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 kills the dog that stinks?

3. What is George doing throughout the scene in Chapter 2?

4. What do Lennie and George eat by the fire in Chapter 1?

5. Whose dog stinks?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Describe the area of Soledad, California.

3. What does George say to Slim in confidence in Chapter 3?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

George seems to be a very careful person, someone who is concerned about cleanliness and appearances. Why do you think George is this way? What purpose does this cleanliness serve to George and to Lennie? Is there an ulterior motive for George or is it something that might be a mental defect for him as well? Explain each of your answers.

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

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?

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