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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What is referred to as "the monster" in Chapter 5 (36)?
(a) The bank.
(b) Religion.
(c) The government.
(d) The tenant farmers.

2. What is the pretty town that is described on the border of California in Chapter 12?
(a) Fremont.
(b) Needles.
(c) Jackson.
(d) Wilkins.

3. What does Mrs. Wilson give Tom a paper from to write a note regarding Grampa's death when they bury him?
(a) A notepad.
(b) A novel.
(c) Her Bible.
(d) Her diary.

4. Who drives the truck after the Joads leave the gas station in Chapter 13?
(a) Tom.
(b) Al.
(c) Winfield.
(d) Pa.

5. Who in the back seat of the car wants a cup of water in Chapter 12?
(a) Danny.
(b) Mikey.
(c) Mark.
(d) Jack.

Short Answer Questions

1. What did Tom use to kill the man that pulled a knife on him in a bar fight?

2. How far does Ma say it is to where they're going in Chapter 10?

3. What does Tom find on the sink shelf in the kitchen when he enters his abandoned homestead in Chapter 6?

4. What setting is described as where the swallows nest that Tom visits before leaving for California in Chapter 10?

5. What parts of a car does the narrator say "can rattle till Jesus comes again with no harm" in Chapter 12 (120)?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does the narrator describe the vacant farmsteads in Chapter 11?

2. What hopes and aspirations do the Joad family members have for California before they set out?

3. How does the narrator describe the exchange between the migrant and the tire-seller in Chapter 12?

4. What information does Tom reveal about Uncle John in Chapter 8?

5. What does Tom reveal about his past in Chapter 2?

6. How are the used car lot owners described in Chapter 7?

7. Why do the Joads and Wilsons decide to travel together?

8. Describe the setting of Oklahoma as introduced in Chapter 1. What are the circumstances of the inhabitants here?

9. What information is related on the handbills that are discussed in Chapter 10?

10. What do the banks represent in the novel?

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