Of Mice and Men Chapter 5 Questions

Instructor: Jason Lineberger

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

Chapter 5 of 'Of Mice and Men' offers a variety of ideas for class discussions, projects, and assignments. This lesson contains a range of questions, from simple recall to deeper ones that will push student thinking.

Of Mice and Men Chapter 5

The questions below are arranged into two large categories. The first group contains questions around plot, characters, conflict, and setting. These recall-based questions work well after reading, to check for understanding, or during reading, to function as a reading guide. The second group requires students to analyze, synthesize, and evaluate the book's big ideas. This set would work as the essay portion of a test or as the basis for a group discussion.

Check for Understanding

  • As the chapter begins, what is Lennie holding?
  • While he sits in the hay in the barn, what does Lennie worry about?
  • Who joins Lennie in the barn?
  • Curley's wife reveals some of her past. Why did she marry Curley?
  • Curley's wife had different plans for her life, before she married Curley. What did she hope to become?
  • Why does Lennie like rabbits so much?
  • Explain how Curley's wife dies.
  • When Candy discovers the body of Curley's wife, what does he think will happen to Lennie? What does George consider the best possible outcome of this situation?
  • What plan do Candy and George create to protect Lennie?
  • Curley gets a group together to hunt down Lennie. What disturbing news does Carlson have to report?

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