Of Mice and Men Test | Final 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 is the second thing Lennie imagines he sees in Chapter 6?

2. To whom did George forbid Lennie to talk to?

3. Why are Lennie and George different than other guys, according to George?

4. What happens to Curley's wife in Chapter 5?

5. In Chapter 5, who/what does Lennie blame for dying?

Short Essay Questions

1. When Crooks tells Curley's wife to leave his room, what happens?

2. Who does Curley's wife insult when she walks into Crooks' room?

3. Why does Crooks live in a separate space than the rest of the men?

4. What happens when Lennie comes to visit Crooks in Chapter 4?

5. What does George pull out of his pocket in Chapter 6, while sitting with Lennie?

6. What story does Crooks share with Lennie in Chapter 4?

7. What does George ask of Curley after they have discovered what has happened?

8. Who is the first image that appears to Lennie as he is sitting in the brush in Chapter 6?

9. What story does Lennie make George repeat to him while they sit together in the brush in the final chapter?

10. At the end of the book, what does George say happened to Lennie?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

George used to play jokes on Lennie but not anymore after one incident in which Lennie nearly drowned. That said, why do you think George played tricks on Lennie in the first place? There are several possible reasons, so explain each in terms of how George may have benefited from the trick.

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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