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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. Orwell believes that Dickens is more than an author, he is a what?

2. According to Orwell, how does Kipling view life?

3. How many cartridges does Orwell get with his elephant rifle?

4. Most characters illustrated on McGill postcards are what?

5. Among the poorer students, illnesses are considered to be be a form of what?

Short Essay Questions

1. What, according to Orwell, do the various deficiencies in Dickens's novels lead a person to conclude?

2. What is the difference between patriotism and national loyalty for Orwell?

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

4. What are some of the simple pleasures Orwell remembers from school?

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

6. How were the authors of the 1930s able to write about their communist politics?

7. What does Orwell announce after his first beating?

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

9. Who does Miller write about in "Tropic of Cancer"?

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

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

How do moral and political beliefs intertwine in society, people, and literature, according to Orwell? Support your answer using examples from the various essays.

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

Orwell states, in "Why I Write," that he writes solid prose when his political purpose is well defined. Do you agree with Orwell's characterization of himself? Why or why not? Support your answer with examples from the various essays.

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