The Grapes of Wrath
John Steinbeck
Contributed by Vernita Mires
Discussion Questions
  1. How does the dialogue in The Grapes of Wrath work to illustrate the setting of the novel?
  2. Provide and explain instances from the novel when the characters realize the enormity of the systemic injustices perpetrated against them.
  3. How does alternating between generic and specific scenes further the plot and the emotional effect of the novel?
  4. Describe the relationship between the people and their land in The Grapes of Wrath.
  5. How do the Joads handle the uncertainty of their future in California?
  6. How do the Joads handle the difficulties of the journey to California? Exactly what obstances must the family face?
  7. Why did the number of handbills printed exceed the amount of work available? How does this relate to capitalism and organized labor?
  8. Why do the wealthy landowners feel threatened by the government camp, and what do they do about it?
  9. What is the meaning of the title, The Grapes of Wrath? Where does it appear in the novel?
  10. How does labor organizing bring the hope of better labor conditions?

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