||Animal Farm Questions
Questions by Chapter Clusters
Chapter 1-4 | Chapter
5-8 | Chapter 9-10
Chapters 1 4
- Describe at least three ways that Orwell introduces the tension between animals and
- "Beasts Of England" is an anthem. Like most anthems, it is a little true and
mostly a polite fiction, based on the wanted-to-be-accepted mythology of the country. What
are some of the myths that emerge in this anthem, and what eventually happens in the book
to cause the anthem to be discarded by Napoleon? (A note about Anthems: Good examples in
real life are "The Star Spangled Banner", the anthem of the USA and "Oh
Canada". Each memorializes, in its own way, something that is the national nonsense
Canadians are told that this is their native land, which, for most, it
is not, and the Americans maintain that a British drinking song, with re-built words,
inspires them to be a country which professes to be the land of the free and home of the
brave, which many people would take grave issue with. Either way, the anthems reflect what
people want to believe, rather than what is actually true.)
- Theres no prophet like a dead prophet. Prepare a defense of this statement, and a
refutation, with specific reference to Old Major, Karl Marx and V. I. Lenin. How would
Napoleon react to this statement?
- "You dont want Jones Back" becomes a sort of mantra-question to
consolidate power in the hands of a new elite. How are the animals manipulated to accept
the emergence of a new power structure? Refer specifically to the creation of a calendar
of Celebrations, and the Cenotaph, with Jones gun.
Chapters 5 8
The Commandments begin to change, and "Beasts Of England" is banished in
favour of Minimus poem "Comrade Napoleon". Squealer seems to make
everything intelligible with his propagandistic speeches and hagiographical references to
Comrade Napoleon. How is the pigs position consolidated as leaders of the farm in
the vanguard of the Revolution?
"I Will Work Harder" and "Napoleon Is Always Right" are Boxers
mottoes. He indulges in tremendous self-sacrifice to help build Animal Farm. Compare Boxer
to members of human society who use faith and belief to inspire themselves to achieve some
goal. Of what use is formal organization to people in this sort of position? (Think about
religious organizations, political parties, NGOs such as Greenpeace or unions.)
Snowball is the Great Satan, the reason for everything that goes wrong. Discuss the
advantages of a society, or a group, having an excuse such as Snowball to blame things on,
and give at least 5 examples to shore up your argument.
- Discuss how and why Snowball is disposable, in Napoleons eyes. Use words such as
threat, group, consolidate and dictator in your answer.
Chapters 9 and 10
- Boxer is sold to the knacker by Napoleon. Why? (Write from Napoleons point of view
- At the end, the pigs become Jones. Animal Farms name reverts to Manor Farm. What
has become of the revolution? Present reasons for your answer.
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