A comprehensive study guide offering in-depth explanation, essay, and test prep for Upton Sinclair’s The Jungle, a novel portraying the harsh conditions and exploitation of immigrants in major US cities in the early twentieth century. As a novel of the turn of the twentieth century, The Jungle reflects not only the American scene of Sinclair's young manhood but also many of his own life circumstances. It becomes important to view the novel in terms of both his life and his times. Moreover, Sinclair’s journalistic background provided him with the opportunity to expose corruption in business and government. This Bright Notes Study Guide explores the context and history of Sinclair’s classic work, helping students to thoroughly explore the reasons it has stood the literary test of time. Each Bright Notes Study Guide contains: - Introductions to the Author and the Work - Character Summaries - Plot Guides - Section and Chapter Overviews - Test Essay and Study Q&As The Bright Notes Study Guide series offers an in-depth tour of more than 275 classic works of literature, exploring characters, critical commentary, historical background, plots, and themes. This set of study guides encourages readers to dig deeper in their understanding by including essay questions and answers as well as topics for further research.