Hi All. I’m setting a six part revision programme for the Christmas holiday and I’d really like you to complete it. Every time you answer the questions, you will receive House points. The questions are on the six chapters of ‘Of mice and men’ and focus on analysing language – something the mock showed we need to work on. I’ve aimed the questions at different grades – if in doubt, have a go at the C grade questions first and work your way up.
I’ll be marking the first set on 27th, 28th and 29th, then the next three on 2nd, 3rd and 4th for feedback. You could work to this schedule or do them early – get feedback on one in order to improve on the next – don’t do all six in one go!
Here’s the first extract and questions:
The first man stopped short in the clearing, and the follower nearly ran over him. He took off his hat and wiped the sweat-band with his forefinger and snapped the moisture off. His huge companion dropped his blankets and flung himself down and drank from the surface of the green pool; drank with long gulps, snorting into the water like
a horse. The small man stepped nervously beside him.
“Lennie!” he said sharply. “Lennie, for God’ sakes don’t drink so much.”
Lennie continued to snort into the pool. The small man leaned over and shook him by the shoulder.
“Lennie. You gonna be sick like you was last night.”
Lennie dipped his whole head under, hat and all, and then he sat up on the bank and his hat dripped down on his blue coat and ran down his back.
“That’s good,” he said. “You drink some, George. You take a good big drink.” He smiled happily.
George unslung his bindle and dropped it gently on the bank. “I ain’t sure it’s good water,” he said. “Looks kinda scummy.”
Lennie dabbled his big paw in the water and wiggled his fingers so the water arose in little splashes; rings widened across the pool to the other side and came back again. Lennie watched them go.
“Look, George. Look what I done.”
George knelt beside the pool and drank from his hand with quick scoops. “Tastes all right,” he admitted. “Don’t really seem to be running, though. You never oughta drink water when it ain’t running, Lennie,” he said hopelessly. “You’d drink out of a gutter if you was thirsty.” He threw a scoop of water into his face and rubbed it
about with his hand, under his chin and around the back of his neck. Then he replaced his hat, pushed himself back from the river, drew up his knees and embraced them.
Lennie, who had been watching, imitated George exactly. He pushed himself back, drew up his knees, embraced them, looked over to George to see whether he had it just right. He pulled his hat down a little more over his eyes, the way George’s hat was.
How is language used to show the relationship between George and Lennie?
Aiming for a C – explain your answers fully writing in full sentences, using short quotations to support each;
(a) who uses the orders in the dialogue?
(b) who gives the advice?
(c) what does Lennie’s body language in the last paragraph say about him?
Aiming for a B –
(a) why is George shown to lead the two men when they are walking?
(b) who uses imperatives – how can we tell the tone of voice that is used?
(c) how does Steinbeck use George’s body language (towards the end of the passage) to portray the way he is feeling? – By copying him, does Lennie show that he understands George’s feelings?
Aiming for an A –
(a) Lennie is shown to almost bump into George – does this suggest that Lennie is a help or a hindrance to George? Why does he not actually bump into him but use the adverb ‘nearly’?
(b)what does the animal imagery (find three quotes) suggest about Lennie and how he might be seen by George?
(c)How is Lennie’s movement contrasted with George’s?