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Reading Fiction: 'Of Mice and Men' 1 (Plot)

In this worksheet, students test their understanding of the plot of John Steinbeck's novel Of Mice and Men.

Key stage:  KS 3

Curriculum topic:  Reading

Curriculum subtopic:  Read a Wide Range of Texts

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QUESTION 1 of 10

In this worksheet you will test your understanding of the plot in John Steinbeck's novel Of Mice and Men. It is important before you begin this worksheet that you have recently read the novel.

 

In chapter one, George and Lennie (who are migrant farmers) camp beside a pool in a valley. They are due to start work on a new ranch the next day. As they sit around the campfire they discuss their future.

What are George and Lennie trying to save up enough 'stake' money for?

a pair of train tickets to escape California

their own small ranch

a car

Which other two ranch workers later in the novel become involved in George and Lennie's dream?

Choose two answers.

 

Slim

Curley

Crooks

Candy

It is clear that George is the one in charge and looks after Lennie who has the mind of a child. The reader learns that they have just left their previous jobs in a hurry.

Where have they left and why did they have to leave in such a rush? Select two answers from the list below.

because Lennie was accused of attempted rape

because Lennie started a fight

Chicago

because Lennie stole from the previous employer

Weed

Salinas

In chapter two George and Lennie arrive at the ranch. They are given their bunks by Candy and then are signed up for work. The boss's son, Curley, is very suspicious of George and Lennie's relationship and is immediately aggressive towards them, especially Lennie.

What does Curley do as a result later in the novel?

He picks a fight with Lennie.

He sacks them.

He splits them up.

The other men then return from work and Carlson complains about Candy's old dog. Why?

He says it whines too much.

He says it stinks.

He says it kills too many rabbits.

Why is Candy forced to have his only companion, his dog, shot?

 

because she bit one of the ranch workers

because she is old and lame and the other workers say she smells

What does Slim give to Lennie?

a puppy

a packet of chewing gum

a rabbit

In chapter three, George and Lennie tell which character about their dream, and what does he offer them?

Slim

Candy

money for the deposit

a contact who is selling a farm

In chapter four who gets left behind when all the men go into town? 

Select the four correct characters from the list below.

George

Lennie

Slim

Candy

Crooks

Carlson

Curley

Curley's wife

The men meet and talk in Crooks' room. Who arrives and insults them?

the boss

Curley

Curley's wife

In chapter five Curley's wife finds Lennie very upset in the barn. Why is he upset?

 

He has lost his work permit.

George has told him off.

He has accidentally killed his puppy.

After talking to Lennie for a while to cheer him up, what does Curley's wife allow Lennie to do?

stroke her dress

stroke her hair

stroke her hand

Lennie is too rough and Curley's wife gets scared. She begins to scream and struggle and Lennie is terrified. He tries to silence her but what does he end up doing?

breaking her nose

breaking her neck

breaking her arm

Lennie remembers what George told him at the beginning of the novel and runs where?

 

to Weed

to town

to the pool

Candy discovers the body and cries. Why?

He loved Curley's wife.

He is worried about what will happen to Lennie.

He realises the dream of the ranch is over.

In Chapter six George finds Lennie by the pool and, to save him from Curley, what does he do?

 

helps him hide

helps him escape

shoots him in the back of the head

What does Lennie die dreaming of?

the little farm

his Aunt Clara

rabbits

The other men arrive and only one character really understands why George had to kill his friend. Who?

Slim

Carlson

Candy

  • Question 1

In chapter one, George and Lennie (who are migrant farmers) camp beside a pool in a valley. They are due to start work on a new ranch the next day. As they sit around the campfire they discuss their future.

What are George and Lennie trying to save up enough 'stake' money for?

CORRECT ANSWER
their own small ranch
EDDIE SAYS
They are saving up money to buy their own small ranch.
  • Question 2

Which other two ranch workers later in the novel become involved in George and Lennie's dream?

Choose two answers.

 

CORRECT ANSWER
Crooks
Candy
EDDIE SAYS
Crooks and Candy also become involved in the dream to buy a ranch.
  • Question 3

It is clear that George is the one in charge and looks after Lennie who has the mind of a child. The reader learns that they have just left their previous jobs in a hurry.

