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Of Mice and Men Chapter 4 Questions

Instructor: Jason Lineberger

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

If you're using Steinbeck's 'Of Mice and Men' in your class, then you may need some quality questions to go with it. This lesson contains questions that could be used to check student comprehension or drive a class debate.

Chapter 4

The questions below are organized into two categories. The first category deals with characters, events, and settings - the more concrete details of the novel. These questions are best used to either guide student reading or to check for understanding. The second set opens up higher order thinking skills, such as analysis, synthesis, and evaluation. These questions could be used for a class discussion, a debate, or to focus the thinking of a small group.

Check for Understanding

  • Where on the ranch does Crooks live?
  • Describe how Crooks interacts with Lennie when Lennie visits him.
  • What promise does Lennie break when he's alone with Crooks?
  • Describe the childhood Crooks experienced.
  • Who else shows up at Crooks's room?
  • How does Curley's wife feel about her life on the ranch?
  • Over the course of the chapter, Crooks displays differing opinions about Lennie's dream of a farm. Explain his variety of attitudes.
  • How does Curley's wife treat Crooks?
  • Why is George not around for most of the chapter?
  • How does Curley's wife feel about her husband's fight with Lennie?

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