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Topics: Vladimir Lenin, Soviet Union, Communism Pages: 4 (1234 words) Published: October 1, 2014
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Animal Farm 20 Questions Webquest
 
Directions: Please use the suggested links to find answers to each of the questions below. Be sure to paraphrase (not copy) the answers/information you find on the internet.  All these questions will have parallels in Animal Farm, so be sure to pay careful attention!  

For questions #1-2, please refer to your copy of the novel and to this website http://www.k-1.com/Orwell/site/opinion/essays/rhodi.html
1. What was George Orwell’s personal experience of Stalin’s government, and how did this experience become the motivation/basis for Animal Farm? Orwell’s involvement in the Spanish war gave him the experience and understanding of Stalin’s government. Orwell concluded that Stalin’s government was not socialist, but rater it was a totalitarian form of government, Orwell tries to explain how Stalin rose to power. Orwell’s experience inspired the writing of the book “Animal Farm.” 2. In what year was Animal Farm first published, and what war had just ended? Animal Farm was first published in 1945 after the end of World War II.

For questions #3-5, refer to the following site:
http://www.buzzle.com/articles/communism-vs-socialism.html
3. What is socialism?
Socialism is an economic system, in which all goods are dispersed equally among all individuals in a society, based on individual’s efforts.

4. What is communism?
Communism relates to both the economy and political systems of a society. The distribution of goods and services is equally divided among the population, and is based on the populations needs.

5. What are the common goals/failures of socialism and communism? (Hint: utopia means an ideally perfect place, especially in its social, political, and moral aspects) Socialism and communism both strive to support the people, within a designated region, through the equal distribution of goods, and create a classless...
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