• Animal Farm


    The Russian Revolution

    Web Quest



    Introduction and Task:


    The novel Animal Farm is an allegory for the Russian Revolution. This means that the characters and events symbolize actual people and events in history. The task of this web quest is to research who and what happened so that you can understand the “story underneath the story,” so to speak.
    Working independently, visit the websites throughout this web quest, and fill in the answers on your handout.  Please write in complete sentences.   You will be graded on finding the right answers and writing in complete sentences.   Once you are finished writing out the background information answers, fill in the symbolism chart.  


    Part I: George Orwell



    Use the following site to find information to answer questions about Animal Farm's author, George Orwell. Although we could spend an entire Web Quest on George Orwell, his life, and his writing, we are focusing on Russian history today.  A brief overview is all we need. 

    If you want to know more, you can also visit:



    Part II: Nicholas II


    Use the following pages to find information about Tsar Nicholas II.














    Part III: Karl Marx, Leon Trotsky, and Communism


    Visit the following sites to answer questions about these men.



    History/Biography of Marx: http://www.historylearningsite.co.uk/karl_marx.htm?&0



    A famous quote from Marx:



    A succinct explanation of Communism: http://www.wisegeek.com/what-is-communism.htm


    Trotsky: http://www.answers.com/topic/leon-trotsky


    More Trotsky: http://www.marxist.net/trotsky/life/life.htm







    Part IV: Joseph Stalin


    Stalin….What a guy……


    A pretty succinct page on Stalin:





    Propanganda:  http://www.buzzle.com/articles/stalinism-the-use-of-propaganda-by-joseph-stalin.html


    Secret Police: http://www.ibiblio.org/expo/soviet.exhibit/secret.html





    Part V: The Allegory


    Visit the following sites for help on who and what represents who and what.















    Name:                                                                                                              Ryan- Murray


    Mod:                                                                                                               12th English


    The Russian Revolution and Animal Farm


    1. What is George Orwell’s real name?


    1. What is the name of the first book he published?


    1. In what year was Animal Farm published?


    1. How did Nicholas II feel about democracy?


    1. What were working conditions in Russia like with Nicholas II as a leader?



    1. What was Bloody Sunday?



    1. Was Nicholas II an effective or poor leader?  Explain why.



    1. Explain Karl Marx’s position on religion?



    1. Marx helped to write The Communist Manifesto, which stated that all men were born free but that society had got to such a state that the majority were ______________________.



    1. Marx had ten points. Name two:




    1. Write out the famous quote from Marx and explain what it means:



    1. According to the site (and common sense), Communism would probably function well if humans did not have the unfortunate tendency toward ___________________________.



    1.  Leon Trotsky wanted to improve life in Russia; he used his pen to oppose what leader?



    1. Who ordered Trotsky’s assassination? Explain why he ordered the assassination?



    1. What title was Stalin given in 1922?



    1. By the late 1920’s, what was his role?



    1. What happened in the 1930’s during the Great Terror or Great Purge?




    1. What are some of the forms of propaganda that Stalin employed?




    19. Explain Stalinism and give an example.




    20. Stalin used a secret police force to force support of him and to kill the disobedient. We, in recent

          years, think of the KGB, but what four letter acronym were they called in his time?




    Directions: From your research on the Russian Revolution. Identify who each character represents from the Russian Revolution. Then explain why the character represents the real person by using one specific example from the book.  Use the example of Old Major to mirror your answers.     




    Character/ Term


    Symbolism and connection to the novel.

    Old Major-






    Old Major, the prized middle white board, represents Karl Marx claimed the father of communism.  In the novel, Old Major describes a perfect, equal society in his inspirational speech to the animals; the same society Karl Marx envisioned in Communism.   














    Napoleon’s  Dogs-



































    Farmer Jones-






    The Battle of Cowshed-
























Last Modified on September 30, 2016