Symbols & Symbolism in Of Mice and Men


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What is symbolism in literature?

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1. In Of Mice and Men, Candy's dog symbolizes _____.

2. In Of Mice and Men, which of the following is a symbol of false hope?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Quickly assess your knowledge regarding objects and animals in Of Mice and Men and what they symbolize by answering practice questions in this quiz/worksheet combo. You will be quizzed on symbolism in general and those specific to Steinbeck's novel.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Questions in this quiz will test your knowledge of what:

  • Symbolism is
  • Candy's dog symbolizes
  • Symbolizes false hope
  • Is a symbol of independence and protection
  • Is and is not a symbol used in Of Mice and Men

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information regarding three major symbols used in Of Mice and Men
  • Making connections - understand the concept of symbolism and what some objects in Of Mice and Men represent
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information about what Candy's dog symbolizes and interpret it correctly

Additional Learning

More details about these symbols can be found when you access the lesson titled Symbols & Symbolism in Of Mice and Men. You will learn:

  • What symbolism is and why it is used in literature
  • The meaning of Candy's dog, mice and the dream farm in Of Mice and Men
  • How each of these symbols relate to main characters in the novel