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Contents
Lesson #1 ........................................................................................................................................ 4
Introduction to the Novel ............................................................................................................ 4
Imagery ....................................................................................................................................... 4
Photograph Description .............................................................................................................. 4
Lesson #2 ........................................................................................................................................ 4
The Great Depression ................................................................................................................. 4
Chapter One Vocabulary............................................................................................................. 4
Chapter One Idioms .................................................................................................................... 5
Reading ....................................................................................................................................... 5
Chapter One Questions ............................................................................................................... 5
Lesson #3 ........................................................................................................................................ 5
Chapter Two Vocabulary ............................................................................................................ 5
Reading ....................................................................................................................................... 5
Photograph Descriptions Revisited ............................................................................................. 5
Chapter Two Idioms ................................................................................................................... 5
Lesson #4 ........................................................................................................................................ 6
Chapter Two Questions............................................................................................................... 6
Character Analysis ...................................................................................................................... 6
Chapter Three Vocabulary .......................................................................................................... 6
Reading ....................................................................................................................................... 6
Lesson #5 ........................................................................................................................................ 6
Euthanasia ................................................................................................................................... 6
Robert Latimer ............................................................................................................................ 6
Opinion Paragraph ...................................................................................................................... 7
Robert Latimer Videos ................................................................................................................ 7
Lesson #6 ........................................................................................................................................ 7
Chapter Three Questions............................................................................................................. 7
Business Letter Assignment ........................................................................................................ 7
Chapter Four Vocabulary............................................................................................................ 7
Chapter Four Idioms ................................................................................................................... 7
Lesson #7 ........................................................................................................................................ 7
Chapter Four Questions .............................................................................................................. 7
Comparison ................................................................................................................................. 8
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Chapter Five and Six Vocabulary ............................................................................................... 8
Reading ....................................................................................................................................... 8
Lesson #8 ........................................................................................................................................ 8
Chapter Five Questions ............................................................................................................... 8
Newspaper Article Assignment .................................................................................................. 8
Reading ....................................................................................................................................... 8
Lesson #9 ........................................................................................................................................ 8
Chapter Six Questions................................................................................................................. 8
Graffiti......................................................................................................................................... 8
Vocabulary Study Session .......................................................................................................... 8
Lesson #10 ...................................................................................................................................... 9
Vocabulary Quiz ......................................................................................................................... 9
Of Mice and Men Debate ............................................................................................................ 9
Lesson #11 ...................................................................................................................................... 9
Of Mice and Men Essay.............................................................................................................. 9
Lesson #12 ...................................................................................................................................... 9
Essay Work ................................................................................................................................. 9
Lesson #13 ...................................................................................................................................... 9
Multiple Choice Unit Test .......................................................................................................... 9
Lesson #14 ...................................................................................................................................... 9
Film ............................................................................................................................................. 9
Lesson #15 ...................................................................................................................................... 9
Continue Film ............................................................................................................................. 9
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Lesson #1
Introduction to the Novel
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Begin Of Mice and Men by reading the first few pages aloud to your class.
Have your students put their heads down on their desks and close their eyes.
Ask them to listen carefully to the description of the setting, and to try to conjure an image of it
in their minds.
Once you have finished reading the description, the students are to draw a rough sketch of what
they imagined.
Discuss what techniques Steinbeck uses to make his descriptions so effective – comparison
(simile, metaphor, personification), detail, appealing to the senses.
Imagery
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Define ‘imagery’ – imagery occurs when a writer uses words to conjure mental images in the
reader’s mind.
With input from your students, make a list on the board of techniques used to create imagery.
Clarify and explain terms such as metaphor, simile, and personification.
Stress the importance of appealing to the senses – more than one; don’t rely entirely on what
things look like. What do they smell, sound, taste, feel like?
Photograph Description
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Students must find a photo of an interesting landscape – on the net, from a magazine, etc.
Students must then write a paragraph describing the landscape.
Ask them to use the techniques described above.
When the students are finished, ask for volunteers to share their descriptions with the class.
Discuss which descriptions and techniques were most effective.
Lesson #2
The Great Depression
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Ask students to share what they know about the 1930’s and the Great Depression.
Watch PowerPoint presentation.
Watch youtube videos on the Great Depression.
http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=great+depression&search_type=&aq=f
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Discuss life in the Depression
Chapter One Vocabulary
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Please consult the vocabulary package for a list of difficult words from chapter one.
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Either photocopy and give these words to your students, or write the ones you feel are
necessary on the board.
Check for understanding.
You may also want to have your students practice using the words by writing five or ten
sentences using them. You can make it more fun and challenging by defying them to use ten
words in a sentence correctly.
Chapter One Idioms
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Distribute the Chapter One Idioms handout.
Go over the terms together to make sure students understand them.
Have the students use the idioms in sentences orally.
Reading
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Students must finish the first chapter – they may read silently, or you may read to them (if you
have a good Lennie voice ).
Chapter One Questions
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Please consult the reading comprehension package for chapter questions.
Students are to answer the questions in writing.
Discuss the answers.
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Chapter Two Vocabulary
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Go over the vocabulary list for chapter two.
Check for understanding.
Again, you may want to have you students practice using the words in sentences.
Reading
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Read the beginning of chapter two.
Ask your students to again listen to the description, this time of the bunkhouse.
What descriptive techniques does Steinbeck rely on here?
