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

2. The subsequent investigation finds that Orwell was _______ in shooting the elephant.

3. Dickens views revolutions as what?

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

5. How many scholarships does Orwell win?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Who is Raffles?

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

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

5. Why is bad English an excellent vehicle for political speech?

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

7. What does Orwell announce after his first beating?

8. How are the Raffles novels and "No Orchids for Miss Blandish" similar?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

Use specific examples from the essays to answer the following question: Is Orwell a revolutionary writer? Why or why not?

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