Burmese Days Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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. To what do the doctor and Flory compare the British Empire?

2. Flory feels Elizabeth may be a kindred spirit because ____________________________.

3. What distinguishing mark does John Flory have on his body?

4. Although he takes no action, what does Flory know would be the decent thing to do about the letter?

5. U Po Kyin keeps up his reputation as an impartial magistrate by _______________________________.

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the variety show that Flory and Elizabeth attend.

2. Why does Flory's sudden church attendance concern Ko S'la?

3. How is Veraswami's veranda described?

4. Why are the English men upset over the article in the Burmese Patriot?

5. Why is Flory unafraid of U Po Kyin?

6. Why does Flory get rid of Ma Hla May?

7. Why do Flory and Veraswami continue to have the same argument each time they meet?

8. Among the visitors to U Po Kyin's house, which of these does he agree to see, and why?

9. Why does Flory choose to remain in Burma?

10. How does Veraswami respond to Flory's verbal attacks on his fellow Europeans?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

If, as Roseanne Cash states, "The key to change... is to let go of fear," consider the potential for change among the characters or institutions in the novel. Write an essay in which you argue for or against the potential for change in any character or institution, considering Cash's statement.

Essay Topic 2

Consider the role of allusion in the novel. To whom or what does any character (or the narrator) allude? Why are these allusions important to characterization or development of the message? Write an essay in which you discuss the allusions in the novel, explaining their significance to the author's message or purpose.

Essay Topic 3

A German proverb states, "If the eye does not want to see, neither light nor glasses will help." Examine the motif of sight in the novel. Write an essay in which you identify any character or characters who "do not want to see," and discuss Orwell's message regarding the consequences of such behavior.

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