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Barron's Booknotes-Of Mice And Men by John Steinbeck
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_____ 1. The shooting of Candy's dog is an example of Steinbeck's

A. sensitivity toward all of God's creatures
B. fondness for symbolism
C. propensity for mood changes

_____ 2. When Lennie thought of the idyllic future on their own farm, he said,
A. "I'll save alla my dollahs for that, George."
B. "We could live off the fatta the lan'"
C. "Ain't nobody gonna stan' in our way"

_____ 3. Curley was
I. blackmailed into lying about his broken hand
II. a bully who liked to provoke fights
III. outraged when he thought Lennie had been laughing at him

A. I and II only
B. I and III only
C. I, II, and III

_____ 4. The lowest man in the ranch hierarchy was
A. Candy, the swamper
B. Crooks, the stable buck
C. Bill Tenner, the mule skinner

_____ 5. When Crooks heard about the plans for a farm, he
A. asked for additional details immediately
B. belittled them
C. offered to join in the project

_____ 6. Lennie's puppy died when
A. Carlson ran it over
B. Curley drowned it
C. Lennie hit it

_____ 7. Curley's wife precipitated her own death by
A. enticing Lennie down to the river bank
B. inviting Lennie to stroke her hair
C. giving Lennie the eye in front of her husband

_____ 8. "Ever' body knowed you'd mess things up" was George's statement to
A. Lennie before he pulled the trigger
B. Candy when he revealed their "secret" plans about the farm
C. the dead body of Curley's wife

_____ 9. While waiting at the river bank for George, Lennie conjured up a vision of
A. his Aunt Clara
B. the posse that was coming to hang him
C. the woman in the red dress in Weed

_____ 10. George felt that he had to carry out the execution
A. as retribution for Lennie's crime
B. before the other men would get to Lennie
C. since Lennie had jeopardized their future

11. Steinbeck has said he intended the book to be a play in novel form. Describe ways in which the novel is similar to a play.

12. Foreshadowing is an important part of Steinbeck's technique. Describe several instances of foreshadowing that are presented in the book.

13. What do George and Lennie mean when they say they want "to live off the fat of the land"?

14. Choose one of the following minor characters and explain what his or her purpose is in the novel: Slim, Curley, Whit, Curley's wife.

15. The play form of Of Mice and Men ends with George shooting Lennie. The novel continues for several more pages. Discuss what Steinbeck is saying in those last pages of the book.

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