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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. What is the "Blitz" of World War II?

2. Kipling's ideas result in poetry that portrays the common foot soldier as what?

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

4. Dickens says that proper acts are those that are historically what?

5. How many shots does Orwell fire before approaching the elephant?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What does the subsequent investigation find regarding Orwell's shooting of the elephant?

4. Who is Raffles?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Using examples from the various essays, explain what Orwell's political beliefs are.

Essay Topic 3

Why have Orwell, Kipling, and Dickens's work all endured through the years? How are the reasons for their work enduring similar to the explanations that Orwell gives for why a writer's work would endure through the years? Cite examples from the essays to support your answer.

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