Of Mice and Men Vocabulary


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When John Steinbeck writes, 'willows fresh and green with every spring, carrying in their lower leaf junctures the debris of the winter's flooding,' in Of Mice and Men what does he mean by junctures?

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1. In 'Of Mice and Men', when John Steinbeck describes sycamores 'with mottled, white, recumbent limbs', what does he mean by mottled?

2. 'Her feet battered on the hay and she writhed to be free; from under Lennie's hand came a muffled scream.' What is the meaning of 'muffled' when taken in the context of the sentence?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz covers the vocabulary John Steinbeck used in his famous novel, Of Mice and Men. You'll analyze several passages from the novel and determine what Steinbeck meant based on his word choices.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

You'll be challenged to:

  • Assess the meaning behind several example passages
  • Determine the meaning of a vocabulary word based on the context of the sentence
  • Understand how Lennie felt when his face was 'anguished'
  • Know what it means to be a migrant worker

Skills Practiced

You'll get practice applying the following skills:

  • Defining key concepts - make sure you can accurately define the term 'migrant worker'
  • Reading comprehension - take away important facts from the lesson on Of Mice and Men vocabulary
  • Information recall - access knowledge you've gained regarding the meaning behind words such as 'juncture', 'mottled' and 'muffled'

Additional Learning

Of Mice and Men Vocabulary is a related lesson that will give you more information. The lesson will help you:

  • Understand why it's useful to dissect a novel's vocabulary
  • Learn the various effects of language and vocabulary
  • Analyze words such as 'bemused', 'sniveled' and 'crestfallen'