked back as they drove away from Oklahoma?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Test what you read about the setting in The Grapes of Wrath with this quiz and worksheet combo. You'll review your knowledge of the importance of the description of the setting John Steinbeck offers and the historical events he draws on.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Use this quiz and worksheet to test what you know about:

  • What this novel does
  • The importance of being able to visualize the drought in Oklahoma
  • The Joads' view when they looked back as they started for California
  • The historical references in the book

Skills Practiced

  • Information recall - see if you remember why it's important for the reader to visualize the conditions in Oklahoma
  • Reading comprehension - from what you read, verify that you can pick out what the Joads see as they look back when leaving their land
  • Knowledge application - ensure you can recall what the Dust Bowl is to answer a question about it

Additional Learning

There is a more comprehensive overview of this topic provided in the lesson, The Grapes of Wrath Setting: Description, Importance & Analysis. This lesson offers a closer look at:

  • Characteristics of Steinbeck's writing that help the reader imagine the setting
  • What the reader gets out of following the Joads
  • How the Dust Bowl crept up on the people
  • Steinbeck's description of a family leaving their home