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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. How many writing samples does Orwell mention in the beginning of "Politics and the English Language"?
(a) Six.
(b) Seven.
(c) Five.
(d) Eight.

2. Under the philosophy of the school, obscene displays of wealth are indicative of what?
(a) Happiness.
(b) Redemption and power.
(c) Social superiority.
(d) Moral goodness.

3. At what age do the McGill postcards imply that sex-appeal evaporates?
(a) Forty.
(b) Thirty.
(c) Twenty-five.
(d) Thirty-five.

4. What breaks during Orwell's second beating?
(a) The stick.
(b) The cane.
(c) The belt.
(d) The wood.

5. How does Miss Blandish die?
(a) Her kidnappers kill her.
(b) She is drowned in the river.
(c) She commits suicide.
(d) She is run over by a car.

Short Answer Questions

1. At what time period does Raffles capture the public's imagination?

2. Who is the author of the Raffles stories?

3. Orwell says that Dickens never wrote of what?

4. What is depicted on McGill postcards that is, by definition, humorous?

5. In one example, Orwell translates a verse from what book into typical bad English?

Short Essay Questions

1. What describes the purpose of the semi-illicit postcards most newsstands carry?

2. What, according to the headmaster, is Orwell's only function at the school?

3. What role does Orwell believe his past experiences have played in his life?

4. What did Kipling's romantic ideas about England and the Empire result in?

5. Why does Orwell refer to Kipling's poetry as "good bad poetry"?

6. What is Orwell's intention when he leaves his station to look for the elephant?

7. What is Orwell's motivation for shooting the elephant?

8. What does Orwell conclude about Dickens's solution for societal ills, at the end of the essay?

9. What does Orwell believe, contrary to public opinion, that corporal punishment does?

10. How is the post-Hitler world view of law different from Kipling's?

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