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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.