George Orwell's classic satire of the Russian Revolution is an intimate part of our contemporary culture. It is the account of the bold struggle, initiated by the animals, that transforms Mr. Jones's Manor Farm into Animal Farm--a wholly democratic society built on the credo that All Animals Are Created Equal. Out of their cleverness, the pigs Napoleon, Squealer, and Snowball emerge as leaders of the new community in a subtle evolution that proves disastrous. The climax is the brutal betrayal of the faithful horse Boxer, when totalitarian rule is reestablished with the bloodstained postscript to the founding slogan: But some Animals Are More Equal Than Others. . . .
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As the text progresses, pay close attention to how each of these characters develops. Learn more about this important literary element below. (This annotation contains a video)
In portraying Major as a speaking character, Orwell employs
"Comrades" is a term of endearment often associated with communism. Orwell uses the novel to offer his critique of communism in an era when it rose to prominence in many parts of the world.
The imagery used in this stanza presents the theme of
Based on what you have read, what do you think will happen next? How will the animals respond to Major's manifesto and song?
Based on what you have read, what does this statement mean?
Horses are commonly given sugar cubes as a treat. Consider what Mollie's question implies about her priorities.
Based on this passage, Mr. Jones can best be described as
Throughout the text, the farm animals are
Rabbiting refers to the act of hunting of rabbits.
The tone of this paragraph is
A scullery is a utility room in which laundry is done or food is prepared.
What do you think happened to the milk? What makes you think this?
Orwell writes Animal Farm as an allegory for communism, a socioeconomic system that focuses on common ownership of work and goods. Consider how the animals' new ownership of the farm mirrors these ideals.
How do some animals' actions violate the commandments of Animalism? Why do you think they choose to reject these rules?
Which of the following options is the best synonym for "indefatigable"?
The pigs most likely feel entitled to more food because
What do Frederick and Pilkington believe the "laws of Nature" are? Why do you think this?
A fortnight is a unit of time that equals fourteen days.
Foreshadowing is being used here. The allusion to Julius' Caesar's text will prove important later in the novel. Learn more about its significance in the clip below. Consider what you know about the story of Julius Caesar and what its mention might foreshadow. (This annotation contains a video)
The animals never mention Mollie again because
Who has most likely groomed the sheep to repeat 'Four legs good, two legs bad' during the Meeting?
Though once closely aligned, tension is growing between Snowball and Napoleon. Learn about how tension impacts conflict in the clip below. (This annotation contains a video)
Napoleon most likely ordered the dogs to attack Snowball because
As the animals continue to learn the best ways in which to operate Animal Farm, antagonists and protagonists become evident. Learn more about these opposed characters in the clip below. (This annotation contains a video)
Why does Boxer adopt these maxims? What do they ultimately accomplish?
The animals feel great pride in being
Considering earlier mentions of the importance of equality, do you believe that the animals operate equally on Animal Farm? Support your answer with evidence from the text.
Consider the significance of this human being acceptable to make contact with, coupled with his name. Think about why this name is significant.
The pigs moving in to the farmhouse is best described as
Do you think Snowball is responsible for the destruction of the windmill? Why or why not?
Consider what the perpetuation of these rumors might accomplish.
Coccidiosis is caused by intestinal parasites.
The conflicting stories about Snowball's whereabouts most likely exist because
The stories Napoleon and Squealer share about Snowball could be referred to as
Driven by fear, the animals exhibit the phenomenon of group think. Learn more about this desire to conform in the clip below. (This annotation contains a link)
Why do you think Clover is crying? What makes you think this?
By changing the tone in which they sing "Beasts of England', the animals create a somber mood. Learn more about how these two literary elements compliment one another in the clip below. (This annotation contains a video)
What do you predict will happen in the final section of Animal Farm? What makes you think this? Reference another literary work as support for your response.
A synonym for "magistrate" is
What is ironic about Napoleon's name being assigned to the windmill? Use textual evidence in your answer.
A pensioner lives off of a pension, which is akin to a retirement payment.
The message "Serves you right" indicates that
This statement contains an example of
Note that the most climactic scenes center around battles, which are later named. How might these represent the conflicts that occurred in the Soviet Union when Communism was rising to prominence?
Barley is a common ingredient used in the fermenting process to create alcohol. Consider what this suggests about Napoleon's hobbies and his recent illness.
What was Squealer doing the night he was found by the Seven Commandments? What does this suggest about earlier conversations regarding the Commandments?
The windmill is a central object in the text, considered a motif because of its recurrence. Learn more about this literary element in the clip below. What themes might this motif represent? (This annotation contains a video)
The pigs use these tactics to _______ the other animals from the farm's deterioration.
Consider what you know about republics. How do they differ from democracy or other political structures? Consider why this concept is important in this particular text.
What second phrase does Boxer fail to speak? Why is this important?
Based on what you have read, who most likely ordered Boxer to be taken by the glue factory?
The money used to purchase the whisky most likely came from
Which of the following is the best synonym for "taciturn"?
Here, Orwell describes problems that he observed firsthand during the Spanish Civil War. Learn more about this context in the clip below. (This annotation contains a video)
Squealer is trying to mimic the physical actions of
Bon mot means "good word".
What is the significance of Napoleon referring to the farm as "The Manor Farm"? What themes are demonstrated through this statement?