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If Swift were to buy three one-year-old children from a breeder (he was giving a dinner party) at 10 shillings and 4 pence apiece, how much profit would be made by the breeder, if it cost 2 shillings per year to feed and clothe a child (1 pound = 20 shillings; 1 shilling = 12 pence; 1 crown = 5 shillings)?

A. 1 pound, 4 shillings, 12 pence
B. 298 pence
C. 4 crowns, 4 shillings, 11 pence
D. 1 pound, 1 crown
E. 24 shillings

This question is part of Quiz On Modest Proposal
Asked by Mrwheeler, Last updated: May 29, 2020

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Markda John

Markda John

Answered Jan 01, 2018

According to Jonathan Swift’s “A Modest Proposal”, a breeder would make a profit of one pound, four shillings, and twelve pence. The whole idea of the proposal was to satirize what was going on at the time he wrote it. Swift sought to make a suggestion for the Irish, and was by no means meant to be taken seriously.

It was meant to shine a light on what the economics of the time were doing to the poor Irish that were enduring a potato famine at the time. Swift’s piece suggested that a child could be sold to a richer family so that the parents could buy food. This attitude was meant to mock what the British thought of the Irish at the time.

 

John Adney

John Adney

Answered Oct 12, 2017

E f d d d s s d f f r

 

John Smith

John Smith

Answered Oct 26, 2016

1 pound, 4 shillings, 12 pence
 

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