OMAM Socratic Seminar

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To a Mouse
BY ROBERT BURNS
On Turning up in Her Nest with the Plough, November, 1785(A farmer ran over a mouse nest with his plow while tending to his fields)

Wee, sleeket, cowran, tim�rous beastie,
O, what a panic�s in thy breastie!

Thou need na start awa sae hasty,
          Wi� bickerin brattle!
I wad be laith to rin an� chase thee
          Wi� murd�ring pattle! 
I�m truly sorry Man�s dominion
Has broken Nature�s social union,
An� justifies that ill opinion,
          Which makes thee startle,
At me, thy poor, earth-born companion,
          An� fellow-mortal! 
I doubt na, whyles, but thou may thieve;
What then? poor beastie, thou maun live!
A daimen-icker in a thrave
          �S a sma� request:
I�ll get a blessin wi� the lave,
          An� never miss �t! 
Thy wee-bit housie, too, in ruin!
It�s silly wa�s the win�s are strewin!
An� naething, now, to big a new ane,
          O� foggage green!
An� bleak December�s winds ensuin,
          Baith snell an� keen! 
Thou saw the fields laid bare an� waste,
An� weary Winter comin fast,
An� cozie here, beneath the blast,
          Thou thought to dwell,
Till crash! the cruel coulter past
          Out thro� thy cell. 
That wee-bit heap o� leaves an� stibble
Has cost thee monie a weary nibble!
Now thou�s turn�d out, for a� thy trouble,
          But house or hald,
To thole the Winter�s sleety dribble,
          An� cranreuch cauld! 
But Mousie, thou art no thy-lane,
In proving foresight may be vain:
The best laid schemes o� Mice an� Men
          Gang aft agley,
An� lea�e us nought but grief an� pain,
          For promis�d joy! 
Still, thou art blest, compar�d wi� me!
The present only toucheth thee:
But Och! I backward cast my e�e,
          On prospects drear!
An� forward tho� I canna see,
          I guess an� fear!

Socratic Seminar Questions:

1.) Discuss the relationship between George and Lennie.
2.) Discuss the theme of loneliness throughout the book as applied to different characters.
3.) Discuss whether or not George was justified in killing Lennie.
4.) What is a hero/villain? Apply to characters.
5.) From where does courage come? Apply to characters.
6.) How do choices shape our character? Apply to characters.
7.) Discuss the relationship between this poem and the book. Why was Of Mice and Men named after this poem?
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