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Of Mice and Men

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"Entranced with his own picture"

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George sat entranced with his own picture. When Candy spoke they both jumped as though they had been caught doing something reprehensible. Candy said, "You know where's a place like that?"

George was on guard immediately. "S'pose I do," he said. "What's that to you?" ...

Candy said, "I ain't much good with on'y one hand. I lost my hand right here on this ranch. That's why they give me a job swampin'. An' they give me two hunderd an' fifty dollars 'cause I los' my hand. An' I got fifty more saved up right in the bank, right now. Tha's three hunderd, and I got fifty more comin' the end a the month. Tell you what-," he leaned forward eagerly. "S'pose I went in with you guys. Tha's three hunderd an' fifty bucks I'd put in. I ain't much good, but I could cook and tend the chickens and hoe the garden some. How'd that be?"

George half-closed his eyes. "I gotta think about that. We was always gonna do it by ourselves."

Which theme is developed in the above excerpt?

Choose the BEST answer.

A

Planning and working toward one's dreams gives life meaning and purpose.

B

If given the chance, people will always choose to follow a group versus staying alone.

C

Freedom is more important than any amount of money or prestige.

D

Life during the Great Depression was too dangerous to try to endure on one's own.

E

People have an inherent desire to be one with nature, even when they are separated from it.