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Explain the setting's effect.
peaceful, restful, calming
Explain the idiom- "Jungle-up"
Compare and contrast George and Lennie
George is small, Lennie is big. The descriptions help determine who is the leader of the story.
2 examples of animal imagery used to describe Lennie
bear (drags paws) and horse (gulps)
Why does George warn Lennie about the water?
it is dirty
George's warning about the water seemed hopeless to him. Why?
George has warned Lennie numerous times about the same thing in the past
What does the following illusion refer to? "Watchin' the black board"
job postings during the Great Depression
What does Lennie have in his pocket and why?
a mouse; he likes the way it feels soft
George's plan for getting the job at the ranch
Lennie is not to speak; George is to do all the talking
George tells Lennie, "...you're a lot of trouble." Explain his feelings.
He feels as if Lennie is a burden
How does Lennie's touching sensation get him in trouble in Weed?
He touches a girl's dress and she misunderstands his intentions
Describe a moment when Lennie is very sensitive to George's feelings.
George gets angry about Lennie's comment about wanting ketchup for his beans. Lennie tells him he was, "just foolin'..." and, "wouldn't eat no ketchup if it was right here beside me"
Lennie offers to run away and leave George because George is angry with him. Why does George not take him up on the offer?
George feels guilty for the way he treated Lennie
Why does Lennie like George to tell the story of their dream ranch?
Because it gives Lennie comfort and relaxes him and helps him look to a better future
Explain the idiom, "live off the fatta the lan'."
it means they will live off of what the land provides for them
Why does George tell Lennie to remember the spot where they are camping and what might this foreshadow?
It foreshadows that something bad will happen and Lennie needs to go where George can find him
What literary term is used in the last sentence of Chapter 1?
Give examples of 2 themes by the end of chapter 1.
choose your words wisely & don't act in the moment especially out of anger
What is the difference in the setting of Chapter 2?
they are at their new work (a ranch) instead of in the woods. In the bunkhouse.
Why is the boss angry with George and Lennie at the beginning of chapter 2?
the boss was expecting George and Lennie the night before
What does the old man's story about the blacksmith who suddenly quit the ranch suggest about the men who work on these ranches?
that they come and go, they only last a little while before they take off again for a different job
How does the old man describe the boss?
as a "pretty nice fella" and that he gets mad sometimes but is overall pretty nice
Why does the boss think George does all the talking?
he thinks George is taking Lennie's pay and has a "stake" on Lennie
Why does George really do all the talking?
he doesn't want Lennie to tell him about the incident in Weed or anything else ge doesn't need to know
Why is Lennie's name ironic?
Lennie is a really big guy and his last name is Small
Who is Curley and what does Candy mean when he says he is, "handy"?
he is the boss' son and he likes to start fights and actually fight
Describe Curley's personality.
arrogant, "little man syndrome", rude, handy, sly
Describe the interaction between George, Curley, and Lennie (ch. 2)
Curley sizes-up Lennie & George and is rude to Lennie since Lennie is bigger than him
Why does Curley act the way he does? How does George feel about Curley?
Curley is little and tries to make himself look big. George doesn't like him
What does the old man say about Curley's wife?
that she's "got the eye" for every man
Why does George warn Lennie about Curley?
because Curley will try to hurt Lennie
Why does George get angry with Lennie when he talks about how pretty Curley's wife is?
because Curley's wife can get Lennie framed even if Lennie doesn't mean any harm
How does Lennie feel about the ranch? (ch. 2)
he doesn't like it, he thinks it's "mean" and wants to leave
Describe Slim by using specific references from the novel. What do the descriptions of Slim indicate about his character?
Slim was tall and slender. He was very strong, "a master craftsman", and "prince of the ranch". He was very respected and knowledgeable.
What happens to Slim's dog and her puppies? What does this tell us about survival as a migrant worker?
Slim's dog had puppies and Slim drowned the 4 weakest ones and left the 5 strong ones to live. It shows that only the strongest survive. Survival of the fittest.
Throughout the chapter, Lennie and George are questioned 3 times about traveling together. Describe the 3 different encounters and what we learn about the characters through their responses the George's answer.
