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Quiz about Of Mice and Men
Quiz about Of Mice and Men

Of Mice and Men Quiz Challenge - How Much Do You Know? | Steinbeck, John


John Steinbeck's "Of Mice and Men" is an incredible story that has leaped off the page and into the hearts of many. How much do you remember about this classic American novella?

A multiple-choice quiz by kaddarsgirl. Estimated time: 7 mins.
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Author
kaddarsgirl
Time
7 mins
Type
Multiple Choice
Quiz #
363,105
Updated
Dec 03 21
# Qns
10
Difficulty
Average
Avg Score
7 / 10
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Question 1 of 10
1. Lennie had always been very fond of soft things, and his love of soft things got him into trouble on more than one occasion in "Of Mice and Men". Soon after we first met Lennie on the banks of the Salinas River near Soledad, he got scolded by George for carrying a dead mouse in his pocket. Lennie said that a lady used to give him mice all the time for him to stroke, yet he didn't know who the lady was. Do you know who used to give mice to Lennie for him to love? Hint


Question 2 of 10
2. One of the soft things that Lennie enjoyed was rabbits. He constantly asked George to tell him about the rabbits and how Lennie would get to tend the rabbits when they had a place to call their own. Lennie knew the story by heart, but he always asked George to tell it to him, and he got very excited when George reached the parts of the story about the two of them together and about the rabbits. After they finished the story on the night before they were due to start ranch work, George told Lennie something very important that Lennie would need to remember later. Do you remember what George told Lennie? Hint


Question 3 of 10
3. When George and Lennie arrived at the ranch they found that they would be spending their days bucking barley (throwing sacks of barley onto a truck bed). There were a few teams on the ranch, but one man in particular, a jerkline skinner, made a point of telling the new pair that he hoped they would be on his team to buck barley. George praised Lennie's barley-bucking ability to the man, saying that Lennie "can put up more grain alone than most pairs can." Do you remember the name of the tall jerkline skinner who later became friends with George? Hint


Question 4 of 10
4. One night, while on the ranch, George and Slim started talking about how Lennie had come to travel with George. They had been traveling together since Lennie's aunt died, and they had been through a lot together. Lennie's most recent mishap came in the town of Weed, and resulted in men of the town chasing him so that they could lynch him for raping a girl. Lennie didn't rape the girl, but do you remember why he touched her? Hint


Question 5 of 10
5. While George and Lennie were on the ranch, Slim's dog had a litter of puppies. It was suggested by some of the men that Candy, an aging swamper, should shoot his old dog and take care of one of the new puppies instead. Candy pleaded with the men, saying he didn't want to shoot his dog and that he'd raised the dog since it was a puppy and he didn't wanted it to be in pain. Do you recall which man volunteered to shoot Candy's dog so Candy didn't have to do it himself? Hint


Question 6 of 10
6. The first time Lennie showed his true strength to the men of the ranch came when Curley attacked him in the bunk house. Lennie was minding his own business, smiling, and thinking about rabbits, when Curley turned on him in a fit of rage. Lennie was too scared to defend himself against Curley's blows, but when George yelled at Lennie to defend himself, Lennie grabbed Curley in a grip that crushed bone. Do you remember what part of Curley got crushed by Lennie's iron-strong fist? Hint


Question 7 of 10
7. Many of the men went into town one day, leaving Lennie at the ranch. He had been allowed to keep one of Slim's puppies and had spent a lot of time in the barn petting it. Slim had warned him not to pet the puppy so much, and George had told him to stay out of trouble for the day. Lennie saw a light on in the barn when he arrived to see his puppy and when he went to the light he found Crooks, a stable buck, in the harness room. Do you know the first thing Crooks said to Lennie when Lennie showed up in his doorway? Hint


Question 8 of 10
8. Lennie was a sweetheart at his core, he didn't know his own strength, and he often forgot what he had been told. One Sunday afternoon, Lennie was found sitting in the hay in the barn, petting the dead puppy that he had accidentally hit too hard. Lennie was terribly frightened that if George found out that Lennie killed his puppy, he wouldn't let Lennie tend the rabbits anymore. Do you remember who it was that first walked into the barn, startling Lennie while he was petting the dead puppy? Hint


