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. Why does Lennie want to get to the ranch that evening in the first chapter?

2. Why does Curley hate big men?

3. Who invites George to the whorehouse?

4. In Chapter 2, what does George say the driver made them do?

5. Who is capable of driving 20 mules with a single line?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What do the men say about Curley's wife?

4. What does George say in response to the boss' suspicion about why he answers for Lennie?

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

6. Why is Lennie not smart, according to George when he talks to the boss?

7. What disturbs George when he looks at his bed's box shelf?

8. What does Candy say to them when Lennie and George first arrive at the ranch?

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

10. What does Lennie have in his pocket in Chapter 1?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

When Lennie kills Curley's wife, he immediately realizes that he has done something wrong. In many legal defenses, that would be proof enough that someone could be tried for a crime, even if they were also mentally challenged. That said, how do you think Lennie would do if he were on trial for this murder? Would he be convicted? Why or why not? What could a lawyer present in his defense?

Essay Topic 2

George warns Lennie about the puppies several times in the story - they're too young, they need to be with their mother, etc. Do you think that George was worried Lennie might hurt the puppies? Why or why not? Are there any signs that Lennie is going to hurt the puppies before he actually does?

Essay Topic 3

Soledad, California is the setting of this story, and the background seems to be as much a character as the humans who take part in the action. Why do you think that Steinbeck chose this setting for the story? How does the story help or hurt the characters?

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