Video comprehension questions: What event precipitated the Great Depression, and what was its ultimate effect on America's workforce?



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The Grapes of Wrath
VIDEO COMPREHENSION QUESTIONS:

1. What event precipitated the Great Depression, and what was its ultimate effect on America's workforce?

2. The Joad family featured in Steinbeck's The Grapes of Wrath is evicted from its Oklahoma farm and goes west on “the path of a people in flight.” What famous highway is described this way in Steinbeck's novel?

3. What American work of the 19th century served as the source for the title of Steinbeck's novel?

4. What economic and social conditions do the Joads find upon their entry into the “promised land” of California?

5. What is “the crime beyond denunciation” that Steinbeck alerts his readers to in the most famous chapter of the novel?

6. What dramatic event at the end of the novel triggers Tom Joad's acceptance of his future role as an activist?

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The Grapes of Wrath
VIDEO COMPREHENSION QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS:

1. What event precipitated the Great Depression, and what was its ultimate effect on America's workforce?

The event that precipitated the Great Depression was the stock market crash of 1929. Twelve million Americans, one-quarter of the labor force, found themselves out of work during the depression.



2. The Joad family featured in Steinbeck's The Grapes of Wrath is evicted from its Oklahoma farm and goes west on “the path of a people in flight.” What famous highway is described this way in Steinbeck's novel?

“The path of a people in flight” that the Joad family travels west on is Highway 66.



3. What American work of the 19th century served as the source for the title of Steinbeck's novel?

Julia Ward Howe's “Battle Hymn of the Republic” served as the source for the title The Grapes of Wrath.



4. What economic and social conditions do the Joads find upon their entry into the “promised land” of California?

Upon entering California, the Joads find joblessness, vigilantes who harass the migrant population, and growers who fear the rise of organized labor.



5. What is “the crime beyond denunciation” that Steinbeck alerts his readers to in the most famous chapter of the novel?

“The crime beyond denunciation” that Steinbeck describes is that people starve because the growers cannot make a profit on the food they produce. The growers' response is to withhold or restrict the available supply of food.



6. What dramatic event at the end of the novel triggers Tom Joad's acceptance of his future role as an activist?

The murder of his friend and mentor, Jim Casey, galvanizes Tom Joad into accepting the role of social activist.



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