Compare & Contrast The Great Gatsby & The Grapes of Wrath


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What is the main theme common to both The Grapes of Wrath and The Great Gatsby?

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1. The Great Gatsby reflects the spirit of which decade?

2. Who wrote The Grapes of Wrath?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

By working though the questions on this quiz/worksheet combination you will place The Grapes of Wrath and The Great Gatsby side by side and see how each compares and contrasts with the other. You will answer questions about the decade in which each novel was written, how they reflect their times, what themes are present and other related information.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

This quiz asks you questions that will test your knowledge of:

  • A theme that is common to both books
  • Where the Dust Bowl was most severe
  • Which author wrote The Grapes of Wrath

Skills Practiced

  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge of American history to identify the decade that The Great Gatsby embodies
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read and correctly interpret information about which of a series of given statements about these books is true
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the region that was most greatly affected by the Dust Bowl

Additional Learning

To examine these works in greater detail, study the lesson titled Compare & Contrast The Great Gatsby & The Grapes of Wrath. By the time you're finished you should be able to:

  • Name the theme that characterized the 1940s
  • Identify the two central characters in The Great Gatsby
  • Tell which character performs a generous and selfless act at the end of The Grapes of Wrath
  • Explain what the act was that this character performed