Gulliver's Travels Discussion Questions

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1. What is the difference between satire and parody?

2. What are the two kinds of satire commonly recognized?

3. What does the author intend to arouse in the reader by using satire?

4. What is the point of describing the quarrel between Lilliput and Blefuscu over which end to open a soft-boiled egg?

5. How do we see Gulliver differently after the Lilliputians propose to blind him?

6. How does he see himself differently after arriving in Brobdingnag?

7. What is patently improbable about a hoofed race (the Houyhnhnms) being masters of a race with nimble hands (the Yahoos)?

8. What is patently ridiculous about the flappers striking their masters' ears and mouths after a remark has been addressed to their masters?

9. What is completely impossible about a human body growing to be dozens of feet tall?

10. What is completely non-functional about a human body growing to be only six inches tall?

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