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Of Mice and Men Teaching Unit
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- This is a story about people, their friendships, plans, and dreams. Describe George and Lennie’s dream. How is their dream representative of the dreams of the migrant worker in the 1930s?
- Steinbeck uses foreshadowing to build suspense and make later actions more credible. Identify and discuss three incidents of foreshadowing in this novel and explain the effect that the foreshadowing has on the reader’s interpretation of events.
- Identify and explain how characteristics of Naturalism are portrayed in the novel.
- Examine the relationship between Lennie and George. Be sure to focus on both the negative and positive aspects of the relationship.
- Choose one of the minor characters in the novel (Crooks, Curley’s wife, Curley, etc.) and explain the purpose he or she serves in the story. How would the story change if he or she was not included in the story?
- Steinbeck’s novel explores the morality of a mercy killing. Explain how you feel the novel portrays mercy killings, using specific evidence from the text to support your answer. Then, explain whether or not you believe that Lennie’s death was justified, again using specific evidence from the text to support your answer.
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A teaching unit and individual learning packet from Prestwick House. Includes the following: comprehensive chapter-by-chapter study guides for students; questions suitable for essay topics or discussion; vocabulary lists; multiple-choice and essay test with answer key; introductory material from Prestwick House to familiarize both students and teachers with the work.