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'The Grapes of Wrath' Questions for Study and Discussion

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Grapes of Wrath

Grapes of Wrath

Penguin
The Grapes of Wrath is a famous (and controversial) novel by John Steinbeck. Here are a few questions for study and discussion.

Questions for Study & Discussion
  • What is important about the Steinbeck's title? Discussion

  • What is the Biblical reference to the "grapes of wrath" that appears to be the earliest known source or inspiration for John Steinbeck's famous novel? Discussion

  • What are the conflicts in Grapes of Wrath? What types of conflict (physical, moral, intellectual, or emotional) do you see?

  • How does John Steinbeck reveal character in The Grapes of Wrath?

  • What are some themes and symbols in the novel? How do they relate to the plot and characters?

  • Are the main characters consistent in their actions? Are they fully developed characters? How? Why?

  • Do you find the characters likable? Are the characters persons you would want to meet?

  • What is the central/primary purpose of the story? Is the purpose important or meaningful?

  • How essential is the setting to the story? Could the story have taken place anywhere else?

  • What is(are) the role(s) of women in the text?

  • Would you recommend this novel to a friend? Would you read other works by John Steinbeck?

  • Why is Grapes of Wrath so controversial? Do you think it should be banned?

  • Does the novel end the way you expected? How? Why?

  • Why is Grapes of Wrath considered such a great classic? Discussion

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