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Of Mice and Men - Chapter V and VI
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Reading Guide: Chapter V and VI
I. Figurative Language and Stylistic Devices (4M and 7A) – Read the following examples and determine what figures of speech or stylistic devices are being used.
- There was a buzz of flies in the air, the lazy afternoon humming…____________________
- Then gradually time awakened and moved sluggishly on.____________________
- His face was as hard and tight as wood, and his eyes were hard.____________________
- There was a rise of voices in question, a drum of running feet…____________________
- A gust drove through the tops of the trees like a wave. ____________________
- The sycamore leaves turned up their silver sides. ____________________
- As quickly as it came, the wind died. ____________________
- Lennie appeared out of the brush, and he came as silently as a creeping bear moves. ____________________
II. Vocabulary -Read the sentences below and write the definition of each underlined word. Use a dictionary to check yourself.
- He looked sullenly up at her.
- “No I ain’t,” Lennie explained earnestly. “George says I ain’t. I like to pet nice things with my fingers, sof’ things.”
- “Then – it’s all off?” Candy asked sulkily.
- Now Lennie retorted belligerently, “He ain’t neither. George won’t do nothing like that. I’ve knew George since – I forget when.
III. Characterization (4Q) - Read the quotations below. Determine who is being described and if it is direct or indirect characterization.
- “ I get lonely,” she said. “You can talk to people, but I can’t talk to nobody but Curley. Else he gets mad. How’d you like not to talk to anybody?____________________
- But [he] sat stiffly on the bank and looked at his right hand that had thrown the gun away. ____________________
- The barn was darkening gradually and, in their stalls, the horses shifted their feet and rattled the halter chains. [He] lay down in the hay and covered his eyes with his arm. ____________________
- [He] came directly to George and sat down beside him, sat very close to him. “Never you mind,” said [he]. “A guy got to sometimes.” ____________________
- Curley and [he] looked after them. And [he] said, “Now what the hell do you suppose is eatin’ them two guys?” ____________________
IV. Plot Details
- Why did Curley’s wife marry Curley?
- What happens to Lennie’s puppy? Be as specific as possible.
- What does Lennie try to do about the puppy?
- What does Curley’s wife allow Lennie to do?
- What happens as a result of this decision?
- Who finds Curley’s wife?
- Who stole Carlson’s gun?
- What piece of advice from George did Lennie remember?
- Whom and what does Lennie hallucinate? What do these visions tell Lennie?
- What is ironic about George’s speech at the end of the novel?
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Reading guide that includes multiple choice and short answer questions.