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- Gulliver’s Travels Study Guide
- Gulliver’s Travels Study Guide Part 2
44. What is unusual about Laputa?
45. How does Gulliver get transported to Laputa?
46. How big is the floating island? How many people live on it?
47. What nationality do these people remind you of? Why might Swift include these people in a book?
48. What seems to characterize the people of Laputa?
49. Who is Prince Munodi?
50. What does Dr. Bates do with Mary’s letter?
51. What is a “flapper”? What is its use?
52. What is the Rajah predicting will happen?
53. How is the island controlled (in scientific terms)?
54. What is the problem with the way the island navigates?
55. What is Tom Gulliver drawing?
56. Why does Gulliver want to “reverse the lodestone”?
57. Where does Gulliver fall?
58. How does Munodi’s mother view intellectualism?
59. Why does Gulliver want to find the “Academy”? What type of place is it?
60. What might the “Academy” represent in real-life societies?
At this point, Gulliver travels around the land of Luggnagg . These places represent societies intrigued with the Period of Enlightenment: Love of intellectual and scientific attitudes and practices.
61. Why is the old man mashing cucumbers?
62. Who does Gulliver meet in the Room of Answers? Why is this appropriate?
63. Back in England , where is Gulliver placed?
64. Gulliver ends up being a prisoner at the palace of the Glubbubdribs. It’s like a scene out of the movie Groundhog Day. Why?
65. When Gulliver is drugged and sleeping at night, what does the king do to him?
66. Who does Gulliver end up summoning through a mirror? Why?
67. In the land of the Struldbrugs, a lady speaks to Gulliver from a golden eye. What is unusual about the Struldbrugs?
68. What is wrong with the people near the waters of immortality?
69. Back in England , how is Dr. Bates caught in a lie?
70. Does Gulliver drink from the waters of immortality? Why or why not?
71. While Mary is trying to get Gulliver off his addiction to laudanum, what ship experience does he tell her about?
72. How does he leave the ship?
Adventure 4: The Houyhnhms (pronounced “ how WIN ems”) and the Yahoos
73. Gulliver, back in England , is taken to a court hearing. What does he call the people there?
74. Describe the real Yahoos. What do you think they represent?
75. Describe the Houyhnhms. What do you think they represent?
76. In the world of Adventure 4, the Houyhnhms act like __________________ and the Yahoos act like ______________________.
77. Who is “Mistress”?
78. What do the Yahoos dig on the beaches for?
79. What does Gulliver find by digging on the beaches? What does he do with his findings?
80. What does the Houyhnhm Council decide about Gulliver?
81. How does he plan to leave the Houyhnhms?
82. Why does Gulliver throw his food overboard?
83. Who rescues him?
84. How does Mary answer when Dr. Bates asks her if Mary believes Gulliver’s stories?
85. Why does Tom appear at the court hearing?
86. What does Tom’s evidence prove?
87. Lem, Mary, and Tom return home. How does life continue for the Gullivers?
88. Why does Lem like to visit the stables at his home?
89. Does he find peace? What can Gulliver still not tolerate by the end of the story?
Gulliver's portrait as it appeared in the book's first edition. http://www.jaffebros.com/lee/gulliver/index.html
Glossary of terms you'll meet for the first time in Gulliver's Travels here
Timeline of Swift's life and times here