Of Mice and Men Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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

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

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?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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