Animal Farm Vocabulary Quiz

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What does 'inscribe' mean in the context of the text?

To carve or etch into a material or surface

In the text, what does 'ration' refer to?

A fixed portion that is allotted, especially in times of scarcity

What does 'ensconce' mean based on the text?

To entrench or fix firmly

What is a 'knoll' as mentioned in the text?

A small natural hill

What does the word 'retribution' mean?

Punishment

In the context of the text, what does 'prod' mean?

To push against; to jab

What does 'apathy' mean?

An absence of emotion

What does 'repose' mean?

Rest; freedom from activity

What does 'expound' mean?

Clarify the meaning of and discourse in a learned way

What does 'seldom' mean?

Not often; rarely

What does 'denounce' mean?

Speak out against

What does 'contrive' mean?

Scheme; make or work out a plan for

What does 'advocate' mean?

To plead for a cause or idea

What does 'wistful' mean?

Longing; reflective

What does 'despair' mean?

A state in which all hope is lost or absent

What does 'sordid' mean?

Foul and run-down and repulsive

What was the reason the animals couldn't use human tools?

Their anatomy made it impossible

Who was suspected of being involved in the murder of Castillo and Tison?

The Black Jihad

How were the mugs emptied?

Completely, to the dregs

Why was Old Benjamin more taciturn than usual?

Due to grief

What effect did the rumors about Jones' expulsion have on the animals of neighboring farms?

They grew more restive

Who was thought to be skulking about on Pinchfield Farm?

Snowball

How did the animals react to their tormentors?

They flung themselves upon their tormentors with one accord

What was revealed about Frederick's actions in late summer?

Another of Frederick's machinations

How was Benjamin's demeanor described?

Morose and moping

What were the rumors about Old Major?

That he was subversive and planning a revolution

How was Snowball's personality compared to Napoleon's?

More vivacious and inventive

What did the animals break into an impromptu rendition of?

The Beasts of England

What does the term 'superannuated' refer to in the text?

Animals too old to be useful

What does 'utilize' refer to in the text?

The animals' inability to utilize tools like humans

What does 'spring' signify in the text?

The origin of all evils in the animals' lives

What does 'resolution' mean in the context of the text?

The animals' determination to harvest the field faster than Jones ever did

What does 'disinter' refer to in the text?

The act of uncovering something that was buried

What does 'collaborate' mean based on the text?

The act of working together towards a common goal

What does 'gamboled' mean in the context of the text?

The act of playing boisterously

What does 'windfall' signify in the text?

A sudden happening bringing good fortune

What does 'cryptic' mean based on the text?

A hidden or secret meaning

What does 'maxim' refer to in the text?

A widely accepted saying

What does 'piebald' signify in the text?

Having patches of different colors

What does 'ignominious' mean based on the text?

In an embarrassing or degrading manner

What does the term 'superannuated' refer to in the context of Animal Farm?

Animals too old to be useful, retired and moved to a special grazing area

What does 'cryptic' mean in the context of Animal Farm?

A hidden or secret meaning

What does 'maxim' refer to in the context of Animal Farm?

Widely accepted saying

What do the young pigs being 'piebald' signify in Animal Farm?

Having patches of different colors, hinting at their parentage

What do the animals in Animal Farm 'utilize'?

The animals couldn't utilize tools like humans due to their hooves

What does 'ignominious' mean in the context of Animal Farm?

Deserving or causing public disgrace or shame

What does 'disinter' mean in Animal Farm?

To dig up something that has been buried

What do the animals in Animal Farm resolve to do?

The animals were determined to harvest the field faster than Jones ever did

What does 'gamboled' mean in Animal Farm?

The animals played boisterously, hurling themselves into the air in excitement

What does 'windfall' refer to in Animal Farm?

Refers to a sudden happening bringing good fortune, such as ripe apples falling in the orchard

What does 'spring' signify in Animal Farm?

All evils in their lives spring from the tyranny of human beings

What does 'collaborate' mean in the context of Animal Farm?

Reflecting on the days when students could put desks together to collaborate

Study Notes

Animal Farm Vocabulary Summary

  • Gamboled: The animals played boisterously, hurling themselves into the air in excitement.
  • Windfall: Refers to a sudden happening bringing good fortune, such as ripe apples falling in the orchard.
  • Superannuated: Animals too old to be useful, retired and moved to a special grazing area.
  • Cryptic: A hidden or secret meaning, as in a vague statement about dead donkeys.
  • Maxim: Boxer’s first maxim is “I will work harder”, a widely accepted saying.
  • Utilize: The animals couldn't utilize tools like humans due to their hooves.
  • Piebald: The young pigs were piebald, having patches of different colors, hinting at their parentage.
  • Spring: All evils in their lives spring from the tyranny of human beings.
  • Resolution: The animals were determined to harvest the field faster than Jones ever did.
  • Ignominious: The troops were in ignominious retreat within five minutes of their invasion.
  • Disinter: The skull of old Major, clean of flesh, had been disinterred.
  • Collaborate: Reflecting on the days when students could put desks together to collaborate.

Test your understanding of vocabulary and contextual references from George Orwell's "Animal Farm" with this quiz. Identify the meanings of words and phrases used in the novel and their relevance to the plot and characters.

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