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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. Where does Orwell shoot the elephant?
(a) In the back.
(b) In the head.
(c) In the chest.
(d) In the foot.

2. Dickens focuses on the institutions of what?
(a) The government.
(b) Society.
(c) The past.
(d) The future.

3. Kipling feels that suppressing and controlling native people is what?
(a) Normal.
(b) Bestial.
(c) Honorable.
(d) Horrible.

4. When Orwell first comes upon the elephant, what is it eating?
(a) Peanuts.
(b) Tree leaves.
(c) Grass.
(d) Bark.

5. Most characters illustrated on McGill postcards are what?
(a) Stock figures.
(b) Cartoon figures.
(c) Stick figures.
(d) Family figures.

Short Answer Questions

1. McGill postcards' jokes are not witty, but are what?

2. Orwell finds it remarkable that Dickens attacked everyone without __________ anybody.

3. What is Crossgates?

4. Dickens was considered a social _______.

5. Under the philosophy of the school, obscene displays of wealth are indicative of what?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why did Kipling's poetry resonate with middle-class readers?

2. Why does Orwell believe that Dickens is a moral writer, and not a political writer?

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

4. Why has bad English been successful in the political arena?

5. What is the difference between how poor and rich students are treated at Crossgates on social occasions, such as birthdays?

6. What do nearly all reviewers of Dickens's work agree on?

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

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

9. Why does Orwell not consider Dickens a revolutionary writer?

10. What are the common writing errors that Orwell enumerates in his "Politics and the English Language" essay?

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