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'Animal Farm' Questions for Study and Discussion

George Orwell's Famous Novel

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Study Guide Animal Farm is a famous novel by George Orwell. With this fable, Orwell was making a statement about communism and totalitarianism. Here are questions for study and discussion.
  • What is important about the title?

  • What are the conflicts in Animal Farm? What types of conflict (physical, moral, intellectual, or emotional) do you see in this story?

  • How does George Orwell reveal character in Animal Farm?

  • What are some themes in the story? How do they relate to the plot and characters?

  • What are some symbols in Animal Farm? How do they relate to the plot and characters?

  • From which character's perspective is the story told?

  • Can you discern an authorial voice (a character who speaks the author's point of view) in the book?

  • Do you find the characters likable? Would you want to meet the characters?

  • Does the story end the way you expected? How? Why?

  • What is the central/primary purpose of the story? Is the purpose important or meaningful?

  • How effective is the novel as a fable?

  • How essential is the setting to the story? Could the story have taken place anywhere else?

  • How does George Orwell explore rhetoric in this book?

  • Would you recommend this story to a friend?

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