CHAPTER 2 – Of Mice and Men

Who greeted George and Lennie at the bunkhouse? “the old swamper”
What unusual habits did Whitey have? Hated germs, clean freak, wash his hands after he eats, keeps things super clean, peel his potatoes and take out every little spot before he’d ate them, scratch off the red splotches on an egg, dress up on Sunday even if he wasn’t going anywhere.
Whom did the boss punish because George and Lennie were late? Why? Punished the stable buck. The boss was frustrated
Why does George answer all the questions directed to Lennie? because he says things he shouldn’t he does not want them to get in trouble
How does the boss react to George’s friendship with Lennie? He doesn’t understand or like their friendship because its odd. He thinks George is taking advantage on Lennie because George is doing all the talking. The boss watches them closely
What excuse does George give for Lennie’s slowness? He tells the boss that Lennie was kicked in the head by a horse when he was little
How does Curley react to Lennie’s silence? Annoyed and mad, thinks Lennie is not respectful.
What does Curley think about George and Lennie’s traveling together? He doesn’t understand why two men would travel together
What does the swamper mean by the statement “Curley’s pretty handy”? He likes to fight
What uneasy feeling does George have about Curley’s wife? Likes attention from men she is a tramp and that she might be a weak spot for Lennie (Lennie likes her)
Most of the opening paragraphs of this section consist of a realistic description of the bunkhouse. What detail suggests that the ranch hands have a “romantic” side? The men have soap and razors which shows that they like to look nice and keep themselves up… maybe for a woman?
How does the account of Whitey’s quitting contribute the book’s mood of alienation? It shows how people might feel alone or excluded in this place
Why is the stable buck set apart from the other men? (not just race) He would rather be apart from everyone than stay with them and be made fun of
Which character names from this section have symbolic importance? Curley, Candy, Slim
Why is the boss suspicious of George and Lennie? He feels like they are up to no good and that they will screw things up
Who or what seems to be a source of tension in this chapter that may foreshadow future conflicts? The relationship between Curley and the boys
Is Candy’s opinion of Curley’s wife justified? Why? Yes because she is messing around with other men
What qualities does the description of Slim suggest? He’s an attractive, nice guy that most people seem to get a long with
What is the significance of Slim’s and Carlson’s remarks about the dogs? They don’t care about the dog, just like they might not care about a woman
Give examples of foreshadowing. Lennie staring at Curley’s wife, George hating Curley.

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