A Modest Proposal Trivia

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A Modest Proposal Quizzes & Trivia

"This quiz tests players' knowledge of Jonathan Swift's satirical essay "A Modest Proposal". Best of luck!"


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    What is the full title of "A Modest Proposal"?
    • A. 

      A Modest Proposal for Maximizing the Usefulness of the Poor Children of Ireland and for Providing a Means to Regulate the Economy

    • B. 

      A Modest Proposal for Feeding the Hungry, Clothing the Needy, Sheltering the Homeless, and Enriching the Poor People of Ireland

    • C. 

      A Modest Proposal for Improving the Living Standards in Ireland and for Relieving the Poor People in Ireland of Their Unwanted Children

    • D. 

      A Modest Proposal for Preventing the Children of Poor People in Ireland from Being a Burden to Their Parents or Country, and for Making Them Beneficial to the Public

  • 2. 
    Of the following, which is not one of the common options chosen by the children of Ireland?
    • A. 

      Become thieves

    • B. 

      Sell themselves to the Barbadoes

    • C. 

      Fight for the Pretender in Spain

    • D. 

      Become factory workers

  • 3. 
    How old did Swift recommended children be before they became a modest proposal?
    • A. 

      Two years

    • B. 

      One year

    • C. 

      Four years

    • D. 

      Six months

  • 4. 
    Of the 120,000 childen annually born in Dublin at the time, how many did Swift suggest should be used for the modest proposal?
    • A. 

      100,000

    • B. 

      10,000

    • C. 

      120,000

    • D. 

      5,000

  • 5. 
    What was the ethnicity of the person who told the narrator that a young, healthy child is a most delicious, nourishing and wholesome food?
    • A. 

      Spanish

    • B. 

      American

    • C. 

      Italian

    • D. 

      English

  • 6. 
    During what time are the most Roman Catholic children born?
    • A. 

      Nine months after Christmas

    • B. 

      Nine months after the first day of autumn

    • C. 

      Nine months after the first day of spring

    • D. 

      Nine months after Lent

  • 7. 
    What did the narrator recommend as the spelling price for a beggar's child?
    • A. 

      One hundred shillings

    • B. 

      Ten shillings

    • C. 

      Twenty shillings

    • D. 

      Three shillings

  • 8. 
    What did the narrator acknowledge as the strongest objection to his proposal?
    • A. 

      It would be too difficult to implement if it was run by the government.

    • B. 

      It would create a more homogenous Ireland.

    • C. 

      It was a little bordering on cruelty.

    • D. 

      It would be looked down upon in other countries.

  • 9. 
    Which of the following is listed as one of the benefits of the narrator's modest proposal?
    • A. 

      People will not live in fear of being robbed.

    • B. 

      The price of other foods in Ireland will go down.

    • C. 

      The food will bring a great custom to taverns in Ireland.

    • D. 

      Sanitation in Ireland will be improved.

  • 10. 
    Why did the narrator say that the modest proposal food should not bear exportation?
    • A. 

      The people of Ireland could not afford the shipping costs.

    • B. 

      The flesh is too tender to admit a long continuance of salt.

    • C. 

      The smell of the food would be repulsive over a long journey.

    • D. 

      The people of Ireland did not want other nation’s citizens eating their children.

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