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English Midterm: OM&M Study Guide
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Nondescript, hulking creature of a man whose childlike mentality continually gets him into scrapes with men who neither respect nor understand him
a small, lean man, used to fighting for his place in the world. He oversees and protects Lennie.
a tall skinner (a highly skilled mule-driver) that serves as a counselor to the ranch hands
the one-handed ranch worker who has lived past his prime
a woman who is not respected by the men on the ranch
the African American stable buck is called this name because of a spinal injury inflicted by a kicking horse
Boss' son, he possesses a jealous, cruel streak.
Identify and give a physical description of Lennie and George using information from the text.
George: small and quick, dark of face with restless eyes and sharp, strong features; small hands, slender arms, thin and bony nose
Lennie: huge man, shapeless face; large,pale eyes; wide, sloping shoulders; walks heavy with his arms hung loosely
What trouble did George and Lennie have in Weed? Explain the connection between Lennie's mouse and what happened in Weed.
Lennie was touching a girl's dress, which was mistook for sexual assault, so she screamed. The police chased both him and George out of Weed.
Lennie likes to pet the mouse, but this ended up badly because it died.
What does the dead moue in Lennie's pocket reveal about him?
He is oblivious to death.
Why does George urge Lennie to remain quiet when they meet the boss at the ranch where they'll be working?
George doesn't want Lennie to say anything wrong that will prevent them from getting the job.
What dream do George and Lennie share?
They share the dream of buying a small farm together and working it. On this farm, Lennie will tend to the rabbits and pet them whenever he wants.
Describe Curley's personality. Why do you think he acts the way he does?
calculating, pugnacious, conceited
He is actually insecure and does not want anyone to think less of him.
The stable buck doesn't live in the bunk house with the other men. Why not?
Why does Carlson suggest shooting Candy's dog?How does Candy respond?
Carlson suggests shooting Candy's dog because it is too old and it stinks. Candy gives up and lets him shoot it.
How is Candy's connection to his dog similar to George's relationship with Lennie?
Both Candy and George have to deal with the hardships of taking care of the things they truly love, even if they cause trouble. Candy's dog is very old and stinky, but Candy doesn't care. Lennie gives George a hard time because he can't take care of himself like the dog. Both Candy and George can't let go of them.
How do George and Lennie react to seeing Curley's wife for the first time? What's her name? Why do you think Steinback chose to name her this way?
Lennie thought she was very pretty, but George told him to stay away from her. She does not have a name, other than Curley's wife. This signifies the role she has as a woman in the farm. No one in the bunkhouse thinks anything of her other than that she is flirty, and most importantly Curley's wife.
Slim and George have a long conversation in which George tells Slim about the mean spirited jokes he used to play on Lennie. What happened that made George want to change the way he treated Lennie?
George told Lennie to jump into the Sacramento River, even though he can't swim, and Lennie was still nice to him.
Who is responsible for Lennie's actions in the novel? Explain your answer.
George is responsible for Lennie's actions because he only listens to what he says.
What will Lennie's job be when he and George get their land?
tend the rabbits
Why did Curley fight with Lennie? What happened?
He thought Lennie was laughing at him, but Lennie was just smiling about the dream ranch. Curley beat the crap outta Lennie, and then Lennie finally listened to George and grabbed Curley's first. He held on and crushed it. Slim makes a deal with Curley to he won't get Lennie and George fired. Hand caught in machine lie.
Curley's wife is lonely because she is the only woman on the ranch. Candy is lonely because of his age. Why is Crooks so lonely?
He experiences discrimination because of his race. He lives alone in the barn and receives threats from everyone.
What does Crooks want when he believes there might really be land?
He wants to join them and live there for free, just to get out of the barn.
Why did Crooks change his mind after Curley's wife left?
He realized his dream couldn't come true because in reality, he is only a Negro put in place by a white woman.
Why happened to Lennie's puppy? What is his reaction?
It died because Lennie pet it too hard. He was mad at it because he believes George wouldn't let him tend the rabbits anymore.
Why did Curley's wife come to see Lennie? What does she end up telling him about herself?
She was lonely and she thought he was the only one who would listen to her. She told him of her ruined opportunity of becoming a movie star.
In what ways does Curley's wife tempt Lennie?
She kept telling Lennie to feel her hair, even though Lennie said that George didn't want him to be near her.
What ends up happening to her in the barn? Is she responsible, in any way, for what happens to her in this chapter? Explain.
Lennie was so into touching her hair that he won't let go. She started getting scared and screaming, but Lennie didn't want anyone to hear because he wants to tend the rabbits. He ends up covering her mouth and breaking her neck, killing her. She is kind of responsible because she knew his capabilities and she just kept tempting him.
Is Lennie responsible for what happens to Curley's wife in this chapter? Explain.
No because he does have a mental disability and he did not do it to harm her at all. He is unaware of what death is.
Is Lennie a violent person? Do you think he understands when he does something wrong?
Physically yes, mentally no. He does understand when something is wrong because of what George told him. Although his physical aggressiveness is real, he doesn't do it out of harm.
Why does George struggle with the details of the farm when describing it to Lennie on the river bank?
He feels guilty because he gonna shoot him.
What options does George have for killing Lennie? What is an alternative that he could've done?
He could have shot him or not shot him and have the other guys kill him, or take him to the authorities. Instead of shooting him, they both could've ran away.
Who is the only one who really understands what George did?
Does the ending of the novel show the strength of George's love for Lennie, or the weakness of his love for his friend?
Strength: He knows how much trouble Lennie is, despite their friendship. He thinks if he kills Lennie, he's preventing him from doing bad things without him being aware of it.
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