Questions to Ponder

Estimated Time: 30 minutes

Questions to Ponder

  1. Describe Old Major. Could he be called a hero, leader, or visionary?
  2. At the end of Chapter 2, are Snowball and Napoleon sincere?
  3. Are the 7 commandments good ones?
  4. Why does Orwell use 'comrades' in his writing?
  5. What does Old Benjamin mean when he says, "Donkeys live a long time. None of you have ever seen a dead donkey."?
  6. How did the pigs convince the other animals that they should consume the milk and apples?


After you have pondered and discussed these questions with your teacher, choose one to complete a freewrite on. If you are unfamiliar with freewriting, here are a few tips:

  • Keep your pencil moving. Don’t stop. Just brain dump onto your paper.
  • Have a set amount of time. Set a timer and write for the full amount of time.
  • Ignore all grammar and spelling. Don’t let editing slow down the process. The goal is to get thoughts on paper. Spelling and grammar are not important in this instance.
  • Pen and paper aren’t the only ways to freewrite. Feel free to type on the computer. Not only does this accomplish the task, but it builds typing skills.

Share your freewrite in the comments below.

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