John Steinbeck

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Maya Arce
Period 6
3/20/13
Reading Response Questions

1.–Reviled: (Verb) Criticize in an abusive or angrily insulting manner. “Tom reviled after listening to a lecture that he didn’t agree with.” -Subversive: (Adjective) Seeking or intended to subvert and established system or institution. “The subversive prisoner approached the warden to speak his mind.” -Reconcile: (Verb) Restore friendly relations between. “She wanted to be reconciled with her mother.” -Rapacious: (Adjective) Aggressively greedy or grasping. “The rapacious tax collectors kept calling his phone.” -Plight: (Noun) A dangerous, difficult, or otherwise unfortunate situation. “The plight of the farmworkers lasted for many years.” -Adaptation: (Noun) The action or process of adapting or being adapted. “Darwin discovered that the finches have been adapting in according to their food source.” -Proletarian: (Adjective) Of or relating to the proletariat. “The proletarian man finally finished his long day at work. -Mythopoeic/Mythopoetic: (Adjective) Of relating to the making of a myth or myths. “The author sold many books and was well known for his mythopoeic writing.”

2.In this quote, the author who quoted someone else is accusing Steinbeck of being unpatriotic. “-who threatened the national interest through the socialist themes of his novels,” shows how the person that said that is trying to make it seem like John Steinbeck is brainwashing his readers to lose the patriotism and coincide with socialist beliefs through his books. The person who said this seems like they are so patriotic that they don’t want other people questioning the capitalism of the U.S. The person that said this right away is saying that socialism is bad and capitalism is good. Therefore, this person has a very negative opinion of Steinbeck. 3.In this quote, the author was saying that Steinbeck used the parable (meaning a simple story used to teach a moral or spiritual lesson) as a meditation (meaning his opinions) on...
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