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Cloze Text - Animal Farm - George Orwell (part 2)

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 1 here]
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Section One
blamed= incolpato -- burden= carico -- dealing= trattativa -- deprived= privati -- enjoying= godere -- items= articoli -- produce= i prodotti -- purchased= acquistati -- scapegoat= capro espiatorio -- trading= commerciare -- to allow= permettere -- worsen= peggiorano

Section Two
betrayal= tradimento -- cheats= inganna -- destroyed= distrutto -- executed= giustiziati -- faces= affronta -- god-like= divino -- hens= galline -- machinery= macchine -- rebel= si ribellano -- treated= trattati -- trials= processi -- turned= diventato

Section Three
buried= sepolto -- continues= continua -- fights= combatte -- has died= è morto -- health= salute -- knacker= macellaio -- lies= bugie -- outspoken= sincero -- pension= pensione -- tell= dicono -- to preach= predicare -- world= mondo

Section Four
banquet= banchetto -- both= sia -- chiefly= soprattutto -- habits= abitudini -- hind= posteriori -- others= altri -- passes= passa -- plunged= ripiombati -- proud= orgoglioso -- rephrase= riscrivono -- scene= scena -- wages= paghe
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Section One

The harvest is less successful and many mainly concerning the machinery or the windmill must be from the other farms. Napoleon therefore starts with the humans, selling them part of the of the farm and buying from them what they need for their windmill. So the Commandment forbidding any with the humans is practically removed and others are slowly transformed so as the pigs to enjoy human pleasures. The working conditions of the animals , but Animal Farm, though looked upon with suspicion, starts a certain respect among the humans.

In the meantime banished Snowball continues to be Napoleon's and, when the windmill falls in ruins during a storm, he is for its destruction. Napoleon compels the animals to work all winter to rebuild it. This is a very heavy for the poor animals, who have also been of part of their winter food through the trade with the humans.

Section Two

When it becomes necessary to procure more grain, the are asked to give more eggs to sell; the hens and Napoleon has them starve to submission. He then the most discontented of the animals: four pigs are brought to trial, they confess their maintaining that it was Snowball who convinced them. All of them are and another Commandment is broken. Other and executions follow. By now the animals realize that their ideal society based on freedom, equality and peace has into a world of fear and suspicion.

Napoleon becomes a legendary and figure and makes his appearance only on rare occasions; he starts negotiating again with Frederick and Pilkington to obtain some for the windmill. At first he seems to be willing to deal with Pilkington, maintaining that the animals on Frederick's farm are badly ; then he suddenly changes his decision and bargains with the latter. Frederick however Napoleon out of the money and attacks Animal Farm. During the battle that follows, the windmill is but Frederick's men are driven out of the farm.

Section Three

Boxer, the strong cart horse, bravely as usual, but his starts to fail. The windmill is to be rebuilt and the pigs, who have always disliked Boxer for his honesty, sell him to the and spend the money on a party. Of course they the other animals that Boxer in hospital and that he has been with honours.

In the meantime the distance between the pigs and the other animals to increase and Moses the Raven comes back about the Sugarcandy Mountains, the in the sky to which animals go after their death. The pigs also give him a , maintaining however that his stories are only .

Section Four

Time and the farm becomes better organized, to the benefit of the pigs, who assume more and more human : they walk on their legs, hold whips and the Commandment concerning the equality of animals as follows "All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than ".

The last represents the collapse of the rebellion. Pigs and humans sit at a together and they can hardly be distinguished from one another in aspect and in attitude: Napoleon is to speak about the long working hours and the low of the animals, while the latter have into the same conditions they suffered before the rebellion.
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Section One
The harvest is less successful and many items mainly concerning the machinery or the windmill must be purchased from the other farms. Napoleon therefore starts trading with the humans, selling them part of the produce of the farm and buying from them what they need for their windmill. So the Commandment forbidding any dealing with the humans is practically removed and others are slowly transformed so as to allow the pigs to enjoy human pleasures. The working conditions of the animals worsen, but Animal Farm, though looked upon with suspicion, starts enjoying a certain respect among the humans.

In the meantime banished Snowball continues to be Napoleon's scapegoat and, when the windmill falls in ruins during a storm, he is blamed for its destruction. Napoleon compels the animals to work all winter to rebuild it. This is a very heavy burden for the poor animals, who have also been deprived of part of their winter food through the trade with the humans.

Section Two
When it becomes necessary to procure more grain, the hens are asked to give more eggs to sell; the hens rebel and Napoleon has them starve to submission. He then faces the most discontented of the animals: four pigs are brought to trial, they confess their betrayal maintaining that it was Snowball who convinced them. All of them are executed and another Commandment is broken. Other trials and executions follow. By now the animals realize that their ideal society based on freedom, equality and peace has turned into a world of fear and suspicion.

Napoleon becomes a legendary and god-like figure and makes his appearance only on rare occasions; he starts negotiating again with Frederick and Pilkington to obtain some machinery for the windmill. At first he seems to be willing to deal with Pilkington, maintaining that the animals on Frederick's farm are badly treated; then he suddenly changes his decision and bargains with the latter. Frederick however cheats Napoleon out of the money and attacks Animal Farm. During the battle that follows, the windmill is destroyed but Frederick's men are driven out of the farm.

Section Three
Boxer, the strong cart horse, fights bravely as usual, but his health starts to fail. The windmill is to be rebuilt and the pigs, who have always disliked Boxer for his outspoken honesty, sell him to the knacker and spend the money on a party. Of course they tell the other animals that Boxer has died in hospital and that he has been buried with honours.

In the meantime the distance between the pigs and the other animals continues to increase and Moses the Raven comes back to preach about the Sugarcandy Mountains, the world in the sky to which animals go after their death. The pigs also give him a pension, maintaining however that his stories are only lies.

Section Four
Time passes and the farm becomes better organized, chiefly to the benefit of the pigs, who assume more and more human habits: they walk on their hind legs, hold whips and rephrase the Commandment concerning the equality of animals as follows "All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others".

The last scene represents the collapse of the rebellion. Pigs and humans sit at a banquet together and they can hardly be distinguished from one another both in aspect and in attitude: Napoleon is proud to speak about the long working hours and the low wages of the animals, while the latter have plunged into the same conditions they suffered before the rebellion.