Of Mice and Men Discussion Questions

Instructor: Wendy A. Garland

Wendy has a Ph.D. in Adult Education and a Master's Degree in Business Management. She has 10 years experience working in higher education.

This lesson includes questions from John Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men, aimed at encouraging discussion in the classroom. These questions are organized by theme.


John Steinbeck's novella Of Mice and Men is widely regarded as one of the great American works of literature. This novel is required reading in many high schools across the country. Based on Steinbeck's own experiences as a hobo during the Great Depression, it tells the story of George and Lennie, two migrant workers in California, as they travel in search of jobs.

Since its first publication in 1937, Of Mice and Men has been the target of censorship for its racist and offensive language. However, its themes of hopes and dreams, prejudice, loneliness, and oppression resonate and remain relevant to this day. With all that in mind, let us look at some discussion questions from the book.

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