SAT Subject US History Practice Question 974: Answer and Explanation

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Question: 974

55. The Grapes of Wrath, John Steinbeck's Depression-era novel, chronicles the lives of

A. Mexican migrant farm workers.
B. displaced Dust Bowl farmers.
C. Southern sharecroppers.
D. coal miners from West Virginia.
E. unemployed autoworkers from Michigan.

Correct Answer: B


Steinbeck's classic novel shows great compassion for the Joad family, who were displaced Dust Bowl farmers. All the other groups, (A), (C), (D), and (E), suffered in the Great Depression, but The Grapes of Wrath concerned the migration of "Okies" to the "Garden of Eden" of California.

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