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Chapter 1 Journal Response Questions

Directions:   Choose 2 of the questions below and write a response.  Each response needs to be a paragraph in length, or 5 plus sentences.  Remember that a paragraph consists of an opening or introductory sentence, a concluding sentence, and the middles sentences contain the details and proof of your point.  Spelling and grammar count.  Make sure to properly quote material by enclosing excerpts from the text in quotation marks.

1. Read the first paragraph in the book.  How does Steinbeck strike an immediate contrast between the two characters?  In particular, find words within each description that are direct ‘opposites’ to each other.

2. George and Lennie take very different approaches to drinking the water.  What does each man’s approach say about his character?

3. What do George’s first words to Lennie tell us about the relationship between the two men?

4. There are three places in the extract where Lennie is compared to an animal.  Find them, explaining how this gives us a stronger idea of Lennie’s physical presence in the novel.

5. What other examples of imagery (metaphors and similes) can you find in the extract?  How do they give us a clearer picture of the two men and their environment?

6. Compare the ways in which the two characters talk.  How does Lennie’s grammar and sentence construction differ from George’s?  What is particularly characteristic of George’s speech, especially when he ‘gets mad’?