Ch 1: Of Mice and Men: Literary & Historical Context

About This Chapter

The Literary and Historical Context chapter of this Of Mice and Men: Study Guide course is the most efficient way to study the history of the book and its author, as well as the time period in which the book was written. This chapter uses simple and fun videos that are about five minutes long, plus includes lesson quizzes and a chapter exam to ensure you understand the essential concepts that influenced Steinbeck and 'Of Mice and Men.'

Who's It For?

Anyone who needs help learning or mastering Of Mice and Men historical context material will benefit from the lessons in this chapter. There is no faster or easier way to learn about this book. Among those who would benefit are:

  • Students who want to learn a broad topic in a short amount of time
  • Students who are looking for easy ways to identify the most important information on the topic
  • Students who have fallen behind in memorizing the time period, critical reception and adaptations that associated with the book and its author
  • Students who prefer multiple ways of learning literature (visual or auditory)
  • Students who have missed class time and need to catch up
  • Students who have limited time to study for an upcoming exam

How It Works:

  • Watch each video in the chapter to review all key topics.
  • Refer to the video transcripts to reinforce your learning.
  • Test your understanding of each lesson with a short quiz.
  • Complete your review with the Of Mice and Men: Literary and Historical Context chapter exam.

Why It Works:

  • Study Efficiently: The lessons in this chapter cover only information you need to know.
  • Retain What You Learn: Engaging animations and real-life examples make topics easy to grasp.
  • Be Ready on Test Day: Take the Of Mice and Men Literary and Historical Context chapter exam to make sure you're prepared.
  • Get Extra Support: Ask our subject-matter experts any Of Mice and Men question. They're here to help!
  • Study With Flexibility: Watch videos on any web-ready device.

Students Will Review:

This chapter summarizes the material students need to know about literary and historical context for a standard literature course. Topics covered include:

  • Author John Steinbeck
  • Relationship of the book to the poem 'To A Mouse' By Robert Burns
  • Time period of 'Of Mice and Men'
  • Genre of the book
  • Banning and censorship of the book
  • Similar books and stage adaptations

10 Lessons in Chapter 1: Of Mice and Men: Literary & Historical Context
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
Author John Steinbeck & Of Mice and Men

1. Author John Steinbeck & Of Mice and Men

In this lesson you will learn about John Steinbeck, and how he came to write Of Mice and Men. First, you will learn about his early life and his inspirations. Then you will learn about the novella, and how Steinbeck conceived it.

Of Mice and Men & the Poem To a Mouse by Robert Burns

2. Of Mice and Men & the Poem To a Mouse by Robert Burns

This lesson will discuss the relationship between Robert Burns' 1785 poem, 'To a Mouse (on Turning Her Up in Her Nest with the Plough)' and John Steinbeck's 1937 novella, 'Of Mice and Men'.

Of Mice and Men's Time Period

3. Of Mice and Men's Time Period

In this lesson, you'll learn about the time period in which 'Of Mice and Men' is set. First, you'll learn when Steinbeck wrote the book and what experiences informed his writing. Then, you'll review its historical context. Finally, you'll learn how modern audiences have reacted to and understood the book.

What is Of Mice and Men's Genre?

4. What is Of Mice and Men's Genre?

This lesson will discuss the literary genre of the novella and how John Steinbeck's title 'Of Mice and Men' as well as other examples fit this category.

Is Of Mice and Men a Banned Book?

5. Is Of Mice and Men a Banned Book?

Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck has been banned throughout the country because of foul language, violence, and racism. We'll consider the history of the banning of the book and the regions and situations in which it was banned.

Of Mice and Men and Censorship

6. Of Mice and Men and Censorship

In this lesson, you will learn about attempts to censor John Steinbeck's 1937 novella, ''Of Mice and Men.'' First, you will learn about why it would have been challenged. Then, you will read through some examples of censorship from the 1950s until the present day.

Of Mice and Men Play

7. Of Mice and Men Play

This lesson is a compare and contrast of the novel and theater versions of John Steinbeck's 'Of Mice and Men'. In this lesson, the various differences between the Broadway play and Steinbeck's novel will be explored.

Books Similar to Of Mice and Men

8. Books Similar to Of Mice and Men

In this lesson, you'll get a brief overview of books similar to 'Of Mice and Men.' First, you'll learn about a book with a similar tone, then three books that explore similar themes, and finally two books that have a similar setting and content to Steinbeck's novella.

Of Mice and Men Lesson Plan

9. Of Mice and Men Lesson Plan

Enhance your students' analysis of the book Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck by including our Study.com video lesson with your instruction. Broaden your students' literacy analysis skills with the in-class discussion questions and activities.

Of Mice and Men Vocabulary Flashcards

Of Mice and Men Vocabulary Flashcards

Use this flashcard set to learn a few of the beautiful, if not difficult, vocabulary words that John Steinbeck used in his novella ''Of Mice and Men.''

Chapter Practice Exam
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Practice Final Exam
Test your knowledge of the entire course with a 50 question practice final exam.
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