Upgrade to remove ads
Of Mice and Men
Terms in this set (100)
Who wrote Of Mice and Men? When?
John Steinbeck; 1937
Where (geographically) is the book set?
Somewhere near Soledad, California in the 1930s
What body of water is mentioned in the first lines of the book?
The Salinas River, which is located just a few miles south of Soledad
How is the scenery around the Salinas River described in chapter one?
Bright, full of natural life and nearly idyllic - the river itself is "deep and green" with water that has "slipped twinkling over yellow sands" and Steinbeck mentions many forms of wildlife including rabbits and lizards. (This is important because the setting is much darker at the end of the story)
Why has the path and limb of the tree been worn down?
Men traveling through have walked/sat on it
Which two men come into the clearing, disturbing the nature around them?
George Milton and Lennie Small
What are some details which serve as physical contrasts between Lennie and George?
-George is small, quick and has sharp features, while Lennie is large, slow and has a round face that lacks definition
-Lennie is reckless (think while they're drinking) but George is careful and cautious
What does Lennie impulsively do?
Drinks water from the river without waiting to find out if it is clean or not
What does Lennie do while the two men are sitting which evidences his childlike attitude?
He mimics George's physical position
Why is George annoyed during the first moments of the book?
Their bus driver has dropped them off 4 miles short of the ranch they're headed to, which is why they have to travel on foot
What does George say is the only thing that Lennie remembers when the other man admits he's forgotten where they're going?
Something about the rabbits (which we discover later is connected with their dream of owning a farm)
What items from the previous village is George carrying for both men?
Bus tickets and work cards
What does Lennie have in his pocket? Why?
A dead mouse; so he can pet it while they walk (again, in a very childlike display of fascination Lennie loves soft things and textures)
Where are George and Lennie coming from? Why did they have to leave?
A town called Weed; Due to a misunderstanding, Lennie was thought to be attempting to hurt or rape a young woman whose dress he grabbed onto wanting to pet the soft fabric
What two instructions does George give Lennie in chapter one?
1) When we get to the ranch, let me do the talking
2) Don't do anything bad like you did in Weed, but if sometime does happen come back to this spot and hide in the brush
What does George commonly complain about when he is irritated with Lennie?
The fact that he could have a nice life and maybe a family if he didn't have to take care of Lennie (however, Lennie is really what differentiates him from the other ranch workers around him)
Why does George decide that they're going to build a fire and camp along the river for the night instead of heading straight to the ranch for supper?
He knows that they'll have to work the next day, so tonight he just wants to look up at the stars
What do the men eat? What does Lennie want to have with it?
Why does George insist that Lennie throw away the mouse?
It "isn't fresh" and Lennie has broken it by petting it so much anyway
Who used to give Lennie mice to play with before he/she realized that Lennie just accidentally killed them all?
His Aunt Clara - her solution was to give Lennie a rubber mouse, but it didn't work because Lennie was fascinated by the soft fur, not the mouse itself
What is Lennie's response to George's outburst over how great his life could be without the other man?
He threatens to run away and live in a cave or something
What does George want to get Lennie when they get to the new ranch?
What two things make Lennie and George different?
1) they have each other
2) they have a dream
What is George and Lennie's dream?
To independently own their own farm where Lennie tends to the rabbits and they live of the fat of the land
What does George tell Lennie will happen if he gets in trouble again like he did in Weed?
He won't get to tend to the rabbits
How many beds are there in the bunkhouse? How many are made up when George and Lennie arrive?
What is at the center of the bunkhouse?
A table to play cards (the bunkhouse also contains a small stove and some windows)
Who is the first person George and Lennie meet on the ranch?
What does George assume when he sees the insecticide on his bed? Why is it actually there?
His bed has lice or something; the man who used to sleep there, a blacksmith named Whitney, was overly clean
Why does Candy say the boss was mad?
George and Lennie were supposed to arrive the night before
What event does Candy point to in his attempt to demonstrate that the boss is an okay guy?
He shared whiskey with all the ranch hands on Christmas
What day and time do Lennie and George officially sign on?
Noon on the twentieth (we don't know the month, but it's some time in the summer)
What does the boss think George is doing with Lennie?
Taking advantage of him so he can get his pay - this exemplifies the society of the day
What does George tell the boss is the reason he's with Lennie? (This is incorrect btw) Why does he say they left Weed?
Lennie is his cousin who got kicked in the head by a horse as a child; the job they were doing (digging a cesspool) was simply finished
How is Candy handicapped?
