Of Mice and Men Chapter 1 & 2 Study Questions

Where did the bus drop the two men off? 2 miles from the ranch near salinas river
How is George described? short, small, slim, working man
How is Lennie described? big, broad shoulders, walks like a bear, no arm movement when he walks
What does Lennie take out of his pocket that gets him yelled at by George? A dead mouse
What did Lennie want to do with it? he wanted to pet it
Where are George and Lennie going? to a ranch for work
From where are George and Lennie coming? Weed, CA
When they get to where they are going, what does George tell Lennie to do? to not say a word
Why did George and lennie leave the last place they were at? Lennie got in trouble by trying to touch a woman’s dress.
Who used to give Lennie mice? his Aunt Clara
Why did she stop giving Lennie mice? he kept petting them too hard and killing them
What does lennie want with his dinner that they don’t have? ketchup
What dream does George and Lennie share? To own a piece of land/ranch where they can have a house, farm the land, have a vegetable and flower garden, animals, rabbits for Lennie to take care,
Where does George tell Lennie to go if he gets in trouble? to the brush by the river
Explain the relationship between George and Lennie based on Chapter 1and 2. George is like a big brother to lennie and watches over him. George is sometimes harsh, but for lennie’s own good. He protects him and cares for him.
According to the old man, why was the boss mad at George and Lennie? They came late and couldnt work that day
Describe the “stable buck” What physical attributes does he have? What does the boss use him for? An African American worker, who is intelligent, likes to read and lives isolated from the rest of the group. He works in the stable.
What is Lennie’s last name? Small
What does the boss suspect george of doing to lennie? What makes him think this? That George is taking Lennie’s pay away from him; he things this because George isn’t letting Lennie answer.
What reason does George give for taking care of lennie? he is his cousin
What is george’s last name? Milton
Who is curley? the boss’s son. he is small, wears high heels boots to appear taller and important. He used to be a lightweight boxer, and doe not like big, tall men.
Describe curley’s wife. She had full, roughed lips and wide spread eyes and wears a lot of makeup. She likes to flirt with the men in the ranch. Is considered a tramp (tart).
Why does she come into the bunkhouse? She is “looking for curley” which means shes checking out the new men
Describe Slim. What is his job on the ranch? What are some of his character triats? He is tall and regal. He is very well respected by the other workers, and is considered the “prince of the ranch”. He is different, finer, smart, and likes George and Lennie.
What did Slim do to four of his pups? Why? He drowns them becasue there were nine pups and the mom couldn’t feed all of them.
What does Lennie want George to ask slim? If he can have one of the pups
Describe the atmosphere of the ranch and bunkhouse. Be sure to include characteristics of different characters that were formally or informally introduced to us this chapter. the ranch and bunkhouse were very friendly and accepting of the two men.
What does slim say he would have done to the dog if he hadn’t given it to lennie. He would have killed it.
What is the setting of the novel? Soleda, Central California 1930s (USA) depression era
From what point of view is the story told? 3rd person omniscent; point of view because it can see all the thoughts and emotion
What is an example of something ironic from this chapter (2)? Lennie’s last name is small and he is described as a big guy
What is the theme of the novel so far? help others to help yourself
What are the different types of external conflicts? character vs. another character; character vs. forces of nature; character vs. society.
What is an internal conflict? character vs. itself (lennie vs. lennie)
Who is/are the protagonist(s)? George and Lennie
Who is the antagonist? Curley

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