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2 Directions: When appropriate, please answer the questions in complete sentences. Chapter 1 Where did the bus drop the two men off? What does Lennie do with the water that makes him proud of himself? What does Lennie not have in his pocket? What did Lennie want to do with this item? Where are George and Lennie going? From where are George and Lennie coming? When they get to where they are going, what does George tell Lennie to do? Why did George and Lennie leave the last place they were at? When Lennie goes out to get wood for a fire, what does he bring back that George takes away? Who used to give Lennie mice? Why did she stop giving Lennie mice? What does Lennie want with his dinner that they don t have? What does George imply happened in Weed with the girl? What dream does George and Lennie share? Where does George tell Lennie to go if he gets in trouble? Chapter 2 According to the old man, why was the boss mad at George and Lennie? What does George find in the box by his bed and what does he assume?

3 Describe the stable buck. What physical attributes does he have? What does the boss use him for? What does the boss suspect George of doing to Lennie? What makes him think this? What reason does George give for taking care of Lennie? What is George s last name? Who is Curley? What does the swamper tell George about Curley s left hand? Why does Curley s wife come into the bunkhouse? What did Slim do to four of his pups? Why? What does Lennie want George to ask Slim? Describe the atmosphere of the ranch and bunkhouse. Chapter 3 What does Slim say he would have done to the dog if he hadn t given it to Lennie? George says if he were really smart he would be doing what? What is the story behind why Lennie and George travel together? What can the reader infer about Lennie s childhood and family life? What did George do once that made him stop playing jokes on Lennie?

4 What does George tell Slim happened in Weed? What sneaky thing does Lennie try to do? What reason does Carlson give for wanting Candy s dog shot? What does Slim tell Carlson to take with him when goes to shoot Candy s dog? Why? Why don t the guys visit Clara s house instead of Susy s? Why does George say he will go and get a drink but that he isn t going to pay for a flop? What does Curley think Slim is doing in the barn? How did Candy get $250? What does Candy tell George he wishes he had done? About what does Curley think Lennie smiling about? What happens between Curley and Lennie? Chapter 4 For what reason did Lennie come to the barn? Where is George? Who visits Crooks, Candy, and Lennie? What do we learn about Curley s wife? Before Curley s wife leaves, what does she notice about Lennie?

5 Chapter 5 What day and time is it at the beginning of chapter 5? What is Lennie doing in the barn by himself? Why does Lennie think that he might not get to tend the rabbits? Who visits Lennie in the barn? According to Curley s wife, why isn t anyone going to leave the horseshoe tournament? According to Curley s wife, how come she didn t get into show business? What can we infer is the reason Curley s wife married Curley? What plan does Lennie have to avoid getting in trouble? For what does Curley s wife yell at Lennie? How is this ironic? What did Lennie do to Curley s wife? Who finds Curley s wife? What does Carlson think has happened to his gun? Chapter 6 Where is Lennie hiding? With whom does Lennie have his first imaginary conversation? With whom/what does Lennie have his second imaginary conversation? What story does George tell Lennie? What does he do while telling him this story?

6 Vocabulary Word Aloof Definition Subsided Tart Skinner Bindle stiffs Scoff Apprehensive Reverent Contemptuous Swamper Ominous Skeptical Derogatory

7 Name That Chapter! None of the chapter in Of Mice and Men are given names. Your mission is to create those chapter names. You will need to: * Summarize the chapter using at least 3-5 sentences. Include the actions that take place and the characters involved. * Choose one quote (at least one full sentence) from the chapter that you feel is representative of the entire chapter. Be sure to put a page number for your quote. * Creatively name each chapter based on your summary and your quote. (Titles like Chapter 1, The Ranch, and The End are NOT creative!) * Write at least one sentence explaining why your title is appropriate for the chapter. Chapter 1 Summary: Quote: Explanation: Chapter 2 Summary: Quote: Explanation:

8 Chapter 3 Summary: Quote: Explanation: Chapter 4 Summary: Quote: Explanation:

9 Chapter 5 Summary: Quote: Explanation: Chapter 6 Summary: Quote: Explanation:

10 Quote Log: Of Mice and Men Directions: Please select five quotes from the novel that you feel are significant to a theme you will choose from the list below in the book Of Mice and Men. Then, write one to two (1-2) sentences for each quote to discuss the significance of the quote. Isolation and loneliness can exist even when a person is amongst a group of people. The seemingly cruel results of one s actions can sometimes be explained by compassionate motivation. True friendship is making difficult choices to protect the ones you love. In order to have a strong, long-lasting friendship with someone, you must be willing to sacrifice. Page # Quote Significance

11 Character: Lennie Physical Description Actions Quote (Direct Characterization) (Indirect Characterization) (Citations) Physical Description Actions Quote (Direct Characterization) (Indirect Characterization) (Citations)

12 Physical Description Actions Quote (Direct Characterization) (Indirect Characterization) (Citations)

13 Character: George Characterization Of Mice and Men Physical Description Actions Quote (Direct Characterization) (Indirect Characterization) (Citations)

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