Of Mice And Men Chapters 1 & 2

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Of Mice And Men Chapters 1 & 2 - Quiz

Answer the following multiple choice questions - be sure to read all choices before making your selection. You will have a chance at the end to make corrections before you submit.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    What one thing does George not tell the boss about Lennie?

    • A.

      That Lennie is slow-witted

    • B.

      That Lennie is a hard worker

    • C.

      That Lennie was kicked in the head by a horse

    • D.

      That Lennie is a relative

    Correct Answer
    A. That Lennie is slow-witted
    Explanation
    George does not tell the boss that Lennie is slow-witted. This suggests that George wants to protect Lennie and does not want the boss to judge him based on his mental capabilities. George understands that Lennie's slow-wittedness may lead others to underestimate him or treat him unfairly, so he chooses to keep this information to himself. By not disclosing this detail, George shows his loyalty and care for Lennie's well-being.

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  • 2. 

    Why did George and Lennie arrive late for their job?

    • A.

      George and Lennie wanted to spend one more night under the stars

    • B.

      George and Lennie missed the bus

    • C.

      George and Lennie didn't think they needed to be at the ranch until the afternoon

    • D.

      The bus George and Lennie were on would not go to the ranch and they had to walk part of the way

    Correct Answer
    D. The bus George and Lennie were on would not go to the ranch and they had to walk part of the way
    Explanation
    George and Lennie arrived late for their job because the bus they were on did not go to the ranch and they had to walk part of the way.

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  • 3. 

    Slim's dog had how many puppies?

    • A.

      5

    • B.

      9

    • C.

      8

    • D.

      6

    Correct Answer
    B. 9
    Explanation
    Slim's dog had 9 puppies.

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  • 4. 

    What is the full name (first and last) of both main characters in Of Mice and Men?

    • A.

      George Small and Lennie Milton

    • B.

      Lennie Smith and George Merton

    • C.

      Lennie Small and George Milton

    • D.

      George Milton and Lennie Little

    Correct Answer
    C. Lennie Small and George Milton
    Explanation
    The correct answer is Lennie Small and George Milton. In the novel Of Mice and Men, Lennie Small is a mentally disabled man who is physically strong but lacks intelligence. George Milton is Lennie's best friend and caretaker. They travel together and work as ranch hands, dreaming of owning their own land someday. The relationship between Lennie and George is central to the story, as George looks out for Lennie and tries to protect him from the dangers of the world.

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  • 5. 

    Pugnacious describes Curley's temperament.  What is the definition of this word?

    • A.

      Wise

    • B.

      Eager and ready to fight

    • C.

      Spoiled

    • D.

      Mean tempered

    Correct Answer
    B. Eager and ready to fight
    Explanation
    The word "pugnacious" means being eager and ready to fight. This word describes Curley's temperament, suggesting that he is aggressive and confrontational in nature. It implies that Curley is always prepared for a physical altercation and is quick to engage in fights or arguments.

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  • 6. 

    What is a 'bindle stiff'?

    • A.

      Someone who carries their belongings on a pole

    • B.

      Someone who has no home

    • C.

      Someone who has no job

    • D.

      Someone who carries their bedroll on their back

    Correct Answer
    D. Someone who carries their bedroll on their back
    Explanation
    A bindle stiff refers to someone who carries their bedroll on their back. This term originated during the Great Depression when many homeless individuals would carry their belongings, including a bedroll, tied up in a bundle (bindle) and carry it on their back. The term "stiff" was used to refer to a tramp or a hobo. Therefore, a bindle stiff is someone who is homeless and carries their bedroll with them.

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  • 7. 

    What is the name of the town from which George and Lennie are fleeing when the story opens?

    • A.

      Weed

    • B.

      Salinas

    • C.

      Soledad

    • D.

      The town is never named

    Correct Answer
    A. Weed
    Explanation
    George and Lennie are fleeing from the town of Weed when the story opens. This is evident from the context of the question, which asks for the name of the town they are leaving. The other options, Salinas and Soledad, are not mentioned in the question and therefore are not correct answers. Additionally, the last option states that the town is never named, which contradicts the information given in the question.

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  • 8. 

    What makes Lennie most happy about his dream life with George?

    • A.

      He will learn to farm

    • B.

      He will get to tend the rabbits

    • C.

      They will both find 'purty' girls and settle down

    • D.

      He will strike it rich panning for gold

    Correct Answer
    B. He will get to tend the rabbits
    Explanation
    In the novel "Of Mice and Men" by John Steinbeck, Lennie is portrayed as having a childlike innocence and a deep love for soft things. Throughout the story, Lennie expresses his desire to take care of rabbits. This symbolizes his longing for companionship, tenderness, and a sense of purpose. Lennie finds solace and joy in the idea of tending to the rabbits, as it brings him a sense of comfort and happiness in his dream life with George.

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  • 9. 

    Why does Curley wear a Vaseline-filled glove on one hand?

    • A.

      He wants to keep his hand soft for his wife

    • B.

      His hand was mangled in a piece of farm equipment

    • C.

      He is soothing an old boxing injury

    • D.

      He is incredibly vain

    Correct Answer
    A. He wants to keep his hand soft for his wife
    Explanation
    Curley wears a Vaseline-filled glove on one hand because he wants to keep his hand soft for his wife.

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  • 10. 

    Of Mice and Men is set in which decade?

    • A.

      1910s

    • B.

      1920s

    • C.

      1930s

    • D.

      1940s

    Correct Answer
    C. 1930s
    Explanation
    Of Mice and Men is set in the 1930s. This can be inferred from the context and events described in the novel. The story takes place during the Great Depression, as evidenced by the characters' struggles to find work and the overall economic hardship portrayed. Additionally, the mention of the Dust Bowl, which occurred in the 1930s, further supports this timeframe.

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  • 11. 

    Who cared for Lennie before George?

    • A.

      Lennie's mother

    • B.

      George's Aunt Clara

    • C.

      Lennie's Aunt Clara

    • D.

      George's mother

    Correct Answer
    C. Lennie's Aunt Clara
    Explanation
    Lennie's Aunt Clara cared for him before George. This is indicated by the fact that Lennie's Aunt Clara is mentioned as one of the options. It can be assumed that Lennie's Aunt Clara took care of him in the absence of his mother, suggesting a familial relationship and responsibility towards Lennie's well-being.

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  • 12. 

    How did Crooks get his name?

    • A.

      He was born with it

    • B.

      He has a crooked back

    • C.

      He served time in jail for robbery

    • D.

      He has a crooked smile

    Correct Answer
    B. He has a crooked back
    Explanation
    Crooks got his name because he has a crooked back. This suggests that his physical appearance is what led to his name.

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  • 13. 

    When Lennie drops down next to the pool of water as the story opens, what is George's advice to him?

    • A.

      He tells him to drink up now, because there's no telling when they'll find water again

    • B.

      He tells him to bathe

    • C.

      He tells him to wash his hands after playing with the dead mouse

    • D.

      He tells him not to drink too much water to avoid setting sick

    Correct Answer
    D. He tells him not to drink too much water to avoid setting sick
    Explanation
    George's advice to Lennie when he drops down next to the pool of water is not to drink too much water to avoid getting sick. This suggests that George is aware of Lennie's tendency to overindulge and wants to prevent any negative consequences that may arise from it. By advising Lennie to limit his water intake, George is looking out for his well-being and trying to ensure that they don't encounter any health issues in their journey.

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