The Wainwright Family in The Grapes of Wrath


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In Steinbeck's The Grapes of Wrath, Mr. and Mrs. Wainwright appear briefly and almost defy description. How does Steinbeck eventually describe them?

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1. Ma Joad makes a comment about the Wainwright family while comparing earnings in a concluding chapter of Steinbeck's The Grapes of Wrath. How many people does she indicate make up the Wainwright family?

2. In one of the final chapters of Steinbeck's The Grapes of Wrath, why does Mr. Wainwright approach Pa and Ma Joad about their son Al?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

The Wainwrights are a mysterious family in John Steinbeck's famous book The Grapes of Wrath. You will be tested on how the Wainwright family is described in the book and how the Wainwrights and the Joad family come together in this famous novel.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

The quiz covers:

  • Why Mr. Wainwright approaches Pa and Ma Joad about their son Al
  • Ma Joad's comment about the amount of people in the Wainwright family
  • How Mr. and Mrs. Wainwright are described by Steinbeck in The Grapes of Wrath

Skills Practiced

  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to point out why the Joads and the Wainwrights come together in The Grapes of Wrath
  • Information recall - access the understanding you've gained about a key observation that Mrs. Wainwright makes in the book
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information about how the Wainwrights are described in The Grapes of Wrath and interpret it correctly

Additional Learning

To find out more about these important characters, read the lesson titled The Wainwright Family in The Grapes of Wrath. This lesson will teach you about:

  • Where the Joads and Wainwrights live at the end of the book
  • How many children are in the Wainwright family
  • The relationship between the Wainwrights and the Joads in The Grapes of Wrath