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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. Why does Gulliver have trouble seeing the inner palace?

2. One of the provisions of Gulliver's release is that he will not leave without what?

3. How do the Lilliputians bury their dead?

4. During the journey, Gulliver awakes only once when a couple of the curious accidentally make him do what?

5. Some ambassadors come from Blefuscu, hoping to do what?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. 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?

3. Why doesn't the emperor want Gulliver alive anymore and how does this reveal the emperor's true nature?

4. Swift meant for this part of the book to be a satire on the French government and he uses the size of everything as a farce against the government. Swift is saying that he believes that everything in France is bigger. At the time, Louis the XVI was the king of France and Louis loved to build huge estates and use his wealth for his own desires. King Louis was known to not know or care about the conditions of the people whom he governed. Knowing that, how does Part 2, Chapter 4 mirror activities in France?

5. What condition does Gulliver find most of the people in, when he goes down to the lower island, and why is he told that they are that way? What implications does that have?

6. Describe the conditions on the voyage where Gulliver's ship runs into a string of bad luck.

7. Describe Gulliver's final journey home.

8. 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?

9. What are the circumstances of Gulliver's eventual freedom?

10. Describe Gulliver's encounter with the pirates.

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Social status is addressed often in the book.

Part 1: Name at least one part of the book where social status plays a major role.

Part 2: Do you agree that different people should have a different status, simply because of things like religion, race or wealth? Why or why not?

Part 3: Social status is still a major part of modern society. Why do you think that is and what might be a good way for people to become less defined by social status?

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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