The boss- thinks that George is cheating Lennie. shows that the boss is a very suspicious man
Curley- implies that George & Lennie are gay. Suggests Curley is a very mean person & says whatever comes to his mind
Slim- doesn't have much to say about the situation just that it's rare. Shows Slim is a nice, understanding, & caring person.
Throughout the chapter (2), the reader is introduced to the majority of the characters who will play a role in Of Mice and Men. How are the characters connected to one another? What can we learn about migrant workers during the Great Depression through the narration of this chapter?
George & Lennie: travel together
George & Slim: both smart & leaders
Curley & his wife: their marriage, both troublemakers
Candy & Crooks: both old & different from everyone else. outcasts.
George & Candy: both have responsibilities (Lennie & the dog)
The workers come and go and fit in where they can
What type of man is Carlson? How is he different from Slim?
Carlson is more of a follower, Slim's a leader. Carlson is insensitive while slim is more sensitive.
Why did George at one time play jokes on Lennie? Why did he stop? What do we learn about the interdependence of George and Lennie?
George thought it was funny until one time he told Lennie to jump in a pond (even though he couldn't swim) & Lennie started to drown. Then when George saved him, Lennie wasn't mad but thankful for George. George felt guilty so he stopped. Lennie needs George because he has to depend on him. George needs companionship & Lennie brings out the soft side of George.
How does Slim compare Lennie to other men?
He says Lennie is a nice guy. Slim says that the "not so smart" people are usually nicer than the smarter ones.
Why does George reveal to Slim what happened to them in Weed? What is Slim's response?
George trusts Slim & Slim's an easy person to talk to. Slim understands & knows that Lennie doesn't do things out of ill-intentions.
What do George and Lennie talk about when Lennie comes into the house? How are Lennie's actions similar to the events that happened earlier when Lennie and George were coming to the camp?
They discuss the puppy (Lennie is hiding the puppy in his jacket). Earlier, Lennie held the dead mouse in his jacket pocket to hide it from George.
Why do you think the author spends so much of the narration talking about what a kind person Lennie is?
to justify what Lennie does & that he's not a bad guy, he just doesn't understand.
Why does Carlson want to shoot Candy's dog?
he's old & stinky
What are Candy's reasons for not wanting to shoot the dog? How does that seem, given the conditions of migrant camps at this time?
the dog was part of him, so he doesn't want to shoot him. Shows that the camp was lonely & companionship was needed.
What do Slim and Whit discover in a pulp magazine? How is this important for the group of men?
A letter from a guy who used to work there. It gives them hope for their dreams too.
Steinbeck uses several images of silence. The following passage is just one small example:
"His voice trailed off. It was silent outside. Carlson's footsteps died away. The silence came into the room. And the silence lasted."
Why does the image of silence play an important role at this point in the novel? Who is literally being silenced? Who is metaphorically being silenced, and what role does each man play in silence?
Shows a solemn moment. The dog is being silenced literally and Candy is metaphorically being silenced along with the other men. It shows that the world is silencing each of the men because all they do is work and have no other life.
Explain George and Lennie's work ethic. What information in the text is used to illustrate their work ethic? Explain the idiom, "gonna roll up a stake."
They are hard workers. It is illustrated that they are hard workers. The idiom means that they are going to make some money.
Explain the following passage and its function in the story:
"She's gonna make a mess. They's gonna be a bad mess about her. She's a jail bait all set on the trigger. That Curley got his work cut out for him. Ranch with a bunch of guys on it ain't no place for a girl, especially like her."
Curley's wife loves to be around men & it's not a good thing because it can cause trouble. Foreshadows that she will be involved in a conflict.
Where does Whit invite George & Lennie to go? What type of establishment is it? What is George's response?
To Suzy's. It is a bar/whorehouse. He doesn't want to go because he wants to save his money.
When Curley comes into the bunkhouse, for whom is he looking? When he discovers that Slim is not there, what does he assume? What do we learn about Curley's relationship with his wife, based on this event?
Curley's wife. That Slim & Curley's wife are together. Their relationship is bad- there is no trust.
