Gulliver's Travels Part I, Chapters 5-6: Questions and Answers

Jonathan Swift

Part I, Chapters 5-6: Questions and Answers

Study Questions
1. What is the great service performed by Gulliver to the Emperor of Lilliput, and what is his reward?

2. Does Gulliver’s influence continue to increase?

3. What is the first event that gets Gulliver into trouble?

4. How does putting out the fire in the palace get Gulliver into deeper trouble?

5. How does Gulliver interrupt the narrative in Chapter Six?

6. How does Gulliver explain the difference between the ideal laws of Lilliput and its present corrupt condition?

7. How are children brought up in Lilliput?

8. What was Gulliver’s daily life like in Lilliput?

9. What was the specific reason Flimnap gave in his conference with the Emperor for discharging Gulliver?

10. How did Gulliver “vindicate a great lady?”

Answers
1. Gulliver removes the fleet of Blefuscu by wading and swimming there and taking the ships to Lilliput with ropes, preventing an invasion of Lilliput. He is rewarded by being made a Nardac, Lilliput’s highest title of honor.

2. Gulliver’s influence declines, despite his services, because of intrigues.

3. The first event that gets Gulliver into trouble is his refusal to cooperate in the total conquest of Blefuscu, which antagonizes the Emperor.

4. Gulliver gets into deeper trouble because he has polluted the palace by putting out the fire by urinating on it.

5. Gulliver interrupts the narrative in Chapter Six by describing the laws and customs of Lilliput.

6. According to Gulliver, conditions began to decline in Lilliput during the reign of the grandfather of the current Emperor, when officials were first required to perform acrobatic feats. Things have gotten even worse in recent years.

7. In Lilliput, according to Gulliver, children are brought up in public nurseries and schools, not by the parents. They are brought up carefully, according to their sex and social condition.

8. Gulliver’s daily life in Lilliput included making furniture for himself out of large trees, and being clothed and fed on a large scale by the Lilliputians.

9. Flimnap advised the Emperor to discharge Gulliver because the expense of supporting him was a strain on Lilliput’s economy.

10. Gulliver vindicated Flimnap’s wife by declaring that when she visited him she was accompanied by several other people.