He's lost a hand
Why is Candy so attached to his sheepdog?
He's raised him since a puppy
Why does Curley have special authority on the ranch?
He's the boss' son
What is Curley's profession? Why does he like to fight big guys like Lennie?
He's a lightweight boxer; he fights big guys because it's a win win for him - if he wins, he gets praised for beating someone bigger than him, but if he loses, everyone just expected that
Why does Curley wear a glove full of Vaseline?
He just got married and he wants to keep his hand soft (needless to say, this has something to do with scrabble...)
What is the problem with Curley's wife, according to Candy?
She's pretty, but she has "the eye", supposedly especially for Slim (he also calls her a tart and says a bunch of other not nice things about her)
What does George warn Lennie about after meeting Curley?
That he's got a feeling that Curley will try to fight Lennie
What does George call Lennie several times, especially when he's chastising him?
What is Slim's job?
He's a jerkline skinner, which means he cares for the horses but on a higher level than someone who cleans out the stalls or something (that's really the job of the stable buck) - he's also very well respected on the ranch, and the other men look to him for judgement and advice
What will Lennie and George do on the ranch?
What does Slim remark on when he meets George and Lennie?
It's very unusual for ranch hands to travel together - he thinks that maybe everyone is scared of each other and just doesn't trust other people, or that they're just used to being alone
What is the name of the ranch hand who eventually shoots Candy's dog?
What type of pistol does Carlson own?
Why did Slim have to drown four of the new puppies?
The mother can't feed more than 5 of them
What is the name of Slim's dog?
What kind of puppy does Lennie want?
A brown and white one
Why does George consider himself to be intelligent, as Slim suggests?
He thinks that if he was so smart, he'd actually have his own farm and have achieved his dream already
Where were George and Lennie born?
What is the real story behind George and Lennie's partnership?
Lennie started working with George, who grew up in the same town, when his aunt Clara died, and
Why doesn't George try to beat up or play jokes on Lennie anymore?
Lennie never fights back or even really understands what's going on - it really is like hurting a child
What does George say happens to men who live alone for long periods of time?
They get lonely and "mean"
Who is the only person on the ranch that George tells the real story of what happened in Weed to?
Why does Carlson think the dog should be shot?
-old and "in pain"
-outlived his purpose
Whose agreement finally makes Candy accept that his dog should be shot?
What is the significance of the letter than Whit brings to the men?
It's a letter to the editor written by William Tenner, a man who used to work on the ranch with them (this points to the community aspect of the ranch life, but the whole idea is sort of invalidated by the lonely lives that most of the men wind up leading)
What is the name of the black stable buck on the ranch?
What is the name of the brothel that the men prefer?
Why do the men go to the brothel and spend their money on things like alcohol and women?
Aside from the fact that they're literally just lonely, they're looking for the sort of hope that Lennie and George have (but arguably they're looking in the wrong places) - in general, they find temporary distractions because they have no long term goal or plans to sustain them
How does Candy get George to allow him to join them in their dream?
He offers him his $350 of savings, to leave his money to them in a will, and to work for them to the best of his ability
What does Candy say will happen to him when he outlives his usefulness just like his dog?
Instead of getting shot, he'll get fired and have nowhere to go
How soon are the men planning to buy the farm?
Why does Curley agree to lie and pretend his hand got stuck in a machine after his run in with Lennie?
Slim threatens that otherwise he'll tell people what really happened, which will make Curley look bad
Why is Crooks surprised when Lennie comes to see him?
He isn't used to people entering his house
What characteristic of modernism does Crooks' race force him to exemplify?
Isolation from society (to a certain extent, there are a number of different characters who display this in some way)
Why isn't Lennie racist?
He hasn't been taught to be by society (and even if he had, it's not like he would have understood what was going on)
What is Crooks trying to do in the conversation he has with Lennie about what would happen if George left him? What does Lennie think he's implying?
Crooks just wants to make Lennie understand what that sort of loneliness feels like, particularly since he experiences it on a day to day basis and is obviously fairly bitter; Lennie thinks that Crooks (or someone else) is threatening to hurt George, which makes him irate and thus dangerous
Why is Crooks so cynical about the "dream" that Lennie and George and Candy all share now?
He essentially says that he's seen hundreds of men like George and Lennie who all have a dream, but it's never fulfilled ("Nobody never get to heaven, and nobody gets no land.")
What makes Crooks decide that Lennie and George's dream could be plausible?
Beyond their implacable enthusiasm, Candy and Lennie admit that they (sort of) have the money
What causes Crooks to change his mind about joining Lennie and George on their farm as unpaid help?
