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Animal Farm - Setting
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Animal Farm - Setting

This GCSE English Literature quiz challenges you on setting in Animal Farm by George Orwell. Setting in a text includes the location and the time in which the events take place. Texts can have several settings, of course, since events can occur in very different places and even times. Specific buildings and spaces are also settings within the primary setting. Events happening in the background, even when these are only alluded to by characters, also constitute part of a literary text’s setting, as do political and social issues. The wider fictional world is referred to as context (be careful not to confuse this with the author’s real-life context). Atmosphere, another key element of setting, will often change multiple times in a text.

How well can you visualise the setting or settings of your text?

Pinchfield, one of the farms neighbouring Animal Farm, is described as small and well-kept. Which of the following matches the description of Foxwood, the other neighbouring farm?
Large and productive
Small and unproductive
Neglected and old-fashioned
Beautiful, but unproductive
The text describes Foxwood thus: "a large, neglected, old-fashioned farm, much overgrown by woodland, with all its pastures worn out and its hedges in a disgraceful condition"
Which of the following best describes the mood of the final chapter when the pigs hold a banquet for their neighbours?
The moment when the pigs and the people blend into one another is one of horror and despair
"The grass and the bursting hedges were gilded by the level rays of the sun." Which words create an image of a rich and fruitful farm?
Grass, hedges
Grass, gilded
Bursting, gilded
Hedges, sun
The hedge is "bursting" with life and the gilding effect of the sun's rays makes everything in view appear golden
Which one of the following is NOT a significant site for the animals' Sunday ritual?
The flagstaff in the farmhouse garden
The big barn
The stump near the flagstaff
The harness-room
After Snowball's banishment, the animals are made to walk reverently past Old Major's skull in its new position on the stump near the flagstaff
Where do the animals first meet?
In the farmhouse
In the stable
At the windmill
In the big barn
The location is chosen because it offers a space large enough for the meeting while also being hidden away from Mr Jones
Animal Farm is set in which country?
South Africa
The setting of the novella is an ordinary English farm, although it satirises events in the Soviet Union
Which of the following best describes the farmhouse?
Plain, but clean
Dark and dismal
The animals are astounded at the luxury in which Mr and Mrs Jones had been living
"Mr Jones, of the Manor Farm, had locked the hen-houses for the night, but was too drunk to remember to shut the pop-holes. With the ring of light from his lantern dancing from side to side he lurched across the yard, kicked off his boots at the back door, drew himself a last glass of beer from the barrel in the scullery, and made his way up to bed, where Mrs Jones was already snoring." Which one of the following is NOT achieved by this opening?
The reader learns that the novella is set on a farm
The reader learns that a revolt is brewing on the farm
The reader learns that the farmer is not especially good at his job
The reader is led to believe the book will be about the farmer and his wife
The very next line introduces a surprising turn to focus on the animals: "As soon as the light in the bedroom went out there was a stirring and a fluttering all through the farm buildings"
When do the events take place?
Late 18th century
Between 1910 and 1920
Between 1939 and 1944
The time is not specified
The text includes a few details which would tie it to a specific time. One relevant detail is that Mr Jones reads the News of the World, which was published throughout the second half of the 19th century and all of the 20th. Horses draw carts and even the knacker's van, so the farm would fit almost any time in the century preceding its date of publication. Finally, the farmhouse has a lithograph of Queen Victoria on display. Taken together, these details still leave a wide time frame possible and the relatively-unspecified time suits the novella's original designation as a fairy tale
The novel presents a rural setting that is not always a pastoral utopia, instead acknowledging the harsh annual cycle of farming life. Which of the following lines does NOT present this harsher side of farming life?
"The needs of the windmill must override everything else"
"The earth was like iron"
"How they toiled and sweated to get the hay in! But their efforts were rewarded, for the harvest was an even bigger success than they had hoped"
"The stormy weather was followed by sleet and snow, and then by a hard frost which did not break until well into February"
The building of the windmill represents a focus on industrial production and its needs
You can find more about this topic by visiting BBC Bitesize - Animal Farm

Author:  Sheri Smith

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