Of Mice and Men Test Flashcard Example #40219

What are some themes present in Of Mice and Men?
Friendship, discrimination, loneliness, American Dream, Human Nature/Natural World, Innocence, Violence, (mercy killing/euthanasia, victimization of migrant workers)
What are some examples of friendship in Of Mice and Men?
Lennie and George’s relationship, Lennie and the pup, candy and the old dog…
What are some examples of Discrimination in Of Mice and Men?
how Lennie is treated, how Crooks is treated and how he lives in the barn, how Curley’s wife is treated (is called a “tart”), how Candy is treated
What are some examples of loneliness in Of Mice and Men?
Crook’s barn, Curley’s wife having nobody to talk to, if George and Lennie didn’t have eachother
What are some examples of human nature in Of Mice and Men?
Carlson’s instinct to shoot Candy’s dog, Slim’s instinct to drown the pups, Lennie not letting go (Curley’s hand and Curley’s wife)
What are some examples of innocence in Of Mice and Men?
Candy and his dog, Lennie’s puppy, Slim’s pup, Curley’s wife, their dream of their ideal farm, Lennie’s dispostion
What are some examples of violence in Of Mice and Men?
George killing Lennie, Lennie killing the pups and Curley’s wife, Curley’s hand
What does their ideal farm and Lennie’s dream of rabbits symbolize?
their American Dream
What do Aunt Clara and the giant rabbit symbolize?
Lennie’s internal thoughts and his guilt for killing Curley;s wife and the pup
What are some examples of mercy killing in Of Mice and Men?
George shooting Lennie, Carlson shooting the old dog, Slim drowning puppies
What does the ketchup symbolize?
how Lennie and George would do anything for eachother
What’s an example in the story when the characters talk about something simple that has deeper meaning?
ketchup
What do Slim’s pups and Candy’s old dog symbolize?
how people treat the weak and the elderly (only the strong should survive in the depression)
When does chapter one take place and what happens during this chapter?
thursday evening, exposition,
Lennie and George are at near the Salinas River… they are traveling to Soledad for work since they had to leave Weed because Lennie grabbed a girl’s dress too hard. We learn that their American Dream is to own their own farm
When does chapter two take place and what happens during this chapter?
friday morning, exposition and rising action
Lennie and George arrive at the ranch and meet all the ranch hands and learn about the dogs. A little suspenseful because Curley and the boss threaten the boys and Lennie thinks Curley’s wife is pretty
When does chapter three take place and what happens during this chapter?
Friday night, rising action
Lennie gets a puppy, Carlson shoots Candy’s dog, Lennie crushes Curley’s hand in a fight, Candy is now involved in the boy’s American Dream
When does chapter four take place and what happens during this chapter?
Saturday night, rising action
Crooks, Lennie, Curley’s wife, and Candy are in Crook’s barn…. we learn about their handicaps
When does chapter five take place and what happens during this chapter?
Sunday afternoon, climax
Lennie kills his pup, we learn that Curley’s wife american dream was to be an actress, Lennie kills Curley’s wife, everyone is looking for Lennie to kill him
When does chapter six take place and what happens during this chapter?
Sunday afternoon/evening, falling action/resolution
Lennie is waiting for George by the river when he imagines Aunt Clara and the giant rabbit, George find Lennie and shoots him
George Milton (main characteristics, American Dream, and handicaps)
smaller yet smarter than Lennie, Lennie’s “parent”, his American Dream is to own his own farm
Lennie Small (main characteristics, American Dream, and handicaps)
tall, strong, hands like bear paws, likes mice, puppies, and rabbits, mentally handicapped, American Dream is to own colorful rabbits on a farm with George
What is Lennie’s last name an example of?
an oxymoron (he’s a large man, but his last name is Smalls)
Slim (main characteristics, American Dream, and handicaps)
leader-like, assertive, a skinner, drowned his pups
Candy (main characteristics, American Dream, and handicaps)
old swamper, missing right hand, observer, relates to his old dog that was shot because he feels useless, American Dream is to go to a farm with the boys so he can die peacefully not like his dog
Crooks (main characteristics, American Dream, and handicaps)
black, crooked back because a horse kicked him , lonely, stable buck, likes to read, good at horseshoes, outsider, American Dream is to be somewhere where he is respected
Carlson (main characteristics, American Dream, and handicaps)
straight foward, large, kills Candy’s dog
Curley (main characteristics, American Dream, and handicaps)
thin, young, very handy, wrestler, always looking for a fight, hand gets crushed by Lennie in a fight, doesn’t want to ruin his ego, wife is killed by Lennie, wants to kill Lennie
Curley’s Wife (main characteristics, American Dream, and handicaps)
pretty, lonely, doesn’t really love Curley, not worthy of a name, American Dream is to be an actress, killed by Lennie
What are some of the major conflicts in the story?
