Modest Proposal Quiz – Essay Furious

Read the story Modest Proposal before answering the questions. The book is in the link.…

1) Swift addresses all of the following problems EXCEPT:


Population control



2) What does Swift name as the average price of a child?

Five shillings

Eight shillings

Two pounds

Ten pounds

3) What does Swift say can be made from the skin of the butchered infants?

Ladies’ gloves


Lamp covers

Sausage casings

4) Who will be eating the children, according to Swift?

The elderly

The Catholics

The rich

Those on welfare

5) Why does Swift say teenagers would not be good to eat?

They put up too much of a fight

They are old enough to know what will be happening to them

They are needed to work the farms

Their meat is tough

6) In which passage does Swift use the rhetorical device of synecdoche, using a part of the body to describe the whole body?

A. “First, as things now stand, how will they be able to find food and raiment for a hundred thousand useless mouths and backs?”

B. “I profess in the sincerity of my heart
that I have not the least personal interest in endeavouring to promote
this necessary work…”

C. “I think it is agreed by all parties
that this prodigious number of children, in the arms of or on the backs
or at the heels of their mothers…”

D. “A child will make two dishes at an
entertainment for friends, and when the family dines alone, the fore or
hind quarter will make a reasonable dish…”

7) In which passage does Swift restate his argument for eating impoverished babies?

A. “Infants’ flesh will be in season throughout the year…”

B. “Having no other motive than the public
good of my country, by advancing our trade, providing for infants,
relieving the poor, and giving pleasure to the rich.”

C. “I have already computed the cost of nursing a beggar’s child…”

D. “Some persons of a desponding spirit are in great concern about the vast number of poor who are aged, diseased, or maimed…”

8) Which passage shows Swift addressing religious concerns through the use of satire?

A. “It would greatly lessen the number of
Papists, with whom we are yearly overrun, being the principal breeders
of the nation as well as our most dangerous enemies.”

B. “Sixthly, this would be a great
inducement to marriage, which all wise nations have either encouraged by
rewards or enforced by laws and penalties.”

C. “Therefore, I repeat, let no man talk
to me of these and the like expedients till he hath at least some
glimpse of hope that there will ever be some hearty and sincere attempt
to put them in practice.”

D. “It is a melancholy object to those who
walk through this great town, or travel in the country, when they see
the streets, the roads, and cabin doors crowded with beggars of the
female sex…”

9) Which passage shows Swift’s feelings about the wealthy upper classes through the use of satire?

A. “I have reckoned upon a medium, that a
child just born will weigh twelve pounds, and within a solar year, if
tolerably nursed, increaseth to twenty-eight pounds.”

B. “They cannot get work and consequently
pine away for want of nourishment to a degree that if at any time they
are accidentally hired to common labour, they have not the strength to
to perform it…”

C. “I grant that this food will be
somewhat dear, and therefore very proper for landlords, who, as they
have already devoured most of the peasants, seem to have the best title
to the children.”

D. Then as to the females, it would, I
think, with humble submission, be a loss to the public because they soon
would become breeders themselves.

10) Which passage best shows Swift’s use of Pathos, an appeal to readers emotions?

A. “But my intention is very far from being confined to provide only for children of professed beggars…”

B. “There only remain a hundred and twenty thousand of poor parents annually born.”

C. “I shall now therefore humbly propose my own thoughts, which I hope will not be liable to the least objection.”

D. “I doubt, more to avoid the expense, than the shame, which would move tears and pity in the most savage and inhuman beast.”