Question 9 of 10
9. Lennie ran from the ranch in a panic after he once again unknowingly used his strength to do a "real bad thing." After Lennie fled the barn, Candy walked in looking for Lennie to talk about the farm that Lennie so desperately wanted for his rabbits. Candy found Curley's wife dead in the yellow hay with her neck broken, and went to fetch George. The rest of the men were all outside playing a game of horseshoes when they learned that Curley's wife was dead and raced into the barn to look. When Curley decided to chase after Lennie for killing his wife, do you recall what Carlson ran to fetch to help with Curley's hunt? Hint


Question 10 of 10
10. Before the men moved out to search for Lennie, Slim asked George where he thought Lennie would have gone. George told the men that he thought Lennie would have gone south, since they came from the north. The men moved off to the south in search of Lennie, but Lennie didn't go south when he ran from the barn. He actually remembered something that George had told him a long time ago. Do you know where Lenny ran and where George found him? Hint



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1. Lennie had always been very fond of soft things, and his love of soft things got him into trouble on more than one occasion in "Of Mice and Men". Soon after we first met Lennie on the banks of the Salinas River near Soledad, he got scolded by George for carrying a dead mouse in his pocket. Lennie said that a lady used to give him mice all the time for him to stroke, yet he didn't know who the lady was. Do you know who used to give mice to Lennie for him to love?

Answer: Aunt Clara

Lennie lived with his Aunt Clara before she died and he started traveling and working with George. She would give Lennie mice to pet, because he loved them so much, but he used to crush them to death, so she stopped. When George discovered that Lennie had been carrying around a dead mouse in his pocket, George took the mouse and threw it into the river. Lennie retrieved the mouse from the river when he went into the trees for firewood that evening.

When he returned, George took the mouse away a second time and threw it as hard as he could into the trees, making Lennie cry. George also told Lennie that it wasn't healthy to carry around a dead mouse, and that Lennie had pet the mouse so hard that he had broken it.
2. One of the soft things that Lennie enjoyed was rabbits. He constantly asked George to tell him about the rabbits and how Lennie would get to tend the rabbits when they had a place to call their own. Lennie knew the story by heart, but he always asked George to tell it to him, and he got very excited when George reached the parts of the story about the two of them together and about the rabbits. After they finished the story on the night before they were due to start ranch work, George told Lennie something very important that Lennie would need to remember later. Do you remember what George told Lennie?

Answer: Come back to the brush if there is trouble.

George and Lennie were sitting by the fire after their evening meal of beans. George had just finished telling the story of "how it's gonna be" with Lennie's help. He then told Lennie the most important thing that Lennie would need to remember. He told Lennie to look around and to remember where they were at that moment, and that the Salinas River flowed on for about a quarter of a mile to the ranch, and Lennie replied that he could remember. George then told Lennie, "Lennie - if you jus' happen to get in trouble like you always done before, I want you to come right here an' hide in the brush."
3. When George and Lennie arrived at the ranch they found that they would be spending their days bucking barley (throwing sacks of barley onto a truck bed). There were a few teams on the ranch, but one man in particular, a jerkline skinner, made a point of telling the new pair that he hoped they would be on his team to buck barley. George praised Lennie's barley-bucking ability to the man, saying that Lennie "can put up more grain alone than most pairs can." Do you remember the name of the tall jerkline skinner who later became friends with George?

Answer: Slim

Slim was by far the most respected man on the ranch. He was tall with long dark hair, and described as having a face that was ageless, so he could have been anywhere from 35 to 50 years old. Slim commanded such respect and authority at the ranch that not even the ranch owner's son, Curley, would tussle with him. Slim walked into the bunk house the day George and Lennie arrived and interrupted George's solitaire game.

