The American Dream in Of Mice and Men


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What is unique about John Steinbeck's writing?

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1. What is the setting of Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men?

2. For George and Lennie in Of Mice and Men, what is the first step in achieving the American Dream?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Author John Steinbeck critiques the American Dream in his novel, Of Mice and Men. You'll be asked questions about the main characters' struggle to achieve the American Dream, as well as Steinbeck's critique of the dream.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

These questions will challenge you to:

  • Understand what makes John Steinbeck's writing unique
  • Identify the novel's setting
  • Recall George and Lennie's first step toward achieving the American Dream
  • Recognize what George and Lennie consider to be the biggest obstacle to achieving the American Dream
  • Determine what Steinbeck suggests about the American Dream

Skills Practiced

You'll practice the following skills:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure you draw the most important information from the related lesson on how the American Dream is portrayed in Of Mice and Men
  • Information recall - access knowledge you've gained regarding the steps required to achieve the American Dream
  • Knowledge application - use what you know about John Steinbeck and Of Mice and Men to determine how the author felt about the American Dream

Additional Learning

To enhance your understanding of this topic form the novel, read the related lesson called The American Dream in Of Mice and Men. The lesson goes over the following learning objectives:

  • Identify the form of literature that John Steinbeck pioneered
  • Describe the character of Curley
  • Understand the significance of family in terms of the American Dream