The Grapes of Wrath: Tone & Mood


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How do tone and mood differ?

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1. How does Steinbeck convey sadness in describing the landscape and environment in The Grapes of Wrath?

2. Steinbeck's use of short and choppy sentences in The Grapes of Wrath helps to reflect what tone in his writing?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Find out what you know about the tone and mood of the book The Grapes of Wrath with these interactive study tools. You'll be quizzed on key points such as a difference between mood and tone and how the author uses the landscape he is describing to portray a sense of sadness.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

You'll be tested on the following areas of interest:

  • The author's use of syntax, or the way he writes his sentences, and what it conveys
  • How the author initiates sympathy for his characters
  • A certain mood that the reader might experience after reading the book

Skills Practiced

  • Distinguishing differences - compare and contrast topics from the lesson, such as mood and tone
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the way the author uses these literary techniques in specific examples from the book
  • Making connections - use understanding of the concepts of mood and tone to explain how they impact the reader of the text

Additional Learning

Learn more about John Steinbeck's mastery of certain literary techniques via the lesson titled The Grapes of Wrath: Tone & Mood. Stay on track by paying close attention to these study points:

  • A brief synopsis of the book
  • How the author used tone and mood as literary tools to depict what was happening in the real world
  • Anger and passion as two of the book's examples of tone
  • The mood of hopelessness in addition to a sense of awe among the characters