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OM&M: Recent exam questions

2007
a) Extract: end ; Lennie said I thought you was mad at me… With close reference to the extract,
show how John Steinbeck creates mood and atmosphere here.
b) How is the character of Slim important to the novel?
c) The title Of Mice and Men refers to how plans and dreams often go wrong. To what extent do
you
find it an effective title for the novel ?
2006
a) Extract: Ch 1 “Lennie spoke craftily: Tell me like you done before…” Look closely at how Lennie
and George speak and behave here. What does it reveal about their relationship?
b) To what extent can you blame Curley’s wife for the tragic events of the novel?
c) How does John Steinbeck present the theme of loneliness in Of Mice and Men?
2005
a) Extract: ch 4 “This is just a nigger talkin’.” Look closely at the way Crooks speaks and behaves
here. What does it reveal about his state of mind?
b) Imagine you are George. At the end of the story you think back over the time you spent on the
ranch, and effects these events have had on you. Write down your thoughts and feelings.
Remember how George would speak when you write your answer.
c) Explain how Steinbeck uses animals to present some of the themes in OM&M.
2004
a) Extract: ch 2 “At that moment a young man came into the bunkhouse…” With close reference to
the extract, show how Steinbeck presents Curley here.
b) Imagine you are Crooks. At the end of the story you think back over what has happened since
George and Lennie arrived on the ranch, and effects these events have had on you. Write down
your thoughts and feelings. Remember how Crooks would speak.
c) Remind yourself of Candy, who is introduced at the beginning of chapter 2. Why do you think
Steinbeck introduced this character into the novel?
2003
a) Extract: ch5 “Candy pointed at Curley’s wife…” Look closely at the way George speaks and
behaves here. What does it reveal about his state of mind at this point in the novel?
b) Remind yourself of how the novel opens (up to where Lennie and George arrive at the ranch).
To what extent does this prepare the reader for the novel’s later events?
c) Steinbeck describes Slim as “the prince of the ranch”. To what extent does this description suit
him, in your opinion? Support your answer with detailed reference to the text.
2002
a) Extract: ch 2 “The boss licked his pencil…” With close reference to the extract, show how John
Steinbeck suggests the relationship between George and Lennie here.
b) Show how Steinbeck prepares the reader for the end of the novel.
c) Remind yourself of what happens in Chapter 5, when Curley’s wife is killed in the barn. How
does Steinbeck make this part of the novel gripping and moving for the reader.
2001
a) Extract : ch 4 “After a pause Crooks said, “Maybe you better go along to your own house now.
We don’t want no trouble…” Look closely at the way Curley’s wife speaks and behaves here.
How does this affect the reader’s attitude towards her?
b) Write about the character of Curley and his importance in the novel.

I don't know why. Maybe everybody in the whole damn world is scared of each other. (b) Curley's wife. • "Ain't many guys travel around together. (d) Candy. thinking over what has happened. . • Remind yourself of the end of the novel (Chapter 6). Does George need Lennie? • Imagine you are Candy. 1999 • Imagine you are Slim at the end of the story. c) Write about how Steinbeck presents the theme of dreams in Of Mice and Men. Remember how George would speak when you write your answer. (c) Slim. Choose one of these settings and show how it is important to the novel as a whole. • For which character in the story have you the most sympathy? Give reasons for your answer and refer closely to the text in support of it. the barn. 2000 b) Extract: ch 3 “At last Carlson said. near the beginning of the story (p 14).. who first appears in the novel in Chapter 2.chapter 2) What does Slim's comment reveal about relationships amongst the ranch hands? Are they lonely or do they prefer to travel alone? Which characters in the book seem to you to be most lonely? • Indicate. Write your thoughts and feelings about some of the things which have been important in your life. d) Steinbeck uses three specific settings on the ranch: the bunkhouse. saying how Steinbeck achieves his effects. Why do you think their dream failed? 1995 • Remind yourself of Slim. !If you want me to.. c) Imagine you are George. I’ll put the old devil out of his misery right now…” With close reference to the extract. To what extent do you find that a satisfactory ending to the novel? 1998 • Remind yourself of the first time we met the character of Crooks in Chapter 4." (Slim . by close reference to the text. Steinbeck's ability to create atmosphere. Write your thoughts and feelings. the harness room. • Show the importance of any two of the following in the action of the story: (a) Curley. What do you think of him and the way Steinbeck presents him in the novel? 1994 • Lennie needs George. At the end of the story you think back over your relationship with Lennie. Think back over the events of the story. Write down your thoughts and feelings. show how John Steinbeck creates mood and atmosphere here. • What do you consider to be the main themes in "Of Mice and Men"? • Write an account of any two dramatic scenes in "Of Mice and Men". Why do you think Steinbeck introduced this character into his novel? • How does Steinbeck present the theme of loneliness in "Of Mice and Men"? 1997 • What do you think of Curley's wife and the way Steinbeck presents her in the novel? 1996 • Remind yourself of the first time Lennie and George talk about their dream. Remember how Slim would speak when you write your answer.

• "People like Lennie are not really dangerous. (You may wish to look this up in your own copy. How far is it true that he is "Jus' like a big baby"? • Why is the book called "OM&M"? Does the title help you to understand the story? • Discuss the parts played in the book by Curley and his wife. (a) Read the extract below." Comment on this statement. • Steinbeck uses contrasts to achieve effect in "Of Mice and Men". • Is "Of Mice and Men" pessimistic or optimistic in the main? Refer to the text and give reasons for your answer. There are contrasting characters: eg Curley and Slim.the need for companionship and the need to have something to look forward to. How does John Steinbeck's presentation of George and Lennie in this extract suggest their characters and their relationship? [20] (b) The title of this novel refers to how plans and dreams often go wrong. referring to the characters and incidents described in "Of Mice and Men". Answer part (a) and part (b).) Then answer the following question. How does Steinbeck put across this message in his novel? [40] . How far is it true that they brought the tragedy upon themselves? • It is about two basic human needs . There are contrasting ideas: eg Lennie and George's dream world contrasting with the reality of their lives. Lennie is only dangerous because he is so strong." Do you agree? Discuss the way Lennie behaves. Discuss the effect of these contrasts and see if you are able to find others in the book.

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