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Of Mice and Men - Chapter III

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Reading Guide: Chapter III

I. Figurative Language and Stylistic Devices (4M/7A) - Read the following excerpts from the novel and determine what figure of speech or stylistic device is being used.

  • George looked over at Slim and saw the calm, God - like eyes fastened on him.
  • “So he reaches out to feel this red dress an’ the girl lets out a squawk…”
  • “I can tell a mean guy a mile off.”
  • He walked heavily on his heels, as though he carried the invisible grain bag.
  • Curley was flopping like a fish.
  • Carlson’s footsteps died away.
  • It [silence] came out of the night and invaded the room.

II. Vocabulary -Read the sentences below and write the definition of each underlined word. Use a dictionary to check yourself.

  • Now and then the sound of voices raised in approval or derision.
  • Slim neither encouraged nor discouraged him. He just sat back quiet and receptive.
  • George put down his cards very deliberately.
  • Lennie held out his hands pleadingly. “Give ‘em to me, George!”

III. Characterization- Read the quotations below. Determine who is being described and if it is direct or indirect characterization.

  • “He’ll want to sleep right out in the barn with them. We’ll have trouble keeping him from getting right in the box with them pups.”
  • [He] looked a long time at Slim to try to find some reversal. And Slim gave none.
  • The door opened and [he] put in his head: a lean negro head, lined with pain, the eyes patient.
  • “I don’t care if you’re the best welter in the country. You come for me an’ I’ll kick your [damn] head in!”

IV. Plot Details

  • Why did Lennie and George have to leave Weed?
  • To whom does George tell this story?
  • What happens to Candy’s dog?
  • Who wants to go in with George and Lennie on their dream ranch?
  • What does Candy think he should have done about his dog?
  • Why does Curley attack Lennie in the bunk?
  • What does Lennie do to Curley?
  • What story does Slim make up in order to protect Lennie?

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