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



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Chapter 10

“A time came when there was no one who remembered the old days before the Rebellion,” (112)


1. How does this benefit Napoleon?

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2. What happened to the animal retirement plan? ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

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3. How heavy is 24 stone? ________________________

4. Napoleon and Squealer are ______________________

5. What is the make up of the population on the farm like now?

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6. What is the farm like now? ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

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7. What is the new windmill not going to be used for?

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8. What according to Napoleon is the true spirit of Animalism? ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

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9. What is the paradox of Animal Farm? ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

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10. What kind of work do the pigs and dogs do? What do they not produce?

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11. Do you agree or disagree with Benjamin? Why or Why not? ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

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12. What makes the animals feel proud? ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

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13. What does this suggest about their dream and hope? ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

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14. How do they rationalize the lack of fulfillment? ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

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15. What do you think the new song Squealer is teaching the sheep could be about? ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

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16. What had Clover alarmed? ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

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17. Describe the scene? ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

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18. What is Napoleon carrying?

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19. Comment on the new song. ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

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20. What has happened to the seven commandments?

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21. List the things that did not seem strange. ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

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22. What do the animals see through the farmhouse windows? ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

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23. List the details of Pilkinton’s toast. ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

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24. What does Pilkington praise the most? ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

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25. How does Pilkinton refer to the pigs? ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
26. What is the subversive rumor? ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

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27. What is Napoleon doing here? ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

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29. What changes does Napoleon announce?

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30. What do they signify? ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

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31. What is the farm called now?

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32. What does this mean? ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

33. Briefly describe what happens in the card game and discuss what you think the significance of it is. ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

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34. What do the animals and reader realize at the very end of the novel? ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

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Final Assignments

Choose one





  1. Trace the changes to the ten commandments. Comment on what prompted each new change and the effect it had on the animals.




  1. Is Animal Farm a fairy tale, children’s book, allegory, fable, or satire? Look up the definitions of all and explain why the novel either fits or does not fit the description.




  1. Why do you think the animals did not overthrow Napoleon?



  1. What is Orwell’s overall message about Communism, totalitarian rule, man, politicians and rulers, human nature?




  1. Who was Joseph Stalin? How is Napoleon likened to this historical figure? Draw correlations between the two.




  1. Compose an original piece of music with or without lyrics. Write a paragraph explaining what part of the novel your music accompanies and why it is a good fit.




  1. Create a scene using water colors, pastels, charcoal or any other medium. Write a paragraph explaining what part of the novel your art demonstrates and why you think the scene is a significant one in the novel.




  1. Imagine you are on the staff of Squealer; he has given you an advertisement campaign to work on for Napoleon. Create a radio, television or print “ad” for one of the changes Napoleon makes on the farm. This may be posted to your wiki page or brought to class.




  1. Choose one of the quotes below and comment on how it applies to the novel. Your response must include at least three examples from the text.

“Religion is the opiate of the people.” – Karl Marx

“panem et circenses”- Juvenal; Translated “Bread and circus” ; If you can’t give them bread, give them circus

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


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

“And remember, where you have a concentration of power in a few hands, all too frequently men with the mentality of gangsters get control. History has proven that. All power corrupts; absolute power corrupts absolutely.” – John Emerich Edward Dalberg Acton


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