Animal Farm Unit Test



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Animal Farm Unit Test
Multiple Choice: Choose the best answer to the following questions.
1. The arrangement of the animals at Major’s speech (26-27) suggests that

A. There already exists a degree of inequality among the animals.

B. They will soon overthrow Mr. Jones and take over the farm.

C. Major will share his dream with them.

D. Snowball and Napoleon will compete for power.

E. All of the above.


2. In the period of time IMMEDIATELY following Major’s speech, why don’t the pigs like Moses’ stories about Sugarcandy Mountain?

A. During Major’s speech, all the animals voted to label Moses, as well as the rats, enemies of the farm.

B. Moses’ stories of hell scare the less intelligent animals.

C. The other animals might see Moses not working and expect that they, too, can not work.

D. If the animals believe that paradise awaits them after they die, then they’ll be less likely to rebel against the lives they currently live.

E. None of the above.


3. The incident that unexpectedly triggers the start of the rebellion is

A. Mr. Jones sends Boxer to the knacker.

B. Mr. Jones, because of his drinking problem, forgets to feed the animals for several days.

C. Snowball develops a strategy to fight the humans.

D. Major’s death.

E. All of the above.


4. All of these are examples of the pigs believing they are “more equal than others” EXCEPT

A. Snowball trying to teach the other animals to read.

B. Napoleon drinking the cows’ milk.

C. No one but the pigs putting forth any resolutions at the meetings.

D. The pigs directing and supervising the work on the farm.

E. None of the above.


5. Squealer convinces the animals to accept whatever Napoleon decides by

A. Using outright lies.

B. Using “scientific proof” and “facts.”

C. Appealing to the animals’ sympathy.

D. Threatening the return of Mr. Jones.

E. All of the above.


6. Why don’t the other animals protest against Napoleon and his decisions after his dogs chase Snowball off the farm?

A. Few of them are really smart enough to bring up any arguments.

B. The sheep begin their bleating.

C. The fierce dogs scare them into silence.

D. Squealer’s arguments are so persuasive.

E. All of the above.


7. When the animals gather to receive their orders after Napoleon takes control of the farm, how do they arrange themselves?

A. Napoleon, Snowball, and Squealer sit on a raised platform, nine dogs sit in a semi-circle around the three, the other pigs sit behind them, and the rest of the animals stand facing the pigs.

B. Napoleon, Squealer, and Minimus sit on a raised platform, nine dogs sit in a semi-circle around the three, the other pigs sit behind them, and the rest of the animals stand facing the pigs.

C. Napoleon and Snowball sit on a raised platform, nine dogs sit in a semi-circle around the three, the other pigs sit behind them, and the rest of the animals stand facing the pigs.

D. Napoleon, Squealer, and Moses sit on a raised platform, nine dogs sit in a semi-circle around the three, the other pigs sit behind them, and the rest of the animals stand facing the pigs.

E. None of the above.


8. The real reason Napoleon orders the animals to stop singing “Beasts of England” is

A. Minimus’s new song better captures the idealism of the rebellion.

B. He believes the rebellion is over; the animals are in full control of the farm.

C. He fears it will inspire a rebellion against his own rule.

D. Snowball wrote the song, and Napoleon wants to rid the farm of any memories of Snowball.

E. None of the above.


9. “If she could have spoken her thoughts, it would have been to say…Such were her thoughts, though she lacked the words to express them” (95-96). Which of the following themes does this passage best suggest?

A. Perfect societies can be achieved if individuals collaborate.

B. Power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.

C. The abuse of language is instrumental to the abuse of power.

D. Education provides the tools to recognize and speak out against oppression.

E. All of the above.


10. “For the time being, certainly, it had been found necessary to make a readjustment of rations (Squealer always spoke of it as a ‘readjustment,’ never as a ‘reduction’), but in comparison with the days of Jones, the improvement was enormous” (115). Which of the following themes does this passage best suggest?

