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Reading Fiction: 'Of Mice and Men' 3 (Characters)

In this worksheet, students will consolidate their understanding of the characters in 'Of Mice and Men'.

Key stage:  KS 3

Curriculum topic:  Reading

Curriculum subtopic:  Set, Plot and Character Awareness

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QUESTION 1 of 10

In this worksheet you will revise the characters in John Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men. It is important that you have recently read or reread the novel!

 

On a Saturday night on the ranch, the men go into town to spend their money and enjoy themselves. Which four characters are left behind?

Carlson

Candy

Lennie

Slim

Curley's wife

Crooks

Lennie, Candy, Crooks and Curley's wife are often known as 'the outsiders' because they are left out of the male camaraderie that takes place at the ranch.

Match the characters with the reason why they are left out.

Column A

Column B

Curley's wife
He has a mental disability and has the mind of a c...
Crooks
He is old and disabled.
Candy
She is the only woman on an all male ranch.
Lennie
He is the only black man on the ranch.

Due to an accident on the ranch, Candy lost part of his arm. He is also old and this is why he no longer works on the fields. He is a swamper (cleaner). 

How does he become involved in George and Lennie's dream?

He knows a farm nearby that is up for sale.

He has the money to help George and Lennie buy the farm.

He used to run his own farm and so can offer advice.

Select three reasons that explain why the dream farm is so important to Candy.

 

As he is old, it offers him somewhere to go when he is too old to work on the ranch.

It gives him a future.

He used to own a farm and so it has happy memories for him.

He wants to retire and paint the scenery at the farm.

George and Lennie will provide him with company.

Who is Candy's only real companion on the ranch?

Slim

Carlson

his old dog

Why does Carlson want to shoot Candy's dog?

 

because it whines too much

because it has bitten him

because it is old and stinks

How is the dog a metaphor for Candy? Select two ways in which the dog represents Candy.

It smells.

It is old and has no use on the ranch any more.

It is grey.

The dog is lame and therefore partially disabled due to its age.

It is friendly and everybody likes it.

Carlson shoots Candy's dog and Candy is devastated as it was his only companion. What event later in the novel does this shooting foreshadow?

the death of Curley's wife

George shooting Lennie

the death of the puppy

Curley, the son of the boss, should live a privileged, happy life but like the most of the other characters his life is bleak.

Select three reasons for this.

 

He has an unhappy marriage.

His father doesn't let him run the ranch the way he would like.

He is a failed boxer so he wasn't able to live out his dream.

He wants his own ranch.

The other men on the ranch don't really respect him.

Curley's wife is a very isolated and lonely character.

Choose three reasons from the list that explain why this is the case.

The other men don't trust her so are wary about talking to her.

She is the only woman on the ranch.

The other women on the ranch don't like her.

She has an unhappy marriage to Curley.

Curley's wife is a pivotal character in the novel. What colour does she wear and why?

red

white

yellow

to represent her happy nature that always spread joy

to represent that she is a dangerous character who uses her sexuality to attract attention

to represent her innocence and purity

What was Curley's wife's dream?

to have a happy marriage

to travel

to be in the movies

Why do you think that Curley's wife does not have a name?

 

to add mystery to the story

to emphasise that she was a second class citizen because she is a woman and is Curley's property

because Steinbeck couldn't think of a suitable one

Crooks is discriminated against because he is black.

What examples are there of this discrimination? Select three examples.

He is not welcome in the bunk house and has to sleep on his own in the stables.

The other men spit in his food.

The other men use derogatory terms to talk about him, saying he stinks and calling him 'nigger'.

He is not allowed to talk to anybody else.

Curley's wife reminds him that she could have him hanged as nobody would believe his word over hers.

Crooks' belongings in the stable reveal a lot about him. Match the items with what they represent about Crooks.

Column A

Column B

medicines
shows he is a permanent worker on the ranch unlike...
lots of shoes and boots
shows he has a damaged back and is always in pain
glasses and dictionary
represents that being black means he is treated as...
California Civil code for 1905
represent his intelligence
  • Question 1

On a Saturday night on the ranch, the men go into town to spend their money and enjoy themselves. Which four characters are left behind?

CORRECT ANSWER
Candy
Lennie
Curley's wife
Crooks
EDDIE SAYS
Curley's wife, Lennie, Candy and Crooks are left behind.
  • Question 2

Lennie, Candy, Crooks and Curley's wife are often known as 'the outsiders' because they are left out of the male camaraderie that takes place at the ranch.

Match the characters with the reason why they are left out.

