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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. After his dingy is overturned and Gulliver swims to shore, what does he do?

2. Gulliver describes his adventures with what kind of creature that is jealous of him?

3. How do the Lilliputians bury their dead?

4. What strange item do the men find, a few days after Gulliver's game is played?

5. While Gulliver is sleeping, they bring in a mechanism that was made specifically to do what to him?

Short Essay Questions

1. What other figures does Gulliver call back from the dead, in Part 3, Chapter 8 and why? What else does he learn from them?

2. Much of Part 3, Chapter 6, talks about Gulliver's encounter with a doctor who is full of ideas. One idea is that in order to cure the woes of the government, the people in the government must be seen to and whenever the people are healed, the politics and government will be healed. Gulliver thinks that that is a valid idea. Do you think that it was? Why or why not? Is such an idea still applicable in today's society?

3. When the king asks Gulliver to tell him about England, what are some of the things that Gulliver tells him?

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

5. Describe what happens to Gulliver at the Inn and what the farmer decides to do with him afterward.

6. How does Gulliver finally leave the island in Part 2, Chapter 8?

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

8. Customs of different people are a big part of the book. What custom must Gulliver follow in Part 3, Chapter 9 and how, in general, does Gulliver deal with the customs of people he encounters?

9. 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?

10. Why does the secretary tell Gulliver that the Lilliputians and the people of Blefuscu are at war?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Swift uses the Laputans to poke fun at modern science and say that experiments are time consuming and costly and, often, fail completely. Do you think that scientific studies are worth the money and time invested, over all? If so, list examples of modern scientific advances that you think have been beneficial and why. If not, list scientific flops that you think have wasted or are wasting money and why.

Essay Topic 2

In writing about the Laputans, Swift takes an interesting stand on science, believing that, while it can be good, it can also consume people, if their theories aren't sound. Using examples from the book, as well as real life, explain, in detail, about whether or not you think science is a good thing or a bad thing and why.

Essay Topic 3

Gulliver's encounter with the pirates is interesting. It brings up questions of ethics.

Part 1: Explain, in detail, Gulliver's encounter with the pirates and his discovery of Laputa.

Part 2: How does modern piracy of things, such as computer software, compare and contrast to the piracy that Gulliver encountered.

Part 3: Is modern software piracy really any different from piracy in Gulliver's times? Do people justify modern piracy? If so, in what ways?

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