Of Mice and Men - Jeopardy Interactive Review

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Language Arts, History (depending upon the questions designed by the teacher)

Grade Level


Type of Activity

Large Group, Review, Cumulative


  • Students will review what they have learned from the novel.
  • Students will be prepared for an upcoming cumulative assessment on the novel.


This is a fun post-reading PowerPoint based activity where students have a chance to ask questions to answers based on the popular quiz show. Teachers can devise their own questions/answers (based on class discussions) and show the quiz program on a television or an LCD projector. 

Materials Needed/Preparation

  • Computer and LCD projector or interactive white board.
  • Students have completed the novel.
  • Questions and answers have been created and entered into the PowerPoint (see slide 1 for detailed instructions).
    • It is highly suggested that a question and answer key be created and on hand during the game (see sample below). This will help when loading questions into the PowerPoint and will serve as a master copy for the teacher to use during the game.
  • Quiz show buzzer system (optional, see links below for suggestions).

Estimated Time

1 class period


  • Depending on the class size, divide students into at least three groups. 
  • Display the game board.
  • Read the categories to the class.
  • Determine which group chooses first.
  • Begin game play.
    • Refer to slide 1 of the PowerPoint for details on how to move through the game board, answers, and questions.
    • An electronic quiz show buzzer system would be ideal. However, students can “ring in” by raising a hand or with a noise maker; if using noise makers, use distinctly different ones for each group.
    • In order to get as many students as possible involved, consider requiring every student to give an answer.

Post Activity/Takeaways/Follow-up

  • Takeaways
    • The main purpose of this activity is to help students review for a cumulative test on the novel. Students should come away from this activity better prepared for a test.
  • Follow-up
    • Follow-up with students who did not participate (or participated less than expected) to ensure that they are prepared for the test.


  • Take note of students who did not participate (or participated less than expected). This may be an indication that the student needs to prepare more thoroughly before the test.
  • This activity is meant to prepare for an assessment.

Common Core State Standards Met

  • Reading Standards for Literature 6-12
    • Craft and Structure: 4
  • Reading Standards for Informational Text 6-12
    • Craft and Structure: 4
  • Reading Standards for Literacy in History/Social Studies
    • Craft and Structure: 4

Additional Information

  • If a budget is available, simple buzzer systems can be used. Find examples here and here.
  • Sample Answer Key: 




Figurative Language





Ready to fight

“That ranch we’re goin’ to is right down there about a quarter mile.”


George explaining to Lennie where they will be working.

Like a father-son or a parent-child.



Lennie’s and George’s relationship

“The silence came into the room.”



Personification (Tension created by waiting for the shooting of Candy’s dog)

When an author gives clues to what may happen later in the story






Domineering or demanding

“An’ you won’t let the big guy talk, is that it?”


Curley to George asking why Lennie doesn’t speak

This character felt George was cheating Lennie.


Boss of the ranch

“(He) dabbled his big paw in the water.”


Metaphor (Lennie playing in the water)

A repeating theme or event






Self satisfied, content, unbothered

“Seems to me like he’s worse lately.”


Candy (the swamper) talking about Curley

Because if Lennie does anything stupid, it won’t be a surprise


The reason George lied about Lennie’s mental slowness.

“His hands, large and lean, were as delicate in their action as those of a temple dancer.”


Simile (Describing Slim’s hands

George’s confession to Slim about early treatment of Lennie


George told Lennie to jump in a river knowing he couldn’t swim.



Confused or bewildered

Narration: “His ear heard more than was said to him…”



The reason Candy is allowed to become part of Lennie’s and George’s dream


Candy’s cash savings

“(He) drank with long gulps, snorting into the water like a horse.”


Simile (Describing Lennie drinking water the first evening)

The theme symbolized by the card game solitaire.





Ridicule, mockery, to make fun of

Narration: “Then he rolled slowly over and faced the wall and lay silent.”


Candy upon hearing the gunshot that killed his dog

Why this character so readily agrees to being told what to say


Slim will expose Curley’s cowardice

“The cone of the shade threw its brightness straight downward.”


Metaphor/Personification (Describing turning on the electric light in the bunkhouse)

The character Whit is included for this reason.


To further create tension during dog shooting scene.

Final Jeopardy:  Long the home of Steinbeck and the setting for many of his books


Salinas Valley