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Gulliver's Travels Teaching Unit
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- Define the term allegory and identify in what respect the characters in this book may be said to be allegorical.
- Some critics say that in Gulliver’s Travels we see Swift at his most misanthropic; he is a bitter hater of mankind. Other critics say, however, that for Swift the Yahoos do not represent mankind but what mankind must strive to overcome. Offer arguments for both sides and then state your opinion on this issue.
- Gulliver seems to think that in an ideal world men would be rational creatures like the Houyhnhnms. Do you think the rationality of the Houyhnhnms makes for a good place to live, or do you see problems with their lifestyle? How do you suppose Swift would answer this question?
- Some critics think that at the end of the novel, when Gulliver rejects all human contact because humans are Yahoos, Swift is denouncing humans also. Support or attack that thesis and refer to the text to support your position.
- Point out at least three incidents in which Swift satirizes “pride.”
- State what satire in this novel is tied to a specific place or time in history and what satire is universal.
- State how Swift uses verisimilitude to get the reader to accept impossible situations.
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A teaching unit and individual learning packet from Prestwick House. Includes the following: Comprehensive chapter-by-chapter study guides for students Questions suitable for essay topics or discussion Vocabulary lists Muliple-choice and essay test with answer key Introductory material from Prestwick House to familiarize both students and teachers with the work.