Photograph Descriptions Revisited
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Return the descriptive paragraphs to the students – I hope you have them marked 
Ask students to look over the comments and suggestions.
After taking some time to reflect, they are to trade images with someone else in the class and
write a new descriptive paragraph.
Again, have your students share them with the class when they are finished.
Chapter Two Idioms
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Distribute the chapter two idioms.
Go over the terms together to make sure students understand them.
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Have the students use the idioms in sentences orally.
Lesson #4
Chapter Two Questions
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Please consult the reading comprehension package for chapter questions.
Students are to answer the questions in writing.
Discuss the answers.
Character Analysis
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By now your students will have encountered all of the significant characters.
Students are to choose one character to write a brief report on.
Their report should describe the character – both physical and personality – and must include
examples and evidence to support the descriptions.
Students are to include at least two quotes that demonstrate aspects of the character’s
personality.
Chapter Three Vocabulary
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Go over the vocabulary list for chapter three.
Check for understanding.
Again, you may want to have you students practice using the words in sentences.
Reading
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Students read chapter three silently – while you get some marking done!
Lesson #5
Euthanasia
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Define ‘euthanasia’ with your class – mercy killing.
Ask students if they know of any cases of euthanasia.
Discuss any examples that arise.
There are many examples you might discuss – Dr. Kavorkian, etc. – but perhaps the most
interesting is the one involving a man named Robert Latimer in Canada.
Robert Latimer
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Read through the Robert Latimer article together – see website below for article:
http://www.cbc.ca/news/background/latimer/
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Discuss whether or not he did the right thing.
Make a T-Chart on the board listing reasons for and against what Latimer did.
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Opinion Paragraph
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After discussing it and going over the issues on both sides of the Latimer argument, have your
students write an opinion paragraph on the following question:
Did Robert Latimer do the right thing?
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Students should cite specific reasons and examples to support their opinions.
Robert Latimer Videos
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Watch the following videos related to the Latimer case.
Discuss them afterwards.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZruMTCnq39k
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=txcEYBBB6aA
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Chapter Three Questions
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Please consult the reading comprehension package for chapter questions.
Students are to answer the questions in writing.
Discuss the answers.
Business Letter Assignment
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Please refer to the business letter assignment handout.
Chapter Four Vocabulary
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Go over the vocabulary list for chapter four.
Check for understanding.
Again, you may want to have you students practice using the words in sentences.
Chapter Four Idioms
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Distribute the chapter four idioms.
Go over the terms together to make sure students understand them.
Have the students use the idioms in sentences orally.
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Chapter Four Questions
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Please consult the reading comprehension package for chapter questions.
Students are to answer the questions in writing.
Discuss the answers.
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Comparison
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Ask your students to consider what Lennie, Candy, Crooks, and Curly’s wife have in common.
Discuss similarities and differences and list points on the board.
Students are to write a paragraph exploring the similarities between any two of these
characters.
Chapter Five and Six Vocabulary
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Go over the vocabulary list for chapters five and six.
Check for understanding.
Again, you may want to have you students practice using the words in sentences.
Reading
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Students are to read silently while you get a little work done 
Lesson #8
Chapter Five Questions
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Please consult the reading comprehension package for chapter questions.
Students are to answer the questions in writing.
Discuss the answers.
Newspaper Article Assignment
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Please refer to the news article assignment handout.
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Students are to read silently while you get a little work done 
Lesson #9
Chapter Six Questions
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Please consult the reading comprehension package for chapter questions.
Students are to answer the questions in writing.
Discuss the answers.
Graffiti
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Students must each write one thing on the board related to Of Mice and Men.
It can be an observation, comment, questions, criticism, etc.
Once every student has contributed to the graffiti, read them over and discuss together.
Vocabulary Study Session
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Remind students that they will have a vocabulary quiz on Friday (Lesson #10).
Give them 15 minutes to study the vocabulary for chapters 1-6.
Then randomly quiz students by giving them a word and asking them to define it.
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You can add some incentive with candy.
Lesson #10
Vocabulary Quiz
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Please refer to the vocabulary quiz and quiz key in your vocabulary package.
Mark together in class by having students switch with a partner.
Of Mice and Men Debate
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Please refer to the debate handout in your package of assignments.
Lesson #11
Of Mice and Men Essay
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Please refer to essay handout in your package of assignments.
Go over essay structure with your students
They will begin the essay today and finish it in class tomorrow.
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Essay Work
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Students finish their in-class essays.
Lesson #13
Multiple Choice Unit Test
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Students complete the multiple-choice test.
Lesson #14
Film
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Begin watching 1992 film Of Mice and Men starring John Malcovich and Gary Sinise.
Lesson #15
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Finish watching Of Mice and Men.
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Of Mice and Men Study Guide
Read the questions before you read each chapter of Of Mice and Men. Answer the questions in a
few words or a factual sentence. Some questions require you to answer by expressing a thought
or opinion.
Chapter 1
1. In what part of the country does the novel take place?
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2. List words that describe Lennie.
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3. List words that describe George.
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4. To what animal is Lennie compared?
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5. To what animal would you compare George?
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6. Why were George and Lennie run out of Weed?
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7. What things does Lennie do and say that make him like a child?
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8. Does George rea11y want Lennie to go away? Explain your answer.
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9. What is the meaning of the following phrase: “An’ live off the fatta the lan’”?
