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 does Curley want to know from George in Chapter 2?

2. Who is referred to as 'jail bait all set on the trigger'?

3. What does George warn Lennie will make him sick?

4. What is hanging right above the bunks in Chapter 2?

5. Who is called a 'tart'?

Short Essay Questions

1. How could Lennie's mental state be described?

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

3. Who has been playing cards with Crooks, the old black ranch hand?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

When Curley attacks Lennie, Lennie doesn't defend himself, even though he is much bigger and stronger. This seems a contradiction as Lennie does appear to have violent tendencies. Why do you think the Lennie didn't defend himself? Should he have fought back? Why or why not? And why did Lennie eventually break Curley's hand?

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

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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