The Grapes of Wrath

Grapes of wrath chapter 2 Questions?

1.Describe the hitch-hiker?(I know its easy but i just cant wrap my head around it.

2.Tom is told that all skinners(truck drivers) do something to occupy themselves as they drive,how does this habit affect Tom?

3.How does tom feel about being an ex-con?

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1) From the text:

"He was not over thirty. His eyes were very dark brown and

there was a hint of brown pigment in his eyeballs. His cheek bones were

high and wide, and strong deep lines cut down his cheeks, in curves

beside his mouth. His upper lip was long, and since his teeth protruded,

the lips stretched to cover them, for this man kept his lips closed. His

hands were hard, with broad fingers and nails as thick and ridged as

little clam shells. The space between thumb and forefinger and the hams

of his hands were shiny with callus.

The man's clothes were new—all of them, cheap and new. His gray cap

was so new that the visor was still stiff and the button still on, not

shapeless and bulged as it would be when it had served for a while all the

various purposes of a cap—carrying sack, towel, handkerchief. His suit

was of cheap gray hardcloth and so new that there were creases in the

trousers. His blue chambray shirt was stiff and smooth with filler. The

coat was too big, the trousers too short, for he was a tall man. The coat

shoulder peaks hung down on his arms, and even then the sleeves were

too short and the front of the coat flapped loosely over his stomach. He

wore a pair of new tan shoes of the kind called "army last," hob-nailed

and with half-circles like horseshoes to protect the edges of the heels

from wear. This man sat on the running board and took off his cap and

mopped his face with it. Then he put on the cap, and by pulling started

the future ruin of the visor. His feet caught his attention. He leaned

down and loosened the shoelaces, and did not tie the ends again."

2) I believe that the truck driver's habit was "chewing gum."

3) Joad is angry and embarrassed;

"I ain't keepin' quiet about it. Sure I been in McAlester. Been there four years. Sure these is the clothes they give me when I come out. I don't give a damn who knows it. An' I'm goin' to my old man's place so I don't have to lie to get a job."


The Grapes of Wrath