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John Steinbeck

1. The novel that won the Pulitzer Prize was The Grapes of Wrath.

2. John Steinbeck was born on February 27th 1902 in Salinas Valley, California.

3. East of Eden, Of Mice and Men and Viva Zapata were some of Steinbeks books that were made into films.

4. He wrote the book Of Mice and Men in 1937.

5. During the Second World War, Steinbeck served as a war correspondent for the New York Herald Tribune. He continued to work, writing books and manusscripts.

6. In 1964 Lyndon B. Johnson awaded Steinbeck the United States Medal of Freedom.

7. John Steinbecks museum is called the National Steinbeck Center.

8. He was 66 years old when he died in 1968.

9.  In Steinbeck’s novel The Moon Is Down, it was assumed that the story took place in Norway, evolving around the Norwegian Resistance Movement. He later received Haakon VII Medal of Freedom for his contributions to the movement.

10. The two main characters in Of Mice and Men are Lennie and George. Lennie is a big guy and a very good worker, but he’s also mentally disable and is very dependant on George. George is a much smaller guy than Lenny, and he’s the smart one. Without him, Lennie wouldn’t manage. They have both got something the other one need. Together they travel from ranch to ranch trying to find a job so they can earn money.
The book tells us how these two men try to pursue their dream of owning their own ranch instead of working always for other people.


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Question 1:    Write a list of all the characters in this story and describe what type of person they are.

Elaine – I think Elaine is a very good person. At least that is the impression I get after reading the story. Unfortunately, she hangs around the wrong kind of people, people who have a bad influence on her. She allowes Cordelia to order her around and she does everything Cordelia asks her to do, even if she does not really want to do it. I will say that she is the one caught in a vicious circle.
Cordelia – She’s the bitch in the story. She bosses everyone around and treat them like they’re worth nothing more than dirt. This is the only way she can keep her “friends”, and that’s why she keeps telling them exactly what to do all the time.

Carol – I got an impression of her being very bossy as well, just like Cordelia, but not as bad of course. I think she’s tjhe best of the girls, because she soes not take as much crap from Cordelia as Elaine does. She is much more grown-up and cares about things in a rather serious way.

Grace – Grace mostly just follows Cordelia’s lead. She does not seem like she can stand up for herself, and does whatever Cordelia wants her to do. She does not have her own opinions either, and think the same as her leader

Question 2:    What is the theme of this story?  What is the author trying to get across to the reader?

Question 3:    What did you like/dislike about this story, please be specific!

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Question #5

In the story of Huckleberry Finn and his adventure, you  come across a lot of things as a reader.
The most noticable monument in the story, is the river. The Mississippi River. It plays a big part in the story, and I believe it was the key to everything, and most importantly, Huck’s key to freedom. The river provides a special sort of freedom for Huck and his along-side runaway partner Jim.
Early on, they are destant that the only way to get away from their faithful, real lives, is to let the river be their only rescue.
Who wouldn’t feel free as a bird travelling down Mississippi River without any sort of comitments, not really knowing where you’re going, but still be so sure that it’s the right thing to do.
The travel down Mississippi River, is like a  travel  towards freedom for Huck and Jim.
And it did set them free, didn’t it?

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