Study Guide Questions The Grapes of Wrath

What does Steinbeck describe in Chapter 1 Setting
Where was Tom Joad coming from and where was he going to when he hitched a ride with the truck driver? McAlester State Penitentiary
What is the turtles most outstanding characteristic? Determination
Describe Jim Casey. He is an ex-preacher that is confused about his beliefs and honest.
What ideals did Jim Casey come up with during his thinking time? No sin/virtue only stuff people do. People love each other and God is in everyone.
Why was Tom in jail, and what was his attitude toward his crime? Tom was drunk and got in a fight and killed a man with a shovel. He was honest and did not regret his crime.
What was the Monster, and why could men not control it? The bank was the Monster and the men couldn’t control it because it was getting to big.
Describe Muley Graves. He was extremely proud and sad because he wasn’t sure if he made the right decision.
About what does Uncle John feel guilty? He is guilty about his wife’s death because he said that she would be fine.
What is the first thing each of the Joads wants to know when Tom comes home? They want to know if he broke out of jail.
Describe the relationship between Granma and Granpa? There is tough love between them.
What happened to Noah at his birth? His dad pulled him out before the nurse arrived.
What does Steinbeck show about the relationship between the merchants and the farmers in chapter 9. They had trust issues
What advise did Tom give Ma about worrying about the future? Don’t worry so much
What does Pa say about Jim Casey’s coming along with the family? What does Ma say? Does Casey go? Pa is unsure about what to do. Ma says yes. Casey ends up going.
How did Tom and Ma get Granpa into the truck even though he didn’t want to go? They got him drunk on Cough Syrup in coffee.
Who went on the trip to California? The whole family plus Jim Casey
What does Steinbeck describe in Chapter 11? Abandoned houses
Which of the passengers on the Joad truck was the first to be left behind? Dog/Granpa
Who were Wilsons? A family on the side of the road with car troubles
What plans have Connie and Rose of Sharon made? Connie is going to go to night school and buy a house
What is Al’s attitude problem? He has hormonal issues.
Why does Ma revolt? She didn’t want to split up the family.
What discouraging news did the ragged man give Pa? There are no jobs in California.
What did Pa and Tom learn from the men in the river? People are getting kicked out of California and the learned about “Okies”. You had to be an “Okie” to be liked.
What decision did Noah make? He stayed by the river
Why don’t the Wilsons cross the desert with the Joads? Sairy was sick and they said to go on without them
Why was Ma so feisty at the agricultural inspection station? Grandma was dead and she was scared that they wouldn’t get through
How did Casey help Tom out of trouble with the deputy sheriff? He took the blame for Tom tackling the Sheriff.
Where and why did Connie go? He couldn’t provide for Rose of Sharon the way he wanted to.

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