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 George take away what Lennie is holding in Chapter 1?

2. Which man in Chapter 1 is huge and pale?

3. What does Slim call Lennie in Chapter 3?

4. Who used to be a good boxer?

5. What do Lennie and George eat by the fire in Chapter 1?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. What does the ranch's bunkhouse look like?

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

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

7. Why does Curley wear a glove on his left hand?

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

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

10. What does George explain to Lennie as they are walking in the beginning of the book? What are they doing?

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

Lennie is absolutely fascinated by rabbits. He wants to have them as pets at the place where George and he will live. Why do you think that rabbits are so fascinating to Lennie? And for that matter, why is Lennie so fascinated with animals in general? What characteristics do animals and Lennie share?

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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