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Reading Fiction: 'Of Mice and Men' 4 (Setting)

In this worksheet, the student will explore the settings of Steinbeck's novel 'Of Mice and Men'.

'Reading Fiction: 'Of Mice and Men' 4 (Setting)' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 3

Curriculum topic:  Reading

Curriculum subtopic:  Set, Plot and Character Awareness

Difficulty level:  

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Worksheet Overview

QUESTION 1 of 10

In this worksheet the you will explore the settings of Steinbeck's novel Of Mice and Men. This will help you for your controlled assessment and for your examination. 

What are the important settings from the novel?

Select the four correct settings from the list below.

the clearing by the pool

the bus stations

the bunk house

the barn

the stables

the police station

The novel begins and ends at the same setting. Where?

the bunk house

the clearing by the pool

the barn

Read the opening pages of the novel that describes the clearing by the pool. Steinbeck uses this setting to create a peaceful, tranquil atmosphere. 

Select three words or phrases below that Steinbeck uses that add to this atmosphere.

 

rabbits sat as quietly as little grey sculptured stones

noiselessly

shade climbed up the hills

The place was lifeless

a lizard makes a great skittering

Who disturbs the peace of the clearing and what does this tell us about them?

Curley

George and Lennie

that they are going to be significant characters in the novel and disturb the peace of the ranch

that they are only important in the opening chapter

The novel also ends where it began, suggesting that the characters haven't actually achieved anything. 

Reread the first page of chapter 6. Which two features are different from the clearing in the first chapter and why has Steinbeck included them?

The heron kills and eats a water snake and there is a sudden rush of wind.

The sun is rising and a rabbit is killed by a fox.

to suggest the violence that is about to happen with the shooting

to make it more interesting

The setting of the bunk house reveals a lot about the hardships and loneliness the migrant farmers had to endure.

 

 

Read the opening page of chapter 2 and find details in the description to support the following points. Match them below.

  1. Not much effort was made to make the bunk house homely as the men didn't stay long.
  2. The bunk house was almost prison like.
  3. The beds were uncomfortable.
  4. The farmers didn't have many personal possessions.
  5. All the ranch workers dreamed of a better life.

Column A

Column B

1.
Each bunk had a small box to put possessions in.
2.
The bunk beds had hardly any bedding.
3.
The floor was unpainted.
4.
It had a few small windows.
5.
The farmers loved to read Western magazines.

Why was Crooks not permitted to live in the bunk house and where did he have to live instead?

because he was too old

because he was black

in the stable

in the barn

Read the first two pages of chapter 4 that describe the setting of the stable, Crooks' living quarters. 

 

 

Find quotations to support the following points that the setting reveals about Crooks. Match the point with the details from the text below.

  1. Crooks sleeps like an animal, he isn't even given a bed. This shows black people were treated in 1930s America.
  2. Crooks looks after the horses.
  3. Crooks has poor health.
  4. Crooks is a permanent worker on the ranch and therefore has more possessions.
  5. Crooks is intelligent.
  6. The state of the room shows that Crooks is proud.

Column A

Column B

1.
He has books and wears glasses.
2.
His possessions are scattered all over the room.
3.
He sleeps in the stable room surrounded by harness...
4.
There are medicine bottles.
5.
It is swept and clean.
6.
Crooks has to sleep in a box full of straw.

The violent events that take place in the barn shatter George and Lennie's dream. Which two events happen here?

 

A mouse is killed.

A puppy is killed.

Curley's wife is killed.

Lennie is killed.

Before these deaths, Steinbeck uses the setting of the barn to create an atmosphere of peace and tranquility; the calm before the storm and the build up of anticipation.

Read the opening three paragraphs of chapter 5. Select three details below that create this sense of calm. 

The flies were buzzing lazily.

The barn was full of hay.

The horses were eating.

The barn was quiet.

The barn was lazy and warm.

  • Question 1

What are the important settings from the novel?

Select the four correct settings from the list below.

CORRECT ANSWER
the clearing by the pool
the bunk house
the barn
the stables
EDDIE SAYS
The four correct settings are: the clearing by the pool, the bunk house, the barn and the stables.
  • Question 2

The novel begins and ends at the same setting. Where?

CORRECT ANSWER
the clearing by the pool
EDDIE SAYS
The clearing by the pool.
  • Question 3

Read the opening pages of the novel that describes the clearing by the pool. Steinbeck uses this setting to create a peaceful, tranquil atmosphere. 

Select three words or phrases below that Steinbeck uses that add to this atmosphere.

