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

2. In Chapter 2, what does George say the driver made them do?

3. Why did Aunt Clara stop giving Lennie mice?

4. Why did George and Lennie have to walk so far?

5. Who does George confide in about what happened in Weed?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does George tell Lennie about the water in Chapter 1?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

When George kills Lennie, it's a shock to some readers. After all of George's devotion and loyalty, this seems like a final act of betrayal. Why do you think George killed Lennie? Do you think this killing was the right thing to do? Why did George lie about what happened with Lennie? What do you think happens to George after the book ends?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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