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Only Boxer remained on his feet. He fidgeted to and fro, swishing his long black tail against his sides and occasionally uttering a little whinny of surprise. Finally he said:
“I do not understand it. I would not have believed that such things could happen on our farm. It must be due to some fault in ourselves. The solution, as I see it, is to work harder. From now onwards I shall get up a full hour earlier in the mornings.”
And he moved off at his lumbering trot and made for the quarry. Having got there he collected two successive loads of stone and dragged them down to the windmill before retiring for the night.
The animals huddled around Clover, not speaking. The knoll where they were lying gave them a wide prospect across the countryside. Most of Animal Farm was within their view — the long pasture stretching down to the main road, the hayfield, the spinney, the drinking pool, the ploughed fields where the young wheat was thick and green, and the red roofs of the farm buildings with the smoke curling from the chimneys. It was a clear spring evening. The grass and the bursting hedges were gilded by the level rays of the sun. Never had the farm — and with a kind of surprise they remembered that it was their own farm, every inch of it their own property — appeared to the animals so desirable a place. As Clover looked down the hillside her eyes filled with tears. If she could have spoken her thoughts, it would have been to say that this was not what they had aimed at when they had set themselves years ago to work for the overthrow of the human race. These scenes of terror and slaughter were not what they had looked forward to on that night when old Major first stirred them to rebellion. If she herself had any picture of the future, it had been of a society of animals set free from hunger and the whip, all equal, each working according to his capacity, the strong protecting the weak, as she had protected the lost brood of ducklings with her foreleg on the night of Major’s speech. Instead — she did not know why — they had come to a time when no one dared speak his mind, when fierce, growling dogs roamed everywhere, and when you had to watch your comrades torn to pieces after confessing to shocking crimes. There was no thought of rebellion or disobedience in her mind. She knew that even as things were they were far better off than they had been in the days of Jones, and that before all else it was needful to prevent the return of the human beings. Whatever happened she would remain faithful, work hard, carry out the orders that were given to her, and accept the leadership of Napoleon. But still, it was not for this that she and all the other animals had hoped and toiled.
George Orwell, Animal Farm
(Penguin Books, 1989)
What is the immediate context for this passage?
The Battle of the Cowshed has just taken place
The windmill has collapsed during a storm
Several animals have confessed to crimes and been executed
The windmill has just been completed
What immediately follows this passage?
Boxer is taken away
The Battle of the Cowshed
The pigs get drunk on whisky
The animals sing "Beasts of England"
The animals' terrible grief is directly contrasted with which of the following?
The beauty and peaceful appearance of their own farm
Boxer's increased determination
Clover's troubled thoughts
Boxer searches for the reason behind the shocking series of confessions and executions. In which one of the following lines does he find what he believes to be the cause?
"I do not understand it. I would not have believed that such things could happen on our farm"
"It must be due to some fault in ourselves"
"The solution, as I see it, is to work harder"
"From now onwards I shall get up a full hour earlier in the mornings"
The ideals of the revolution are set against which of the following?
The grass and the bursting hedges
Hunger and the whip
The protection of the ducklings
Which of the following best describes the mood of this passage?
One of contentment
Which of the following is true?
Clover is feeling rebellious
Clover feels disenchanted, but has no plans to rebel
Clover is planning to share her thoughts, perhaps with Benjamin
All of the above
What motivates Clover to keep working?
The joy she feels when she gazes upon the beautiful farm
The fear she feels at the thought of Mr Jones returning
Fear of the fierce dogs
Individual loyalty to the pigs
The image of the animals huddled around Clover is juxtaposed with a memory of a similar image in which she protected the orphaned ducklings. What is the effect of the juxtaposition?
It reminds the reader that animals do not tend to cooperate in this way
It adds a feeling of hope to an otherwise hopeless scene
It makes the scene appear cosy and reassuring
It draws attention to the fact that Clover is unable to protect any of the other animals now
What is the significance of the final line in this passage?
Clover wishes that she and the other animals had never overthrown the humans
Clover acknowledges the failure of the revolution
Clover wishes she had never worked as hard as she has
The passage ends randomly. There is no significance in the final line