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Reading Fiction: Of Mice and Men 2 (Understanding George and Lennie)

In this worksheet, students will develop their understanding of the characters of George and Lennie in John Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men.

'Reading Fiction: Of Mice and Men 2 (Understanding George and Lennie)' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 3

Curriculum topic:  Reading

Curriculum subtopic:  Read a Wide Range of Texts

Difficulty level:  

Worksheet Overview

QUESTION 1 of 10

In this worksheet you will focus on the novel's characters and will develop your understanding of the characters of George and Lennie in Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men.

 

The novel is set on a ranch. What type of workers are George and Lennie?

cleaners or swampers

migrant or itinerant farmers

vets

Read the following statements below about migrant or itinerant farmers and select the three that are true.

They moved from farm to farm looking for work.

They had to move jobs because they got bored easily.

They had to move because work was hard to find due to the drought in California creating 'dust-bowls'.

They travelled with all their families.

They usually travelled alone and, as such, were lonely.

We meet the protagonists George and Lennie at the start of the novel. How well do you know which is which?

Read the following descriptions and match the description with the right name. Hover your mouse over the descriptions to see them in full.

 

 GeorgeLennie
large
small
leader
follower
acts like the child
acts like the parent
reliant on the other for survival
reliant on the other for companionship

Why does George stick with Lennie despite him causing trouble for them both?

Having George with him means he only has to do half the work.

He promised Lennie's Aunt Clara before she died and Lennie provides company for George.

He has to because they share one work permit.

Lennie likes to stroke soft things. This emphasises his childlike nature.

What soft things does he stroke in the novel?

mouse

rabbit

puppy

silk

Curley's wife's hair

Lennie's strength means that, when he strokes these soft things, he kills them.

What else does Lennie's strength cause in the novel?

broken farm machinery

a broken hand for Curley

a broken plate

Steinbeck uses animal imagery to describe Lennie. Match the animals he is described as with the reason behind the imagery. Hover your mouse over the description to read it in full.

Column A

Column B

terrier dog
an animal that serves its basic needs such as drin...
horse
he is tenacious and won't let go of an object or i...
bear
conveys a mixture of sheer strength and innocence....

What drives George and Lennie and keeps them motivated and gives them hope?

going out on a Saturday night

saving for their dream farm

saving to travel around America

George and Lennie are saving up to buy their own little farm and become self-sufficent. Below is a list of what their dream will offer them. Decide whether each desire is George's or Lennie's.

 

 George Lennie
Have a sense of belonging and stability
Have lots of rabbits
Be his own boss
Have responsibility to look after rabbits
To have a sense of ownership and see the results of his hard work

At the end of the novel, George makes the ultimate sacrifice for his friend. Read the following statements about the ending of the novel and select the ones that are true.

George shoots Lennie in the back of the head.

Lennie dies thinking about his Aunt Clara.

George shoots Lennie because he no longer wants to look after him.

George shoots Lennie to protect him from Curley and his lynch mob.

George ensures that Lennie dies happy thinking about their dream farm.

Only Slim understands why George has to shoot Lennie.

  • Question 1

The novel is set on a ranch. What type of workers are George and Lennie?

CORRECT ANSWER
migrant or itinerant farmers
EDDIE SAYS
George and Lennie are migrant or itinerant workers.
  • Question 2

Read the following statements below about migrant or itinerant farmers and select the three that are true.

CORRECT ANSWER
They moved from farm to farm looking for work.
They had to move because work was hard to find due to the drought in California creating 'dust-bowls'.
They usually travelled alone and, as such, were lonely.
EDDIE SAYS
The farmers moved from farm to farm looking for work.
They had to move because work was hard to find due to the drought in California, which created 'dust-bowls'.
They usually travelled alone and were lonely as a result.
  • Question 3

We meet the protagonists George and Lennie at the start of the novel. How well do you know which is which?

Read the following descriptions and match the description with the right name. Hover your mouse over the descriptions to see them in full.

 

CORRECT ANSWER
 GeorgeLennie
large
small
leader
follower
acts like the child
acts like the parent
reliant on the other for survival
reliant on the other for companionship
EDDIE SAYS
Lennie is large, a follower, childlike and relies on George for his survival.
George is small, the leader, acts like the parent and relies on Lennie for companionship.
  • Question 4

Why does George stick with Lennie despite him causing trouble for them both?

CORRECT ANSWER
He promised Lennie's Aunt Clara before she died and Lennie provides company for George.
EDDIE SAYS
George had promised Lennie's Aunt Clara before she died that he would stick with Lennie. Lennie also provides company for George.
  • Question 5

Lennie likes to stroke soft things. This emphasises his childlike nature.

What soft things does he stroke in the novel?

CORRECT ANSWER
mouse
puppy
Curley's wife's hair
EDDIE SAYS
He strokes a mouse, a puppy and Curley's wife's hair.
  • Question 6

Lennie's strength means that, when he strokes these soft things, he kills them.

What else does Lennie's strength cause in the novel?

CORRECT ANSWER
a broken hand for Curley
EDDIE SAYS
Lennie's strength also causes a broken hand for Curley, as Lennie crushes it while the two are fighting.
  • Question 7

Steinbeck uses animal imagery to describe Lennie. Match the animals he is described as with the reason behind the imagery. Hover your mouse over the description to read it in full.

CORRECT ANSWER

Column A

Column B

terrier dog
he is tenacious and won't let go ...
horse
an animal that serves its basic n...
bear
conveys a mixture of sheer streng...
EDDIE SAYS
The terrier dog represents the fact that Lennie is tenacious and won't let go of an object or idea, but will always obey his 'master' (George).
The horse is an animal that serves its basic needs and needs to be controlled by its master. In Lennie's case, he needs to be controlled by George.
The bear imagery conveys a mixture of sheer strength and innocence. This animal will only attack if it has to when confronted. This is also the case with Lennie - he has a very gentle soul but will defend him self when provoked; for example, when Curley picks a fight with him.
  • Question 8

What drives George and Lennie and keeps them motivated and gives them hope?

CORRECT ANSWER
saving for their dream farm
EDDIE SAYS
Saving money for their dream farm keeps them motivated.
  • Question 9

George and Lennie are saving up to buy their own little farm and become self-sufficent. Below is a list of what their dream will offer them. Decide whether each desire is George's or Lennie's.

 

CORRECT ANSWER
 George Lennie
Have a sense of belonging and stability
Have lots of rabbits
Be his own boss
Have responsibility to look after rabbits
To have a sense of ownership and see the results of his hard work
EDDIE SAYS
The dream will enable Lennie to own and take care of lots of rabbits.
For George, the dream means that he will have a sense of belonging and ownership and will enable him to be his own boss.
  • Question 10

At the end of the novel, George makes the ultimate sacrifice for his friend. Read the following statements about the ending of the novel and select the ones that are true.

CORRECT ANSWER
George shoots Lennie in the back of the head.
George shoots Lennie to protect him from Curley and his lynch mob.
George ensures that Lennie dies happy thinking about their dream farm.
Only Slim understands why George has to shoot Lennie.
EDDIE SAYS
George shoots Lennie to protect him from the torturous death that he would suffer at the hands of Curley and his lynch mob.
He makes sure that his friend is happy when he dies; thinking about the dream of their little farm.
Slim is the only character who understands the sacrifice that George made and why he had to shoot his friend.
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