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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. Who proposes that health and politics are intimately linked?
2. The one law is that the king and his two elder sons may not do what?
3. Gulliver is sent someone to help him with what?
4. An eagle picks up Gulliver's box while he is where with the royals?
5. The last room of the academy is one for what?
Short Essay Questions
1. What happens to Gulliver, once he reaches Luggnagg?
2. What lessons can be learned from the people of Laputa?
3. What do you think Swift's ideas about modern science are, based on Part 3, Chapter 4?
4. What identifies the immortals in the culture, in Part 3, Chapter 10, and what sorts of things must these immortals endure?
5. 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?
6. How does Laputa stay in the air and do you think that such an island really could exist by using modern technology?
7. Describe the ship captain's attitude toward Gulliver, after hearing his incredible story. How does Gulliver react to the captain's attitude?
8. What other figures does Gulliver call back from the dead, in Part 3, Chapter 8 and why? What else does he learn from them?
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. What does Gulliver find after sailing from island to island for five days, in Part 3, Chapter 1 and what happens as a result?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
The Lilliputian government officials are determined in a very unusual way through a rope dance.
Part 1. Explain how the rope dance works.
Part 2. Do you feel that the rope dance is a good way to elect officials? Why or why not?
Part 3. What point do you feel that the author, Jonathan Swift, is trying to make about the way that governments are run, by writing about the rope dance?
Essay Topic 2
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.
Essay Topic 3
Gulliver's encounter with the pirates is interesting. It brings up questions of ethics.
Part 1: Explain, in detail, Gulliver's encounter with the pirates and his discovery of Laputa.
Part 2: How does modern piracy of things, such as computer software, compare and contrast to the piracy that Gulliver encountered.
Part 3: Is modern software piracy really any different from piracy in Gulliver's times? Do people justify modern piracy? If so, in what ways?
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