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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. Is Donald McGill a real person?

2. Orwell says that bad English is a good vehicle for what kind of speech?

3. McGill postcards say that a man can never win what with a woman?

4. How many writing samples does Orwell mention in the beginning of "Politics and the English Language"?

5. What is one of the common writing errors that Orwell points out in his essay?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the duality of the human experience that the semi-illict postcards represents?

2. What does the title "England Your England" indicate about Orwell's feelings for England?

3. How does Orwell feel about Gandhi?

4. What comment that Orwell makes about the weeklies indicates an assumed gender distinction?

5. What is the fourth desire that motivates writers?

6. What does the Italian militiaman symbolize for Orwell?

7. How has Orwell attempted to make political writing an art form?

8. What do Gandhi's methods of non-violence require from the government?

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

10. Why does Orwell give the municipal employee bread?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Does Orwell believe that England is essentially a good place? Why or why not? Use examples from the various essays to support your answer.

Essay Topic 2

Based on the experiences that Orwell presents, is Orwell a writer who is self-centered? Why or why not? Use examples from the text to support your answer.

Essay Topic 3

According to Orwell's writings, why are civil liberties necessary in order to solve society's problems? Use evidence from the essays to support your answer.

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