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10. Where does George tell Lennie to hide?
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Chapter 2
1. Who greeted George and Lennie at the Bunkhouse?
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2. What unusual habits did Whitey have?
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3. Whom did the boss punish because George and Lennie were late? Why?
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4. Why does George answer all the questions directed to Lennie?
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5. How does the boss react to George's friendship with Lennie?
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6. What excuse does George give for Lennie's slowness?
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7. How does Curley react to Lennie's silence?
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8. What does he think about George and Lennie's travelling together?
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9. What does the swamper mean by the statement: "Curley's pretty handy"?
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10. What uneasy feeling does George have about Curley's wife?
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Chapter 3
1. Who is Slim?
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2. What kind act does Slim do for Lennie?
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3. How does Slim react to Lennie and George's travelling together?
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4. Why do you think George told Slim about what hapoened in Weed?
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5. List words that describe Candy's dog from Carlson's point of view.
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6. What is Carlson's solution to the problem of the dog?
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7. Describe how Carlson shoots Candy's dog.
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8. What role does Candy play in helping George and Lennie to buy land?
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9. Why does Curley attack Lennie? What happens to Curley?
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Chapter 4
1. Why is Crooks jealous of Lennie's friendship with George?
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2. How does Crooks fill his loneliness?
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3. How does Crooks feel about Lennie’s dream of “livin’ off the fatta the lan’”?
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4. Why does Curley's wife interrupt Crooks, Candy, and Lennie?
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5. Does Curley’s wife know what happened to Lennie’s hand? What is her reaction to the
incident?
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Chapter5
1. What did Lennie do to the puppy?
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2. Why is he angry at the dead puppy?
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3. When Lennie does not want to talk to Curley's wife, how does she react?
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4. What does she ask Lennie to do?
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5. How does Lennie kill her?
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6. Who does Candy blame for the murder? Why is he so angry at what has happened?
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7. Why does George leave and then return to the scene of the crime with the others?
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8. Who does Carlson think has stolen his gun?
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Chapter 6
1. Where does Lennie hide?
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2. Lennie has an unusual hallucination. Describe it.
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3. How do the characters in Lennie's dream treat him?
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4. What is George going to do to Lennie? How does he do it?
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5. Earlier in the novel, who or what was ki11ed in the same way?
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6. Why did George lie to the others about what had happened?
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Chapter 1 - Questions
1. a) Find evidence that shows Lennie is mentally challenged.
b) Explain how this evidence proves Lennie is like a child.
2. a) What is George and Lennie's dream?
b) Is this dream realistic for the time?
3. What is your dream job? Describe what you will do, the amount of
money you will make, and what about your job will keep you
satisfied. Your answer should be approximately half a page.
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CHAPTER 2
1. Predict what could be George's and Lermie's tragic flaws.
2. Find examples of foreshadowing in this chapter.
3.. What is Candy's role in the novel?
4. Describe the following characters:
a. Curley
b. Curley's wife .
c. Slim
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5. Why doesn't society respect people who do humble jobs, such as
migrant farm work, and janitorial work?
6. Find examples of themes in the book so far.
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7. Find examples of motifs in the book so far.
8. Why can't people understand the relationship between George and
Lenrde?
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CHAPTER 3
1. Find examples of allusions in this chapter. What is the purpose of
including this?
2. How would you describe Candy's character?
3. \iVhat could the shooting of Candy's dog symbolize?
4. How are women in this novel "dangerous"?
5. What is the purpose of including idioms?
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CHAPTER 4
1. Discuss the dreams and obstacles to these dreams of the following
characters:
~ George and Lennie
~ Candy
~. Curley's wife
2. An underdogis a person or group who is expected to lose or is losing
a struggle or contest. This person or group is a victim of persecution
or injustice.
In what ways is each of the following characters an underdog? How
do they each cope with loneliness? What reasons do they have for
disappointment?
~ Crooks
~ Curley's wife
~ Candy.
3. How are Crooks and Curley's wife parallel characters?
(THINK: similarities)
4. Who are the "loneliest guys in the world" today?
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CHAPTERS&:6
1. Why isn't Curley's wife named? Is she an evil woman?
2. How does Lennie respond to right and wrong?
3. Having finished the book, what are some examples of foreshadowing?
4. What is George's tragic flaw?
5. How is Slim "the voice of reason"?
6. What is the true meaning of friendship? How does George and
Lennie's relationship fit this criteria?
7. How is this tragedy related to the title of the book?
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Chapter 1
acres (n.): An acre is an area of land equal to 4,840 square yards or 43,560 square feet. For
comparison, a football field is 45,000 square feet, so one acre is a little smaller than a football
field.
anguished (adj.): anguish is a feeling of great physical or mental pain. The look on Lennie's
face would show the mental pain he feels at the thought of George leaving him.
bank (n.): the part of land that meets a body of water /'
bindle (n.): a small bundle of items rolled up inside a blanket and carried over the shoulder or on
the back; a bedroll.
brusquely (adv.): quickly; bluntly; abruptly; almost rudely
bucking (v.): To buck in this instance is to throw large .bags of grain on a truck. Barley is
poured into large burlap bags (75 or more pounds) and passed brigade-style (in a line) to the
truck.
carp (n.): a freshwater fish.
cat house (n.): whore house; house of prostitution
contemplated (v.) To contemplate something is to think about it. Lennie is thinking about
running away.
