70 pages 2 hours read

George Orwell

Animal Farm

Fiction | Novel | Adult | Published in 1945

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Reading Questions & Paired Texts

Reading Check and Short Answer questions on key points are designed for guided reading assignments, in-class review, formative assessment, quizzes, and more.

Chapters 1-4

Reading Check

1. Who is the owner of Manor Farm?

2. Who secretly plans a rebellion on the farm?

3. What is the farm renamed after the rebellion?

4. What is Boxer’s motto?

5. Who are the owners of the two adjacent farms?

Short Answer

Answer each question in at least 1 complete sentence. Incorporate details from the text to support your response.

1. Why do the animals first gather in the barn?

2. What is the basic precept of Animalism?

3. What finally incites the rebellion on the farm?

4. Why are the Seven Commandments simplified into a single maxim?

5. What do the animals do with the gun secured during the Battle of the Cowshed?

Paired Resource

“Animal Farm and the Beast Fable”

  • This article housed on the British Library website explores how George Orwell reimagines the classic beast fable in the context of the 20th century.
  • How does Orwell use the beast fable format to both distinguish the animals on the farm from the humans, as well as use them to represent relatable human qualities?

“20th Century Revolutions: Characteristics, Types, and Waves”

  • This scholarly article examines the differences between the revolutions in the 19th and 20th centuries, classifying the latter into different types based on their characteristics.