Of Mice and Men Chapter 5

Answer all of the following questions on a separate page or document IN COMPLETE SENTENCES, using proper spelling, grammar, and sentence construction.

  1. Why do you think Curley’s wife comes to talk to Lennie? Why him?
  2. What is Curley’s wife’s dream? Why did she marry Curley?
  3. As George and Candy stand over the body, what do they realize about their dream? What type of life does George envision for himself now?
  4. How does Slim show his wisdom and understanding of Lennie after he examined the body?


  1. Find details in the novel that foreshadow the death of Curley’s wife and provide quotes as well as page numbers. Why is George sure that Lennie killed Curley’s wife? (/3)
  2. Re-read the conversation between Lennie and Curley’s wife on p.86-91. What do you think her motives (reasons) were when she roamed the farm flirting with the other men? In what sense is Curley’s wife no longer like a stereotype, or a one-dimensional character? How is Curley’s wife like George and Lennie? (/3)

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