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Of Mice and Men

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Crooks' Childhood

MICMEN-ASPKIE

Crooks leaned forward over the edge of the bunk. "I ain't a southern Negro," he said. "I was born right here in California. My old man had a chicken ranch, 'bout ten acres. The white kids come to play at our place, an' sometimes I went to play with them, and some of them was pretty nice. My ol' man did not like that. I never knew till long later why he did not like that. But I know now."

He hesitated, and when he spoke again his voice was softer. "There wasn't another colored family for miles around. And now there ain't a colored man on this ranch an' there's jus' one family in Soledad." He laughed. "If I say something, why it's just a nigger sayin' it."

What is the significance of the above excerpt?

Select ALL that apply.

A

It develops the theme of loneliness.

B

It develops Crooks' character.

C

It connects the story to US history.

D

It employs irony and foreshadowing.

E

It develops the main conflict.