English Literature: Old Major and Benjamin

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Who is Old Major the equivalent of?
Karl Marx and Russian revolutionary
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Complete the sentence: Old Major is the _____, _____ pig on the farm
Old Major is the oldest, wisest pig on the farm
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What does Old Major dream of?
A future where all animal live in a land of happiness and plenty, free from the exploitation of man.
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What is old major aware of?
That he is near death and has a clear mission to pass on his wisdom.
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Quote to show Old Major is kindly
"with a wise and benevolent appearance"
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Quote to show Old Major is wise
"to pass on to you such wisdom as I have aquired
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Quote to show Old Major is idealistic
"let there be perfect unity, perfect companionship"
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What does Old Major talk about when he gives his speech?
Man's terrible treatment of animals. He says "our lives are miserable, laborious and short"
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What does Old Major's vision become the foundation of?
Animalism
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What is ironic about Old Major?
That even though he complains about man, he has lived a long, healthy life on Manor Farm
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What does Old Major insist about all animals?
That they are "comrades" - all equal
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Who is the enemy according to Old Major? What must the animals never do?
Man is the enemy - and the animals must never resemble him
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What does Old Major do before his death?
Set out a number of clear rules against adopting human vices such as living in houses, sleeping in beds, wearing clothes and drinking alcohol.
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Which group does Old Benjamin represent?
The intellectual Russians - (intelligentsia) who believe that communism will not solve the injustices of society
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Complete the sentence: Benjamin is a _____, ___-_______ donkey who never laughs because 'he saw _______ to laugh at". He's cynical about the ________ and _________
Benjamin is a grumpy, bad-tempered donkey who never laughs because 'he saw nothing to laugh at". He's cynical about the rebellion and animalism
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What is different about Benjamin and most of the animals? Why does he appear to be like the others?
He's very intelligent and literate but he sees little point in using his abilities.
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What is an important turning point for Benjamin? Explain.
When he realises what happens to Boxer and raises the alarm because it's the first time that he speaks out but it is too late
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What does Benjamin have a true understanding of?
Life on Animal Farm
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What does the fact Benjamin is realistic when he sees "hardship and disappointment" all around him, but doesn't do anything to stop the pigs suggest about Orwell's views?
That Orwell is disappointed that many people seem unwilling or unable to challenge a tyrannical leader.
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Complete the sentence: Old Major is the _____, _____ pig on the farm

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Old Major is the oldest, wisest pig on the farm

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What does Old Major dream of?

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What is old major aware of?

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Quote to show Old Major is kindly

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