Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Animal Farm by George Orwell

Final Questions for Animal Farm.  We also watched the cartoon movie. 

1. Whatever goes upon two legs is an enemy.

2. Whatever goes upon four legs, or has wings, is a friend.

3. No animal shall wear clothes.

4. No animal shall sleep in a bed.

5. No animal shall drink alcohol.

6. No animal shall kill any other animal.

7. All animals are equal... "
-George Orwell, Animal Farm
1. Describe the teaching of Old Major.

A-Old Major's teaching told the animals to revolt against the humans.  He hoped that one day they could over throw the humans and live in peace and equality with each other. This, of course, was much easier said then done.

N-The teachings of Old Major described how the animals should not take on anything human when the Rebellion takes place. He had said things such as money, beds, and alcohol.

2. Describe the origin and spread of Animalism.

N- The origin of Animalism came from Old Major after he remember it in a dream. His mother use to tell him such stories about how animals would rule. The general idea of Animalism spread through a song entitled "Beasts of England."

3. Describe the Rebellion on the Manor Farm.

A-The rebellion was very scary. It was the first time the animals had attacked any humans. They were unsure and afraid. No one had ever seen animals act like that. Mr. Jones was terrified so he ran away leaving his farm to the animals.

N- The Rebellion happened not too long after Old Major's death. Mr. Jones had been neglecting to feed the animals. The animals were sick and tired of not being fed and chased out Mr. Jones.

4. Describe the 'Battle of the Cowshed' in detail. Why was it named so?

A-The Battle of Cowshed began as the humans came to reclaim Animal Farm. The humans were armed sticks and only Mr. Jones had a gun. As the humans approached the farm, Snowball, who was leader of the war, signaled the pigeons to attack them as well as the geese.This diversion didn't last long. The Humans drove away the birds with their sticks. Snowball then gave the signal for Muriel, Benjamin, and the rest of the sheep to charge. They did so, but were soon beaten away. Snowball signaled to retreat. The humans sang with triumph, but it wasn't over yet. The horses, cows, and the rest of the pigs rushed towards them now. Snowball then dashed for Jones, but Jones was quick and sent a shot from his gun, which barely hit Snowball. It hit him just enough to leave a scar and the bullet still went flying and killed a sheep. The animals fought fiercely till the humans were finally scared off. This Battle was then named The Battle of Cowshed because the battle took place by the cowshed.

N-The Battle of the Cowshed took place when Mr. Jones and farmers who ran the surrounding farms decided to recapture the farm. Snowball, one of the leaders, directed the animals when and where to attack. The animals won with only losing one sheep and some with minor injuries. They named it the "Battle of the Cowshed" because that is where most of the war happened, by the cowshed.

5. Describe the Battle of Windmill. What significant part does it play
in the plot? What does it symbolize?

N-The Battle of Windmill was the second battle Animal Farm had to encounter. The farmers who owned land around Animal Farm where getting antsy to destroy them because they were gaining to much power, or human ability. The farmers blew up the windmill. The windmill was very important to the animals because it was a prize which symbolized all of the work put into it from the animals. 

7. How does Napoleon take on human behavior.

A-Napoleon starts to take on human behavior throughout the book. First, you see  this behavior when Napoleon and the rest of the pigs start to live in Mr. Jones' house. Next, when he started drinking alcohol. Then, when he started to sleep in human beds, walking on his hind legs and wearing clothes.

N-Napoleon takes on human behavior with his actions. He starts to act like a human by drinking alcohol and dealing with money. He later starts to stand like a human and dress like one.

8. Explain the death of Boxer.

A-Boxer died unfairly. He was told that he was going to a great hospital, but, alas, the pigs lied. The van that came to take him away was a dreadful vehicle. It was a vehicle that would soon take Boxer to his death by slaughter, but, of course, the pigs changed the animals' view point on how Boxer died. Squealer made up a story that he died in the hospital after getting all the help possible. That is what Squealer told the animals. However, the animals knew that did not happen because Benjamin read the words on the wan which has said horse slaughter.

N-The death of Boxer was very unjust. The pigs saw that Boxer was no use and would be fed for not working so they disposed of him by saying they were taking him to the best animal hospital but it was really a slaughter house for horses.

9. Explain the roles of the dogs and Squealer in the book.

A-The dogs role in the book were to scare the other animals so that they would not dare to complain about anything. They scared the animals by growling that they never complained or spoke up whenever they wanted to argue. Squealer's job was to mess with the animals' simple mind. Whenever the animals thought differently he would twist their thoughts and words around leaving them confused.

10. What is the fifth commandment? How is it altered?

A-The Fifth Commandment states: No animal shall drink alcohol. The pigs started drinking alcohol one day and drank too much. So they changed the law to: No animal shall drink alcohol to excess. So now drinking alcohol is alright, but you can't drink a lot of it.

  BONUS questions.....

13. How is Animal Farm a protest against totalitarianism?

A-Animal Farm protests against totalitarianism. It proves that everyone wants be equal and yet that is impossible. The book shows that totalitarianism is bad, but realizes that it is difficult to not have such a thing because whenever you have a group of people there will always be a leader. That leader will be more powerful than the others.

N-Animal Farm is a protest against totalitarianism because it shows how horrible totalitarianism can be and how it affected the people around Animal Farm The animals are suffering under the pigs who are in control of everything they do. It is a protest because it shows the harsh reality of the lives of the animals in the story.

14. How is Animal Farm a Political Satire?

A-Animal Farm is a political satire because during the time it was written the views of his book that were shares were forbidden. Eventhough,  the views of rebellion and freedom were forbidden. George Orwell wrote this in a way that expresses the political issue yet also in a way most people would not think it had anything to do with politics

N-Animal Farm is a political satire because it shows the leaders as pigs. Napoleon was a tyrant and wanted everything for himself. Therefore the book makes fun of him which is considered a political satire.