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Of Mice and Men Unit Test
Terms in this set (20)
1. The Grapes of Wrath
2. Tortilla Flat
2 other works by John Steinbeck
Year John Steinbeck was born
Year John Steinbeck died
In 1940, John Steinbeck was awarded the _______________________ for his book The Grapes of Wrath.
Nobel Prize for Literature
In 1962, John Steinbeck was awarded the _____________________________________
He worked on a ranch with migrant workers. He observed the friction between the ranch owners and workers and saw where change needed to be made.
What did Steinbeck do as a side job for a period in his life that influenced works of his such as Of Mice and Men?
The Great Depression, where millions of Americans suffered hardship and de-humanizing experiences while the more fortunate ignored what was going on.
What historical event/time period greatly motivated John Steinbeck?
1. Frustration with 1960s racial riots
2. American consumerist mentality
3. Growing gap between the rich and the poor
Steinbeck's themes include...
When John Steinbeck was a bindle-stiff, he met a real insane person who was working on the farm.
Where did John Steinbeck get the inspiration for Lennie?
sexism and racism
John Steinbeck was far ahead of his time in that he addressed issues concerning ___________________ and _____________________.
Year Of Mice and Men was published
-no poetic features or "fluff"
-focuses on explanations and details rather than elaborate descriptions
-"case study" of people, written in an objective manner
-focuses on conflicts between social classes especially on the exploitation of workers by those with more power
Key aspects of Naturalist writing
1930 to 1939; most directly affected the southern plains (TX, NM, CO, NB, KA, OK)
When and where was the Dust Bowl?
A severe drought that caused many crops to die and caused the largest migration in American history. Many acres of farmland were ruined by the dust storms and farmers were forced to relocate because all of their livelihood became unusable.
What was the Dust Bowl?
1929-1939; Many people suffered unemployment due to a massive stock market crash and misguided government acts and policies
When and what was the Great Depression?
The Southwest, particularly Oklahoma (Okies, however this term is used to describe any poor migrant from the Southwest)
From where did most migrant workers come from?
-treated poorly in the workplace
-suffered even more severe wage drops than whites during the GD
-not many rights
-didn't get a good education
How were blacks treated in the 1930s?
-had to provide for the family
What were the expectations of men in the 1930s?
-maintain household and take care of children
-women employed to raise income during GD
-women had to take on more responsibilities during GD
-not paid as much as men
-women wore mostly dresses
What were the expectations of women in the 1930s?
-segregated institutions and public places
-few rights and opportunities
-poor, overcrowded hospitals
-treatments were grueling and didn't work
-seen as weak and unable
How were the mentally ill treated in the 1930s?
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