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Animal Farm: Journals

Below you will find all of the journals for Animal Farm. If you don't want SPOILERS, don't read ahead.


The following questions should be answered in your Animal Farm notebook. These questions will not have “right” or “wrong” answers but will require you to think and formulate a well-written answer.  Each question should be answered in at least one full paragraph.  You will need to use examples from the book to support your answers.

Chapters 1-2

1.  Describe life on the farm for the animals.  How is this type of life similar to that led by farm laborers who work on someone else’s land?

2.  The pigs take over running the farm.  Why does this seem natural?

3.  What problems does the raven, Moses, cause?

4.  Describe the behavior of the pigs, and what it might foreshadow.

Chapter 3

1.  Give some examples of the pigs’ clever use of language to gain their own needs.  How do the other animals respond to each?  You should give at least three examples.

2.  Did the work on the farm conform to the ideal of “from each according to his ability, to each according to his need”?  Why or why not? 

Chapter 4

1.  Describe Snowball’s actions and Napoleon’s actions during the Battle.  What does this tell you about each of them, and what might happen next as a result?

2.  Describe the two rituals (traditions) that the animals used to celebrate their victory.  What is ironic about their adoption of these rituals?

Chapter 5

1.  What does Mollie lose by her actions?  What does this tell you about materialism?

2.  After Snowball’s expulsion, Squealer makes a statement about Snowball’s heroism in battle.  What does he say to the animals, and what does this foreshadow?  What is important about this event?

Chapter 6

1.  Why is the phrase, “even the pigs joined in at critical moments” important?

2.  How do the pigs get away with the changes in their living arrangements? How does this affect the other animals?

Chapter 7

1.  Even Boxer does not believe that Snowball was always a traitor.  Why is his saying so a dangerous move?  What clues are given in the text?

2.  Describe the executions and confessions.  How are these new events affecting the workers on the farm?

Chapter 8

1.  Why did no one “care to mention” recalling a commandment about animals killing other animals in the hearing of the pigs or the dogs?  What does this say about the workers’ state of mind?

2.  Describe the battle with Frederick’s men and explain how the animals felt immediately after the destruction of the windmill.  How did the pigs renew the animals’ spirits?

Chapter 9

1.  What is significant about only the young pigs being educated and their being discouraged from playing with the other animals?

2.  What is the tragedy of Boxer?

Chapter 10

1.  What does Napoleon’s announcement that Animal Farm will return to its original name, “Manor Farm,” reveal about his character?  What is the final irony at the end of this chapter?

2.  In chapter 10, the commandments are reduced to one:  “All Animals Are Equal, But Some Animals Are More Equal Than Others.”  Discuss this phrase as it applies to the novel.  Then, discuss it based on your own experience, observation, or knowledge of situations or circumstance.

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