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by John Steinbeck

Of Mice and Men Quiz 1

1. Why do George and Lennie leave the ranch in Weed?

  • Lennie fought with the farmer's son-in-law.
  • Lennie and George were fired.
  • Lennie was accused of rape.
  • Lennie killed the farmer's rabbit.

2. For what does Lennie ask that angers George?

  • A Puppy
  • Rabbits
  • Ketchup
  • Beans

3. According to George, why are he and Lennie different from other migrant laborers?

  • They don't have any responsibilities.
  • They have a chance to fulfill their dream of owning land.
  • They cannot move from job to job as easily because of Lennie's disability.
  • They are not lonely, for they have each other.

4. Which of the following does not foreshadow later events in the novel?

  • George scolds Lennie for getting them fired from every job they have.
  • George tells Lennie where to hide if there is trouble.
  • George talks about Aunt Clara.
  • George kills the mouse that he holds.

5. Which of the following does not describe Lennie?

  • Talkative
  • Forgetful
  • Slow-witted
  • Innocent

6. Which of the following is not significant about George's speech to Lennie?

  • The speech demonstrates Lennie's fixation in simplistic pleasures.
  • The speech foreshadows George and Lennie's future together.
  • George has given the speech many times, showing the tenacity with which they hold their dreams.
  • George's dreams for the future contrast with their current situation.

7. Which of the following is not a possible reason why the boss suspects George and Lennie?

  • Lennie appears foolish and dimwitted.
  • Lennie does not speak.
  • George gives an unsatisfactory answer why they are no longer in Weed.
  • George shows concern for Lennie.

8. Why does Curley dislike Lennie?

  • The boss tells Curley to watch out for Lennie.
  • Curley is jealous of those who are bigger than he.
  • Lennie ogles his wife.
  • Lennie laughs at Curley.

9. What is the significance of George's explanation that he and Lennie are cousins?

  • They are in an environment in which two men can only behave kindly to one another if they have a tangible family connection.
  • This lie alerts the boss that George and Lennie are trouble.
  • It explains why George cares for Lennie despite his apparent dislike for him.
  • He lies because Lennie believes that he is George's actual cousin.

10. What do the men think of Curley's Wife?

  • They suspect that she married Curley because she is pregnant.
  • They think that she married Curley for money.
  • They think that she is a tart.
  • They pity her for her marriage to Curley.

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