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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. Who is not bright, but is a good worker?

2. Where does Lennie say he should live?

3. Where are George and Lennie going to work in Chapter 1?

4. What does George tell Lennie he is glad of in Chapter 2?

5. What happened in Weed?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What does Crooks talk about when Lennie continues to bring up the rabbits in Chapter 4?

3. Where does Crooks, the black ranch hand, live on the ranch?

4. What does George do with the gun in Chapter 6?

5. Where did Lennie and George work before this new job in Chapter 1?

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

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

8. How does George respond when the boss asks them why they were late getting to their job in Chapter 2?

9. What happens when Carlson complains about the smell of Candy's dog?

10. What happens when Lennie comes to visit Crooks in Chapter 4?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Once Lennie and George share their dream with the others, other men on the farm ask if they can come along and work for them. In a sense, these men will never be "free" in that situation, so how does living with Lennie and George become a better plan for them? How will these men benefit from the arrangement? How would Lennie and George benefit?

Essay Topic 2

Curley's wife is certainly an intriguing character in the book, but she seems to be stirring up more trouble than she realizes. When she insults the men as they are gathering in Crooks' room, what is she gaining from doing so? Why does she taunt Crooks? What is her purpose in the story, for that matter? Does she bring her own ending upon herself?

Essay Topic 3

Lennie is a man who appears to be very strong but also mentally disabled. This affliction affects his ability to make decisions and to understand when he is causing someone pain. At the same time, he is also able to remember the story of the plans George and he have for a ranch of their own. Does this ability to recall these kinds of details show that Lennie may not be as mentally challenged as one might think? Why or why not? What other proof is there that Lennie is smarter than he lets on?

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