 

CORRECT ANSWER
rabbits sat as quietly as little grey sculptured stones
noiselessly
The place was lifeless
EDDIE SAYS
Words and phrases that create a peaceful atmosphere are: 'rabbits sat as quietly as little grey sculptured stones', 'noiselessly' and the 'place was lifeless'.
  • Question 4

Who disturbs the peace of the clearing and what does this tell us about them?

CORRECT ANSWER
George and Lennie
that they are going to be significant characters in the novel and disturb the peace of the ranch
EDDIE SAYS
George and Lennie disturb the peace and this tells the reader that they are going to be significant characters in the novel and disturb the peace of the ranch.
  • Question 5

The novel also ends where it began, suggesting that the characters haven't actually achieved anything. 

Reread the first page of chapter 6. Which two features are different from the clearing in the first chapter and why has Steinbeck included them?

CORRECT ANSWER
The heron kills and eats a water snake and there is a sudden rush of wind.
to suggest the violence that is about to happen with the shooting
EDDIE SAYS
The heron kills and eats a water snake and there is a sudden rush of wind and Steinbeck does this to suggest the violence that is about to happen with the shooting.
  • Question 6

The setting of the bunk house reveals a lot about the hardships and loneliness the migrant farmers had to endure.

 

 

Read the opening page of chapter 2 and find details in the description to support the following points. Match them below.

  1. Not much effort was made to make the bunk house homely as the men didn't stay long.
  2. The bunk house was almost prison like.
  3. The beds were uncomfortable.
  4. The farmers didn't have many personal possessions.
  5. All the ranch workers dreamed of a better life.
CORRECT ANSWER

Column A

Column B

1.
The floor was unpainted.
2.
It had a few small windows.
3.
The bunk beds had hardly any bedd...
4.
Each bunk had a small box to put ...
5.
The farmers loved to read Western...
EDDIE SAYS
Not much effort was made to make the bunk house homely as the men didn't stay long = The floor was unpainted.
The bunk house was almost prison like = It had a few small windows.
The beds were uncomfortable. = The bunk beds had hardly any bedding.
The farmers didn't have many personal possessions. = Each bunk had a small box to put possessions in.
All the ranch workers dreamed of a better life. = The farmers loved to read Western magazines.
  • Question 7

Why was Crooks not permitted to live in the bunk house and where did he have to live instead?

CORRECT ANSWER
because he was black
in the stable
EDDIE SAYS
Crooks wasn't allowed in the bunk house because he was black and had to sleep instead in the stable.
  • Question 8

Read the first two pages of chapter 4 that describe the setting of the stable, Crooks' living quarters. 

 

 

Find quotations to support the following points that the setting reveals about Crooks. Match the point with the details from the text below.

  1. Crooks sleeps like an animal, he isn't even given a bed. This shows black people were treated in 1930s America.
  2. Crooks looks after the horses.
  3. Crooks has poor health.
  4. Crooks is a permanent worker on the ranch and therefore has more possessions.
  5. Crooks is intelligent.
  6. The state of the room shows that Crooks is proud.
CORRECT ANSWER

Column A

Column B

1.
Crooks has to sleep in a box full...
2.
He sleeps in the stable room surr...
3.
There are medicine bottles.
4.
His possessions are scattered all...
5.
He has books and wears glasses.
6.
It is swept and clean.
EDDIE SAYS
Crooks sleeps like an animal, he isn't even given a bed. This shows black people were treated in 1930s America. = Crooks has to sleep in a box full of straw.
Crooks looks after the horses. = He sleeps in the stable room surrounded by harnesses.
Crooks has poor health. = There are medicine bottles.
Crooks is a permanent worker on the ranch and therefore has more possessions. = His possessions are scattered all over the room.
Crooks is intelligent. = He has books and wears glasses.
The state of the room shows that Crooks is proud. = It is swept and clean.
  • Question 9

The violent events that take place in the barn shatter George and Lennie's dream. Which two events happen here?

 

CORRECT ANSWER
A puppy is killed.
Curley's wife is killed.
EDDIE SAYS
The puppy and Curley's wife are killed.
  • Question 10

Before these deaths, Steinbeck uses the setting of the barn to create an atmosphere of peace and tranquility; the calm before the storm and the build up of anticipation.

Read the opening three paragraphs of chapter 5. Select three details below that create this sense of calm. 

CORRECT ANSWER
The flies were buzzing lazily.
The barn was quiet.
The barn was lazy and warm.
EDDIE SAYS
Three details that create an atmosphere of calm are: The flies were buzzing lazily, the barn was quiet and the barn was lazy and warm.
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