Helpful online study guide for the novel: Shmoop

Extra discussion questions for chapter 5:
Evaluate Lennie’s treatment of his dead puppy; explain how it’s typical of his character.
Explain how Curley’s wife is a dreamer.
Assess how Curley’s wife feels about him.
Summarize how Curley’s wife entices Lennie into touching her.
Evaluate the nature of Lennie’s attack.
Summarize how Lennie reacts to what he has done.
Explain how George’s reaction to the murder relates to his belief in the dream.
Compare the reactions of Curley and Slim.

Extra discussion questions for chapter 4:
Explain what the description of Crooks’ room reveals about its occupant.
Explain why Crooks’ name is appropriate.
Why does Crooks allow Lennie to enter his room?
Summarize Crooks’ reaction to the dream of the farm.
Explain how the behavior of Curley’s wife seems deliberately designed to provoke the men.
Explain how her nature as a destructive character is most clearly revealed.
Summarize how Crooks retreats from her attack.

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  1. “You remember about us goin’ into Murray and Ready’s, and they give us work cards and bus tickets?” (6)
  2. “Jus’ a dead mouse, George. I didn’ kill it. Honest! I found it. I found it dead.” (7)
  3. “O.K.,” said George. “An’ you ain’t gonna do no bad things like you done in Weed [town name], neither.” (8)
  4. “Tomorra we’re gonna go to work. I seen thrashin’ machines on the way down. That means we’ll be bucking grain bags, bustin’ a gut.” (9)
  5. “You can’t keep a job and you lose me ever’ job I get. Jus’ keep me shovin’ all over the country all the time. An’ that ain’t the worst. You get in trouble. You do bad things and I got to get you out.” (12)
  6. “Guys like us, that work on ranches, are the loneliest guys in the world. They got no family. They don’t belong no place.” (15)
  7. “An’ live off the fatta the lan’,” Lennie shouted. “An’ have rabbits.” (15)
  8. “Lennie – if you jus’ happen to get in trouble like you always done before, I want you to come right here an’ hide in the brush.” (16)
  9. The bunk house was a long, rectangular building… Against the walls were eight bunks, five of them made up with blankets and the other three showing their burlap ticking. (18)
  10. Lennie smiled to himself. “Strong as a bull,” he repeated.
  11. “Yeah, you forgot. You always forget, an’ I got to talk you out of it.” (24)
  12. The old man looked cautiously at the door to make sure no one was listening. “That’s the boss’s son,” he said quietly. (26)
  13. “Wait’ll you see Curley’s wife…. Well – she got the eye.” (28)
  14. Lennie’s eyes were frightened. “I don’t want no trouble… Don’t let him sock me, George.” (29)
  15. “I don’ like this place, George. This ain’t no good place. I wanna get outta here.” (32)
  16. “Why’n’t you get Candy to shoot his old dog and give him one of the pups to raise up? I can smell that dog a mile away.” (35)
  17. “When his Aunt Clara died, Lennie just come along with me out workin’. Got kinda used to each other after a while.” (39)
  18. “He just scared her. I’d be scared too if he grabbed me. But he never hurt her. He jus’ wanted to touch that red dress, like he wants to pet them pups all the time.” (42)
  19. “He’s jes’ like a kid, ain’t he.” (43)
  20. Whit said sarcastically, “He spends half his time lookin’ for her, and the rest of the time she’s lookin’ for him.” (53)
  21. “George, how long’s it gonna be till we get that little place an’ live on the fatta the lan’ – an’ rabbits?” (55)
  22. Candy said, “I ain’t much good with on’y one hand. I lost my hand right here on this ranch. That’s why they give me a job swampin’.” (58)
  23. “Don’t tell nobody about it. Jus’ us three an’ nobody else. They li’ble to can us so we can’t make no stake. Jus’ go on like we was gonna buck barley the rest of our lives, then all of a sudden some day we’ll go get our pay an’ scram outta here.” (60)
  24. But Lennie watched in terror the flopping little man whom he held. Blood ran down Lennie’s face, one of his eyes was cut and closed. George slapped him in the face again and again, and still Lennie held on to the closed fist. (62)
  25. Crooks said sharply, “You go no right to come in my room. There here’s my room. Nobody got any right in here but me.” (66)
  26. “S’pose George don’t come back no more. S’pose he… just ain’t coming back. What’ll you do then?” (69)
  27. “Everybody wants a little bit of land, not much. Jus’ som’thin’ that was his.” (74)
  28. George scowled. “I thought I tol’ you not to tell nobody about that.” (80)
  29. “I get lonely,” she said. “You can talk to people, but I can’t talk to nobody but Curley. Else he gets mad. How’d you like not to talk to anybody?” (84)
  30. “Coulda been in the movies, an’ had nice clothes – all them nice clothes like they wear.” (86)
  31. “George gonna say I done a bad thing. He ain’t gonna let me tend no rabbits.” (88)
  32. “No, Lennie. Look down there acrost the river, like you can almost see the place.” (103)
  33. Slim came directly to George and sat down beside him, sat very close to him. “Never you mind,” said Slim. “A guy got to sometimes.” (104)
  34. Curley and Carlson looked after them. And Carlson said, “Now what… ya suppose is eatin’ them two guys?” (105)