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Animal Farm

George Orwell was a journalist and novelist whose works, including 1984 and Animal Farm, has a massive influence on politics and popular culture. Although Animal Farm is based on the events of the Russian Revolution in 1917, it is a timeless cautionary tale about how power can be abused. These activities and chapter summaries are designed to help students studying the novel for the first time.

Chapter I

Chapter I

In the opening chapter of the novel establishes the character of Farmer Jones, an incompetent farmer and…

Chapter II

Chapter II

After the death of Old Major, the animals start to organise themselves under the leadership of the…

Chapter III

Chapter III

For a time, Animal Farm prospers and the animals are pleased to benefit from their labour: “The…

Chapter IV

Chapter IV

As this chapter opens, the neighbouring farms Foxwood, which is owned by Mr Pilkington, and Pinchfield, which…

Chapter V

Chapter V

In the opening of Chapter V, Mollie disappears after it’s discovered that she’s been communicating with people…

Chapter VI

Chapter VI

The animals continue to work like slaves but are happy that this sacrifice is for their own…

Chapter VII

Chapter VII

Life continues to be hard for the animals. Food shortages and a brutal winter mean that their…

Chapter VIII

Chapter VIII

After the brutal and bloody executions, the animals remember the sixth commandment and visit the barn to…

Chapter IX

Chapter IX

Boxer’s hoof takes a long time to heal after the Battle of Windmill. He tries not to…

Writing Tasks

Animal Farm Newspaper

Animal Farm Newspaper

Create a newspaper that could be published by the pigs on Animal Farm. Your newspaper should mimic the…

Essay Writing

Essay Writing

When you’re writing an essay on a novel or film, you’ll be given an essay topic or…

Write a Fable

Write a Fable

Select one of the moral messages from the list below: • A false tale often betrays itself. • A…

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