Chapter 2 of Mice and Men

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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. The bunk-house is a strange mixture of the homely and the bare.  List the good and bad things about the location that emerge through the description.

2. Steinbeck lists many personal items that the men use.  What is the effect of this?  Pick any three of these, and state how each might be a comment on the lives of the men that sleep there.

3. Later in the novel, Candy is one of a group of characters referred to as ‘the weak ones’.  Find three ways in which Steinbeck presents him as physically weak and / or old, and comment on your choice of quotations.

4. “… hell of a nice fella …” Candy goes to a lot of trouble to point out how clean the previous occupant of George’s bunk was.  What does this tell us about Candy, and what is George’s reaction?  Does Candy defend anyone else in the extract, and why?

5. List two ways in which Steinbeck implies that Candy has been at the ranch for a longer time than most of the men who have worked there.

6. Candy refers to Crooks, the black ‘stable buck’ a number of times in the extract.  Although he also calls him a ‘pretty nice fellow’, how do his later comments reveal the treatment of blacks at that time?

7. How does Candy come across throughout this extract?  What are the general characteristics of his speech and mannerisms throughout, and how do they give away his personality?

8. Although Lennie says very little during this episode, Steinbeck makes references to his behaviour.  Comment on this, explaining how it might foreshadow future events in the novel.

9. Curley is described in very physical terms.  Which techniques and word types does Steinbeck use to convey his character to the reader?  Find three examples, and comment on each.

10.There are plenty of moments in the extract where Steinbeck hints at the trouble to come in the rest of the novel.  Identify two or three areas where you think this is the case and comment on how he deals with them.  Why do you think he does this?

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Act 2

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ACT II JOURNAL RESPONSE QUESTIONS

Directions: Over the next week, answer ONE (1) of the following questions. Each response needs to be a paragraph in length. Remember that a paragraph includes an introductory sentence, and a concluding sentence. There needs to be 5 or more sentences in between with supporting details and evidence. Spelling and punctuation count.

1. Friar Laurence warns Romeo to move “Wisely and slow. They stumble that run fast.” Identify at least 2 incidents in which Romeo and/or Juliet move too quickly or act too rashly. Analyze each incident and how their haste could work against them. How could they have acted differently?

2. Based on events in Acts I and II, discuss and analyze at least 2 conflicts that could contribute to the tragic ending.

3. Choose one of the major characters in this play and analyze their personality. Don’t just describe it; discuss how it contributes to the story and how it affects other characters.

4. So far, this play has only taken place in a 24-hour span of time. This is meant to contribute to the unrealistic aspect of the play. Choose and analyze at least 2 parts of the play so far that seem particularly unbelievable.

5. There are unrealistic aspects of this play BUT there are many parts of the story that are believable. So, on the contrary, choose and analyze at least 2 parts of the play so far that seem very realistic.

Chapter 1 of Mice and Men

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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’?

Act I

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Act I Journal Response Questions

Directions: Over the next week, answer ONE (1) of the following questions.  Each response needs to be a paragraph in length.  Remember that a paragraph includes an introductory sentence, and a concluding sentence.  There needs to be 5 or more sentences in between with supporting details and evidence.  Spelling and punctuation count.

  1. Discuss the sources of tension in the first scene.  Why are these characters upset?

2.  How does Romeo describe the woman he loves in Scene 1?  Refer to things like word choice, connotation, tone, figures of speech, and so on.

3.  Describe the Nurse and her relationship with Juliet.

4. Who are Romeo’s friends and what is their plan?  Discuss the debate they have with Romeo, as well as their motivations for this plan.

5. Describe Romeo’s reaction when he first sees Juliet.

6. Discuss the parallelism between Romeo’s “story” and Paris’ “story” so far in Act 1?

7.  Refer to Mercutio’s lines in Act 1.  What kind of friend is he to Romeo?  Would you like to have him for a friend?  If so, why?  If not, why not?

8.  Discuss the Prologue and what you already know about the play.  If you were Romeo and Juliet, would you follow love or stay loyal to your family and friends?  Explain your reasons.