Of Mice and Men – Chapter 2 Questions

George lies to the boss about Lennie and his relation and about Weed, what is the lie? He lies and says he and Lennie are cousins and they left their last job because it was done.
Which character is this?the boss´s son short and *stocky (Big man with broad shoulders/Short round man) ex-boxerlikes to pick on men bigger than himselfhas curly hair Curley
The swamper (kusken) said: “Seems like Curley ain’t givin’ nobody a chance.”Explain this statement. If Curley would fight a big man and win everyone would think he was very strong and would congratulate him. If Curley would fight a big man and lose everyone would feel sorry for him. Either way Curley would come out the favorite of the crowd. No justice.
Identify/describe Slim and Carlson. Slim and Carlson are other ranch workers/hands. Slim seems very reasonable and respected and tries to understand George and Lennie.
What does Slim have that Lennie wants? Puppies
Who are all the characters we meet in chapter Two, describe them? Curley: the boss’s son, aggressive, wears high heeled bootsCandy: “retired” ranch worker with only 1 hand The Boss: stocky, well dressedCurley´s wife: described as a trampCrooks: Stable hand with a crooked back, proud, bitter, subject to racial descriminationSlim: prince of the ranch, much respected, jerkline skinner (“Slim, you’re the best darned Jerkline Skinner that I ever layed eyes on”). Carlson: ranch hand, complains about Candy’s dogWhitey: left the ranch, over clean
What is George’s advice to Lennie about Curley? stay away from Curley, unless Curley touches him then fight
What is “wrong” with Candy? he is missing a hand and has a dog that stinks
What is Candy’s opinion of the Boss? he is a pretty nice fella. He gave us a galloon of whiskey on christmas
Why does George speak for Lennie and what does he tell the Boss as an excuse? he says Lennie was kicked in the head by a horse (lie) so he is slow. He tells Lennie not to speak because he fears it will get them in trouble
Describe Curley’s temper. has gotten worse since he has married and his wife like to flirt with all the ranch hands
“Why…he…just quit, the way a guy will. Says it was the food. Just wanted to move. Didn’t give no other reason but the food. Just says ‘gimme my time’ one night, the way any guy would”. Who is Candy talking about? The old swamper (Candy) tells George about Whitey, who was the last one to occupy the bed now assigned to George. Whitey “just wanted to move”. Ranch hands do not very often stay in one place for very long. For Whitey to have left the way he did was not unusual. Because they do move around so much, the life of a ranch hand is a lonely one; they do not very easily establish close or lasting friendships. (the lifestyle of ranch hands, and the resulting difficulty of developing lasting ties with other people). This is evident in the swamper’s recollections about Whitey. He remembers Whitey’s propensity for cleanliness, the way he used to wash so scrupulously and his finickiness about the food. Ranch hands can’t have a prosperous life. They can’t stay clean.
Why are there only five pups out of nine? Slim drowned 4 of them because the mother couldn’t take care of them
.What is Lennie’s request to George? he wants a dog
What are the problems in the bunkhouse (baracken)? people need to get along in tight spaces and there are bugs
What is the theme in this chapter and how is it shown? This chapter establishes the cruel and predatory nature of the world.
Why does Steinbeck dismiss women in this book, and how does he do this? The only female character is Curley’s wife, who is not even give a name.Steinbeck assigns female characters as only caretakers of men.
Who greets Lennie and George at the bunkhouse? an old man named Candy
Who is the old lady that took care of Lennie and died? Lennie´s aunt. Aunt Clara.
Who does the boss punish because George and Lennie are late? Crooks
How does the boss react to George´s friendship with Lennie? he can’t understand why George is looking out for Lenniehe thinks George is taking advantage on Lennie because George is doing all the talking. The boss watches them closely. It´s rare that ranch hands/workers travel together.
How does Curley react to Lennie’s silence annoyed. He wants to fight lennie
What does Curley think about George and Lennie´s traveling together? he thinks it´s odd
What does the swamper (kusk) mean by saying “Curley´s pretty handy” he is a boxer and he starts fights
What uneasy feeling does George have about Curley´s wife? George tells Lennie to stay away from her because she will get them in trouble
Who complains about the old smelly dog? Carlson
Who is the most respected person on the ranch Slim
Who begs to leave the ranch? Lennie but they have to stay until they can buy their own ranch
Who pretends to look for Curley? Why? Curley’s wife, needs attention, lonely
Who tries to pick a fight with Lennie? Curley
Who is angry that George and Lennie arrive late? The boss
Who criticizes Lennie for speaking to the boss? George
Who has only one hand? Candy
Who gives George and Lennie the *lowdown (The details and relevant information on a given topic or issue) of the ranch? Candy
Who tried to engage Lennie in an argument? The boss and the boss’s son
“Guys like us, that work on ranches, are the loneliest guys in the world. They got no family. They don’t belong no place. They come to a ranch an’ work up a stake and then they go inta town and blow their stake, and the first thing you know they’re poundin’ their tail on some other ranch. They ain’t got nothing to look ahead to.” What does this quote say about these farm hands/workers? It’s hard out there for a ranch hand/worker. Steinbeck seems to be saying that the loneliness is even worse than the poverty: like Lennie and George, you can bear a lot more if you have a friend because then there is also some hope.
What happens when the boss leaves? George yells at lennie and the truth of their friendship is revealed and candy says he will not say anything
What does Slim think of George and Lennies relationship? He is impressed by how they look after one another
Who is described in this quote:? “The old man came slowly into the room. He had his broom in his hand. And at his heels there walked a dragfooted sheep dog, gray of muzzle, and with pale, blind old eyes. The dog struggled lamely to the side of the room and lay down, grunting softly to himself and licking his grizzled, moth-eaten coat. The swamper watched him until he was settled. “I wasn’t listenin’. I was jus’ standin’ in he shad a minute scratchin’ my dog.” (2.65) Candy(Candy’s relationship with his dog is a lot like George’s relationship with Lennie: they both care for things that other people can’t appreciate.)

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