Warm Up #8

• What are you predicting for Animal Farm?
Warm Up #8
Due: #8
Next Class: #9
George Orwell
• Answer the following questions:
1. Why are the animals directed to meet?
2. What type of animal is Old Major and how old is he?
3. What political philosophies are revealed by Old Major’s dream?
4. What “rules” does Old Major want to establish when the animals have conquered the
5. What kind of person is Mr. Jones? Why don’t the animals like living on his farm?
6. Describe Napoleon and Snowball. How are they similar? How are they different?
7. What are the basic principles of Animalism? How do the animals respond?
8. What is Sugarcandy Mountain?
9. What incident(s) incite the rebellion?
10. What new skill do the pigs teach themselves? What is the result of their newly acquired
11. Identify the Seven Commandments. Why are they established?
12. Why are the animals happier than they have ever been?
13. Describe Old Benjamin. What is the significance of his “cryptic” comments?
14. Which animals are the best educated? To what degree are the other animals educated?
15. What are Napoleon’s feelings towards education? Whom does Napoleon educate
16. What is Squealer’s explanation of why the pigs must be given special food? How do
the other animals react?
Reading Questions Ch. 1-3
• 1. How do the humans from the other farms feel about the rebellion and Animal
• 2. Who does Snowball study in order to learn about man’s military strategy? How
does this affect his plans?
• 3. What kind of leader does Snowball turn out to be? Give some examples to
support your response.
• 4. How do the animals celebrate their victory in the Battle of the Cowshed?
• 5. What happens to Mollie? Explain.
• 6. Compare Snowball’s and Napoleon’s techniques for gathering support.
• 7. How do Napoleon and Snowball differ in their ideas of defense of the farm?
• 8. What happens to Snowball the night he announces his plan for the windmill?
• 9. What does Napoleon take away from the animals? How do the animals
• 10. What does Squealer threaten may happen if the pigs are not given leadership?
• 11. What two mottos does Boxer adopt?
• 12. How does Squealer justify Napoleon’s decision to build the windmill?
Reading Questions Ch. 4 & 5
• Symbolism is the creative use of objects, or symbols, to represent or
indicate a deeper meaning. Colors, animals, weather, numbers, and even
people can act as symbols in a piece of literature. It is important that we
recognize an author’s use of symbols to indicate a deeper meaning in
his/her work.
• A fable is a story in which animals take on human characteristics. Animal
Farm can be considered a fable because the animals in the story are able
to read, write, talk, sing, reason, debate, etc.
• There are many genres of literature- fiction, nonfiction, poetry,
autobiography, plays, etc., but there are also subgenres. For example
under the genre of play there are subgenres of comedy, tragedy, and
history. Animal Farm specifically falls under the genre of fiction, but it’s
subgenre is satirical allegory. An allegory is a symbolic story in which
the characters and action are representations of a deeper message or
Symbolism, Fable, & Allegory
• Orwell uses animals in his novel to symbolize human
beings, and in doing so, he chose the animal character
with great thought. For the following animals describe the
stereotypical characteristics normally associated with
each animal and then extend your description to what a
human might be like if he was compared to that animal.
Animal Characteristics
Human Characteristics
Fat, sloppy, dirty, pink, boisterous, Fat, selfish, rude, lazy, loud,
squeals, lazy, pushy
egotistical, whiny, bossy
Symbols in Animal Farm
Read chapters 6 & 7
and keep dialectical
journals. I want to
see an example of
each of the examples
from the right for
each chapter. The
summarize step
should occur at the
end of each chapter.
• Question- write questions about the
story, characters, setting, events, what
you don’t understand, and what you
need clarified.
• Predict- what events seem to
foreshadow something to come, what
are you expecting next.
• Connect- try to relate to something in
the story either to yourself, the world,
or other texts.
• Reflect- what do you like, not like,
what is giving you clues to the theme
or meaning.
• Summarize- briefly summarize the
main events of the chapter.
Senior Project #9
Animal Farm Ch. 6 & 7 w/notes, finish reading questions and symbols activity
Be working on your outside reading project.