Describe the conversation George and Lennie have after the men go in search of a fight between Curley and Slim.
George tells Lennie to stay out of it.
What do you suppose Lennie's statement might suggest, allegorically, when he says, "...live on the fatta the lan'... an' rabbits," especially in light of the way George goes on to describe it?
The Garden of Eden
Lennie's, sensitive by nature, shows a violent streak while George tells the story of their future ranch. What does Lennie say, specifically, that shows this violence? How does his statement add to the violent nature of the novel?
George said Lennie had to keep an eye on the rabbits because the cats & dogs might try to hurt them. Lennie then said if they messed with the rabbits he would kill them with a stick. Adds to the violence of the novel.
What does talking about the dream do for Lennie and George? Why is Candy interested in the story about George and Lennie's dream?
gives them hope & motivation for the future. Candy wants to be a part of it & help them out
How are the theme of survival and the power struggle between the weak and the strong highlighted in this chapter (3)?
the dog & the puppies symbolized that only the strong survive
After George, Lennie, and Candy make a pact not to tell anyone about their dream, Candy makes the following statement: "I ought to of shot that dog myself, George. I shouldn't ought to of let no stranger shoot my dog." Explain the parallelism between the relationship Candy had with his dog and the one George has with Lennie. How might this statement be an example of foreshadowing?
Both George and Candy are caregivers and share a special bond with either Lennie or the dog. It foreshadows because Candy messed up and let someone else shoot his dog but George wanted to shoot Lennie himself instead of someone else.
Describe the nature of the argument between Curley and Slim.
Curley accused Slim of having an affair with his wife.
How do the other men get involved in the argument? Why does Curley react the way he does?
During the argument, the men are on Slim's side. Curley gets angry and wants to step outside for a fight, but they don't because Curley is the boss' son.
Why does Curley pick on Lennie?
Lennie is an easy target
Why do you think George encourages Lennie to fight back when Curley hits him?
George knows that Lennie can kill Curley in 1 punch, so he doesn't fear Lennie losing the fight
Throughout the fight there are many animal references referring to either Lennie or Curley. Find examples in the text, and then explain how the animal references connect to what the reader already knows about the characters. How do the descriptions of Curley change throughout the fight?
Curley starts out as an attack dog but ends up a coward
Lennie: huge paws(bear), he bleated(sheep), and whimpered
The bear symbolizes his physical strength while the whimpering and bleating shows that he is emotionally weaker
What happens as a result of Lennie's taking care of himself? How does Lennie respond? Why? (ch 3 fight)
Lennie crushes Curley's hand. George has to make Lennie let go. Lennie gets upset at himself because he hurt Curley and he only did hurt Curley because George told him to. Lennie doesn't really understand what happened.
Why will Curley keep quiet about what Lennie did to him and not try to get George and Lennie fired?
He got blackmailed. Curley didn't want to be a "laughing stock". Slim tells Curley he "thinks his hand got caught in a machine."
At this point in the novel (ch.4), the reader has been introduced to the main characters in the plot. How would you describe the characters?
Slim: wise, leader, understanding
George: hardworking, misunderstood, caring
Lennie: childlike, sensitive, gullible
Carlson: rough, insensitive, mean
Crooks: excluded (doesn't fit in), feels hopeless
Candy: elderly, doesn't fit it, nice
Boss: average (not bad, not good), self-absorbed, strictly business
Curley: mean, troublemaker, jealous
Curley's wife: basic, simple, no morals, "tart"
Some of the character names are nicknames, given to describe a characteristic, such as Slim (thin) and Crooks (crooked spine). Other names, however, seem to symbolize deeper meanings. Why do you think Steinbeck chose the following names for his characters? Use examples from the novel to articulate your opinion.
Curley: his hair is curly, "cur" means mean and Curley is mean
Whit: smart (witty)
Why is Curley's wife nameless?
She's unimportant. If she had a name & you connected with her more, you would feel sympathy with her & not Lennie. Women also weren't valued in the time period.
Steinbeck spends a great deal of time describing Crooks' living quarters at the beginning of this section. What does the reader gain through this description? What do we learn about Crooks?
