The Grapes of Wrath Title: Origin, Meaning & Analysis


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To what two types of media is Steinbeck's title The Grapes of Wrath an allusion?

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1. Whose wrath is represented by grapes in the title The Grapes of Wrath and the passages that the title came from?

2. For what historical event did Julia Howe write the ''Battle Hymn of the Republic,'' which contains the phrase ''the grapes of wrath''?

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Gauge how much you know about the significance of The Grapes of Wrath title with this short multiple-choice quiz and worksheet, including how the Joad family connects with the title. For your convenience, the worksheet can be printed with or without an answer key.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Your knowledge of the following will be tested during this quiz:

  • Types of media for which the title is an allusion
  • Whose wrath is compared to grapes
  • Historical event for which 'The Battle Hymn of the Republic' was written
  • What the Joad family did that's connected to the title
  • Term meaning 'a reference to other texts'

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  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information about whose wrath is compared to grapes and interpret it correctly
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the types of media to which the title is an allusion

Additional Learning

Be sure to check out the related lesson titled The Grapes of Wrath Title: Origin, Meaning & Analysis. You'll learn more about this topic, including:

  • When The Grapes of Wrath was written
  • How the phrase 'grapes of wrath' works on several levels
  • Person who helped Steinbeck think of the phrase 'the grapes of wrath'