Racism in Of Mice and Men


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In Of Mice and Men, where does Crooks sleep?

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1. In Of Mice and Men, why is Crooks initially reluctant to allow Lennie and Candy into his room?

2. In Of Mice and Men, what happens between Crooks and one of the workers at Christmas?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

How is the character of Crooks used to show racism and prejudice prevalent during the era in which Of Mice and Men is set? You will use this quiz and worksheet to test your knowledge of this particular theme explored in John Steinbeck's novel.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Quiz questions address the following:

  • Where Crooks sleeps
  • The reason for Crooks' reluctance to allow others into his room
  • What happened at a past Christmas party between Crooks and Carlson
  • What Curley's wife says to Crooks when he tries to make her leave his room
  • The change in Crooks following his talk with Lenny and Candy

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information about the ways in which events surrounding Crooks reflect racism in 1930s America
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding what happened to Crooks during a Christmas party at the ranch
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer a question addressing Crooks' reluctance to allow white workers into his room

Additional Learning

The lesson titled Racism in Of Mice and Men provides more detailed information about this subject. Using this lesson, you can further develop your understanding of:

  • The character of Crooks as representative of prejudice and abuse
  • How Crooks lives and his relationship with white workers
  • Why Lenny and Candy enter into Crooks' space and how this changes him
  • The confrontation between Crooks and Curley's wife
  • The powerlessness and fear inherent in the character of Crooks