John Steinbeck 's Of Mice And Men

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Of Mice and Men
9th Grade Summer Reading

Before returning to school, you will need to read Of Mice and Men. The following questions will guide your reading and prepare you for the quiz, discussions and related assignments. You may use this packet for the quiz. A TYPED PAPER COPY of this packet must be turned in to your teacher on the first day of school.
Before Reading
Section 1: Background research Use the internet to find information about the author and about the setting for the novel and the context in which he wrote it. Make sure to put quotation marks around direct quotations and to cite your sources!
About the life and work of John Steinbeck
He was born in 1902 and died in 1966. He won the Nobel Prize in literature and the
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What does it make you think? How does it make you feel?
Chapter 1: “Guys like us that work on ranches are the loneliest guys in the world. They got no family. They don’t belong no place.”[78]This quote sets the tone of the novel early on as a bleak and hard way to live. It helps the reader connect with George and Lennie by giving them an idea of their situation, that what makes it good. Chapter 2: ““I hate that kinda bastard,” he said. “I seen plenty of ‘em. Like the old guy says, Curley don’t take no chances. He always wins.””[118] This quote captures Curley’s personality and foreshadows the events that take place in the later chapters. It makes the reader feel that Curley is a cruel person and will cause trouble on the farm.
Chapter 3: “George half-closed his eyes.”I gotta think about that. We was always gonna do it by ourselves." Candy interrupted him, "I 'd make a will an ' leave my share to you guys in case I kick off, 'cause I ain 't got no relatives or nothing"”
Chapter 4: “Crooks scowled, but Lennie 's disarming smile defeated him.”Come on in and set a while," Crooks said. " 'Long as you won 't get out and leave me alone, you might as well set down." His tone was a little more friendly” [223]
Chapter 5: And when they were gone, Candy squatted down in the hay and watched the face of Curley 's wife. "Poor bastard," he said softly. This quote is interesting because it shows the Candy knows Lennie did it and when he says “Poor
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