'coons (n.): raccoons.
current (n.): the strong flow of water in a definite direction
debris (n.): remains. In this case, the "debris of the winter's flooding" would be drops of water
falling from the leaves of the tree.
elaborate (adj.): expressed in great detail
flats (n.): level, flat ground
heron (n.): a wading bird (that is, a bird that is often found wading in the water, usually in a
search for food) with a long neck, beak, and legs.
junctures (n.): A juncture is where two things come together. The juncture of a willow leaf is
where the two sides of the leaf meet in the center.
mimicking (v.): imitating
morosely (adv.): in a sad, gloomy manner
mottled (adj.): having a variety of hues or colors; variegated, like marble
periscope (n.): a device that, through a series of mirrors and prisms, allows one to view
something not directly in the line of sight. Periscopes are used on submarines to allow the sailors
to see above the waterline.
rabbit hutch (n.): A type of cage for keeping rabbits.
recumbent (adj.): still; without movement
reeds (n.): tall grass with hollow stems, often found in or near water.
single file (n.): a line of people, animals, or things moving one after the other. Instead of walking
side by side, George and Lennie walk in single file; George first, then Lennie behind him.
stake (n.): an amount of money
stilted (adj.): In the instance, stilted refers to the legs of the heron which are very long and thin,
like stilts.
sycamores (n.): a type of shade tree with leaves resembling the leaves of a maple tree.
thrashin' machines (n): Thrashing machines, sometimes called threshers or threshing machines;
are used on farms to separate the grain or seed from the straw of such plants as barley or wheat.
tramps (n.): In this case, a tramp is a person who travels about on foot, usually doing odd jobs
for a living
unslung (v.): removed; took off wearily (adv.): tired; in a tired way willows (n.): a type of tree
with narrow leaves and strong, flexible twigs and branches.
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abruptly (adv.): suddenly; almost rudely
apprehensive (adj.): anxious; fearful
archly (adv.): playfully
axles (n.): bars connecting two opposite wheels
bale (n.): a large bundle of something that has been compressed and tied together. Grains such as
hay, wheat, and barley are often made into bales after they're harvested.
barley (n.): a type of cereal grass. The grain from the barley plant is often used for making malts
and for animal feed.
bitch (n.): a female dog
blacksmith (n.): a person who works with iron, especially in the making of horseshoes.
bridled (v.): to pull one's head back in anger or pride; especially when one feels one has been
offended
bristled (adj.): stiff and prickly
bristly (adj.): stiff and prickly
brusquely (adv.): roughly; abruptly
buckers (n.): people who buck grain bags
bunk house (n): a building that provides sleeping quarters for workers on a ranch or farm.
bunks (n): beds
burlap (n.): a coarse, inexpensive, woven fabric; often used for making
grain sacks
calculating (adj.): shrewd; scheming
cesspool (n.): a deep hole in the ground into which sewage from sinks, toilets, etc. is drained.
cockier (adj.): To be cocky is to be conceited, overbearing, and
aggressive.
complacently (adv.): in a pleased, satisfied manner
cultivator (n.): a large farm machine used for cultivation (the preparation of the earth for
planting).
derogatory (adj.): belittling and insulting
disengage (v.): free
dousing (n): to douse is to be drenched with liquid. A dousing refers to someone having been
covered with a liquid, in this case water, during a washing.
dragfooted (adj.) fame; dragging a lame foot
gingerly (adv.): in a careful, cautious way
grain teams (n): A team is two or more horses harnessed to a wagon or other drawn vehicle.
Grain teams would be the teams (horses and wagons) used to haul, grain in from the fields.
graybacks (n.): lice; parasites. Lice are small, wingless insects that live off the blood of other
animals.
grizzled (adj.): gray
handy (adj.): clever with one's hands; especially, in this case, in terms of fighting
harness (n.): the leather straps and metal pieces by which a horse or mule is fastened to a
vehicle.
hatchet face (n): a lean, sharp face
heavy-laden (adj.) heavily loaded
insteps (n.): the parts of the shoes between the toe and the ankle
jerkline skinner (n.): A skinner is the driver of a team of mules. A jerkline skinner is the main
driver of a mule team who handles the jerkline (reins).
laboring (adj.): working, particularly work that involves physical labor.
lamely (adv.): To be lame is to be crippled; especially to have an
injured leg or foot.
lashed (v.): swung around quickly
lean (adj.): thin
leaves (n.): pages
lightweight (n.): a boxer who weighs between 127 -135 pounds
liniment (n.): a medicated liquid rubbed on the skin to ease sore muscles and sprains
mollified (adj.): soothed; pacified
mules (n): a type of shoe or slipper than does not cover the hear.
muzzle (n.): the projecting part (the part that sticks out) of a dogs head that includes the mouth,
nose, and jaw.
ominously (adv.): in a threatening way
peered (v.): To peer is to look closely or squint at something to see it more clearly
pocket (n.): in this instance, a pocket would be a hollow or cavity in the land filled with gold ore
precede (v.): go before or ahead of
pugnacious (adj.): eager and ready to fight
rouged (adj.): colored red, as with lipstick
scourges (n.): a scourge is anything that inflicts discomfort or suffering; in this case, any variety
of insects and pests
scowled (v.): a scowl is an angry look achieved by frowning and scrunching the eyebrows
together.
