Of Mice and Men Study questions

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Last updated: May 7, 2019
Where did the bus drop the two men off?
2 miles from the ranch near salinas river

How is George described?
short, small, slim, working man

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How is Lennie described?
big, broad shoulders, walks like a bear, no arm movement when he walks

What does Lennie do with the water that makes him proud of himself?
He creates ripples across the water

What does lennie not have in his pocket?
bus ticket; work card

Why does Lennie not have it in his pocket?
George took it so lennie wouldnt lose it

What does Lennie take out of his pocket that gets him yelled at by George?
A dead mouse

What did lennie want to do with it?
he wanted to pet it

Where are george and lennie going?
to a ranch for work

From where are george and lennie coming?
Weed, CA

When they get to where they are going, what does George tell Lennie to do?
to not say a word

Why did George and lennie leave the last place they were at?
Lennie messed up

When lennie goes out to get wood for a fire, what does he bring back that George takes away?
a mouse

Who used to give lennie mice?
his aunt clara

Why did she stop gining lennie mice?
he kept petting them too hard and killing them

What does lennie want with his dinner that they don’t have?

What does George imlpy happened in Weed with the girl?
that lennie messed up and was innocent on anything that the girl would say

What dream does George and Lennie share?
The rabbits and their own ranch

Where does George tell Lennie to go if he gets in trouble?
to the brush by the river

Explain the relationship between George and Lennie based on Chapter 1.
George is like a big brother to lennie and watches over him. George is sometimes harsh, but for lennie’s own good.

According to the old man, why was the boss mad at George and Lennie?
because they came late and couldnt work that day

What does george find in the box by his bed and what does he assume?
some type of cleaner and he assumes its becasue everything is really dirty

Describe the “stable buck” What physical attributes does he have? What does the boss use him for?
An african american worker, strong, used for working in the stable

Describe the fight between the “stable buck” and Smitty?

What is Lennie’s last name?

What does the boss suspect george of doing to lennie? What makes him think this?
That george is taking lennie’s pay away from him, he things this because george isnt letting lennie answer.

What reason does George give for taking care of lennie?
he is his brother.

..? cousin?

What is george’s last name?

Who is curley?
the boss’s son

What does the swamper tell george about curley’s left hand?
he wears a glove of vaseline to make his hand soft for his wife

Describe curley’s wife.
She had full, roughed lips and wide spread eyes and wore a ton of makeup

Why does she come into the bunkhouse?
She is “looking for curley” which means shes checking out the new men

Describe Slim. What is his job on the ranch? What are some of his character triats?
He is different, finer, smarter, can make distinctions more than the others/ He is a big tall skinner.

What did Slim do to four of his pups? Why?
He drowns them becasue there were nine pups and the mom couldn’t feed all of them.

What does lennie want george to ask slim?
if he can have one of the pups

Describe the atmosphere of the ranch and bunkhouse.

Be sure to include characteristics of different characters that were formally or informally introduced to us this chapter.

the ranch and bunkhouse were very friendly and accepting of the two men.

What does slim say he would have done to the dog if he hadn’t given it to lennie.

He would have killed it.

What are two books that crooks owns?
a tattered dictionrary and a mauled copy of the CA civil codes for 1905

How does crooks react to lennie when he comes to visit?
He tells lennie that he has no right to come in his room.

For what reason did lennie come to the barn?
The light was on and he was lonely

Where is George?
he went to town

What do we learn about Crook’s family?
he was born in CA and his father owned a chicken ranch

What does lennie tell crooks, even though he probably shouldn’t have?
the rabbit story

What is crook’s opinion of george and lennie’s desire to get land?
that it will never happen, everyone always has that dream and never achieves it

About what did candy want to talk to lennie?
about the rabbits

Where is george’s money going according to crooks?
to the women in the “cathouse”

What day and time is it at the beginning of chapter 5?
Sunday afternoon

What is lennie doing in the barn by himself?
peting his dog while the others are playing horseshoes

Why does lennie think that he might not get to tend the rabbits?
because he killed the pup/dog

Who visits lennie in the barn?
Curley’s wife

According to Curley’s wife, why isnt anyone going to leave the horseshoe tournament?
they all want to win

According to curley’s wife, how come she didnt’t get into show business?
the people never called her

What can we infer is the reason curley’s wife married curley?
he adored her

What plan does lennie have to avoid getting in trouble?
hiding curley’s wife by the hay

What did lennie lose that he wishes he had now?
aunt clara, george, love?????

What is the setting of the novel?
Central California 1930s (USA) depression era

From what point of view is the story told?
3rd person omniscent; often called the “God’s eye” point of view because it can see all the thoughts and emotion

What is an example of something ironic from this chapter (2)?
Lennie’s last name is small and he is described as a big guy

What is the theme of the novel so far?
help others to help yourself

What is an example of an onomatopoeia
buzz, click, rattle, grunt

What are the different types of external conflicts?
character vs. another character; character vs. forces of nature; character vs.


What is an internal conflict?
character vs. itself (lennie vs. lennie)

What is an example of verbal irony?
verbal irony???

Who is/are the protagonist(s)?
George and Lennie

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