Of Mice and Men Chapter 1-3

What does Slim say he would have done to the dog if he hadn’t given it to Lennie? Killed them
What does Slim say he finds funny? That George and Lennie travel together.
George says if he were really smart he would be doing what? Own his own land and not work like a dog for someone else to profit
What is the story behind why Lennie and George travel together? George knew Lennie from the time they were kids and when Lennie’s Aunt Clara died, George promised he’d look after him.
What can the reader infer about Lennie’s childhood and family life? Aunt Clara took good care of him, but he struggled with his peer groups which made fun of him and played tricks on him.
What did George do once that made him stop playing jokes on Lennie? He told Lennie to jump into a lake, and Lennie couldn’t swim, but he did it anyway and almost drowned
What card game does George play? Solitaire
What does George tell Slim happened in Weed? Lennie tried to pet a girl’s dress because he thought it was soft; she screamed, so he grabbed her dress harder; when she got away, she claimed Lennie raped her.
What sneaky thing does Lennie try to do? Bring his puppy from Slim into the bunkhouse
What game has the other guys been playing while George and Slim talk? Horseshoes
What is Carlson’s problem and what does he tell Candy to do? He doesn’t like Candy’s dog because he smells bad and is too old to do anyone any good; he tells Candy to shoot the dog.
What reason’s does Carlson give for wanting Candy’s dog shot? The dog smells bad; has no teeth; can barely walk; can’t do Candy any good; can’t do itself any good
What does Whit show Slim? A magazine with a letter published in it from a former ranch hand
What does Carlson say he has? a Luger—a pistol
What does Slim tell Carlson to take with him when goes to shoot Candy’s dog? Why? A shovel to bury the dog.
Whit says that George and Lennie must have come to work. What reason does he give? Because they came on Friday and have to work all day Saturday before they get their day off on Sunday and the three free meals that come on their day off.
What does Whit invite George to do “tomorrow” night? Go to town to Susy’s brothel
Why don’t the guys visit Clara’s house instead of Susy’s? Because Susy’s is “cleaner” and cheaper; Susy tells good jokes and doesn’t mind if the guys just want to buy a shot and not have a “flop” with a prostitute
Why does George say he will go and get a drink but that he isn’t going to pay for a flop? Because he doesn’t want to spend his money on girls when he and Lennie are saving up for their ranch.
What is Curley looking for? His wife; Slim; a fight…
What does Curley think Slim is doing? Messing with his wife
What is Slim really doing in the barn? He’s tarring a mule’s hoof
Who has been listening to and finally interrupts George and Lennie’s conversation about the ranch? Candy
For what reason would the people sell the ranch for only $600? . Because the old lady needs an operation and the couple is broke
How did Candy get $250? As compensation for losing his right hand.
What is George afraid will happen to them if others find out they are going to buy a ranch? They will try to get them all fired because no one wants to see some guys get their dreams.
What does Candy tell George he wishes he had done? Shot his own dog
Why was Lennie smiling when Curly comes back in? He’s thinking about the ranch and the rabbits
About what does Curley think Lennie smiling about? He thinks Lennie’s laughing at him because of Carlson saying he would kick Curley’s head in.
What happens between Curley and Lennie? They fight; Curley starts out by punching Lennie’s face, but then Lennie crushes every bone in Curley’s hand.
According to the old man, why was the boss mad at George and Lennie? Because they weren’t there to go to work in the morning.
What does George find in the box by his bed and what does he assume? He finds flea power, and he assumes that the bed was occupied before by someone with fleas.
Describe the “stable buck.” The stable buck is a black man, hunched over with a crooked back.
Describe the fight between the “stable buck” and Smitty. Smitty started the fight, but the rest of the guys wouldn’t let Smitty use his legs because of Crooks’ bad back. Crooks beat him up and Smitty just made excuses why he didn’t win.
What is Lennie’s last name? Small
What does the boss suspect George of doing to Lennie? The boss thinks that George is taking Lennie’s money (selling him out).
What reason does George give for taking care of Lennie? He lies and says they’re cousins and that he promised his “old lady” that he would look after him.
What is George’s last name? Milton
Who is Curley? The boss’ son
What does the swamper tell George about Curley’s left hand? He keeps a glove full of Vaseline on it to keep it “soft” for his new wife.
Describe Curley’s wife. However, she has “the eye,” which means she’s a flirt / tart and wants to sleep around on Curley She attractive, with nice close, painted nails, and red hair.
Why does she come into the bunkhouse? She says to look for Curley, but we’re led to believe she’s there to look over the new guys to see if there is anything worth “looking at”…
Describe Slim. He’s tall, skinny, but has a presence of authority around him.
What did Slim do to four of his pups? Why? Drowned them…because his dog couldn’t have nursed that many.
What does Lennie want George to ask Slim? If he can have one of the pups.
Lennie, a huge man, shapeless of face with large, pale eyes, with wide, sloping shoulders, and he walked dragging his feet a little.
What is George’s first complaint to Lennie? Lennie is drinking too much water. This is just the first of a series of complaints
What is in Lennie’s pocket? A dead mouse
What is in Lennie’s pocket? Why does he have it? He has it because he likes to pet soft things.
George bursts into a long speech about what he could do if he were alone. What could he do? He could take his money and go to a cat house or out drinking whiskey all night or spend his time playing cards ata pool hall; in short, the things the lonely ranch hands do.
Lennie offers to go away and live in a cave. What is George’s response? He tells Lennie that Lennie wouldn’t survive, that he couldn’t find any food or take care of himself. Then, he admitsto Lennie that he doesn’t want him to go.
Why are George and Lennie different from the other “guys like us that work on ranches”? They are different because each one has the other to look out for him.
What are George and Lennie going to do someday? going to have a little piece of land with a little shack. They’ll have some animalsand some crops — especially a little alfalfa patch so Lennie can pick it and feed the rabbits. They’re going to liveoff the fat of the land, where no one can tell them to get out or boss them around.
What two things does George want Lennie to remember? to not say anything when they talk to the boss and to return to this campsite ifhe gets into trouble.
Why did George want to camp overnight instead of going another quarter of a mile to the ranch? At the ranch in the evening there would be too many people for Lennie to deal with at once; he might getconfused. Also, it would give Lennie a chance to prove himself as a good worker before everyone would discoverhow slow he was mentally.
“stable buck.” What physical attributes does he have? He’s smart (he reads books); and strong
What does the boss use him for? He’s smart (he reads books); and strong (he beat up Smitty in a boxing match on Christmas day); and yet he abused by the boss any time that he’s mad (because he’s black.)he beat up Smitty in a boxing match on Christmas day);
What does the boss suspect George of doing to Lennie? What makes him think this? He thinks this because George won’t let Lennie talk
Describe Curley’s wife. she’s a flirt / tart and wants to sleep around on Curley
Slim. What is his job on the ranch? Slim is the “skinner” which means he drives the horse / mule teams in the field.
What are some of Slim character traits? When he talks, everyone listens and obeys. His voice is gentle and welcoming, but it is the “last word” on the ranch.
Lennie _____is George’s friend, who is not very smart but is an extremely strong man and a good worker.
George was small and quick, dark of face, with restless eyes and sharp, strong features.He had small, strong hands, slender arms, and a thin and bony nose.
George took care of Lennie as they traveledtogether.
George feelings about Lennie. . He is almost always complaining about Lennie, but that doesn’t change the fact that heappreciates Lennie’s companionship

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