Animal Farm- George Orwell Flashcard Example #66380

Who first introduced the idea of the revolution to the animals?
Old major
What word does Major use to address the animals?
Comrades
What song does Major introduce to the animals?
Beasts of England
Why does Major sing Beasts of England to the animals? What purpose does he want it to serve?
Why do the animals succeed in the revolution?
What does Mrs. Jones do as the rebellion begins?
Runs away
What things capture Mollie’s attention.
Ribbons, sugar, and man made items
Why do you think the pigs teach themselves to read and write?
They believe they are more superior
What are the seven commandments?
never drink alcohol
never kill another animal
never sleep in a bed
never
What disappears at the end of the chapter?
milk
Why do you think Orwell includes this detail, particularly at the end of a chapter?
to provoke the reader into reading more
1. What colors and symbols are on the flag that the animals raise?
2. What maxim do the animals adopt?
four legs good, two legs bad
What purpose does the maxim serve? Do you predict it will have a positive or negative effect as
the novel continues?
What animals does Napoleon take to rear separately from the others?
puppies
Why do you think Napoleon isolates these animals?
body gaurds
Where does Mr. Jones spend his time after being expelled from the farm?
2. What are the names for the two neighboring farmers?
Pilkington and Fredrick
What are some of the negative rumors that are spread about Animal Farm?
the are cannibals and they share their women
What do the animals name the battle that occurs in this chapter?
Battle of cowshed
Why are the animals, once again, successful against the humans in battle?
they were prepared
Who is accused of having contact with a human?
Mollie
How does Napoleon use the sheep to achieve his goals?
They disturb Snowball’s speech
3. What benefit does Snowball propose the windmill will provide?
electricity
What are the arguments against building the windmill? Why does it prompt such a heated
discussion?
too much work, not enough food, will starve.
Why does Napoleon resort to running Snowball of in a violent manner? In what other ways
might Napoleon have handled the situation?
To show the other animals who’s in charge. Ran him out privately
What does Napoleon’s use of the dogs suggest about the direction in which the operation of
Animal Farm is moving?
He’s now in charge
What are Boxer’s two slogans?
Napoleon is always right- I will work harder
What does Squealer mean when he explains that the reason Napoleon opposed the windmill at
first was “Tactics, comrades, tactics!”?
What does Napoleon say must be done for the farm to survive?
Work
Why does Napoleon decide that trade with humans is a necessary evil? How does he explain that
to the animals? What is their reaction? How does he ultimately win them over?
What does Orwell imply when he writes that people finally began referring to the farm as
Animal Farm instead of continuing to call it Manor Farm?
The animals have taken charge of the place.
What happens to the windmill?
It falls
Whom does Napoleon accuse of destroying the windmill?
Snowball
What is the benefit of making Snowball a scapegoat? How does it advance Napoleon’s purposes?
How does it appease the other animals?
Makes Napoleon seem as if he’s the good guy. The animals hate snowball and not Napoleon.
Which two animals have not yet “lost heart”?
clover and boxer
What do the chickens have to surrender? Why?
eggs, to sell them in order to buy materials for the windmill
According to reports, what is Snowball secretly doing?
mischievous things at night
List two specific accusations made in the chapter against Snowball.
he milk the cows, steals food
What happens when various animals confess to crimes?
They are killed
Why is Beasts of England banned?
The revolution is over
What words are added (without the animal’s knowledge) to the commandments “No animal shall
kill any other animal?”
Without cause
What is the purpose of Napoleon’s self imposed sequestering and ceremonial appearances?
Appear god like and untouchable
What is Napoleon’s purpose for inscribing the poem and the portrait of himself on the wall? Is it
possible that his purpose might backfire?
He’s better and no because animals are brainwashed
Why do the animals initially dislike Fredrick?
he tortures his animals
What turnaround occurs regarding Pilkington and Fredrick, and what do the animals think of
each of them?
How does Frederick trick the animals?
tricked them by giving them false money
What is the irony in the scene where the animals celebrate after the windmill has been blown up?
What purpose does this use of irony serve?
all the work for nothing, the are brainwashed to keep working
For what purpose is the plot of ground that Napoleon has readied for the planting of barley
originally intended?
for retired animals to graze on
What words are added (without the animals’ knowledge) to the commandment “No animal shall
drink alcohol”?
without extent
What does the unexplainable incident that occurs at the very end of chapter 8 confirm for the
readers? Do any of the animals “get it”?
Throughout the novel, the animals believe or are led to believe one thing and then are later
convinced of another? Why is that and how is it achieved? About Animal Farm? About Society?
About Orwell’s believes about Soviet Communism?
Have your attitudes as a reader changed throughout your reading of the novel? About the pigs?
About various other animals? About Communism? Society?
1. What injury does Boxer sustain?
split hoof
2. How does the use of “figures” operate throughout the novel?
no longer and animal
. Why are the young pigs born piebald?
Napolean’s off spring
What message is sent when bricks are bought and a schoolhouse built for Napoleon’s offspring?
pigs are the superior
What is producing the wonderful smell coming from the farmhouse?
6. How is Napoleon served his half gallon of beer every day?
Orwell says that “Life nowadays had a greater dignity than it had had before.” In what ways does
that appear to be true? In what ways is that, in actuality, false?
What does Napoleon’s treatment of Boxer reveal? Why do the animals believe Squealer when he
explains that Boxer was not sent to the knacker?
He takes advantage of those who are badly brainwashed
What do the pigs buy with the money that they received from the knacker?
Whiskey
How do you think Orwell wants readers to react to the line, “From somewhere or other the pigs
had acquired the money to buy themselves another case of whiskey”?
reader knows, but animals don’t
Where is Jones when he dies?
Inebriates’ home in another part of the country (alcoholism place)
When the first windmill is finally completed, how is it used?
Milling corn that is sold for profit
What is the irony of Napoleon’s statement, “The truest happiness… lay working hard and living
frugally”?
Napolean never worked
What mysterious things do the pigs supposedly spend their time working on?
walking on their hind legs
What human behavior do the pigs take on in the last chapter of the novel that goes against the
first and most sacred commandment of Animalism?
FOUR LEGS GOOD, TWO LEGS BETTER
Why don’t the animals organize a rebellion of their own to overthrow the pigs? What do you
think would be the short term and the long term results if such a rebellion were to succeed?
Animals believe this is how free they can be; brainwashed
What causes the fight between the humans and the pigs at the conclusion of the novel?
cheating in a card gmae
8. What makes the final scene in the farmhouse so powerful?
opposite of animalism
In chapters 9 and 10, the farmhouse becomes as much a part of the setting as the rest of the farm
itself. Why? What purpose does that serve?
Human society, pig and humans, when Jones ruled
Examine Orwell’s choices of names for the various characters. What meaning can you find in
those choices?
Napolen- Stalin
Snowball- Trotsky (snowball effect)
Old major- Karl Marx and Vladimir Lenin (Honorable military leader)
Mr.Jones- Generic name, every man in society

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