shepherds (n.): dogs bred to herd sheep.
skeptically (adv.): To be skeptical is doubt or question something. George is doubting that the
bunk house, and especially his mattress, is really clean
slough (v): get rid of soiled (adj.): dirty; stained
spurs (n.): sharp, pointed metal devices worn on the heels of a boots, used to urge on horses
when riding.
stable buck (n.): a stable is a building where horses are kept. A buck, in this case, is a
derogatory word for a black man. A staple buck, then, would be a black man who works in a
stable.
stocky (adj.): heavily and solidly built
swamper (n.): a handyman; someone who performs odd jobs often involving cleaning
tart (n.) a woman of loose morals; one who is prone to be sexually unfaithful
tick (n.) mattress covering
ticking (n.): the cloth case for a mattress. In this instance, the cloth case was made from burlap.
trace chains (n): the chains that connect a horse's harness to a vehicle
tramp (n.): In this case, a tramp is a woman of loose morals who is sexually promiscuous
vials (n.): small bottles
viciously (adv.): cruelly; in a mean way
wheeler (n.): the horse harnessed nearest to the front wheels of a vehicle
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alfalfa: a plant widely grown for animal feed. See a picture of a field of alfalfa.
barrel: the long part of a gun through which the bullet travels when it is fired
bemused: preoccupied; deep in thought
bleated: A bleat is the cry usually associated with a goat, sheep, or calf. In this case, Lennie cries
out with terror in an animal-like way.
candy wagon: a crew bus or truck used for transporting people
cowering: To cower is to shrink and tremble from fear.
derision: To deride someone is to make fun of that person. The sound of voices of derision
would be the sound of people making fun of, or laughing at, another.
does (n.): female rabbits
receptive: able and willing to listen to and accept information, new ideas, etc. Slim is willing to
listen to what George is about to tell him.
reprehensible: To reprehend someone is to reprimand or criticize that person. Something that
is reprehensible is something that is deserving of criticism.
rheumatism: a painful condition involving the joints and muscles
run: an enclosure for animals in which they can exercise, feed, etc.
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aloof (adj.); distant; removed; cool
appraised: judged
arouse: to excite; bring about
contemptuously: full of contempt or scorn
ego: sense of self; self-awareness
hame (n.): the piece along the side of a horse collar to which the trace chains are attached
meager (adj.): of poor quality or small amount
persuasive (adj.): convincing
riveter (n.): a tool used to fasten rivets. Rivets are small metal bolts or pins used to attach fabric
and leather pieces together
rummy (n.): a card game
scornful: Scorn is a feeling of contempt for someone or something; the belief that a person or
thing is worthless. Crooks is scornful of Lennie because he thinks Lennie's plan is nothing more
than a dream.
spectacles (n.): eyeglasses
subsided: became less excited; calmed down
twict: a sharp, sudden punch
whinnied: the low, gently sound (sometimes called a "neigh") that a horse makes
Chapters 5 and 6
craftily (adv.): in a sly, cunning manner
darkly (adv.): deeply; richly; secretly
drawn (v.): To draw someone out is to get that person to talk. Curley's wife cannot get Lennie
to talk to her.
dugs (n.): nipples; teets
jack-pin (n.): Also known as a belaying pin, a jack pin is a removable wooden or metal pin
inserted in the rail of ships around which ropes can be fastened
monotonous (adj.): flat, with no expression
sulkily (adv.): in a gloomy manner
sullenly (adv.): sadly; in a depressing and gloomy way
taloned (adj.): A talon is a finger-like claw. A four-taloned fork would be a fork with four
“claws”
wisps (n.): tiny, slight strands or pieces
writhed (v.): twisted
- Of Mice and Men
Chapter 1:
•
Chapter 1
8 Points
Find evidence that shows that Lennie is mentally handicapped. Explain why
the evidence proves he is like a child.
Example: He likes to pet mice
because like a child, he likes soft things
Example
Evidence
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
,
7.
8.
Of Mice and Me.n - Business letter assignment
12
marks
Assignment: You will be George Milton. You are writing to the people he
wants to buy Q house from.
your address: Double • B· Ranch
RR#2
Soledad, California
91423
you're writing to: Mr. Smith
453 Cherry Tree Lane
Pasadena, California
97832
Business letter content:
first
pQragraph~ Say
why you are writing.
second paragraph: Give an explanation of your offer.
third paragraph: State what 'you w~t to happen
fourth
pQragraph~ Write
a one sentence -thank you.·
Of Mice and Men - Newspaper Article Assianment
18 marks
+:
·
AsSlgnmen,
You are a reporter for a Saiinasnewspaper. You have been assigned the task
of writing a news article about the crime that took place on the ranch.
Remember that a reporter is supposed to be objective.
Criteria:
..
..
..
..
good title for your news article
approximately 200 words in length
focus on the FACTS - include relevant crime details
Begin the article with a summary of the crime (5 W's - who, what, where,
when, why), and then go into the interviews and extra comments.
.. Include interviews with some KEY characters (Curley, George, Slim)
.. Final draft should be typecL_---o
-
Evaluation:
This aSSignment will be marked using the 6 point scale (and then multiplied
by 3). It will be evaluated in terms of content, organization, and written
expression.
