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A Modest Proposal

Jonathan Swift


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Which of the following social problems does Swift's proposal not address?

Who, according to Swift, are the "principle Breeders of the Nations"?

What will be the average price of a child, according to Swift's calculations?

At what age does Swift suggest that children should be sold?

Why does the author reject the idea of eating teenagers?

What is the author's religious affiliation?

Which of the following is not one of the alternative "expedients" the author rejects?

Who does Swift suggest would be happy to "eat up our whole Nation," even without salt?

What evidence does the author offer for the disinterestedness of his proposal?

Of the children who will be allowed to survive, what will be the ratio of males to females?

What does the author suggest can be made out of the skin of the butchered infants?

Who will be the primary consumers of human flesh, according to the proposal?

What is a "Papist"?

Where will the meat of babies not be consumed?

At what age can a child normally begin a career as a thief?

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