Of Mice and Men Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What were the men in Weed going to do to Lennie?

2. Who fights with Lennie at the end of Chapter 3?

3. What does George tell Lennie not to do with the boss?

4. What happened in Weed?

5. How does Candy describe the boss?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does the boss look like?

2. What happens when Slim comments on the relationship between George and Lennie?

3. What happened at the ranch in Weed while George and Lennie worked there?

4. How does Candy describe the boss at the ranch?

5. What does Slim say about Lennie when they return to the bunkhouse in Chapter 3?

6. Why don't George and Lennie go to the ranch the first night?

7. Describe the character of George in the first scene of the novel.

8. How does George describe the piece of property that he and Lennie are planning to buy someday?

9. As Lennie and George are walking along as the book begnins, what does George complain about?

10. What happened when George tried to impress a bunch of men once in the past by making Lennie do something?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

George tells Lennie where to hide in the brush if they should get into trouble, but he tells him this before they go to the new ranch. What does his mean in terms of Lennie's past? Why does George plan for their escape ahead of time? How many other times do you think Lennie has been in trouble before? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

George speaks for Lennie when the boss first meets them. Why do you think George does this? What do you think the boss thinks about George speaking for Lennie all the time? Is there another way that George might be able to handle Lennie in these situations?

Essay Topic 3

Crooks is an interesting character who keeps to himself and even has his own room. But while this seems like a privilege, we find out that it's because he's black. When you see the interaction between Crooks and the other workers, does it seem as though they would have a problem with his race? Why or why not? Does this group seem as though they could all live together? Why or why not? Why do you think Steinbeck kept everyone living separately?

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