·Of Mice and Men
ANIMAL IMAGERY
Much of Steinbeck's description contains visual images of animals. For
example, he refers to Lennie's walk as "dragging his feet a little, the way a
bear drags his paws." The purpose of this line is to identify Lennie's size
and shape and to suggest that Lennie is slow-witted. Analyze the following
images, and express in a few lines the purpose of each phrase.
1. ."Slowly, like a terrier who doesn't want to bring a ball to its master,
Lennie approached, drew back, approached again. George snapped
his fingers sharply, and at the sound Lennie laid the mouse in his
hand."
.
2. 'The next minute Curley was flopping like a fish on a line, and his
dosed fist was lost in Lennie's big hand."
3. "Want me to tell ya what'll happen? They'll take ya to the booby
hatch. They'll tie ya up with a collar, like a dog." .
4.· "You ain't got sense enough in that chicken head to even see that we
ain't stiffs."
5. '" Don't you go yellin',' he said, and he shook her; and her body flopped
like a fish. And then she. was still, for Lennie had broken her neck."
6. "Suddenly Lennie appeared out of the brush, and he came as silently
as a creeping bear moves."
7. "And then from out of Lennie's head there came a little fat old woman.
She wore thick bull's -eye glasses and she wore a huge gingham apron
with pockets, and she was starched and clean."
O/Mice and Men Debates
Topic: Was George right to shoot Lennie?
Assignment
You will be assigned to one side ofthis debate. It doesn't matter what you truly think or
believe - you must put this aside. Your job is to argue for the side you are assigned.
Think about your arguments and then try to anticipate the other side's arguments and
think of how you might counter those. Be convincing. Ajury of your peers will
determine which side presents the strongest case.
Format
Opening Argument - each side gets two minutes to present their opening argument and
outline the basis of their case. One member of each team, as selected by the team, will
make this initial argument. The initial argument may not respond to what the other side
has said - that will come in the rebuttal. A coin toss will determine which side goes first.
First Rebuttal - each side will now share four minutes to respond to the initial arguments.
Any team member may participate in this process by raising a hand. The debate chair
will select speakers, taking turns to recognize each side.
Final Argument Preparation - each side will now have ten minutes to prepare their final
arguments and chose who will present the final argument (it cannot be the same person
who presented the opening argument).
Final Arguments - each side now has two minutes to present their final arguments.
Again, a coin toss will determine which side goes first.
Roles
YES Team-7
NO Team-7
Judges - 9
Debate Chair - 1
Of Mice and Men' ESSAY EXAM
24 marks
You will be Miring a detailed, well~organized, in~class essay of
approximately 300,500 words on the topic below. This will be an open,
book essay exam, so you will be expected to include quotations.
DID GEORGE MAKE THE RIGHT DECISION WHEN HE KILLED LENNIE? .
Evaluation: This essay will be marked using the 6'point scale for prose
writing. You will nor be taking this essay home to do revisions! 'Alhat you
produce in class is what will be marked!
R,minders:
~ .Sta-IT oUt With an introductory paragraph, with a dear thesis
statement at the end of it.
~ Support your thesis With 2'3 body paragraphs. These should each
have a topic sentence, supporting examples and quotes, and a
concluding sentence.
.
- -- .
~ Finish your essay with a strong concluding paragraph] Restate your
thesis, and then make some strong, final comments related to the
topic.
.~ Write a FORMAL essay! (ex no "1", sophisticated vocab, etc.)
·Of Mice and Men
Chapter 1 _. Idioms
An IDIOM is a phrase or expression that cannot be understood for the
ordinary meaning of individual words. For example: In England, "knocked up"
means "woken up.")
Find the meaning of each of the IDIOMS here,
Blow their stack
Blowin' in our jack
Bustin' a gut
Jungle-up
Live off the fatta the Ian'
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Chapter 2 - Idioms
An IDIOM is a phrase or expression that cannot be understood for the
ordinary meaning of individual words. For example: In England, "knocked up"
means "woken up.")
Find the meaning of each of the IDIOMS here,
Bum steer
canned
clear out
done quite a bit in the ring
dirty hearty
flapper
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Chapter 4- Idioms
An IDIOM is a phrase or expression that cannot be understood for the
ordinary meaning of individual words. For example: In England, "knocked up"
means "woken up.")
Find the meaning of each of the IDIOMS here,
balony
corn
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old lady
sellin' me
strung up in a tree
took a powder
Qf Mice and
Men
IDIOMS
,~
An IDIOM is a phrase or expression that cannot be understood from the
ordinary meaning of individual words. (For example: In England, ·knocked up·
means ·woken up.-)
Try matching the following idioms with their correct explanations!
\>--.../
1.
"crack"
a) nonsense
2.
·Iulu"
b) figured out
3.
"flat bust"
c) save up some money
4.
"roll up a stake"
d) sexy woman
5.
"throw a litter"
e) insane asylum
6.
• balony"
f) left
7.
·booby hatch"
g) have puppies
8.
·com"
h) session of sex with a prostitute
9.
"doped out"
i) whiskey
10.
·took a powder"
j) no money
.....
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Of Mice and Men
IDIOMS
An IDIOM is a phrase or expression that cannot be understood from the
ordinary meaning of individual words. (For example: In England, "knocked up"
means "woken up.")