When he sat down at the table he told George that he had "a pair of punks" on his team, and that he hoped George and Lennie could join him. George then praised Lennie's barley-bucking skill and began what would become a very good friendship with Slim.
4. One night, while on the ranch, George and Slim started talking about how Lennie had come to travel with George. They had been traveling together since Lennie's aunt died, and they had been through a lot together. Lennie's most recent mishap came in the town of Weed, and resulted in men of the town chasing him so that they could lynch him for raping a girl. Lennie didn't rape the girl, but do you remember why he touched her?

Answer: To feel her dress

When Lennie and George were in the town of Weed they saw a girl wearing a red dress. Lennie liked to touch soft things like mice, and rabbits, and hair, and he reached out to touch the girl's soft dress. Frightened when the girl started to scream, Lennie held onto the dress even harder.

When he finally let go of the dress, she ran to tell the town law enforcement that she had been raped, prompting the men of the town to chase down Lennie to lynch him. George and Lennie escaped the men by hiding in an irrigation ditch for the remainder of the day, with only their heads out of the water.
5. While George and Lennie were on the ranch, Slim's dog had a litter of puppies. It was suggested by some of the men that Candy, an aging swamper, should shoot his old dog and take care of one of the new puppies instead. Candy pleaded with the men, saying he didn't want to shoot his dog and that he'd raised the dog since it was a puppy and he didn't wanted it to be in pain. Do you recall which man volunteered to shoot Candy's dog so Candy didn't have to do it himself?

Answer: Carlson

Carlson entered the bunk house one night and immediately froze to sniff the air. Smelling Candy's dog was too much for him that day and he confronted Candy about it. Carlson suggested that Candy should shoot his dog because it stunk and had rheumatism that made it all stiff.

He also said that Candy was only prolonging the dog's suffering by not shooting him, and suggested that not shooting the dog was being unkind to it. In the end, Candy let Carlson (who volunteered) shoot his dog, but he was full of regret after he heard the gunshot.

When talking to George later, Candy said, "I ought to of shot that dog myself, George. I shouldn't ought to of let no stranger shoot my dog."
6. The first time Lennie showed his true strength to the men of the ranch came when Curley attacked him in the bunk house. Lennie was minding his own business, smiling, and thinking about rabbits, when Curley turned on him in a fit of rage. Lennie was too scared to defend himself against Curley's blows, but when George yelled at Lennie to defend himself, Lennie grabbed Curley in a grip that crushed bone. Do you remember what part of Curley got crushed by Lennie's iron-strong fist?

Answer: His hand

The same night that Carlson shot Candy's dog, Curley was angry because he thought that his wife, who he couldn't locate, was fooling around with Slim. After confronting Slim in the stables about his wife's illicit behavior, Curley stormed into the bunk house where George and Lennie had been discussing buying their dream farm with Candy.

When Curley rounded on Lennie for smiling, Lennie backed away from him, tried to cover his face against Curley's blows, and cried for George. When George saw that Lennie was too frightened to defend himself against Curley, he yelled for Lennie to fight back.

Hearing from George that it was okay to fight back, Lennie grabbed Curley's hand mid-swing and crushed it in his giant fist until it was mangled beyond recognition. Fearful that Curley would get Lennie fired, the men made him promise to say that his hand had been crushed in a machine before they would take him to the hospital to get it fixed.
7. Many of the men went into town one day, leaving Lennie at the ranch. He had been allowed to keep one of Slim's puppies and had spent a lot of time in the barn petting it. Slim had warned him not to pet the puppy so much, and George had told him to stay out of trouble for the day. Lennie saw a light on in the barn when he arrived to see his puppy and when he went to the light he found Crooks, a stable buck, in the harness room. Do you know the first thing Crooks said to Lennie when Lennie showed up in his doorway?

Answer: "You got no right to come in my room."

Crooks lived in the harness room off the main stables and liked to keep to himself. He would play horseshoes with the men of the ranch, but when he was in the stables he wanted to be left alone. Crooks took great pride in his room and he kept it well-swept and neat.

