How they toiled and sweated to get the hay in

Animal Farm (10)

Read the extract given below and answer the questions that follow:

How they toiled and sweated to get the hay in! But their efforts were rewarded, for the harvest was an even bigger success than they had planned. Sometimes the work was hard;...

(i) What hardships did the animals face when they began the harvest? 

(ii) How long did they take to complete the harvest? What was the result? 

(iii) What other hardships did they face later that year? 

(iv) Describe the Sunday routine on Animal Farm. 

(v) What contribution did Boxer make to the farm work which earned him the admiration of his fellow creatures?


(i) The animals faced problems as all farming tools had been designed for the human beings.

No animal was able to use any tool,

that involved standing on his hind legs.

(ii) two days less than it had taken Jones and his men the year before.

it was the biggest harvest that the farm had ever seen.

there was no wastage not an animal on the farm had stolen as much as mouthful.

(iii) Later in the year, when they harvested the corn, they had to tread it out in the ancient style.

blow away the chaff with their breath

there was no threshing machine on the farm.

(iv) On Sundays there was no work breakfast was an hour later than usual

after breakfast, a flag was hoisted, the hoof and horn painted on the green flag signified the future Republic of Animals

later all the animals assembled in the big barn for a Meeting where the work for the coming week was planned, resolutions were put forward and debated.

(v) Boxer worked equal to three horses, from morning to night he was pushing and pulling

He was always at the spot where the work was hardest – some days the entire work of the farm seemed to rest on his shoulders.

he arranged to be woken up half an hour before others, put in volunteer labour at whatever seemed to be most needed

'I will work harder!' was his personal motto.