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1 Animal Farm By George Orwell Ms Hurley Worksheet n 1 I. Setting: Please describe the setting in Animal Farm. What kind of a place and time has Orwell chosen for his novel? Is it a real or fictional society? Support your answer. II. Vocabulary a) Using a, dictionary, please look up the following literary terms and write down their definitions. Then, rewrite the definition using your own words. allegory: satire: irony: b) Animal sounds! In the following table, please write the names of as many animals as you can find in the book and the verb used to describe the sound they make. ( ex: cat: meow) III. Tone a) Write five sentences to describe the tone in Animal Farm. b) What is so unusual about the narrative?

2 c) What kind of literature usually uses animals as main characters? d) Why might Orwell have chosen this way to narrate Animal Farm? What effect does this have on the reader? IV. Language a) What is the language like in Animal Farm? ( complicated, poetic, etc...) b) Find examples of Orwell's use of irony in the novel and write quotes for them. What is the effect of this? c) Find examples of Orwell's use of humor in the novel and write quotes for them. What feelings does the combination of irony and humor produce in the reader? V. Symbolism: The Seven Commandments Write out The Seven Commandments below and think about what each of them could be compared to. vi. Grammar: phrasal verbs To make out, to make off to get rid of, to pass on, to carry out 1. Only eliminate Man, and the produce of our labour would be our own. 2. Above all, give this message of mine to those who come after you. 3. He had already recovered and left. 4. Our plans will befollowed to the day. 5. The animals looked from pig to man but it was impossible to distinguish which was which. VII. Foreshadowing Examine the following quote which comes after Old Major teaches the anthem Beasts of England to the animals. What kind of information do we have about the various animals and how is this significant to what happens later on?

3 " Even the stupidest of them had already picked up the tune and a few of the words, and as for the clever ones, such as the pigs and dogs, they had the entire song by heart within a few minutes." (page 9) VIII. Follow-up. The farm in the novel is a symbol for another structure. We will talk more about this later. Imagine you are a writer who is going to use a certain setting to symbolize another. Write an idea for another setting and explain what each element would represent in your novel.

4 Animal Farm By George Orwell Ms Hurley Worksheet 2 I. Allegory. How do you think Animal Farm can be read on two different levels? What two stories are.taking place at the same time? U. Vocabulary Please match the following words with their definitions and then use each one in a sentence creatively. To snore Contemptible Sturdy Hoarse to toil leisure obstinate indefatigable tractable easy to control stubborn to make noise while sleeping deserving no respect free time solid to achieve something by hard work having a rough voice never getting tired

5 IV. Commentary Examine and comment on the following quotes. What opinion does the reader have of the character based on the following quotes and what can s/he expect as a result? Old Major: " Old Major (...) was so highly regarded on the farm that everyone was quite ready to lose an hour's sleep in order to hear what he had to say." ( page 1) Napoleon: " Napoleon was a large, rather fierce-looking Berkshire boar, (...), not much of a talker but with a reputation for getting his own way." ( page 9) Squealer: " The others said of Squealer that he could turn black into white." (page 9). Snowball: "Snowball was a more vivacious pig than Napoleon, quicker in speech and more inventive, but was not considered to have the same depth of character." ( page 9) Boxer: " I will work harder." " Napoleon is always right." (page 37) Clover: "There was no thought of rebellion or disobedience in her mind" ( page 52) Benjamin: "Benjamin was the oldest animal on the farm and the worst tempered" ( page 2)

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