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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 BOOSTER
Understanding the question ..........................................................12
Improve your grade ........................................................................13
Examiner's desk ................................................................................14
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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 find it in these Notes. Then,
come back and record your progress!
Focus Under If `no' ­
control? go to ...
Approaching study and revision of literature texts page . . .…read more

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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.…read more

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PART ONE: INTRODUCTION
Introducing Of Mice and Men
SETTING
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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;
Steinbeck publishes his first novel, Cup of Gold
1930 Steinbeck marries Carol Henning
1937 Of Mice and Men published
1939­45 Second World War
1940 Steinbeck's first marriage breaks up; Grapes of Wrath wins
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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 think each moment is so important.
CHAPTER ONE
George and Lennie, having walked a long way, stop at a pool by
the Salinas River.
They are off to take up work at a nearby ranch.…read more

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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.
Candy overhears George and Lennie's plan for their own farm
and offers to put in half the money if they will let him join them.…read more

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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 has been carrying a dead mouse to `pet', but George takes it from
him and throws it away.…read more

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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. Lennie is huge, rather `shapeless' and bear-like.…read more

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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 in the barn when Curley's wife comes in?
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5 Where does Lennie go to be alone after killing Curley's wife?
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