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 did George once do to impress a bunch of men?

2. What were the men in Weed going to do to Lennie?

3. Who kills the dog that stinks?

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

5. Who is a stocky man who wears blue jeans and a flannel shirt?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Where did Lennie and George work before this new job in Chapter 1?

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

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

6. What does Lennie do when he brings the puppy back to the bunkhouse? What does George do?

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

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

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

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

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

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 3

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?

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