Of Mice and Men

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Section 1 – Comprehension

1. At the start of the novel you can tell that George and Lennie live very simple lives because their clothes are very basic and they are carrying blanket rolls 2. The mice that lennie pats are killed because Lennie, not knowing his own strength. Pats the too hard. 3. The relationship between George and Lennie is a strong friendship, George cares about Lennie very much because Lennie, Is not competent to take care of him self 4. The excuse that George gives for Lennie’s retardation was that Lennie was a bright child but due to a freak accident of a horse kicking Lennie in the head resulted in his retardation 5. The definiation of pugnacious is “Eager or quick to argue, quarrel, or fight.” The character best described with this word is Curley 6. Candy thinks Curley's wife is a tart meaning she isn't satisfied with just having a husband and has to go looking for other men. He thinks she's trouble. 7. Lennie slept in the barn because he wanted to be close to the puppies. But Lennie wasn't sleeping in the barn, he slept in the bunkhouse with the other workers. 8. Lennie and Curley got into a fight because Curley attacked Lennie, This happened because Curley asked what Lennie was laughing about but Lennie was confused on what to do. 9. Candy’s dog was shot. One of the guys who stayed in the house convinced Candy to let him put the dog out of his misery. Candy later regretted not taking the responsibily himself. 10. Lennie starts to talk to Crooks about the rabbits they're going to get, but Crooks just thinks he's crazy. Lennie tells Crooks if he doesn't believe him he can ask George. Crooks asks Lennie about travelling with George and if the two of them talk. Crooks becomes very excited when he realizes he can tell Lennie anything, because Lennie won't understand it. He tells Lennie how when he was young his father had a chicken ranch. Crooks used to play with the white children, but his father didn't like it. Now, the only black person around, Crooks understands his father's apprehension towards whites. 11. Lennie visits Crooks in his room

12. Crooks attitude towards George and Lennie’s dream is was that he thought it was foolish because he thought that no way that could possibly ever happen. 13. Curley’s wife sees Lenny admiring her hair, and she lets him touch it. Lenny starts grabbing it, roughly, and she tells him to stop. She starts getting scared/upset, which in turn makes Lenny panic, he doesn't let go, and he's scared by all the commotion she's making, and he ends up breaking her neck, killing her. 14. George steals Carlson’s Luger.

15. Curley's wife was an evil woman because she would intentionally seduce men at the ranch even though she had a husband. She was a sneaky little tramp and was always causing trouble. She used Lennie for her desire for attention even though she knew about his problems and him being slow, she was attention hungry. 16. George tells Lennie at the end about their story of their shared dream, this is to un-nerve Lennie so that he wont feel when George shoots him. 17. After George kills Lennie, Slim treats him in a very understanding way.  He tells George that he knows that George did what he had to do.  It is clear that he knows what really happened. 18. George had no choice but to kill Lennie. Lennie would not live a happy life if he were placed in a loony bin. By killing Lennie George also freed Lennie as well as himself. Lennie no longer has follow George and live in fear of abandonment. George can live a more normal life now.

Section 2 - Characters

Lennie

Although Lennie is among the principal characters in Of Mice and Men, he is perhaps the least dynamic. He undergoes no significant changes, development, or growth throughout the story and remains exactly as the reader encounters him in the opening pages. Simply put, he loves to pet soft things, is blindly devoted to George and their vision of the...
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