Of Mice And Men Character Analysis

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Of Mice And Men Character Analysis - Quiz

This quiz will help test your knowledge and understanding of the characters in John Steinbeck's novel Of Mice and Men


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    What does Curley's wife's' confession of her unhappy life and ruined dreams do?

    • A.

      Make her seem like a liar

    • B.

      Make her seem far more human and vulnerable

    • C.

      Proves she is cruel and vindictive

    • D.

      Make her a stereotypical tramp

    Correct Answer
    B. Make her seem far more human and vulnerable
    Explanation
    Curley's wife's confession of her unhappy life and ruined dreams makes her seem far more human and vulnerable. By sharing her struggles and disappointments, she reveals her inner emotions and desires, allowing the audience to empathize with her. This confession humanizes her character, showing that she is not just a stereotypical tramp or a cruel person, but rather someone who has experienced pain and disappointment in her life.

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  • 2. 

    What happened to George's dream of a farm at the end of the novel?

    • A.

      With Lennie gone, he realises it was an impossible dream

    • B.

      He and Candy decide to keep pursing it

    • C.

      Candy tells him he's changed his mind and doesn't want to be apart of it all

    • D.

      George realises it was Lennie's dream and he never really cared about it

    Correct Answer
    A. With Lennie gone, he realises it was an impossible dream
    Explanation
    After Lennie's death, George comes to the realization that his dream of owning a farm is unattainable without his friend. Lennie was an integral part of their plan, and his absence makes George understand that the dream was not feasible without him. This realization leads George to accept the harsh reality and abandon the idea of owning a farm.

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  • 3. 

    What does Crooks want more than anything else?

    • A.

      To have his own farm

    • B.

      To get married to someone like Curley's wife

    • C.

      To belong somewhere

    • D.

      To have children

    Correct Answer
    C. To belong somewhere
    Explanation
    Crooks wants more than anything else to belong somewhere. This is evident from his isolated and lonely life as the only black man on the ranch. He is constantly excluded and discriminated against, leading to his deep desire for acceptance and a sense of belonging. Having his own farm, getting married, or having children may bring him some happiness, but ultimately, it is the feeling of belonging that he craves the most.

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  • 4. 

    What is Candy afraid of?

    • A.

      That Lennie will hurt him

    • B.

      That he is losing his mind

    • C.

      That Carlson will shoot him in the back of the head

    • D.

      That the boss will soon fire him and force him off the ranch because of his age

    Correct Answer
    D. That the boss will soon fire him and force him off the ranch because of his age
    Explanation
    Candy is afraid that the boss will soon fire him and force him off the ranch because of his age. This fear stems from the fact that Candy is an older worker who is no longer as physically capable as he once was. He feels vulnerable and insecure about his future job security, as he knows that his age is a disadvantage in a physically demanding environment like the ranch. This fear of being fired and forced to leave the only place he knows as home is a constant worry for Candy.

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  • 5. 

    What words best describe Lennie

    • A.

      Gregarious, talkative, noisy

    • B.

      Simple, helpless, innocent, doomed

    • C.

      Sharp, incisive, quick-tempered, forgiving

    • D.

      Secretive, impulsive, mean-spirited

    Correct Answer
    B. Simple, helpless, innocent, doomed
    Explanation
    Lennie is described as simple because he has a limited mental capacity and struggles to understand complex situations. He is also helpless because he relies heavily on others, particularly George, to navigate through life. Lennie's innocence is evident through his childlike nature and lack of understanding of the consequences of his actions. Lastly, Lennie is doomed because his innocence and lack of control lead to tragic events, ultimately resulting in his own demise.

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  • 6. 

    Where does Crooks, the stablehand, get his name from?

    • A.

      Because he used to be a shepherd and carry, a crook or a shepherd's staff

    • B.

      From stealing

    • C.

      From his crooked back

    • D.

      Because when he was a baby he always slept in the crool of his fathers arm

    Correct Answer
    C. From his crooked back
    Explanation
    Crooks, the stablehand, gets his name from his crooked back. This suggests that he may have a physical deformity or injury that causes his back to be bent or curved. This physical characteristic likely earned him the nickname "Crooks" among the other characters in the story.

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  • 7. 

    Which ranch hand has an ancient dog that gets shot?

    • A.

      Carlson

    • B.

      Candy

    • C.

      Slim

    • D.

      Whit

    Correct Answer
    B. Candy
    Explanation
    In the novel "Of Mice and Men" by John Steinbeck, the correct answer is Candy. Candy is an old ranch hand who has a loyal and ancient dog. The dog is seen as old and useless by the other ranch workers, and Carlson suggests that Candy should put the dog out of its misery by shooting it. Eventually, Carlson takes the dog outside and shoots it, which deeply affects Candy. This event symbolizes the harsh reality of life on the ranch and the loss of companionship for Candy.

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  • 8. 

    Which character is a boxer and quick to pick fights with the other men?

    • A.

      Curley, the boss's son

    • B.

      Whit, a strong ranch-hand

    • C.

      The boss

    • D.

      Slim, the mule driver

    Correct Answer
    A. Curley, the boss's son
    Explanation
    Curley, the boss's son, is the correct answer because throughout the story, he is portrayed as a boxer and is always eager to start fights with the other men on the ranch. This aggressive behavior is seen when he constantly picks fights with Lennie and tries to assert his dominance over the other workers. His confrontational nature and his boxing background make him quick to engage in physical altercations.

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  • 9. 

    Who is Aunt Clara?

    • A.

      The woman George and Lennie want to by the farm from

    • B.

      George's wife who left him because Lennie was too much of burden

    • C.

      One of the prostitutes in town

    • D.

      The woman who raised and took care of Lennie

    Correct Answer
    D. The woman who raised and took care of Lennie
    Explanation
    Aunt Clara is the woman who raised and took care of Lennie. This is evident from the information provided in the question. George and Lennie wanting to buy the farm from her indicates a close relationship between Aunt Clara and Lennie.

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  • 10. 

    What do the men think of Slim?

    • A.

      They distrust him

    • B.

      They wish he'd stop meddling in their business

    • C.

      They think he's aloof and condescending

    • D.

      They respect him and his opinions

    Correct Answer
    D. They respect him and his opinions
    Explanation
    The men's opinion of Slim is that they respect him and his opinions. This can be inferred from the given options as the other options suggest negative opinions such as distrust, wishing he'd stop meddling, and thinking he's aloof and condescending. Therefore, the correct answer implies that the men hold a positive view of Slim and value his thoughts and ideas.

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