Philosophy in The Grapes of Wrath: Transcendentalism & The Oversoul


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Transcendentalism, a theme in The Grapes of Wrath, encourages people to transcend _____ in favor of a more meaningful relationship with the universe.

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1. In some ways, Tom's adoption of the idea of the oversoul in The Grapes of Wrath is more compelling than Casy's, because _____

2. The 'oversoul' in The Grapes of Wrath refers to _____

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Discover what you understand about transcendentalism and the oversoul in The Grapes of Wrath with this quiz and worksheet combo. Questions will assess your grasp of topics like what is to be transcended and the reason Tom's understanding of the oversoul is more relatable than Casy's.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Find out what you know about:

  • What 'oversoul' means in the book
  • How the author expresses the tractors being used to make everything more efficient
  • Why Casy takes up the philosophy of the oversoul

Skills Practiced

  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define main phrases, such as oversoul and transcendentalism
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about how the characters in the book apply these philosophies to their everyday lives
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the author's feelings about machines like tractors

Additional Learning

Lean more about the book with the lesson entitled Philosophy in The Grapes of Wrath: Transcendentalism & The Oversoul. You'll be taught about the following:

  • How transcendentalism is favored over the machines used in farming
  • Examples of the characters expressing their beliefs
  • What characters learn throughout the book with regard to the development of new philosophies