Seniors – Orwell’s preface to Animal Farm (due Monday)

Seniors,

Here’s the homework for Monday:

Read Orwell’s Preface to the Ukrainian translation of Animal Farm. Remember, he wrote this after he found out the Ukrainians were reading his book, and he wrote a personal introduction just for them in which he explains why he wrote what he did. For those of you interested, here’s an article about that.

Anyway, the homework is to read the preface and answer the following three questions:

  1. According to the preface, why did Orwell write Animal Farm? (What/who was he anti-?)
  2. How do we see the answer to #1 reflected in the book? Find two passages in Animal Farm where we clearly see Orwell’s thoughts about the USSR/this person reflected in the story. (Use quotes/citations.)
  3. Look at the paragraph on page 2 that starts with “Yet one must remember that England…” Can we say the same idea applies to us in the USA today?
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Seniors – Thursday classwork homework

Great speeches today! If you didn’t read your speech today then we’ll hear you tomorrow.

Today in class we read the short story “Harrison Bergeron” by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. Here’s the text: Harrison Bergeron

Now, answer these two questions:
1) How does this short story connect thematically to Animal Farm?
2) The term “Orwellian” (as in based on George Orwell’s ideas) get thrown around modern day society a lot. Based on the themes of Animal Farm and the very Orwellian “Harrison Bergeron”, come up with your own definition of what “Orwellian” means.
(You probably got all this done in class.)

Post your answers in the comments section below, or write them up and give them to me in class tomorrow.

Also for tomorrow make sure you read chapter 6.

Animal Farm – Day 1

Hi Seniors,

I know many of you were on the field trip to the courthouse today, so here’s what we did in class.

In groups we read the first chapter of Animal Farm (here’s a link if you didn’t get a book yet).

Then we looked at the beginning of the Communist Manifesto, written by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engles. Communist Manifesto part 1

Below, compare/contrast three quotes from the Communist Manifesto with three corresponding parts of chapter one of the book. What’s similar? Are there differences? Explain ’em.