Where have they left and why did they have to leave in such a rush? Select two answers from the list below.

CORRECT ANSWER
because Lennie was accused of attempted rape
Weed
EDDIE SAYS
George and Lennie had to leave Weed in a hurry because Lennie was accused of attempted rape.
  • Question 4

In chapter two George and Lennie arrive at the ranch. They are given their bunks by Candy and then are signed up for work. The boss's son, Curley, is very suspicious of George and Lennie's relationship and is immediately aggressive towards them, especially Lennie.

What does Curley do as a result later in the novel?

CORRECT ANSWER
He picks a fight with Lennie.
EDDIE SAYS
Curley picks a fight with Lennie.
  • Question 5

The other men then return from work and Carlson complains about Candy's old dog. Why?

CORRECT ANSWER
He says it stinks.
EDDIE SAYS
Carlson complains that Candy's old dog stinks.
  • Question 6

Why is Candy forced to have his only companion, his dog, shot?

 

CORRECT ANSWER
because she is old and lame and the other workers say she smells
EDDIE SAYS
They shoot Candy's dog because she is old and useless and the ranch workers say she smells.
  • Question 7

What does Slim give to Lennie?

CORRECT ANSWER
a puppy
EDDIE SAYS
Slim gives Lennie one of the puppies from his dog's litter.
  • Question 8

In chapter three, George and Lennie tell which character about their dream, and what does he offer them?

CORRECT ANSWER
Candy
money for the deposit
EDDIE SAYS
They tell Candy about their dream ranch and he offers them his life savings for the deposit.
  • Question 9

In chapter four who gets left behind when all the men go into town? 

Select the four correct characters from the list below.

CORRECT ANSWER
Lennie
Candy
Crooks
Curley's wife
EDDIE SAYS
Lennie, Candy, Crooks and Curley's wife get left behind.
  • Question 10

The men meet and talk in Crooks' room. Who arrives and insults them?

CORRECT ANSWER
Curley's wife
EDDIE SAYS
Curley's wife arrives and insults Candy and Crooks.
  • Question 11

In chapter five Curley's wife finds Lennie very upset in the barn. Why is he upset?

 

CORRECT ANSWER
He has accidentally killed his puppy.
EDDIE SAYS
Lennie is upset because he accidentally killed his puppy while he was stroking it.
  • Question 12

After talking to Lennie for a while to cheer him up, what does Curley's wife allow Lennie to do?

CORRECT ANSWER
stroke her hair
EDDIE SAYS
Curley's wife allows Lennie to stroke her hair.
  • Question 13

Lennie is too rough and Curley's wife gets scared. She begins to scream and struggle and Lennie is terrified. He tries to silence her but what does he end up doing?

CORRECT ANSWER
breaking her neck
EDDIE SAYS
Lennie is so strong that he accidentally breaks Curley's wife's neck; killing her.
  • Question 14

Lennie remembers what George told him at the beginning of the novel and runs where?

 

CORRECT ANSWER
to the pool
EDDIE SAYS
Lennie runs to the pool, which is the meeting place that he and George decided upon at the beginning of the novel if ever Lennie gets into trouble.
  • Question 15

Candy discovers the body and cries. Why?

CORRECT ANSWER
He realises the dream of the ranch is over.
EDDIE SAYS
Candy cries because he realises that he will never be able to live with George and Lennie on their farm.
  • Question 16

In Chapter six George finds Lennie by the pool and, to save him from Curley, what does he do?

 

CORRECT ANSWER
shoots him in the back of the head
EDDIE SAYS
George shoots Lennie in the back of the head, to save him from the torturous death that he would have suffered at the hands of Curley and his lynch mob.
  • Question 17

What does Lennie die dreaming of?

CORRECT ANSWER
the little farm
EDDIE SAYS
He dies dreaming of the little farm.
  • Question 18

The other men arrive and only one character really understands why George had to kill his friend. Who?

CORRECT ANSWER
Slim
EDDIE SAYS
Only Slim understands why George needed to kill Lennie - as an act of love to save him from Curley.
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