When Lennie appeared in his doorway, naturally Crooks's first words were: "You got no right to come in my room. This here's my room. Nobody got any right in here but me." He then explained to Lennie that because he was black, the men of the ranch excluded him from the bunk house, so he excluded them from the harness room.
8. Lennie was a sweetheart at his core, he didn't know his own strength, and he often forgot what he had been told. One Sunday afternoon, Lennie was found sitting in the hay in the barn, petting the dead puppy that he had accidentally hit too hard. Lennie was terribly frightened that if George found out that Lennie killed his puppy, he wouldn't let Lennie tend the rabbits anymore. Do you remember who it was that first walked into the barn, startling Lennie while he was petting the dead puppy?

Answer: Curley's wife

Curley's wife walked in on Lennie talking to himself, and to the dead puppy, about whether or not George would let him tend the rabbits if George ever found out that Lennie had killed the puppy. Curley's wife had been lonely since the men refused to talk to her, and she did her best to charm Lennie. Lennie told her that he liked to touch soft things like rabbits, and mice, and velvet. She then asked Lennie if he would like to feel how soft her hair was. When Lennie pet her hair too hard she started to scream, making Lennie panic about the noise. In an effort to stop her screaming Lennie covered her mouth and shook her back and forth. The force of shaking her fractured Curley's wife's neck, and seeing what he had done, Lennie fled.

Curley's wife was never given a name in the book, but was always referred to, simply, as Curley's wife.
9. Lennie ran from the ranch in a panic after he once again unknowingly used his strength to do a "real bad thing." After Lennie fled the barn, Candy walked in looking for Lennie to talk about the farm that Lennie so desperately wanted for his rabbits. Candy found Curley's wife dead in the yellow hay with her neck broken, and went to fetch George. The rest of the men were all outside playing a game of horseshoes when they learned that Curley's wife was dead and raced into the barn to look. When Curley decided to chase after Lennie for killing his wife, do you recall what Carlson ran to fetch to help with Curley's hunt?

Answer: His gun

When the men arrived in the barn after their interrupted game of horseshoes, Slim checked Curley's wife and confirmed that she was dead. Curley immediately singled out Lennie as the only possible murderer, and left at a run to get his shotgun. Carlson left, following Curley out the door, to get his own gun, a Luger. Carlson soon returned to the group of men claiming that Lennie had stolen his gun, but in fact, it was George who had taken Carlson's Luger.

While the men had been in the barn inspecting Curley's wife, George had returned to the bunk house and retrieved the weapon.
10. Before the men moved out to search for Lennie, Slim asked George where he thought Lennie would have gone. George told the men that he thought Lennie would have gone south, since they came from the north. The men moved off to the south in search of Lennie, but Lennie didn't go south when he ran from the barn. He actually remembered something that George had told him a long time ago. Do you know where Lenny ran and where George found him?

Answer: Brush by the Salinas River

Lennie had finally remembered something other than rabbits. Lennie remembered that George had told him that if he was ever in trouble, Lennie should return to the brush on the banks of the Salinas River, where they had spent the night before arriving at the ranch. Lennie followed the river from the ranch to that very spot, and it was there that George found him. While he was waiting for George to arrive, Lennie imagined that he saw his Aunt Clara, who told him how worthless he was and how much better off George could have been without him. Lennie's haunting vision disappeared before George arrived on the banks. George asked Lennie to look out across the river and imagine what their lives would be like on a farm, tending rabbits. George told Lennie the story he had told a thousand times before and he assured Lennie that he wasn't mad at him; he never was, and he never would be. The entire time he was telling the story, George was trying to steady the gun in his hand. Just before the men arrived on the banks, with Curley yearning to shoot Lennie in the guts, George put Carlson's stolen Luger to the back of Lennie's head, and fired.

Slim later consoled George saying that it was kinder to Lennie for George to swiftly kill him, than it would have been for Curley to draw out the pain: "You hadda, George. I swear you hadda."
Source: Author kaddarsgirl

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