Dreams and themes
Friendship and challenges

Who is the Author of Of Mice and Men?

John Steinbeck


Do Lennie and George achieve their dream at the end of the story?



What is George and Lennie's dream in "Of Mice and Men"?

To own a piece of land and live off it, free from the hardships of their current lives.


Where does George tell Lennie to hide if he gets in trouble?

"If you jus' happen to get in trouble like you always done before, I want you to come right here an' hide in the brush."


What actions in the story portray how strong Lennie is?

-Kills everything he pets

-Accidentally kills Curley wife 

-Conflict with Curley  


What is different about George and Lennie vs the other ranch workers?

They have a friendship in which they share the same dream, unlike other ranch workers who are always alone. 


What is candy's dream?

Candy dream is to join George and Lennie in their plan to own a piece of land and be part of their self-sustaining farm.


How does George's attitude toward Lennie change from the beginning of the novel to the end?

In the beginning, George was mad at Lennie for always being a problem. In the end, Geroge realizes and accepts that Lennie's mental disability won't change anything.


 What is the primary responsibility that George has towards Lennie?

George's primary responsibility is to take care of Lennie and keep him out of trouble.


George gets mad at Lennie saying he will have a better life without him. Lennie replies that he will leave George alone. Where did Lennie say he will go?

"Well, I could. I could go off in the hills there. Someplace I'd find a cave."


What is the main idea of the novel, Of Mice and Men? 

The main idea of Of Mice and Men is the desire to pursue dreams. Another main idea is the harshness of disabled people in society. 


What are some main themes of mice and men       (one answer is acceptable)

Dreams, loneliness or friendship 


What is the role of the death of Candy's dog? What does this have to do with the end of the novel?

The role of the death of Candy's dog is that people who are useless, problematic, and a burden are left out. This shows at the end of the story when George kills Lennie because of the same reasons.


What is George's last name in the novel Of Mice and Men?

 George's last name is not mentioned in the novel.


What does Lennie frequently ask George to tell him about?

Their shared dream of owning a piece of land and living off the of their land.


Where does the title Of Mice and Men come from?

To A Mouse by Robert Burns


What dream does Curley's wife have before marrying Curley?

Curley's wife's dream is to become a Hollywood actress.


 How would you describe the relationship between George and Lennie in "Of Mice and Men"?

Father and son


Besides Lennie, George develops a close friendship with another character on the ranch. Who is this character?



After the conflict between Curley and Lennie, Lennie over-apoligized to George. What did Lennie say?

"I didn't wanta hurt him."

"I didn't want no trouble."

"I can still tend the rabbits, George?"

"I di'n't mean no harm, George."


What characters does Steinbeck portray loneliness through?(5)

George, Lennie, Crooks, Candy, and Curley's wife.


 What do you think Crook's dream is?

His dream is to be accepted and treated equally by others.


identify key points which led to Geroge's decision to kill Lennie. 

-Lennie's uncontrollable strength, 

-the incident with Curley's wife

-The fear of future problems

-The impossibility of their dream caused by Lennie's actions


What is George's last quote in the end of the Novel?

"Yea, a drink."


 Besides rabbits, what other animal does Lennie express a liking for in the story?


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