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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. Instead of staying for his sentencing, where does Gulliver decide to go?

2. Gulliver must agree, also, to be an ally against the people of what place?

3. How long has Gulliver been on Blefuscu, when he sees something wash up on shore?

4. Who buys Gulliver from the farmer?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. In Part 3, Chapter 6, Swift again makes his views of the British government known. What are those views, how does he express them and do they still apply to modern governments?

2. In Part 3, Chapter 5, how is Gulliver further introduced to the ideas and beliefs of the Laputians?

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

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

5. Instead of sending Gulliver back to Lilliput, what does the emperor of Blefuscu do?

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

7. What lessons does Swift try to teach about heroes through Gulliver?

8. How does the king of the floating island rule the people on the island below?

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

10. How does Gulliver say that criminals are treated by the Lilliputians?

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

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

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.

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