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Animal Farm - Context
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Animal Farm - Context

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1.
Squealer's official reports on the farm's productivity are directly related to which of the following?
The Soviet Union's five-year plans
The Soviet Union's official education policy
The existence of the Gulag
The creation of the secret police
Squealer tells the animals that production of every crop is dramatically up, even while the animals go hungry. Parts of the Soviet Union suffered famine as a direct result of the first five-year plan
2.
Animal Farm is most directly aimed at which of the following?
The French Revolution
The Russian Revolution
The American Revolution
The Cuban Revolution
The structure of the text parallels events in the Soviet Union following the Russian Revolution of 1917. Although as an allegory, the tale addresses the danger that any revolution faces as new leaders emerge, Orwell explicitly aimed the text at the Soviet Communists
3.
When was Animal Farm first published?
1925
1932
1945
1952
The novel was published at the end of the Second World War
4.
Who do Boxer and Clover represent?
The middle classes
The intelligentsia
The working classes
The aristocracy
Boxer and Clover both support the animals' revolution. Boxer's maxim is "I will work harder", while Clover retains some independence of thought
5.
Which one of the following is NOT true of Orwell?
He fought in the Spanish Civil War
He was a Conservative MP for a few years
He attended Eton
He worked for the Indian Imperial Police
Orwell lead a varied life. Born in India, he first experienced England and its class system when sent to private school. He was educated at Eton, spent some time later in the police force, fought against the Nationalists of Spain and produced propaganda during the Second World War
6.
Who was Eric Blair?
Orwell's boss at the BBC
The protagonist of Orwell's novel, 1984
Orwell's mentor and editor during the 1930s and 1940s
Orwell
"George Orwell" was Eric Blair's pen name
7.
Who wrote the The Communist Manifesto?
Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels
Leon Trotsky and Vladimir Lenin
Joseph Stalin
Tsar Nicholas II
In sharing his dream of freedom and equality for all animals, Old Major represents Karl Marx (although the reverencing of his skull refers to the pilgrimage-like processions to Lenin's mausoleum)
8.
Which song was replaced by a new Soviet anthem in 1944?
God Save the Tsar
Russia, Our Sacred State
Mother Russia
The Internationale
The Internationale focusses on the unity of workers across national boundaries. It was replaced by another anthem, just as Beasts of England is replaced in the novella
9.
Orwell identified with which political ideology?
Fascism
Socialism
Liberalism
Nationalism
Orwell described himself as "pro-Socialist" and viewed the Soviet Union as a betrayal of the socialist movement
10.
Who does Napoleon represent?
Joseph Stalin
General Franco
Mao Zedong
Vladimir Lenin
After manoeuvering for power following the death of Lenin in 1924, Stalin ruled the Soviet Union until his own death in 1953. Napoleon is also, of course, named for Napoleon Bonaparte. Why might this name be appropriate?
Author:  Sheri Smith

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