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After reading and summarizing Animal Farm, answer the following questions briefly but concisely. Number 1 is done as an example.
- What is significant about how the animals arrange themselves as they gather to hear Major? What might this arrangement foreshadow (about future events)? Answer: The pigs and dogs sit in the front row. The other animals arrange themselves behind the pigs and dogs. In the future the pigs will be in charge, and the dogs will guard the pigs.
- Examine the song “Beasts of England” as poetry. What imagery is present? What is the message? Why do the animals like it so much that they try to memorize it? To what emotions and needs does it appeal? Compare this song with the one that replaces it (Chapter VII).
- Why do the pigs dislike the pet raven Moses’ stories about Sugarcandy Mountain? (Chapter II, p. 14)
- Why does Mollie run away from the farm? (Chapter V, p. 40)
- In the beginning the windmill project is a controversy between Snowball and Napoleon. Explain the controversy and how Napoleon finally ‘coerces’ other animals the windmill project is essentially his own idea. (Chapter V, p. 42-49)
- How is the windmill destroyed? Why does Napoleon blame Snowball? Why does Napoleon persist the windmill must be immediately rebuilt? (Chapter VI, p. 61-62)
- Different from the Battle of the Cowshed, in which the animals can defend the farm very well, why are they easily defeated in the battle against Frederick’s men the animals? (Chapter VIII, pp. 88-89)
- All seven commandments are erased and replaced by “ALL ANIMALS ARE EQUAL BUT SOME ANIMALS ARE MORE EQUAL THAN OTHERS.” Why? (pp. 20-21 vs. 117)
- Why does Napoleon allow Moses to return and to tell his stories about Sugarcandy Mountain? (Chapter IX, pp. 101-102)
- In this novel Orwell extensively uses allusions/symbols in the form of character names to support theme or characterization. Look at the names of the characters. How do the names fit the characters? For examples: Mr. Jones could represent any man. Jones is a common a name as Bob. If he were named Mr. McBride, it would individualize him too much. All we know about Jones is that he drinks too much and sometimes is cruel to his animals. Now consider give your interpretation to the following names.
- Snowball is naturally white and represents a thing that melts in the sun or breaks up when it hits a solid object. How does this feature fit his character?
- Squealer (lexically means ‘to give forth a loud shrill cry or sound’; ‘one who reveals confidential information in return for money’)?
- Moses, the crow, …. ?
- Boxer …..?