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. Where were George and Lennie working before Chapter 1?

2. What does Lennie carry in his pocket?

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

4. Which man in Chapter 1 is small, dark, and quick?

5. What does Slim call Lennie in Chapter 3?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What was Crooks doing in the beginning of Chapter 4, before Lennie entered, and then again at the end of the chapter when he is alone again?

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

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

5. What does Candy do when he comes into Crooks' room for a visit?

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

7. Who does Curley's wife insult when she walks into Crooks' room?

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

9. Has George ever been mad at Lennie, according to George's words?

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

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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?

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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