OF MICE AND MEN - VOCABULARY
1. bindle
_
eager and ready to fight
2. morosely
_
to pull one's head back in anger or pride
3. cat house
_
belongings
4. anguish
_
threatening
5. jack
_
intentionally cruel
6. recumbent
women of loose morals
7. apprehensive
_
gloomy
8. bridled
_
severe misery
9. complacent
_
money, savings
10. liniment
_
satisfied, indifferent
11. mollified
_
anxious, fearful
12. ominous
_
brothel, whore house
13. pugnacious
_
a medicated liquid rubbed on the skin
14. tart
_
soothed, pacified
15. vicious
_
lying down, reclining
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OF MICE AND MEN - VOCABULARY
1. bindle
l2 eager and ready to fight
2. morosely
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to pull one's head back in anger or pride
3. cat house
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belongings
4. anguish
1~
threatening
5. jack
~ intentionally cruel
6. recumbent
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7. apprehensive
~ gloomy
8. bridled
!t- severe misery
9. complacent
':7 money, savings
10. liniment
1- satisfied, indifferent
11. mollified
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anxious, fearful
12. ominous
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brothel, whore house
13. pugnacious
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a medicated liquid rubbed on the skin
14. tart
1(
soothed, pacified
15. vicious
£- lying down, reclining
women of loose morals
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1: Why dQ George and Lennie leave the ranch iuWeed,?
o
o
o
o
(a): Lennie was accused of rape.
(b): Lennie killed the farmer's rabbit.
(c): Lennie fought with the farmer's son-in-law.
(d): Lennie and George were fired.
2: For what does Lennie ask that angers George?
o
o
o
o
(a): Beans
(b); Ketchup
(c): Rabbits
(d): A Puppy
3: According to George, why are he and Lennie different from other migrant
laborers?
o (a): They cannot move fromjob to job as easily because of Lennie's disability.
o (b): They have a chance to fulfill their dream of owning land.
o
(c): They don't have any responsibilities.
o
(d): They are not lonely, for they have each other.
4: Which of the following does not foreshadow later events in the novel?
o (a): George talks about Aunt Clara.
('\
../ (b): George tells Lennie where to hide ifthere is trouble.
o (c): George scolds Lennie for getting them fired from every job they have.
o .(d): George kills the mouse that he holds.
. 5: Which of the fonowing does not describe Lennie?
o
(a): Innocent
o
(b): Slow-Vvitted
o
o
(c): Talkative
(d): Forgetful
6: Which of the following is not significantabont George's speech to Lennie?
o (a): George has given the speech many times, showing the tenacity with which they
hold their dreams.
.
o
(b): George's dreams for the future contrast with their current situation.
o
(c): The speech demonstrates Lennie's fixation in simplistic pleasures.
o (d): The speech foreshadows George and Lennie's future together.
7: Which of the following is not a possible reason why the boss sllspectsGeorge and
Lennie?
o (a): George shows concern for Lennie~
o (b): Lennie does not speak.
o
(c): George gives an unsatisfactory answer why they are no longer in Weed.
o (d): Lennie appears foolish and dimwitted.
8: Why does Curley dislike Lennie?
o . (a): Lennie ogles his wife.
.
o (b): Curley is jealous ofthose who are bigger than he.
o (c): Lennie laughs at Curley.
o (d): The boss tells Curley to watch out for Lennie.
9: What is the significance of George's explanation that he and Lennie are cousins?
o (a): They are in an environment in which two men can only behave kindly to one
another if they have a tangible family connection.
o
(b): This lie alerts the boss that George and Lennie are trouble.
o (c): It explains why George cares for Lennie despite his apparent dislike for him.
o
(d): He lies because. Lennie believes that he is George's actual cousin.
10: What do the men think of Curley's Wife?
o (a): They think that she is a tart.
o (b): They pity her for her marriage to Curley.
C
C
(c): They think that she married Curley for money.
(d): They suspect that she married Curley because she is pregnant.
11: Which of the following does not describe Curley's Wife when she first enters the
bunkhouse?
o
(a): Seductive
o (b): Confrontational
o ()c : W. orne. d
o (d): Angry
12: Which of the following is not significant about George's story abou:t the river?
(")
-'
(a): It shows that Lennie will obey George unconditionally.
o (b): It shows that Lennie is capable ofself-inflicted violence.
o (c): It shows that Lennie is an innocent who does not know the consequences of his
actions.
<":'
-'
(d): It shows that George is capable of cruelty toward Lennie.
13: Which of the following is not an explanation for why Lennie and George travel
together?
o
o
o
(a): Lennie needs constant supervision.
o
(d): George feels responsible for Lennie.
(b): George fears becoming violent if left to himself.
(c): Lennie is George's only surviving relative.
14: Which of the ranch workers has a dog that recently had a iitter of puppies?
o
(a): Candy
o
(b): Carlson
Ci
-'
(c): Crooks
o
(d): Slim
15: Which of these animals is not killed in the course of the story?
o
(a): A puppy
o
(b): An old dog
C
C
(c): A rabbit
Cd): A mouse
16: Which of the following does not describe Candy?·
o
o
o
(a): ill-tempered
(b): dependent
(c): passive
o (d): malleable
17: Which of these comparisons between Candy and his dog does not hold true?
o
o
o
(a): Candy and his dog are both sacrificed when useless.
(b): Candy and his dog are both aged and decrepit.
(c): Candy and his dog are both barely able t6 function without others' help.
0: (d): Candy and his dog are both outcasts.
