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. At the port city, Gulliver is directed to go where until he can find passage to the island?

2. The doctor theorizes that whenever the people are healed, then the politics and government will be what?

3. How many years ago does the lord explain that people went to visit the flying island and came down with all sorts of ideas?

4. The island cannot go over how many miles high?

5. When the ship is ready to sail, where is it going?

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

3. What identifies the immortals in the culture, in Part 3, Chapter 10, and what sorts of things must these immortals endure?

4. Describe the ship captain's attitude toward Gulliver, after hearing his incredible story. How does Gulliver react to the captain's attitude?

5. What happens to Gulliver in Glubbdubdribb?

6. When the king asks Gulliver to tell him about England, what are some of the things that Gulliver tells him?

7. What lesson does Swift try to teach about life and death, in Part 3, Chapter 10?

8. What do you think Swift's ideas about modern science are, based on Part 3, Chapter 4?

9. 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?

10. How does Laputa stay in the air and do you think that such an island really could exist by using modern technology?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 3

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.

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