English Literature: Animal Farm Character Profile - The Sheep, Hens and Moses

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How do the sheep live up to their traditional stereotype?
The members of the flock are unthinking and easily led.
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Which party are the sheep like? Explain.
The communist party 'yes men' that Stalin packed meetings with, and who would vote together for whatever he asked.
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How do the sheep silence all opposition and announce the final betrayal of Animalism at the end of the novel?
by chanting "Four legs good, two legs better"
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"their usual bleating... put an end to the discussion" explain.
The sheep started chanting whenever anyone threatens to voice an opinion.
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Complete the sentence: The sheep can't think for _________ and blindly follow the _____ orders.
The sheep can't think for themselves and blindly follow the pigs' orders.
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Who do the hens represent? Explain.
They are like the peasants of the Soviet Union who were forced to give up their produce. Millions of Soviet peasants died of famine in the 1930w
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Once Napoleon was in power, what did he order the hens to do? How did this oppose to Old Major's speech?
Give up their eggs so they could be sold - but trading with humans was something Old Major opposed.
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How do the hens react when they're told to supply 400 eggs a week?
They protest by telling Napoleon that it is 'murder'
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What are the hens the only group to do? How does Napoleon respond?
The only group to really oppose Napoleon's regime. Napoleon starves them into submission.
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What happens when Napoleon raises egg quotas again?
There's no outcry or protest - they're too frightened to even raise their voices.
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How does Orwell use Moses?
To introduce Karl Marx's idea that religion is the 'opium of the people' - he thought that religion deceived people into believing in a happy afterlife. Moses' name links the raven to the Biblical prophet who told of a faraway 'promised land'
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What animal is Moses? What did he spread stories of?
He is a raven who tells animals stories of Sugarcandy Mountain - a paradise where animals go when they die.
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Why do the pigs allow Moses to stay on the farm?
Because his stories give the animals hope and keep them obedient.
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Why do many of the animals believe Moses even though he tells lies and is described as a "spy"?
Because they have nothing else to look forward to
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Which party are the sheep like? Explain.

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The communist party 'yes men' that Stalin packed meetings with, and who would vote together for whatever he asked.

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How do the sheep silence all opposition and announce the final betrayal of Animalism at the end of the novel?

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"their usual bleating... put an end to the discussion" explain.

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Complete the sentence: The sheep can't think for _________ and blindly follow the _____ orders.

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