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Cloze Text - Animal Farm - George Orwell (part 1)

Animal Farm - George OrwellThe text is a synopsis of Animal Farm, a satire on the Russian - but also any other - revolution, written by George Orwell in 1941. [See Animal Farm - Part 2 here]
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Section One
aware= consapevole -- could= potrebbero -- destroy= distruggono -- greed= avidità -- leads= dirige -- lives= le vite -- reaches= raggiunge -- rise up= insorgono -- system= sistema -- urges= esorta -- to feed= nutrire -- to found= fondare

Section Two
draw up= stilano -- enemy= nemico -- fields= campi -- goes on= procede -- is stealing= ruba -- preached= predicava -- state= affermano -- take= assumono -- though= anche se -- to wear= indossare -- tools= arnesi -- wings= ali

Section Three
boar= maiale maschio -- bravery= coraggio -- chased= scacciati -- deepens= si aggrava -- medals= medaglie -- schemes= progetti -- seem= sembrano -- should= dovrebbe -- spreads= si diffonde -- suggests= suggerisce -- whole= intero -- wickedness= malvagità

Section Four
abolishes= abolisce -- anything= niente -- arises= sorge -- built= costruito -- is about to= sta per -- leisure= tempo libero -- presided= presieduto -- prevents= impedisce -- takes= assume -- settled= decisi/e -- suddenly= d'improvviso -- windmill= mulino a vento
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Section One

Just before his death, Old Major, the prize boar of Mr. Jones's farm, a meeting of animals. Here he describes the of his mates as miserable and points out that their miseries are caused by man's and by his stealing what the animals produce. Old Major is perfectly of his friends' capabilities and he is sure that they gain freedom and comfort if they expelled man. He therefore them to rebel, to cut every tie with man and a society in which all animals are equal.

After Old Major's death, the pigs, led by Snowball, Napoleon and Squealer, elaborate his ideas into a called "Animalism", and work hard to convince the other animals of it. In the meantime, however, Mr. Jones's mismanagement of the farm its apex: he forgets the animals and whips them when they break into the storehouse to feed themselves. The animals , drive the humans from the farm, the symbols of their power and take the management of the farm upon themselves.

Section Two

Moses the Raven, who about a world in the sky, follows the humans. The animals the "Seven Commandments of Animalism" which underline the difference between animals and humans ("whatever goes upon two legs in an ; whatever goes upon four legs or has is a friend"), forbid animals clothes, drink alcohol, sleep in beds, kill other animals and that all animals are equal.

At first the work of the farm very well, the animals enjoy their freedom and work with enthusiasm, knowing that no one for himself. The difficulty arising from their awkwardness in using man's is overcome by their greater knowledge of the work and of the . All work six days a week, Sunday being the day of rest, and the pigs - the cleverest of the animals - upon themselves the administration and the organization of the farm, they do not do any of the physical work.

Section Three

The news of the Rebellion and the nearby farmers become frightened. Mr. Pilkington and Mr. Frederick promote false rumours about the terrible of the animals on Animal Farm and help Mr. Jones to recapture it. In the "Battle of the Cowshed", the humans are again from the Farm and are conferred upon Snowball and Boxer for their in the battle.

However, the two leaders Napoleon and Snowball can never agree on any detail and their rivalry : Snowball makes new and Napoleon seems to be waiting for him to make a mistake. They also to diverge about the principles of the Revolution: whereas Napoleon that the defenses of the farm should be improved, Snowball advocates that the rebellion be spread to the other farms and that the country should be freed.

Section Four

But the biggest dispute from Snowball's plan for a which should power the farm and bring some comfort and to the animals; Napoleon disagrees and, when Snowball convince the animals, during the meeting he calls his nine bodyguard dogs and has them chase Snowball out of the farm.

Napoleon immediately the management of the farm upon himself, democratic discussions announcing that meetings and questions concerning the workings of the farm would henceforth be by a committee of pigs, over by himself. He also announces that the windmill, which was originally his idea, is to be . The extra work of the windmill, which practically the animals from fulfilling other tasks and the increasing appetites of the pigs and the dogs who do not produce themselves combine to make the living conditions of the other animals on the farm more difficult.
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Section One
Just before his death, Old Major, the prize boar of Mr. Jones's farm, leads a meeting of animals. Here he describes the lives of his mates as miserable and points out that their miseries are caused by man's greed and by his stealing what the animals produce. Old Major is perfectly aware of his friends' capabilities and he is sure that they could gain freedom and comfort if they expelled man. He therefore urges them to rebel, to cut every tie with man and to found a society in which all animals are equal.

After Old Major's death, the pigs, led by Snowball, Napoleon and Squealer, elaborate his ideas into a system called "Animalism", and work hard to convince the other animals of it. In the meantime, however, Mr. Jones's mismanagement of the farm reaches its apex: he forgets to feed the animals and whips them when they break into the storehouse to feed themselves. The animals rise up, drive the humans from the farm, destroy the symbols of their power and take the management of the farm upon themselves.

Section Two
Moses the Raven, who preached about a world in the sky, follows the humans. The animals draw up the "Seven Commandments of Animalism" which underline the difference between animals and humans ("whatever goes upon two legs in an enemy; whatever goes upon four legs or has wings is a friend"), forbid animals to wear clothes, drink alcohol, sleep in beds, kill other animals and state that all animals are equal.

At first the work of the farm goes on very well, the animals enjoy their freedom and work with enthusiasm, knowing that no one is stealing for himself. The difficulty arising from their awkwardness in using man's tools is overcome by their greater knowledge of the work and of the fields. All work six days a week, Sunday being the day of rest, and the pigs - the cleverest of the animals - take upon themselves the administration and the organization of the farm, though they do not do any of the physical work.

Section Three
The news of the Rebellion spreads and the nearby farmers become frightened. Mr. Pilkington and Mr. Frederick promote false rumours about the terrible wickedness of the animals on Animal Farm and help Mr. Jones to recapture it. In the "Battle of the Cowshed", the humans are again chased from the Farm and medals are conferred upon Snowball and Boxer for their bravery in the battle.

However, the two boar leaders Napoleon and Snowball can never agree on any detail and their rivalry deepens: Snowball makes new schemes and Napoleon seems to be waiting for him to make a mistake. They also seem to diverge about the principles of the Revolution: whereas Napoleon suggests that the defenses of the farm should be improved, Snowball advocates that the rebellion should be spread to the other farms and that the whole country should be freed.

Section Four
But the biggest dispute arises from Snowball's plan for a windmill which should power the farm and bring some comfort and leisure to the animals; Napoleon disagrees and, when Snowball is about to convince the animals, during the meeting he suddenly calls his nine bodyguard dogs and has them chase Snowball out of the farm.

Napoleon immediately takes the management of the farm upon himself, abolishes democratic discussions announcing that meetings and questions concerning the workings of the farm would henceforth be settled by a committee of pigs, presided over by himself. He also announces that the windmill, which was originally his idea, is to be built. The extra work of the windmill, which practically prevents the animals from fulfilling other tasks and the increasing appetites of the pigs and the dogs who do not produce anything themselves combine to make the living conditions of the other animals on the farm more difficult.