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CONTENTS
PART ONE
INTRODUCTION

How can these Notes help me? ........................................................2

Study and revision advice ..................................................................3

Introducing Of Mice and Men ..........................................................4



PART TWO
PLOT AND ACTION

Plot summary ......................................................................................6

Chapter summary: Chapter One........................................................8

Progress and revision check: Plot and action ................................10



PART THREE
CHARACTERS

Slim ..................................................................................................11


PART FOUR
GRADE…

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PART ONE: INTRODUCTION
How can these Notes help me?
Are you ready to answer a detailed exam question on Of Mice and Men, its structure,
characters, themes, language, background, and so on? If not, use the following table
to focus on what you need help with and where you can…

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PART ONE: INTRODUCTION

Study and revision advice

There are TWO main stages to your reading and work on Of Mice and Men.
Firstly, the study of the book as you read it. Secondly, your preparation or revision for
exam or controlled assessment. These top tips will help you with both.…

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PART ONE: INTRODUCTION

Introducing Of Mice and Men
SETTING




4 Of Mice and Men

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PART ONE: INTRODUCTION

CHARACTERS: WHO'S WHO




JOHN STEINBECK: AUTHOR AND CONTEXT
1902 John Ernst Steinbeck born 27 February in Salinas, California
1917 USA enters First World War
1925 Steinbeck leaves university without a degree and goes to
New York
1929 `Great Crash' on Wall Street, start of the Great Depression;…

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PART TWO: PLOT AND ACTION
Plot summary: what happens in Of Mice
and Men?

REVISION ACTIVITY
Go through the summary boxes below and highlight what you think is the key
moment in each chapter.
Then find each moment in the text and reread it. Write down two reasons
why you…

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PART TWO: PLOT AND ACTION

CHAPTER THREE
George reveals to Slim why they were `run out' of Weed.
Slim gives Lennie a puppy from his own dog's litter.
Carlson, a farm hand, convinces Candy, an old man who cleans
up around the farm, to let his aged dog be shot.…

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PART TWO: PLOT AND ACTION

Chapter One: Moving On

SUMMARY
1 The setting of the Salinas river, `south of Soledad', is introduced.
2 Lennie and George arrive by a pool, and Lennie drinks from the water, `like
a horse'. He is a huge man and George is small.
3 Lennie…

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PART TWO: PLOT AND ACTION




LENNIE AND GEORGE ­ FRIENDS AND FOES? KEY QUOTE
Lennie and George's introduction emphasises their similarity at first ­ `both' wear `Lennie dabbled
the same denim clothing and black hats. But George is small and has `defined' his big paw in the
water and
features.…

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PART TWO: PLOT AND ACTION

Progress and revision check

REVISION ACTIVITY
1 What happened at Weed that caused Lennie and George to leave? (Write your
answers below)
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2 What happens to Candy's dog?
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3 What happens when Curley picks a fight with Lennie?
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4 Why is Lennie…

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