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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?

Weed, California

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 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.

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