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Of Mice and Men Discussion Questions Directions: Answer these questions as we read through the novel. These questions will be used as a guide in our discussion in the classroom. Mark the answers in your book with tabs, highlighters, etc. Jot down thoughts/answers in the margins of your book. This way of answering questions will be extremely helpful in the future. I may collect your answers at periodic times during this unit so make sure you jot down some answers on paper (just in case). Chapter One 1. Reread the first paragraph of the novel. How does the passage function? What purpose does Steinbeck fulfill by beginning the novel in this way? 2. Explain the rhetorical strategies used in the following line: “There is a path through the willows and among the sycamores, a path beaten hard by boys coming down from the ranches to swim in the deep pool, and beaten hard by tramps who come wearily down from the highway in the evening to jungle-up near water.” 3. Compare and contrast the two men who come into the clearing by the river. What do you think Steinbeck wants the reader to infer about the two men based on their descriptions? 4. In the section of text, Steinbeck uses several animal images to describe Lennie. Cite two examples of images that are used and explain their effect on Lennie’s characterization. 5. When George and Lennie reach a clearing, George gives Lennie instructions about the water. The scene serves two purposes: explain each. 6. When Lennie and George sit by the river to rest, what do they talk about? What does Steinbeck achieve through the conversation? What can we learn about Lennie from their conversation? What can we learn about George? 7. Read the following line from the novel and explain the phrase “watchin’ that blackboard.” How does it contribute to the

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