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 happened to Lennie when he did jumped into a river once?

2. Who kills the dog that stinks?

3. What does Curley have inside the objective on his left hand?

4. Curley's wife wears what when she enters the bunkhouse in Chapter 2?

5. Who is the old man in the bunkhouse in Chapter 2?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Describe the area of Soledad, California.

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

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

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

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

7. How does George describe the piece of property that he and Lennie are planning to buy someday?

8. Describe the character of Lennie in the first scene of the novel.

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

When Lennie kills Curley's wife, he immediately realizes that he has done something wrong. In many legal defenses, that would be proof enough that someone could be tried for a crime, even if they were also mentally challenged. That said, how do you think Lennie would do if he were on trial for this murder? Would he be convicted? Why or why not? What could a lawyer present in his defense?

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

George doesn't want Curley to shoot Lennie, even though he's done a horrific thing. Why do you think George wants to keep Lennie alive? Does it seem that George blames Lennie for what he has done or do you think he believes it's Curley's wife's fault? Why or why not? This act of stopping Lennie from being killed seems merciful, but is it? Why or why not?

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