Animal Farm Ch 8-10

In Chapter 8, How does Squealer distract attention from the changes in the Commandments? Squealer most of the time spoke for Napoleon, Napoleon rarely came out of his shed. He said that food production needed to be increased, so the animals did even more work.
In Chapter 8, What is the significance of the cockerel who marches in front of Napoleon? The cockerel trumpeted before Napoleon spoke, making him look like a king.
In Chapter 8, What is the quality of life of the animals? They had the same quality of life as before, but they were under more of a dictatorship now, and it was more apparent.
In Chapter 8, What is important about Napoleon’s duplicity in the sale of the timber? He wants to get the most money possible, and this transaction with humans wasn’t necessary to their survival, but the way he negotiated the price, he was doing more human things and he gets scammed by Mr. Frederick who pays him in counterfeit notes.
In Chapter 8, What turns the Battle of the Windmill in the animals’ favor? The men were out of Animal Farm, and they were angry at the men and sought vengeance.
In Chapter 8, How is the victory celebrated? The flew their flag, fired guns, Napoleon gave a speech, and a funeral was given to all the animals who were killed.
In Chapter 8, What new vice do the pigs acquire? They started to drink alcohol.
In Chapter 8, What is the animals’ reaction when Squealer falls from a ladder with a bucket of paint while “clarifying” another of the commandments? All the animals except Benjamin had no idea what it meant. They were just scared when they heard the ladder and bucket crashing to the ground.
In Chapter 9, What is the quality of the animals’ lives as another year passes? Most of the animals are getting older and thinking about retiring. They were short on food, and even though the animals didn’t notice, their conditions were creeping up to become the same they were with Mr. Jones.
In Chapter 9, What is Squealer’s new explanation of unequal rations? He never called them “reductions,” just “readjustments.”
In Chapter 9, What is the significance of the new ruling on ribbons? The pigs were breaking their own rules and becoming more like humans.
In Chapter 9, What is to “compensate” for the hardships in the animals’ lives? They had “Spontaneous Demonstrations” which were celebrations to commemorate the hardships and triumphs on Animal Farm. There were lots of songs and speeches, and the animals enjoyed it so much they temporarily forgot how hungry they were.
In Chapter 9, What is the significance of Moses’ return? Moses’ return is significant because Boxer knows he is leaning toward the end of his life, and hearing about Sugarcandy Mountain again probably soothed him.
In Chapter 9, What are Boxer’s expectations of the future after he injures himself through overwork? He expects to be fine come spring, and when he isn’t he just wants to be able to get as much stone for the windmill as possible.
In Chapter 9, How do the animals react to Boxer’s removal? When they saw him leaving, they all left their work immediately and they were okay to see him leave, but once they saw that the van was taking him to be slaughtered, they were horrified and tried to get Boxer to escape from the van.
In Chapter 9, How does Squealer calm the unrest over Boxer’s fate? He tells the animals that the van belongs to the hospital, they just bought it from the slaughterhouse and didn’t get to taking the name off.
In Chapter 9, How does Napoleon capitalize on Boxer’s death? He sold Boxer to the slaughterhouse, and they obviously gave him money. He uses the money to buy more whiskey.
In Chapter 9, Why was Boxer killed? Boxer was killed because he voiced that Napoleon may have been wrong and Snowball may have been innocent.
In Chapter 10, How has the farm grown after several more years? There were more animals, they had bought two more fields from Mr. Pilkington, the windmill had been completed, and because of that there was a threshing machine and a hay elevator.
In Chapter 10, What is the quality of the animals lives? The quality of the animals lives is the same as it was for a while. When Napoleon took power, their lives got slightly better, and once he turned into a dictator it got a lot worse, and from there it stayed the same.
In Chapter 10, Even though the animals exist in a stupor of work and hunger, they are greatly shocked by a new development. What is it? All the pigs now walk on two legs, and the sheep bleat “four legs good, two legs better!”
In Chapter 10, What is the final interpretation of the word “equal”? All animals are equal- but some animals are more equal than others.
In Chapter 10, What is the animals’ reaction to the tour the pigs conduct for human visitors? The pigs are dressed in Mr. and Mrs. Jones’ clothing, so they don’t know if they should be more scared of the pigs or the humans.
In Chapter 10, What does Pilkington praise the pigs for? He praises the pigs for making peace with the other farmers.
In Chapter 10, What is the significance of the change in the flag’s design? What other changes are announced? The hoof and horn were removed from the flag, and it is now just green. This shows that they are not animals anymore. The other change made is that “Animal Farm” is no longer the name. Napoleon announced that it is “The Manor Farm” now.
In Chapter 10, What do the animals see when they look in the farmhouse window? They see the pigs and the humans playing cards and drinking. A pig and a human get into a skirmish over who won the game, and the last line of the book is “The creatures outside looked from pig to man, and from man to pig, and from pig to man again; but already it was impossible to say which was which.” -Animal Farm, Chapter X
What is the climax? The climax is when Benjamin reads to Clover the final statement on equality.
Napoleon- (according to Sparknotes) The pig who emerges as the leader of Animal Farm after the Rebellion. Based on Joseph Stalin, Napoleon uses military force (his nine loyal attack dogs) to intimidate the other animals and consolidate his power. In his supreme craftiness, Napoleon proves more treacherous than his counterpart, Snowball.
Snowball- (according to Sparknotes) The pig who challenges Napoleon for control of Animal Farm after the Rebellion. Based on Leon Trotsky, Snowball is intelligent, passionate, eloquent, and less subtle and devious than his counterpart, Napoleon. Snowball seems to win the loyalty of the other animals and cement his power, and then Napoleon obviously kills him to secure his power.
Irony When the reader/audience knows something that the characters don’tUsed to create suspense and excitement; in a satire like Animal Farm, it also adds to the humor of the story.

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