Of Mice and Men’ By John Steinbeck Revision Booklet



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General Questions

  1. What is the significance of the title of Steinbeck’s novel?

  2. Why are friendships important in Of Mice and Men?

  3. In the first chapter of the book, George and Lennie sit and eat by the pool. What happens in this opening scene to give us a clue to some of the events that will take place later in the story?



Example

Description of skills

Grade

Steinbeck writes about nature. He uses a metaphor.

You pinpoint or spot a device, you:

F

Steinbeck writes about nature. He uses a metaphor to show that Lennie is like an animal when Curley ‘stood crying, his fist lost in Lennie’s paw’. This shows that he can be dangerous.

You give details to make your point clear, you:

C

Steinbeck writes about nature. He uses a metaphor to show that Lennie is like an animal when Curley ‘stood crying, his fist lost in Lennie’s paw…’ This shows that Lennie is dangerous and can perhaps be unpredictable when, moments before, he had been ‘smiling with delight at the memory of the ranch.’

You investigate and look at points in detail. You see that there is more to discover, you:

B

Steinbeck writes about nature. He uses a metaphor to show that Lennie is like an animal when Curley ‘stood crying, his fist lost in Lennie’s paw…’ This shows that Lennie is dangerous and can perhaps be unpredictable when, moments before, he had been ‘smiling with delight at the memory of the ranch.’ Steinbeck describes Lennie in this way to subtly suggest that he, like an animal, reacts instinctively to the immediate situation.

You delve deeper into the author’s methods. You examine them as if under a microscope, you:

A

Steinbeck writes about nature. He uses a metaphor to show that Lennie is like an animal when Curley ‘stood crying, his fist lost in Lennie’s paw…’ This shows that Lennie is dangerous and can perhaps be unpredictable when, moments before, he had been ‘smiling with delight at the memory of the ranch.’ Steinbeck describes Lennie in this way to subtly suggest that he, like an animal, reacts instinctively to the immediate situation, but also forms a pattern of behaviour which can traced throughout the novel and leads to the death of Curley’s wife.

You weigh up how effective the method is. You use your own judgements and invent your own ways of looking at the novel, you:

A*

PEE Exemplar Answers
Below is a table indicating how you can develop your PEE responses to achieve the highest grades. REMEMBER – detailed close analysis and evaluation of language makes the difference at the highest levels


Activities
Now, a crucial part of your revision is being able to complete high quality PEEs on any given quotation of extract.

1.Write a list (two sides of A4) of the key quotations from the novella. Highlight or underline the key vocabulary

2. Do high quality PEEs on your key quotations
Past Exam Questions
January 2011 – Exam Questions:




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