A. Perfect societies can be achieved if individuals collaborate.

B. Power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.

C. The abuse of language is instrumental to the abuse of power.

D. Education provides the tools to recognize and speak out against oppression.

E. All of the above.


11. “Four days later, in the late afternoon, Napoleon ordered all the animals to assemble in the yard...he uttered a high-pitched whimper…immediately the dogs bounded forward, seized four of the pigs by the ear and dragged them, squealing, with pain and terror, to Napoleon’s feet” (91-92). Which of the following themes does this passage best suggest?

A. Perfect societies can be achieved if individuals collaborate.

B. Power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.

C. The abuse of language is instrumental to the abuse of power.

D. Education provides the tools to recognize and speak out against oppression.

E. All of the above.


12. Which incident best foreshadows the eventual betrayal of Boxer being sold to the knacker?

A. The dogs chasing Snowball, a threat to Napoleon, off of the farm.

B. The dogs going “mad” and attacking Boxer during the confession scene.

C. Napoleon “attending to” the buckets of milk.

D. Napoleon taking charge of the puppies’ education.

E. None of the above.


13. Which of these is NOT a historical parallel presented in Animal Farm?

A. Mr. Pilkington and his farm as Franklin Delano Roosevelt and the United States.

B. Mr. Frederick and his farm as Hitler and Nazi Germany.

C. Animal Farm as Communist Russia.

D. Mr. Pilkington and his farm as Churchill and Great Britain.

E. All of the above are historical parallels.


14. Which of these is NOT a historical parallel presented in Animal Farm?

A. Napoleon as Josef Stalin

B. Animalism as Capitalism

C. Squealer as the propaganda organ of the government

D. Benjamin as skeptical, educated individuals who didn’t protest against abuses of power

E. All of the above are historical parallels.


15. Which of these is NOT a historical parallel presented in Animal Farm?

A. Boxer as hard-working intellectuals in Russia

B. Manor Farm as Communist Russia

C. The selling of timber to Mr. Pilkington as the Nazi-Soviet signing of a non-aggression agreement

D. The Battle of the Cowshed as the Nazi betrayal and invasion of Russia

E. NONE of the above is a historical parallel.

16. Which of these is NOT a historical parallel presented in Animal Farm?

A. The dogs as the secret police/KGB

B. Snowball as Leon Trotsky

C. Major as Karl Marx

D. Moses as the Russian Orthodox Church

E. All of the above are historical parallels.


17. Why does Napoleon allow the return of Moses to the farm?

A. The additional work that Moses would perform on the farm is greatly desired.

B. Moses will be a spy for Napoleon and report information on the neighboring farms.

C. Moses doesn’t eat or drink much, so his presence on the farm would go unnoticed.

D. The animals will focus less on their current miserable condition if heaven awaits them when they die.

E. None of the above.


18. Which of the following is an indirect result of Benjamin’s failure to speak out against the pigs’ tyranny?

A. Major delivers his speech, inspiring the animals to rebel.

B. Boxer is taken to the knacker to be killed.

C. The humans invade Animal Farm.

D. The windmill is destroyed by a violent storm.

E. None of the above.


19. Which commandment was the last to be rewritten on the side of the barn, but the first to be broken on the farm?

A. No animal shall kill any other animal.

B. All animals are equal.

C. No animal shall sleep in a bed.

D. Whatever goes upon two legs is an enemy.

E. All of the above.


20. At the end of the story, the pig and human faces appear indistinguishable from one another (139). This illustrates the idea that

A. The pigs and humans were working together since the rebellion.

B. The animals finally realize that they would prefer the return of Mr. Jones.

C. The animals finally understand that they have simply traded their human oppressors for pig oppressors.

D. Benjamin needs to lead a new rebellion, this one against the pigs.

E. None of the above.



Short Essay: On a separate sheet of paper, write a well-developed response to the following question.
The endings of the book and movie versions of Animal Farm differ greatly. Explain how each, in different ways, illustrates Orwell’s main theme of the corrupting influence of power.
Hint: What message would Orwell want his readers to take from viewing the movie’s ending?


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