Of Mice and Men (John Steinbeck) - Comprehension Questions
Where did the bus drop the two men off?
2 miles from the ranch near Salinas river
How is George described?
As a short, small, slim, working man:
"small and quick and dark of face" "restless eyes" "strong, sharp features" "strong hands" "slender arms" "thin bony nose"
How is Lennie described?
As a man with big, broad shoulders, who walks like a bear:
"huge", "shapeless", "large pale eyes", "wide sloping shoulders", "dragging his feet...the way a bear drags his paws"
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 wouldn't 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?
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?
Who used to give Lennie mice?
His Aunt Clara
Why did she stop giving 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 because he stroked the girl's dress too hard and then she accused him of rape
What dream does George and Lennie share?
That they own their own ranch, have rabbits and live of the "fat o' the land"
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.