Study Guide "plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose"



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Animal Farm

By George Orwell

Study Guide

"plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose" - Jean-Baptiste Alphonse Karr


Translated - “The more things change, the more they remain the same”


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Chapter 1

1. How is Mr. Jones presented?


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2. How is Old Major presented?
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3. How is Boxer presented and characterized?
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4. How is Benjamin presented and characterized?
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5. How does Major characterize the life of the animals?
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6. Who does he attribute these things to?
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7. How does Old Major describe man?

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8. List three injustices that the animals suffer:

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9. What according to Old Major is an animal’s final destiny?

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10. What does Old Major suggest the animals do to rid themselves of the tyranny?

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11. Old Major divides the world into two camps. What are the two absolutes?
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12. What is a utopia? ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

13. At the end of his speech what simple motto does Old Major give the animals?

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14. What is Old Major’s warning?

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15. What are the ten commandments according to Old Major? ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
16. Describe Old Major’s dream. Hint. Look at the song. ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

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17. What words could be used to describe Old Major based on his dream and the song?

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Chapter 2

1. What effect did Old Major’s speech have on the more intelligent animals?


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2. Which animals are considered intelligent among the farm animals? ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

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3. Briefly describe the two young boars that rise in prominence after Old Major’s death. ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

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4. Describe Squealer. ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
5. Briefly describe the doctrine the pigs created. Animalism is: ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________6. What difficulties did the pigs face initially? ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

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7. What kind of person does Mollie represent? ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

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8. What kind of person does Moses represent? ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

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9. What is the significance of the word disciple? ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

10. How was the rebellion achieved? How did Mr. Jones contribute to its success? ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

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11. How did the animals behave after the rebellion? ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
12. Do Mollie’s actions foreshadow anything? ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
13. Why did the animals all agree that “no animal must ever live [in the farmhouse]”? ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
“The pigs now revealed that during the past three months they had taught themselves to read and write from an old spelling book which had belonged to Mr. Jones’s children”(20)
14. What do think this may foreshadow? ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

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15. What is the significance of the name change of the farm? ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
16. How must Snowball stand or balance on the ladder to change the commandments? ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
17. What has happened to the ten commandments? What three are missing? ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
18. What do you think the misspelling of the word “friend” means? ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

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19. What do you think happened to the milk?

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20. What would the chickens ask or say?

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21. How might Napoleon respond? ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________




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