Adams originally meant "Watership Down" to be:
A “feel-good” animal story
A story about good vs. evil
A political allegory
It was simply a story he was telling his daughters. They kept after him to write it all down.
Hazel, his brother Fiver and a number of other rabbits decide to leave their warren because:
They had run afoul of the Chief Rabbit and his guard.
Pine martens had moved into the area and were slaughtering the rabbits.
Humans were going to bulldoze the warren and surrounding area.
People thought the rabbits were carrying tuberculosis and had begun exterminating them.
They wanted to start a free and independent warren.
Fiver has a special gift. He can:
Make himself invisible
Foretell the future
The main characters are based on:
People Adams knew in the civil service
Men that Adams served with in the British Army during WWII
Figures from British history (Adams studied history at Oxford)
They all sprung fully realized from the author's imagination
There is nothing particularly distinctive about any of the rabbits
"Watership Down" was criticized by some for:
Being excessively violent
Being too political
Being too much of a morality tale
Having few strong female characters
Making Hazel & Co. seem far too human
Fiver, the rabbit who sets the story in motion, is based on what famous character?
Merlin the wizard
Morgan le Fay the sorceress
Cassandra, the prophetess whose predictions are never believed
Circe the sorceress
Sibyl, another prophetess from Greek mythology
One of the rabbits tells stories to get them through the journey. His name is:
Adams created a language for the rabbits called:
The rabbits are befriended on their quest by:
Tab, a blind farm cat
Percy, a fast-talking rat
Shep, a farm collie
Tarka, a river otter
Keehaar, a wounded gull
A movie (1978)
All of these things
An animated T.V. series (1999–2001)
A stage play (2006)
A sequel (1996)
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