His demeaning encounter with Curley's wife reminds him of how much people can suck and he loses hope again
Why is Curley's wife trying to talk to the other men?
She really doesn't like Curley all that much and she's bored and lonely because she can't connect with anyone without people assuming it's sexual
What expression of derision is Curley's wife fond of?
What is Crooks doing both at the beginning and then at the end of chapter 4?
Running liniment on his back
How did Lennie's puppy get killed?
It tried to bite him and Lennie smacked it too hard
Why is Lennie concerned about George finding out about the death of the puppy?
He's afraid he's done something bad enough to prevent him from getting to tend the rabbits
What does Curley's wife say she wanted to be (and had two opportunities to become)? Why does she think it didn't happen?
An actress; her mother intercepted the letters and interfered with her career
Why did she marry Curley?
She didn't want to live with her mother anymore
How does Lennie wind up killing Curley's wife?
She offered to let him stroke her hair, but when he wouldn't let go she panicked and started struggling - when Lennie was trying to get her not to yell and attract the attention of George, who forbid Lennie to talk to her, he accidentally breaks her neck
Where does Lennie go when he realizes that he's done a terrible thing?
Back to the campsite from the opening scenes to hide in the brush just like George told him to
What items does Lennie take with him when he heads back to the Salinas River?
-the dead puppy
-Carlson's gun (maybe)
Who is the first to discover Curley's wife's body?
Why does Candy cry over her body?
He knows that since Lennie killed her, the dream is dead (although George alludes to the fact that it was probably never gonna happen, he just kept talking about it because it made Lennie so happy)
What does George say he'll do without Lennie? How is this different from his earlier playful threats in the first chapter?
Become like all the other ranch hands; this time, he actually means it (there's an important tense change from "I could" to "I will")
What we're all the other men doing while Lennie was in the barn with Curley's wife?
Why does Slim (with George's agreement) think that they need to find Lennie and kill him?
Lennie could never survive on his own, and if he's arrested and locked up it's "no way to live" - beyond that, Curley also wants Lennie to die painfully, so it kinda sucks
Where does Curley want to shoot Lennie?
In the guts, because it's the most slow and painful way to die
What changes in the setting are described at the beginning of chapter 6?
The Salinas River seems on the surface unchanged, but it is darker, windier, and the wildlife is shown in a less pastoral way (a bird eats a struggling snake and Lennie is disturbed by a bird)
What two hallucinations does Lennie see before George arrives?
His Aunt Clara and a giant rabbit
What does Aunt Clara scold Lennie for?
For annoying George all the time even though he gives up so much for Lennie (she thinks he really SHOULD run away so George doesn't have to deal with him anymore)
What does the giant rabbit say to Lennie?
He wouldn't be able to take care of rabbits because he's too crazy, and George is gonna beat him with a stick and then leave him
Where does George shoot Lennie and why?
The base of the neck, because it's supposed to be less painful (remember the thing with Candy's dog)
What are some ways that Lennie's death is foreshadowed (besides the immediate actions of George when he arrived at the riverbanks?)
-many aspects about the death of Candy's dog, including the type of gun, the place it was shot, and the idea of killing someone to prevent them from living with pain
-parallel but slightly altered setting (difference in nature, ashes of campfire)
Who does not accompany the men on their hunting party after Lennie?
What does Slim say to George when the men catch up with him?
That he had to kill Lennie
Where do Slim and George go?
To get a drink
What is the significance of the final lines of the book?
They exemplify the careless and harsh nature of the surrounding society (Carlson shows that he can empathize with what George had to do at all and the whole party is sort of dismissive)
What are some themes/modernist characteristics evident in Of Mice and Men?
-isolation (different types, from Lennie's mental disability to Candy's age to Crooks' race to Curley's wife's gender)
-importance of community/friends
-importance of hope/dreams
-naivety and motivation (should you believe something that will never come true in order to stay hopeful and working towards a goal?)
THIS SET IS OFTEN IN FOLDERS WITH...
Of Mice and Men Quotes
Death of a Salesman Quotes (Act Two and Requiem)
The Great Gatsby - #OldSportingItUp
The World's Least Helpful Catcher in the Rye Quizl…
YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE...
Of Mice and Men
Chapter questions 1-6
OF MICE AND MEN
pardoners prologue and the pardoners tale
OTHER SETS BY THIS CREATOR
AP Gov Chapter 19
AP Gov Chapters 17 and 18
Stage 12 Vocab