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How are George and Lennie physically different? Mentally?
George is small, while Lennie is super tall and big. Lennie has a mental disability.
Why doesn't George want Lennie to drink the water?
He does not want Lennie to get sick after the dead mouse.
Why does Lennie have a dead mouse in his pocket?
Lennie likes to pet soft things.
Where are George and Lennie headed in chapter 1? Where are they coming from?
They are headed to a ranch. They are leaving a town called Weed.
Why do you think George takes care of Lennie?
I think George takes care of Lennie because he feels like he has to after Aunt Clara left.
What does George tell Lennie to do when they get to where they were going?
George tells Lennie that if he ever gets in trouble, to come hide in the bushes and George will find him there. He also says not to say a word to the men.
When Lennie goes out to get wood for a fire, what does he bring back?
Who used to give Lennie mice? Why did she stop?
His Aunt Clara. She stopped because he would kill them by petting them too hard.
What dream to George and Lennie share?
They want to own their own ranch.
Why do George and Lennie feel they are different from other men?
They feel different because they have each other, and are not lonely.
Where does George tell Lennie to go if he gets into trouble. Why do you think George makes it a point to be sure Lennie understands this?
He tells him to hide in a bush by the river where they stayed the night. George makes it a point to make Lennie understand this because he knows Lennie might get in trouble, and he doesn't want him to get hurt or killed.
What does George find in the box by his bed and what does he assume? What does this tell you about the living conditions of migrant workers?
George finds a small can of bug spray, and he assumes that the bed is filthy with roaches and lice. Migrant workers may not have the best conditions, especially in the housing areas because they are not paid much and they can get super dirty.
Why is the boss suspicious of George? How does George explain his relationship with Lennie? Why do you think he lied?
The boss thinks that George is stealing money from Lennie, and that's why they travel together. George lies and tells the boss that they are cousins so that he won't be suspicious of them travelling together.
Describe Curly. What does the swamper tell George about Curley's left hand?
Curley is the bosses son. The swamper tells us that the glove he wears on his left hand is full of vaseline so it is soft for his wife.
Why does George warn Lennie to stay away from Curley? What does George tell Lennie to do if there is trouble.
George tells Lennie to stay away from Curley because he is nothing but trouble. He says that if there is trouble, to go to the complete other side of the room.
Why does Lennie suddenly want to leave the ranch?
Lennie gets frightened by Curley and the other men and he decides that "its mean here."
What does Carlson suggest about Candy's old dog?
He suggests that the dog is too old and they should kill it.
What does Slim find funny about George and Lennie's relationship?
George promised Lennie's Aunt Clara that he would take care of him.
Why did George stop teasing Lennie? What does this tell you about George's character?
Lennie would do anything that George would tell him to do until one day George told lennie to jump in the water when he didn't know how to swim. This tells you that George cares for Lennie.
Why do you think the girl in Weed claimed that Lennie tried to rape her ?
I think the girl in Weed claimed that Lennie tried to rape her because she was scared, and he was such a strong big guy that he would have.
Why do you think George tells Slim the story of what happened to them in Weed?
George trusts Slim. Also, it helps George make a connection with someone other than Lennie and helps Slim understand that Lennie may be a big guy, but doesn't have bad intentions.
Why doesn't George want Lennie to sleep with the puppy in his bed?
He thinks that he might kill the puppy.
How do the men like to spend their money and free time on the weekends?
They spend their money and free time by visiting cat houses, horseshoes, drinking, and playing cards.
Describe the offer Candy makes to George. What is George's first reaction? What
does he then decide? What changes his mind?
George immediately assumes Candy is making fun of them when he offers to help pay for the farm. George changes his mind because he realizes they could use the money and it would help make their dreams come true.
How did Candy get $250?
Candy hurt his hand during a work accident and was paid for it.
Why is Lennie smiling when Curley comes in?
He is still thinking about the possibility of having a farm and getting to tend the rabbits.
Why does Candy regret not shooting his dog himself?
It was his own dog - he says he should have done it himself.
What happens as a result of Curley's attack on Lennie?
Lenny crushes Curley's hand.
What does Slim make Curley agree to? Why does he make Curley do this? What does this tell you about Slim's character?
He makes him agree to tell people that his hand was crushed in a machine. He doesn't want Lennie to get into trouble, especially since it was Curley who started the fight. Slim is clearly an honorable man who seeks to do the right thing.
How is Candy like his dog? Why is the shooting of Candy's dog so difficult on Candy?
He is old and seen as useless and expendable. The death of his dog is hard for Candy because he probably sees it as symbolic of them getting rid of him, since he is also old and useless.
How is Crooks living quarters different from the men's bunk houses?
He has many books and his room fairly neat. He is alone.
For what reason does Lennie go to the barn?
Lennie goes to the barn to look for his puppy.
