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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. Which item did the Lilliputian guards not find on Gulliver?

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

3. How long does the journey take?

4. Gulliver gets lost while running where?

5. A couple days after Gulliver's game is played, some men find a strange object where?

Short Essay Questions

1. Was it a good idea for the emperor to have Gulliver taught the language? Why or why not?

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

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

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. 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?

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The Liliputian emperor eventually turns against Gulliver and tries to have him punished for crimes that he did not commit.

1. Explain why Gulliver is accused of those crimes by the emperor and what punishment is decided upon. Also, what does Gulliver do in reaction to the emperors accusations.

In modern times are innocent people still found guilty of crimes often? Why or why not? Does it depend on the particular town or country where the crime is committed, for instance? Use examples to support your opinions.

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 a doctor by profession, but an explorer at heart. Do you feel that most people take on professions that they enjoy, or do they get stuck in careers that they hate for most of their lives? Why did Gulliver become a doctor when he really wanted to be an explorer? What are some reasons that people in modern times do things that they'd rather not do.

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