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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. Who does Orwell, while he is at school, smash in the face?

2. The dirty postcards are a sign that people sometimes wish that society wasn't so what?

3. Raffles is considered a gentleman _______.

4. Orwell leaves the scene of the elephant shooting feeling what?

5. Kipling believes that there is what type of law, that he considers morally right?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe Orwell's Sancho Panza view of life?

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

3. What is the plot of "No Orchids for Miss Blandish"?

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

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

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

7. Who is Raffles?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Orwell believes that no book is completely free of political bias. What is some of the support Orwell offers for this idea in his various essays and literary critiques? Does Orwell's statement make sense, within the terms of his writings? Why or why not? Support your answer with examples from the text.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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.

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