Journal, Part 1: Animal
The questions in this Journal Assignment cover
readings in Lessons 1–4 of the Animal
Farm unit (Chapters 1–5 of the text). You will probably want to wait until
after Lesson 4 before you answer these questions, but you should keep the
questions in mind as you work on Lessons 1–3.
1. Reread “Beasts of England.” Find an example of the
negative situation the song describes, the vision of hope for the future it
communicates, and the potential foreshadowing it contains.
2. Return to Chapter 1 to find at least two examples of
human characteristics that are attributed to the animals on the farm.
3. What is a potential problem in reducing the
Commandments to “Four legs good, two legs bad”?
4. Even without the pigs promoting themselves, there are
differences among the animals. What are some of the differences and what do
they suggest about human society? How does a society try to create equality
among people who are very different from one another?
5. At the end of Chapter 3, the narrator says that all is
well, but then lists numerous ways that things were imperfect. What might these
imperfections suggest and foreshadow?
6. After the Battle of the Cowshed, the animals are in a
near frenzy of excitement. Name at least three things they do after the Battle.
7. How do the animals respond to the conflict between
Napoleon and Snowball? How is this similar to the way humans behave in
8. What is the danger of Boxer’s response to the pigs’
orders and explanations?