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Voila! Your final exam study guide:

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The end of the novel incites discussion. Sometimes students are disappointed because they feel no closure for the Joads. However, if you let the final chapter sink in, you can understand why Steinbeck ended the novel in this place. Is it ambiguous? Why did Steinbeck end the novel here?

Madeline Sheridan: Ch. 28 Isn't it interesting that Ma is the one to suggest that Tom should leave? All along, her main goal has been to keep the family together. Is the situation different this time? How/why?

Taquia Johnson: How would you describe the tone of Chapter 29? Also, what quotation about "wrath" is at the end of this chapter and why is it significant?

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The final image is symbolic. Explain.

(Make up assignment, in lieu of presentation)

An important part of chapter 26 was when wages were cut from 5 cents to 2 and a half per hour. 5 cents an hour was barely enough to begin with, especially for large families like the Joads. It stirs up conflict, especially with the farmers, because they were barely making a profit from their sales, and the cut made it impossible for them to make a living. Jobs were still scarce, wages were cut in half because it became impossible to pay workers. The wage cut also happened after Casy was killed, could that have been the reason, other than 'breaking strike?'
A quote from Casy on page 423:
"Lookie, Tom. We come to work there. They say it's gonna be fi' cents. They was a hell of a lot of us. We got there an' they says they're payin' two and a half cents. A fella can't even eat on that, an' if he got kids- so we says we can't take it. So they druv us off. An' all the cops in the worl' come down on us. Now they're payin' you five. When they bust this here strike- ya think they'll pay five?"
The strike caused the issue?
Casy's quote got me thinking, I would definitely mark it, guys.

Ashley Richey: Rain ushers Ma back to the boxcar after she leaves Tom. Is that significant? Why?

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Here are some pictures of the Weedpatch Camp in California, including a photo of what a Saturday night dance would have been like at the camp.
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Lexi Clutts: Ch. 26 It's clear that Ma favors Tom, and now we know why. (Isn't it odd that she considers the others "kinda strangers"?) She says, "You won't give up, Tom...I knowed from the time you was a little fella. You can't. They's some folks that's just theirself an' nothin' more...Ever'thing you do is more'n you..." What does she mean? Are she and Tom the same? Explain.

Rebecca Lemaster: The tone of Chapter 25 is morbid. (By the way, we understand the title more acutely after reading this chapter, no?)
The imagery of gasses, fires, and starvation is Holocaust-like.
The chapter explains why crops had to be destroyed and why the migrants weren't allowed to eat the surplus. Again, the ultimate message has to do with "profits over people."
Please share an excerpt from this chapter and explain its affect on you.
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