The Grapes of Wrath: Protagonist & Antagonist


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As John Steinbeck's novel, 'The Grapes of Wrath,' progresses, Tom Joad's perspective shifts from _____ to _____.

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1. Despite some missteps, how is the protagonist viewed throughout John Steinbeck's novel, 'The Grapes of Wrath'?

2. Though some consider the banks to be the antagonist of John Steinbeck's novel, 'The Grapes of Wrath,' the thematic element _____ may be more to blame.

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

The questions will focus on the historical setting of The Grapes of Wrath. You must also be familiar with the conflict in the text and its plot.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Questions will focus on the following from The Grapes of Wrath:

  • The protagonist's characteristics
  • Event which precipitates the poverty in the story
  • How Tom Joad's perspective shifts

Skills Practiced

  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding how an antagonist is viewed in a novel
  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the lesson on The Grapes of Wrath
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to identify the thematic element that is the antagonist in the text

Additional Learning

Learn more about Steinbeck's most popular novel by completing the lesson titled The Grapes of Wrath: Protagonist & Antagonist. The goals include:

  • Review the protagonist in the book
  • Understand what an antagonist is
  • Know Tom Joad's struggles