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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 good English writing demands what?

2. For Dickens, work is what?

3. Is Donald McGill a real person?

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

5. Dickens is against trade _______.

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

7. What do Gandhi's methods of non-violence require from the government?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following 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

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.

Essay Topic 3

Using evidence presented by Orwell in his essays, what is bad English writing and how does it affect politics?

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