The following twelve-page study guide film packet is used to accompany the Gary Sinise-directed 1992 drama "Of Mice and Men" that is adapted from John Steinbeck's novella and stars Gary Sinise and John Malkovich. It can be used in an English or film studies classroom. The first page contains a list of cast and crew and a background and introduction on the film from Wikipedia. The second page is a page that allows viewers to jot and take down their own notes. Pages three, four, five, six, seven, eight, and nine contain comprehension questions to guide the viewer on the work's camera movement, character proxemics, characterization, cinematography, conflict (internal and external), costume design, editing, foreshadowing, inferences, irony, mood, plot, props, set design/setting, sociocultural context, sound, story, suspense, and title cards. The tenth and eleventh page contains questions comparing differences between the novella and this film adaptation, especially regarding characterization, conflict, editing, plot, sound, and suspense. The twelfth page contains discussion questions on the work's acting, adaptation choices, characterization, cinematography, motifs, plot, setting, symbolism, and themes. Please note that much of the film occurs in dark settings, so some of the screenshots may be difficult to see if this packet is printed in black and white. Teachers may need to magnify and project some screenshots to see them as clearly as they appear in the film.
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