18: Why does Candy let Carlson shoot his dog?
o (a): Candy knows that his dog will only suffer if he lives.
o (b): Carlson offers Candy another dog.
o (c): Candy,is pressured into letting Carlson shoot his dog.
o . (d): Candy cannot afford the dog anymore.
19: Where does George go at night without Lennie?
o
o
(a): a whorehouse
(b): a strip joint
o
(c): a pool hall
C
(d): to sleep with Curley's wife
20: Which of the following characters does not remain at the farm. at night?
C
-<
(a): Lennie
o (b): Slim
o
C
(c): Candy
(d): Crooks
21: What does Lennie do when Curley punches him?
C
.'
..
.
(a): He Immedmtely crushes Curley's hand.
o
(b): He begins to weep.
o
o
(c): He does not fight back.
(d): He attempts to strange Curley.
22: Which of the following is not a dangerous woman in the novel?
o
o
o
(a): Curley's Wife.
o
(d): The woman from Weed
(b): Aunt Clara
(c): The 'tart'
23: What is the name of Curley's Wife?
C
o
o
o
(a): Clara
(b): Beatrice
(c): Colleen
(d): She is never named.
24: According to Crooks, whafwould happen to Lennie without George?
C
o
o
o
(a): He would be sent to an insane asylum.
(b): He would end up killing himself.
(c): He would be unable to support himself.
(d): He would live like an animal.
25: According to Curley's wife, under what condition do men speak to her?
o
e
o
n
(a): When she offers sexual favors.
(b): When they are alone.
(c): When Curley is around.
(d): When she behaves like a proper wife.
26: Why does George prefer whores to other women?
C
(a): He does not have to commit to a prostitute.
C
(b): He knows what a prostitute expects,
C
(c): He likes the added risks of seeing prostitutes.
o
(d): He actually prefers decent women to whores.
27: What is the threat that Curley's wife makes in Crooks' cabin'?
o
(a): She threatens to have the men fired.
o
(b): She threatens to have Crooks lynched.
o
o
(c): She threatens to accuse Lennie of rape.
(d): She threatens to send Curley after them.
28: What does Crooks say that upsets Lennie?
o
(a): He says that Lennie might be insane.
o
(b): .He says that Lennie and George will never own a farm.
C
.J
o
(c): He says that Lennie and Candy are cripples.
(d): He says that George might leave Lennie.
29: How does Lennie kill the puppy?
o
(a): He smothers it.
o
(b): He bounces the puppy too hard.
o
(c): He strangles the puppy.
a
(d): He allows the puppy to drown.
30: What is Lennie's reaction when he kills the puppy?
r.
-' (a): He becomes angry at the puppy.
o
(b): He is unconcerned.
C
(c): He immediately begs for forgiveness.
o
(d): He does not realize that the puppy is actually dead.
31: Which·of the following is the best explanation for the behavior of Curley's wife
around Lennie?
o
(a): She wanted to seduce Lennie.
C
(b): She wanted to frame Lennie.
C
(c): She wanted to make Curley jealous.
o
(d): She wanted companionship.
32: What is Candy's reaction to the death of Curley's wife?
C (a): He believes that Lennie murdered Curley's wife out of anger.
o
o
(b): He blames George for leaving Lennie alone.
o
(d): He worries that this will upset their plans to get a place together.
(c): He worries that he will be fired for what has happened.
33: Which of the following does Lennie not do when he escapes the farm?
o
(a): He hallucinates that he sees Aunt Clara.
o
(b): He follows George's orders and hides by the river.
o
(c): He fmds a rabbit.
o
(d): He talks to himself.
34: What is Carlson's reaction to Lennie's death?
o
o
(a): He wonders why George is so upset.
o
o
(c): He says that it was inevitable.
(b): He laments the loss of a noble man.
Cd): He tells George that he understands.
35: Why does George shoot Lennie?
o
o
(a): He sacrifices Lennie to save himself.
(b): He murders Lennie to give him a more merciful death than he would suffer from
Curley.
o
(c): He shoots Lennie because he does not care whether Lennie lives or dies.
o (d): He murders Lennie because Lennie attacks him.
36: What does George tell Lennie before he shoots him?
o
e
(a): He tells Lennie that he could live easily without him.
C
(c): He tells Lennie that he will have his rabbits soon.
C
(d): He says that he has to do this for Lennie's own good.
(b): He apologizes to Lennie.
37: Which of the following best describes Steinbeck's portrayal of Aunt Clara as
Lennie imagines her.
o
,...
\ ....i
(a): She is a kind old woman who consoles Lennie.
(b): She is a shrewish lady who criticizes Lennie.
o (c): She is a cold and distant woman who says little.
o (d): She is a young woman much like Curley's wife.
38: Which of the following characters is not paired with his appropriate job at the
ranch?
o (a): Carlson - ranch manager
o.' (b): Crooks - stable buck
C
(c): Candy - swamper
o (d): Slim - jerkline skinner
39: What does Candy think that Curley plans to do when he finds Lennie?
o
(a): lynch him.
o
(b): shoothim
o (c): try him for murder
o (d): strangle him
40: Why did George stop playing tricks on Lennie'?
o
o
(a): He came to pity Lennie.
(b): He realized that Lennie might eventually retaliate and hurt him.
o (c): He realized that Lennie would do whatever he said.
C
(d): Aunt Clara reprimanded him.·.
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