The Grapes of Wrath Vocabulary


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The Grapes of Wrath tells the story of the Joad Family and other migrant workers who left the Dust Bowl in the 1930's in search of work; why is the book classified as realistic fiction?

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1. Why were the temporary communities set up by migrant farmers in The Grapes of Wrath called Hoovervilles?

2. Why did Tom Joad wear hob-nailed shoes in 'The Grapes of Wrath?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz/worksheet set lets you measure your understanding of the vocabulary used in the famous novel The Grapes of Wrath. Answer questions about Steinbeck's use of language in this novel.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In this set of questions you'll see what you know about:

  • Realistic fiction
  • The origin of the term 'Hoovervilles'
  • Why Tom Joad's shoes were hobnailed

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the material, such as what John Steinbeck's description of corn stalks is meant to convey
  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately identify main phrases from their descriptions, such as when an author uses terms in a way that is different from their literal interpretation
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding why The Grapes of Wrath is considered realistic fiction

Additional Learning

You can find out more about the words used in this famous novel with the lesson titled The Grapes of Wrath Vocabulary. It will explain things such as:

  • Jalopies
  • Skitters
  • Chambray
  • Vagrant
  • Heliograph
  • Quarantine