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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. Miss Blandish is the daughter of whom?

2. What is Crossgates?

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

4. What is one of the schools that Crossgates graduates attend?

5. The obscene McGill postcards are tolerated because they are based on what?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Orwell not consider Dickens a revolutionary writer?

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

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

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

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

6. What does Orwell believe, contrary to public opinion, that corporal punishment does?

7. What is the standard joke about home life that the semi-illicit postcards use?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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

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 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.

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