George and Lennie’s American Dream, Lennie’s mental handicaps, Curley’s hand, Candy’s dog getting shot, Lennie killing his pup, Lennie killing Curley’s wife, George shooting Lennie
What are some of the settings in the story?
California, Weed, Salinas River, Soledad, the ranch, the bunkhouse, Crook’s barn
How was Lennie’s death foreshadowed?
Candy regretting not shooting his dog, the gun being missing, George telling Lennie to go toth e river if he’s in trouble
How was Curley’s wife death foreshadowed?
Curely’s hand, Lennie holding the girl’s dress in Weed, Lennie’s mental handicap, Lennie killing the pup, Lennie killing the mouse
How was the Lennie’s puppies death foreshadowed?
Lennie killing the mice, Lennie taking the pup out of the barn, Lennie killing the mouse
How was the boy’s American Dream not coming true foreshadowed?
Lennie’s behavior/messing their jobs up, everyone doubting them
Okies
derogatory term used to describe migrant workers
Tart
derogatory term to describe women
Velvet
what Aunt Clara gave Lennie to pet, what Lennie and Curley’s wife talk about right before he kills her
How are Lennie’s hand described as and why?
bear paws, because he has destructive hands that don’t let go
What gun did George use to shoot Lennie?
a luger/revolver
What point of view is the novella written in?
3rd person omniscient
What are all the ranch hands doing when Curley’s wife is killed?
playing horseshoes
What animal is Lennie described as by George when talking to the boss?
a bull
What is Lennie’s handicap and how does he cope with it?
mentally handicapped,
he travels and relies on George, proves himself by working hard
What is Crook’s handicap and how does he cope with it?
crooked back, he’s black/lonely,
back medication, treats people that are lower to him badly, reading, playing horseshoes,
What is Candy’s handicap and how does he cope with it?
missing a hand, is old/lonely,
he’s a swamper, used to have dog as a friend, socializes with people and plans out farm to keep himself busy
What is Curley’s wife’s handicap and how does she cope with it?
she’s the only woman on the farm/ lonely,
tries to talk to other boys on the ranch by “looking for Curley”
What is George’s handicap and how does he cope with it?
Lennie,
mean to Lennie, opens up to other ranch hands to talk to
George and Lennie want to “live ______.”
“off the fatta the lan”
When is there a soliloquy in the novella?
when Lennie talks to himself while imagining Aunt Clara and the giant rabbit
Summarize the poem, “To A Mouse”
The narrator is talking to a scared mouse after he broke his house while doing farm work. He tells the mouse he’s sorry because he knows that the mouse has no where to go because it’s winter, and reassures the mouse it’s ok for him to steal food. The mouse planned out his house well, and the narrator says how a lot of times plans don’t work out like they were planned. He then says that the mouse is lucky because the mouse can only see the present not the relive the past and plan the future.
What does the poet mean when he says “sometimes the best laid plans of mice and men often go astray”
He means that most of the time well- planned out things fail. This is like the characters in Of Mice and Men because they all planned out their dreams, but never achieved them
What does the poet mean when he says, “still you are blest, compared with me, the present only touches you.”
He’s saying that the mouse is lucky because he doesn’t have to look at his past, or plan the future (similar to Lennie)
How does the poem’s theme relate to the novella?
Both describe the challenges and hardships people (and animals) face while trying to plan out and achieve their goals
Main characteristic of his writing (how can his novels be classified)
Steinbeck’s novels can be classified as social novels that deal with the economic problems of rural labor
Other characteristics of his writing
1. show a love for the land (rich descriptions, imagery, sensory details, positive adj)
2. rich characterization (uses lots of adverbs) 3.figurative language
4.foreshadowing
5.novellas
6.straight foward
7.lots of dialouge (show don’t tell)
8.language like real life
9. uses simple language that carries deeper meaning behind it; characters are uneducated and use simple vocabulary, but they still communicate about things that really matter
How did Steinbeck prepare?
He traveled and lived with migrants
What are migrants?
farmers that were displaced beause of the dust bowl and had to look for work (during the 1930s/Great Depression)
What is a novella?
between a short story and a novel (30,000 to 50,000 words)
When was Of Mice and Men published?
1937
What was Of Mice and Men about?
It deals with the loneliness and victimization of wandering farmhands who dream of the “perfect” or “idyllic” farm
What was one of Steinbeck’s accomplishments?
He was chosen for one of 1937’s Ten Outstanding Men in America
How was Of Mice and Men designed?
So it could be made into a play with almost no changes (lots of description in beginning, dialouge, few settings, adverbs). The theatrical versions were released at the same time as publication of the novel with great success
What controversial characteristics does Of Mice and Men have?
1. profane language
2. moral statements
3. treatment of the mentally challenged
4. violence
5. racist slang
Of Mice and Men is the __________ most frequently banned book in the U.S. during the 1990’s
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