Mice and Men

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Part one - answers

1. Note down the name of the town, river and range of mountains mentioned in the first paragraph of the novel:

Town: SoledadRiver: Salinas RiverMountains: Gabilans

2. Note down three ways in which George is described:
a. Small and quick
b. Dark of face
c. Restless eyes or strong features & others

1. Note down three ways in which Lennie is described:
a. George’s opposite
b. Huge man
c. Shapeless of face and others

2. Note down one way in which Lennie is compared to an animal:

‘He walked heavily, dragging his feet a little, the way a bear drags its paws’ (p 4) or ‘Lennie continued to snort into the pool’ (p 5) or ‘Lennie dabbled his big paw in the water’ (p 5).

3. Note down one way in which George takes care of Lennie.

George tells Lennie not to drink so much water, because he might be sick like he was the previous night (p 5).

4. Write a brief summary of George and Lennie’s dream.

George tells Lennie that they are going to get enough money together to get a little house and couple of acres of land and a cow and some pigs and live off the fat of the land. And have rabbits.

(p 16).

Of Mice and Men copyright © John Steinbeck

Part two - answers

1. Note down one thing we learn about Candy, Crooks and the boss in the first few pages of this part, before the boss’s entrance?

Candy:

Crooks:

The boss:

2. Note down who speaks these lines or who they are describing, and what it tells us about the speaker or the person being described.

|Quotation |Character |What it tells us | |‘We travel together.’ |George |This shows that George sticks up for his friend Lennie. | | | | | |‘His arms gradually bent at the elbows and his hands |Curley, p 26 |Curley is always looking for a fight/he is aggressive. | |closed into fists.’ | | | |‘She put her hands behind her back and leaned against |Curley’s wife, p 32 |She is keen to show off her body. | |the door frame so that her body was thrown forward.’ | | | |‘I seen ’em poison before, but I never seen no piece of |George, p 33 |George thinks that Curley’s wife is the sort of woman who | |jail bait worse than her.’ | |would get you into trouble. | |‘There was a gravity in his manner and a quiet so |Slim, p 35 |Slim is greatly respected on the ranch. | |profound that all talk stopped when he spoke.’ | | |

Of Mice and Men copyright © John Steinbeck

Part three - answers

Below are the events of part three – put them into the right order.

This part of the novel takes place in the bunkhouse on Friday afternoon/evening. (p 39)

George and Slim talk about Lennie, what a good worker he is and about how he and George travel around together. (p .40)

George tells Slim about Lennie’s aunt Clara, and a story about how George once told Lennie to jump into a river. (pp 40-41)

George also tells Slim about what happened to them in Weed. When Lennie comes in, George forces him to give back the puppy he took...
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