Understatement in The Grapes of Wrath


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In The Grapes of Wrath Steinbeck writes about the Great Depression, which was _____.

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1. What is tone in literature such as the Grapes of Wrath?

2. The _____ subtly represents the Joads' dire economic circumstances in The Grapes of Wrath.

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Find out what you know about understatement in The Grapes of Wrath with this interactive quiz/worksheet. Questions will bring to light your understanding of subjects like what the Great Depression was and the literary concept of tone.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Answer questions on:

  • Something in the book that symbolizes how the Joad family is experiencing hard times
  • The tone in the book with regard to Tom's crime
  • How Ma protects Granma

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson on understatement in The Grapes of Wrath
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the tone of the novel
  • Making connections - use understanding of the concept of tone and how it's connected to Tom Joad murdering someone
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about the difficulties experienced by the Joad family during the Great Depression

Additional Learning

You can explore the subject further with the lesson entitled Understatement in The Grapes of Wrath. The lesson will teach you about the following areas of study:

  • The author's motivation for writing the book
  • How he depicts tone in the story through the dialogue of the characters
  • Intercalary chapters and how the author uses them
  • Analyzation of quotes from the book that deal with tone