Crooks doesn't live in the same building as the other men (he was segregated). he's very private, an introvert, owns a lot of possessions (which shows he plans on staying a while), likes being alone
What is Crooks doing to his back during this chapter?
rubbing ointment on it
What initially brings Lennie to Crooks' room? How does Crooks react to the visitor?
He's alone, everyone left him to go to Suzy's. At first Crooks wanted him to go away and was mean, but eventually he let him in
At first Crooks is unfriendly to Lennie, but then he invites Lennie to sit. Why does he change?
Crooks had a wall put up and wasn't sure of Lennie's intentions because Lennie was white and Crooks was black. But after discovering Lennie meant no harm he was glad to have someone come and visit with him.
Crooks is also very lonely, but how is his loneliness different from the others?
Crooks enjoys being alone
Why does Lennie become upset with Crooks?
Crooks implies that something bad has happened to George.
Why does Crooks make Lennie believe that George will not come back for him?
He wanted to see what Lennie would do with his life if George didn't come back
How does Crooks explain to Lennie why he upset him?
Crooks was showing Lennie how Lennie had someone to come back for him, but Crooks had no one to rely on
How does Crooks respond to Lennie when Lennie describes George's dream about the rabbits? Why do you think he responds in this way?
Crooks says that that is what every guy believes will happen after they work & earn money but it never does. He is hopeless so he's trying to make Lennie hopeless too.
Who comes to visit Lennie, Candy, and Crooks? What is the real reason behind the visit?
Curley's wife. She was lonely & all the other guys were at Suzy's.
Characterize Curley's wife as she is presented in the novel. How is the reader supposed to feel about her?
Curley's wife is a "tart"
the reader is supposed to resent her
How is the idea of power and powerlessness developed at the beginning and in the final section of this chapter? (ch.4)
at the beginning of the chapter, Crooks overpowers Lennie because he is smarter but at the end Curley's wife overpowers Crooks because she is white and he us black (social status).
Cite the visual image of Crooks that Steinbeck creates as Crooks is mentally and emotionally defeated by Curley's wife.
he "reduced himself to nothing," which implies he sat still, shrunk down, and cowered. He pressed himself against the wall.
How does this chapter end? (ch.4) Explain the circular nature of the chapter and what it implies about Crooks.
At the beginning & end Crooks was rubbing ointment on his back. It implies he is hurting, weak, and hopeless.
Despite the descriptive setting of the barn and the quiet Sunday afternoon, the next chapter begins with an accident. Explain what happened and why Lennie is so worried.
Lennie killed the puppy and he is worried that if George finds out he won't let him tend the rabbits
Describe Lennie's irrational anger when he does not understand about the puppy's death.
Lennie used foul language and it was a weird way to act under the circumstances
Who joins Lennie in the barn? Why? How does Lennie react?
Curley's wife, because she is lonely. Lennie knows he shouldn't talk to her.
How is the conversation between Lennie and Curley's wife like the conversation between Lennie and Crooks?
Lennie was more of a listener. Curley's wife & Crooks do most of the talking. Lennie is truly not paying attention.
How does Curley's wife show that she is not as contemptible as she seems?
Curley's wife is not as much of a troublemaker as she seems. She comforts him & tries to make him feel better.
When Curley's wife is trying to console Lennie, she states, "You can get another one easy. The whole country us fulla mutts." How might that statement be applied to more than just animals?
There is a lot of men during that time period, but not a whole lot of work to go with the number of men. You can always get someone else. They were replaceable.
Why does Curley's wife become angry at Lennie?
Lennie is not talking back to her & not participating
Throughout the book, the reader learns about Lennie and George's dream. What does the reader learn about Curley's wife's dream? How does her dream influence her life?
Curley's wife wanted to be a movie star. She lost her dream because the man never sent her the letter. she is bitter.
How does Curley's wife feel about him?
Curley's wife thinks Curley is a bad guy & she needed to be supported
How does the reader know that Curley's wife does not understand Lennie's mental challenges?
Curley's wife thinks he is a typical guy & he starts talking about his dreams. He totally switches the conversation & she gets mad because she doesn't know about his mental state.
