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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. What does the emperor of Blefuscu decide to do when he finds out about the articles against Gulliver?

2. Gulliver notes that hundreds of what sort of animal are kept by the royal family?

3. Gulliver describes the inner city as a collection of houses at least how many stories high?

4. At first, the emperor wants to destroy the enemy fleet and, therefore subject the people to be governed by what?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Describe at least four of the provisions of Gulliver's release.

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

4. Describe the relationship between Gulliver and the farmer's daughter.

5. In Part 1, Chapter 7, what does the author seem to be using Gulliver's adventures to say about systems of government, especially the government of England?

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

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

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

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

Gulliver and the king of giants have a long discussion about the government of England at the time. Swift makes it clear, through this discussion, that he has much distaste for the way things are run.

Part 1: Do you feel that modern governments have improved at all since Gulliver's times? Why or why not?

Part 2: If you were the ruler of a country, what sort of system of government would you want and why? Would you want a government like the one run by the giants? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

Explain how which of the Luggnagg people are immortal is determined, in detail. Also, what rules are the immortals subject to? What happens to them as they get older? Do you think the treatment that they receive is fair? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

Gulliver's Travels is full of interesting things to think about and life lessons. Choose three things that you learned from the book that made you stop to think. Explain in detail why you were intrigued by those things and whether or not they ultimately changed your point of view.

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