Of Mice and Men Chapter 2 Questions

Instructor: Jason Lineberger

Jason has 20 years of education experience including 14 years of teaching college literature.

Looking for questions on Of Mice and Men that you can use to start a discussion, or add to a quiz? This lesson contains two sets of questions to meet your needs, from a quick reading check to a test essay prompt.

Chapter 2 Questions

The questions listed below fall into two categories. The first category contains factual, recall questions. These will center around plot details, characters, and setting. Students should have a solid understanding of the material covered in the first section before proceeding on to the second, which holds higher order questions. Those push students to analyze, make connections, debate, and evaluate. You can use the questions in the second section to get the whole class talking, to focus a small group discussion, or to assess their understanding of the bigger issues presented in Steinbeck's short novel.

Check for Understanding

  • Describe Candy. What does he look like? What do you know about his personality from this chapter?
  • What bothers George about his living situation on the ranch?
  • Why doesn't George let Lennie speak for himself?
  • Why is the boss upset with George and Lennie, before they've even arrived on the ranch?
  • How does George explain Lennie's disability?
  • What about Curley's appearance sets him apart from the other workers on the ranch?
  • How does Curley treat Lennie in their initial encounter?
  • George seems nervous about their situation on the ranch. List several things that make him nervous.
  • Describe Curley's wife.
  • There are several dogs mentioned in this chapter. Describe Candy's dog and Carlson's plan for it. Lennie is excited about a different dog - why?

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