What is Lennie's explanation for why he likes rabbits? How does Curley's wife respond?
Lennie likes soft things and she says a lot of people like them too
Why does Lennie panic, and what happens as a result of his panic? How is this similar to an event earlier in the story?
Curley's wife also like soft things. Her hair is soft so she offers for him to touch it. While he's touching her hair she starts freaking out then he panics & kills her. He also panicked and didn't let go of Curley's hand and crushed it.
What similarity can be found in the death of the puppy, in the beginning of the chapter, and in the death of Curley's wife?
Lennie tried to hide the body of both Curley's wife & the puppy.
Explain the following image from the book: "And the meanness and the plannings and the discontent and the ache for attention were all gone from her face. She was very pretty and simple, and her face was sweet and young."
He is describing Curley's wife's dead body. When she was alive she was a pain but dead she looked very peaceful.
How do Curley's wife and Lennie's dreams both seem to die with the accidental death?
Lennie will not get to tend the rabbits & Curley's wife's dreams are completely dead.
When Steinbeck describes the moments after Curley's wife's death, he uses personification. Cite an example of personification and explain the impact of its use in this section of the novel.
when he described time: being awakened & moved sluggishly on. his dreams will move slowly.
Who discovers Curley's wife's body? What is the reaction?
Candy finds her body & thinks she is sleeping at first
What decision does George make about the girl's death? What does Candy want to do and why?
George notices he will have to tell Curley. Candy thinks it is best for Lennie to run away. George says there's no way he can keep it a secret.
More than the girl's death and Lennie's possible arrest, what does Candy worry about? What is George's reaction?
Candy is worried that his dreams won't come true. George no longer has hope for his dreams.
How does Candy address the body of the girl after he talks to George and learns that their dreams of the farm is no longer a reality? Why do you think he reacts this way?
Candy says it is all her fault "you worthless tart!" and "I knew you were going to mess this up." Instead of blaming Lennie.
How does George keep the men from finding Lennie right away? How do we know that this is not where Lennie would have gone?
George says he would have gone south because they come from the north. George knows this is not the truth though, because he told Lennie to head back up north to their spot.
What do the men suppose happened ro Carlson's gun? Why is this hard to believe?
They think Lennie took it, but Lennie can't even work it.
How is the beginning of this scene similar to the beginning of the novel? Why would Steinbeck begin this chapter in the same way that he began the first? (ch. 6)
bringing something in a complete circle (cyclid) again. the circle of life, only the strong survive.
Explain the image of the heron awaiting its prey and its connection to Lennie and his circumstances.
A heron is a bird that's waiting for its prey. Lennie is the pray, he's waiting for something to happen and he is being hunted.
As Lennie is waiting for George he berebere a "little fat old woman. She wore thick bull's-eye glasses and she wore a huge gingham apron with pockets, and she was starched and clean." Who is the woman?
How can we explain the hallucinations that Lennie has as he is waiting for George?
Lennie was in shock & felt extreme fear
How does George know where to find Lennie?
George told Lennie to go to this place if he got into trouble (1st chapter).
Why does George go through the motions of pretending to be angry at Lennie?
George wants Lennie to think that everything is normal
Explain whether you believe Lennie realizes that he has done something wrong.
He knows that he did something wrong but doesn't realize the extremeness of the situation
Explain the symbolism in George's final telling of the farm story.
symbolizes that he has given up on his dream
Why is George calm, almost without emotion, when he talks to Lennie?
He doesn't want Lennie to know what he's about to do and wants Lennie to die peacefully.
During George's retelling of the ranch story, the point is made that on the ranch they will have each other to look after. Why is this point mentioned so often?
it reiterates the loneliness he will face
Earlier in the novel, what foreshadows the final events between Lennie and George?
when they kill the dog
Why do you think George shoots Lennie?
It was the better alternative. It was better for him to die in the hands of George than anyone else.
Why do you think George lies to the men about the events that led up to Lennie's death?
so they wouldn't turn against him
Who realizes what really happened between Lennie and George?
Explain the significance of the final statement in the novel.
it represents a very uncaring member of society in this time period
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