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Ch 1: The Grapes of Wrath Historical Context

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This convenient study resource examines the historical significance of John Steinbeck's ''The Grapes of Wrath.'' Access these bite-sized lessons at any time if you need extra help with your homework or need a simple resource to help you prepare for an upcoming literature exam.

Who's It For?

Anyone who needs help understanding the historical context of John Steinbeck's The Grapes of Wrath will benefit from the lessons in this chapter. There is no faster or easier way to study information about the novel's historical accuracy, significance and impact on society. Among those who would benefit are:

  • Students who want to learn a broad topic in a short amount of time
  • Students who are looking for easy ways to identify the most important information on the topic
  • Students who have fallen behind in understanding major historical events presented in The Grapes of Wrath
  • Students who prefer multiple ways of learning about literature (visual or auditory)
  • Students who have missed class time and need to catch up
  • Students who have limited time to study for an upcoming exam

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  • Complete each lesson in the chapter to review all key topics.
  • Refer to the lesson to reinforce your learning.
  • Test your understanding of each lesson with a short quiz.
  • Complete your review with the The Grapes of Wrath Historical Context chapter exam.

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Students Will Review:

This chapter summarizes the material students need to know about the historical context of The Grapes of Wrath for a standard literature course. Topics covered include:

  • John Steinbeck's purpose for writing the book
  • The novel's historical significance and societal impact
  • How the novel relates to the Great Depression and the Dust Bowl
  • The historical accuracy of The Grapes of Wrath

5 Lessons in Chapter 1: The Grapes of Wrath Historical Context
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Why Did John Steinbeck Write The Grapes of Wrath?

1. Why Did John Steinbeck Write The Grapes of Wrath?

Steinbeck's novel, ''The Grapes of Wrath,'' is colored both by historical significance and personal detail. In this lesson, you'll learn more about why he chose to write the novel that many have since deemed controversial.

The Grapes of Wrath: Historical Significance & Impact on Society

2. The Grapes of Wrath: Historical Significance & Impact on Society

John Steinbeck's classic novel 'The Grapes of Wrath' gave a voice to the tens of thousands of Americans affected by the Dust Bowl tragedy in Midwestern farming states. The novel and the subsequent 1940 film version have remained a part of American consciousness over the ensuing decades.

The Grapes of Wrath & The Great Depression

3. The Grapes of Wrath & The Great Depression

The classic novel The Grapes of Wrath is set during the Great Depression of the 1930s. In this lesson, we will highlight the key themes, developments, and characteristics of the Great Depression, allowing us to better understand this important work.

The Grapes of Wrath & The Dust Bowl

4. The Grapes of Wrath & The Dust Bowl

In this lesson we will learn about the historical context of the famous John Steinbeck novel, The Grapes of Wrath. Specifically, we will look at the Dust Bowl -- what it was, how it started, and the ways in which it impacted American families.

The Grapes of Wrath Historical Accuracy

5. The Grapes of Wrath Historical Accuracy

In this lesson we learn how historical accuracy comes into play in 'The Grapes of Wrath' and how the intercalary chapters provide a larger context for the non intercalary chapters.

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