Gulliver's Travels Test | Final Test - Hard

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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. Gulliver also calls up the ancestors of certain houses of nobility where?

2. The floating island can keep hovering over the lower island, blocking out the sun and what, according to Gulliver?

3. Whose hair does Gulliver use to design seats and purses?

4. Gulliver hopes to sail where from the island?

5. Gulliver is upset to find that in the past couple hundred years, humans have actually degenerated when it came to what?

Short Essay Questions

1. In what ways do Gulliver and the king disagree about the concept of war in Part 2, Chapter 7?

2. Explain how Gulliver tries to prove to the king that the people of England are smart.

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

4. 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?

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

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

7. Describe Gulliver's encounter with the pirates.

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. Why is the king's cousin, who befriends Gulliver, considered an outcast and do you think that it is fair? Why or why not?

10. 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?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following 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

Explain how the law about choosing people to work in the Liliputian government is written and how the emperor seems to ignore that law. Do modern community, nation and world leaders act the same way about appointing staff, still? Use modern examples to back up your opinion.

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