How does Crooks react to Lennie when he comes to visit? Why does he react this way?
He is immediately defensive of his space. He isn't allowed in the other men's bunk house, so he doesn't like anyone in his, bothering him.
What do we learn about Crooks family life?
Crooks was born in California on a chicken ranch. He grew up in a white neighborhood and had white friends, although his father didn't like that.
Crooks teases Lennie about George leaving him. Why do you think Crooks does this?
He loves how gullible and naive Lennie is.
How does Crooks truly feel about Lennie and Candy's visit?
Although he acts as if he is bothered by their visit, he seems to appreciate the company. Crooks seems very lonely, but is still quite guarded around his visitors.
Why does Crooks doubt George and Lennie and Candy's goal of acquiring land?
Crooks says he has heard it all before and has known other ranch men who have talked about similar dreams, but never made them a reality.
What does Curley's wife say she could have done instead of marrying Curley?
Curley's wife says that she could have "been somebody" and been an actress in movies.
How does Curley's wife threaten Crooks?
Curley's wife threatens could get him "strung up a tree" for talking to her.
What happened to Lennie's puppy? What is his reaction?
Lennie's puppy died because he handled it too roughly. He's sad and he's angry.
Why is Lennie angry at his puppy?
He is angry at his puppy because he was just trying to play. He knows George is going to be mad, and he thinks George won't let him tend the rabbits.
Why is Lennie so reluctant to talk to Curley's wife?
He knows that she's trouble and George warned him to stay away from her.
Why does Curley's wife continue talking to Lennie, despite Lennie's protests? What reasons does she give for wanting to talk to him?
She continues talking to him because she has no one else to talk to. She says that she is lonely and doesn't like to talk to Curley because its always about fighting.
What does Curley's wife give as the reason the men won't bother them in the barn?
They're at a horseshoe competition.
What two pieces of information does Curley's wife share with Lennie?
She tells him about her dream to be an actress and never finding the man from Hollywood because of her mother.
Why did Curley's wife rush to marry Curley?
So she could get away from home and her mother that ruined her chances of being an actress.
Why does Curley's wife offer to let Lennie pet her hair?
She understands his fondness of soft things.
Why does Lennie become angry with Curley's wife? What happens as a result?
After she became mad about her hair being messed up, she began to yell and Lennie thought she was going to get him in trouble. As a result, he broke her neck.
How does Lennie know where to go to avoid trouble?
George has told him many times to hide in the bushes until he comes.
Who finds Curley's wife?
Why does George tell Candy to wait until he is gone before calling in the other men?
So the guys won't think he was in on Curley's wife's death.
What does Candy now realize that makes him angry towards Curley's wife?
He realizes that now that she's dead they'll never get their dream farm and that something bad is going to happen to Lennie.
When George asks Slim about just trying to catch Lennie instead of killing him, what advice does Slim give George?
Slim says to let them kill him because if they catch him and strap him down whatever they would do would be worse than death.
What makes the men think that Lennie is armed?
Carlson lost his gun so they think Lennie has it.
What does Curley say he is going to do to Lennie?
He says he's going to shoot him in the gut.
Who stays with Curley's wife as the others go off in pursuit of Lennie?
Why is Candy so upset at the end of this chapter?
He knows that they are going to kill Lennie and that they won't get the farm.
What is the setting at the beginning of the chapter? Why does it seem familiar?
The setting is around the river by the brush. It seems familiar because this was the setting at the beginning of the story.
Why do you think Lennie visualizes Aunt Clara at this particular time?
Lennie visualizes her because he feels guilty.
What do Lennie and Aunt Clara "talk" about?
They talk about how Lennie messed everything up for George and that he wont tend the rabbits at the new farm.
What does Lennie "see" next? What does it keep repeating to Lennie?
A gigantic rabbit; It keeps repeating that it'll beat the hell out of him and "He gonna leave you, ya crazy bastard."
How did George suddenly get a gun?
He got Carlson's gun when he left the barn after him and Candy found Curley's wife dead.
What is George's intention in telling Lennie the "story" again at this point?
George tells Lennie the story to distract him and put him in his happy place before he dies.
Why did George choose to shoot Lennie?
He choose to shoot Lennie so that he doesn't have to suffer from Curley.
What might have happened to Lennie if Curley had got ahold of him?
Curley would've made him suffer before killing him.
How does George's version of what happened contradict with what actually happened?
George tells them that Lennie had Carlson's gun when really he had it.
Why did George lie about what really happened?
He lied to protect his original story (not being involved with Curley's wife's death)
What evidence is there that Slim understands what has really happened there on the river bank?
Slim knew there relationship's backstory and kept telling him that he had to do it.
At the end of the book, Carlson said, "Now what the hell ya suppose is eatin' them two guys?" What doesn't Carlson understand?
Carlson doesn't understand why the two are hurt over Lennie's death.
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