Book Report on John Steinbeck's "Of Mice and Men"

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Of Mice and Men

Comprehension Questions

Chapter 1

Character sketches:

George: A small, wiry, smart man who travels with and cares for Lennie. Although he frequently speaks of how much better his life would be without Lennie, George is obviously devoted to him. George tries to protect Lennie and eventually deliver them both to the farm of their dreams. Though George is the source of the story of the perfect farm, it is Lennie's childlike faith that enables George to actually believe his account of their future.

Lennie: A large, lumbering migrant worker with a mild developmental disability. Lennie depends completely on George for guidance and protection. The two share a vision of a farm that they will one day own, a vision that Lennie believes in wholeheartedly. Gentle and kind, Lennie nevertheless cannot understand his own strength and his love of petting things, like animals, dresses, and hair, leads to disaster.

Chapter 2

1.) "Buck barley": This may be the term for the work that the men do in the fields, harvesting barley.

"Put up grain": This may be another term for field work, meaning to harvest grain.

"Rassel grain bags": Perhaps to lift and carry grain bags.

"Put up a bale": May mean to harvest a bale of grain or barley.

2.) a.) Candy's hand has been lost. This may represent a feeling that he has lost something of himself - the loss of his hand renders him unable to work. Migrant workers have nothing but their work - no family, no lovers, and Candy no longer has work.

b.) Curley's most notable physical feature is his size. He is a very small man, a "lightweight," and has something of a small-man syndrome. We get the impression that his smallness of body reflects his smallness of mind in...