These two disagreed on every point where disagreement was possible

Animal Farm (10)

These two disagreed on every point where disagreement was possible. If one of them suggested sowing a bigger acreage with barley, the other was certain to demand a bigger acreage of oats, and if one of them said that such and such field was just right for cabbages, the other would declare that it was useless for anything except roots.

(i) Who were the two who disagreed on every point? What special skills did each of them possess?

(ii) What was Snowball’s dream project? How, in his opinion, would it transform life on Animal Farm?

(iii) How did Snowball work out the details of this project? Where did he do the planning?

(iv) How did the farm animals view Snowball’s effort? What was Napoleon’s response to it?

(v) Later on, at a Sunday meeting of the farm animals, Snowball is expelled and Napoleon assumes charge. What immediate changes does he announce regarding the running of Animal Farm.

Answer

(i) Snowball and Napoleon

At the meetings, Snowball often won over the majority by his brilliant speeches

Napoleon was better at canvassing support for himself

(ii) The building of a windmill.

it would light the stalls - give warmth in winter

would run a circular saw - a chaff-cutter - a mangel-slicer - an electric milking machine.

(iii) Snowball took mechanical details from 3 books that had belonged to Mr. Jones.

He worked with a piece of chalk held between his trotters to make drawings on the floor of a shed

He used a shed once used for incubators with a smooth floor, suitable for drawing on

(iv) The farm animals could understand nothing of Snowball’s complicated drawing but theywere very impressed by it – came to see it at least once a day.

Napoleon kept aloof - arrived one day - walked around - looked closely at the plans - sniffed at them - then lifted his leg, urinated over the plans and walked out.

(v) Napoleon dominates

abolishes the Sunday morning Meetings considered meetings a waste of time

announces that all matters pertaining to the working of the farm would be settled by a special committee of pigs presided over by himself

animals would still assemble on Sundays to salute the flag and sing ‘Beasts of England’ there would be no more debates and discussions.