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ORWELL'S ANIMAL FARM
SPRING 2011
OUTSIDE READING

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CHAPTER ASSIGNMENTS

Chapter 1 Reflection Assignment

Directions: Answer each of the following questions in complete sentences. Each response is required to be at least 5-7 sentences in order to receive credit.

1. Analyze how Orwell satirizes THREE separate societal targets throughout the first chapter. Include at least three quotations and at least three addtional textual references (including page number) in your response.

2. Why do people rebel?

3. At what point does a rebellion become a rebellion?

Chapters 2-3 Reflection Assignment

Directions: Answer the following question in complete sentences. Each response is required to be at least 5-7 sentences in order to receive credit.

1. For EACH chapter (2 AND 3), pick one character for which to complete a character analysis. Include the following in your response:
a. A quotation or short passage which best characterizes the animal (proper citation required)
b. A list of five adjectives to best describe the animal
c. An explanation of the animal's significance thus far in the plot. Include literary elements as needed in order to support your assertions.

Chapters 4-5 Reflection Assignment

Directions: Answer the following question in complete sentences. Each response is required to be at least 5-7 sentences in order to receive credit.

1. Is violence/armed conflict needed to solve major problems? Support your assertion with specific examples.

2. What makes Snowball a strong leader? List and thoroughly explain how one real world leader (past or present) is comparable to Snowball in the novel.

Chapters 6-7 Reflection Assignment

Directions: Answer the following question in complete sentences. Each response is required to be at least 5-7 sentences in order to receive credit.

1. Imagine how Snowball might have run things if he had gotten rid of Napoleon. Would things have been any different? Are there indications that Snowball’s ideas for running the farm would have proved more beneficial to the animals, or would things have turned out the same? Fully explain with at least TWO cited quotations from the novel to support your answer.

2. Explain why the animals confessed to being traitors (IF there is a logical explanation at all.) What is the deeper message that Orwell conveys with this instance on the farm? Provide at least TWO cited textual references to support your answer.

3. Why has the song "Beasts of England"been banned? Why is this a significant turn of events in the plot, and what is Orwell suggesting about the remainder of the novel from this point onward? Provide at least TWO cited textual references to support your answer.

Chapters 8-10 Reflection Assignment

Directions: Answer the following question in complete sentences. Each response is required to be at least 5-7 sentences in order to receive credit.

1. Analyze how EACH of the quotations below relates to a corresponding chapter (choose from 8-10) of Orwell's Animal Farm. In each of your responses, provide at least ONE cited textual reference to a specific chapter.

NOTE: You must analyze this quotation for either Chapter 8, 9 or 10. Once you have analyzed one chapter, you may NOT repeat it.

a. “The tyrant dies and his rule is over, the martyr dies and his rule begins” (Kierkegaard)
b. "The slave begins by demanding justice and ends by wanting to wear a crown. He must dominate in his turn." (Albert Camus)
c. "Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely." (Lord Acton)
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