CORRECT ANSWER

Column A

Column B

Curley's wife
She is the only woman on an all m...
Crooks
He is the only black man on the r...
Candy
He is old and disabled.
Lennie
He has a mental disability and ha...
EDDIE SAYS
Curley's wife is the only woman on the ranch.
Crooks is the only black man on the ranch.
Candy is old and disabled.
Lennie has a mental disability and has the mind of a child.
  • Question 3

Due to an accident on the ranch, Candy lost part of his arm. He is also old and this is why he no longer works on the fields. He is a swamper (cleaner). 

How does he become involved in George and Lennie's dream?

CORRECT ANSWER
He has the money to help George and Lennie buy the farm.
EDDIE SAYS
He has the money to help George and Lennie buy the farm.
  • Question 4

Select three reasons that explain why the dream farm is so important to Candy.

 

CORRECT ANSWER
As he is old, it offers him somewhere to go when he is too old to work on the ranch.
It gives him a future.
George and Lennie will provide him with company.
EDDIE SAYS
The dream farm is important for Candy because as he is old, it offers him somewhere to go when he is too old to work on the ranch, it gives him a future and George and Lennie will provide him with company.
  • Question 5

Who is Candy's only real companion on the ranch?

CORRECT ANSWER
his old dog
EDDIE SAYS
His old dog is Candy's only real companion on the ranch.
  • Question 6

Why does Carlson want to shoot Candy's dog?

 

CORRECT ANSWER
because it is old and stinks
EDDIE SAYS
Carlson wants to shoot Candy's dog because it is old and stinks.
  • Question 7

How is the dog a metaphor for Candy? Select two ways in which the dog represents Candy.

CORRECT ANSWER
It is old and has no use on the ranch any more.
The dog is lame and therefore partially disabled due to its age.
EDDIE SAYS
It is old and has no use on the ranch any more and the dog is lame and therefore partially disabled due to its age.
  • Question 8

Carlson shoots Candy's dog and Candy is devastated as it was his only companion. What event later in the novel does this shooting foreshadow?

CORRECT ANSWER
George shooting Lennie
EDDIE SAYS
The shooting of Candy's dog foreshadows George shooting Lennie.
  • Question 9

Curley, the son of the boss, should live a privileged, happy life but like the most of the other characters his life is bleak.

Select three reasons for this.

 

CORRECT ANSWER
He has an unhappy marriage.
He is a failed boxer so he wasn't able to live out his dream.
The other men on the ranch don't really respect him.
  • Question 10

Curley's wife is a very isolated and lonely character.

Choose three reasons from the list that explain why this is the case.

CORRECT ANSWER
The other men don't trust her so are wary about talking to her.
She is the only woman on the ranch.
She has an unhappy marriage to Curley.
EDDIE SAYS
Curley's wife is isolated because the other men don't trust her so are wary about talking to her, she is the only woman on the ranch and she has an unhappy marriage to Curley.
  • Question 11

Curley's wife is a pivotal character in the novel. What colour does she wear and why?

CORRECT ANSWER
red
to represent that she is a dangerous character who uses her sexuality to attract attention
EDDIE SAYS
Curley's wife wears red to represent that she is a dangerous character who uses her sexuality to attract attention.
  • Question 12

What was Curley's wife's dream?

CORRECT ANSWER
to be in the movies
EDDIE SAYS
Her dream was to be in the movies.
  • Question 13

Why do you think that Curley's wife does not have a name?

 

CORRECT ANSWER
to emphasise that she was a second class citizen because she is a woman and is Curley's property
EDDIE SAYS
Curley's wife does not have a name because Steinbeck wants to emphasise that she was a second class citizen because she is a woman and is Curley's property.
  • Question 14

Crooks is discriminated against because he is black.

What examples are there of this discrimination? Select three examples.

CORRECT ANSWER
He is not welcome in the bunk house and has to sleep on his own in the stables.
The other men use derogatory terms to talk about him, saying he stinks and calling him 'nigger'.
Curley's wife reminds him that she could have him hanged as nobody would believe his word over hers.
EDDIE SAYS
Examples of discrimination are that he is not welcome in the bunk house and has to sleep on his own in the stables, the other men use derogatory terms to talk about him, saying he stinks and calling him nigger, and Curley's wife reminds him that she could have him hanged as nobody would believe his word over hers.
  • Question 15

Crooks' belongings in the stable reveal a lot about him. Match the items with what they represent about Crooks.

CORRECT ANSWER

Column A

Column B

medicines
shows he has a damaged back and i...
lots of shoes and boots
shows he is a permanent worker on...
glasses and dictionary
represent his intelligence
California Civil code for 1905
represents that being black means...
EDDIE SAYS
Medicines = He has a damaged back and is always in pain.
Lots of shoes and boots = Show he is a permanent worker on the ranch unlike the other migrant farmers. As such he has collected lots of belongings.
Glasses and dictionary = represent his intelligence.
California Civil code for 1905 = represents that being black means he is treated as a second class citizen.
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