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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. Due to trade and the fact that many of the people send their children to the opposite island to become more worldly, what does Gulliver say happens?

2. What do the people occasionally catch in the sea?

3. What convinces the farmer that Gulliver is a small human?

4. During Gulliver's game, Gulliver saves a man and a what?

5. How does Gulliver's sword scare the guards?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the king's attitude toward Gulliver in all of Part 2, Chapter 5?

2. What does Gulliver learn from his first impressions, in Part 2, Chapter 1, when he encounters the giants?

3. What are the ways in which Gulliver defines the relationship between Lilliput and Blefuscu?

4. Why does Gulliver finally decide to leave and go to Blefuscu?

5. Explain what the provisions of Gulliver's release say about how the little people view Gulliver and about their attitude.

6. Gulliver is a doctor, but his heart seems to lie with exploring the world around him. What evidence supports that, in Part 1, Chapter 1?

7. What is the emperor of the little people like? What type of personality does he seem to have?

8. How does Gulliver describe the emperor's attitude during Gulliver's capture?

9. How does the farmer's attitude seem to change toward Gulliver in Part 2, Chapter 3 and why?

10. How is the treatment Gulliver gets from the queen who buys him from the farmer, different from the treatment Gulliver got from the farmer?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Explain, using details from the story, the difference between how Gulliver is treated by the farmer when they first meet and how Gulliver is treated by the farmer towards the end of the time that Gulliver is in the farmer's possession. Also, have you ever been the victim of someone who treated you one way to begin with and completely differently later on? If so, explain. If not, have you ever treated someone else one way at first and differently later on? If so, why?

Essay Topic 2

Describe the reasons why the Liliputians and Blefuscians do not get along. How did the two groups become separated? Also, are there disagreements between groups of people over similar topics in the modern era? If you don't believe so, explain why. If you do believe so, list some examples and explain whether you agree or disagree with them.

Essay Topic 3

Gulliver is clearly an explorer at heart, even though he is a doctor by profession. Do you feel that it was appropriate for him to keep going on voyages, even though he kept leaving his family and just barely avoiding death when he did? If you were Gulliver, would you have given up traveling? If so, why and when would you have decided to stay home? Use details from the story to support your opinions.

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