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. How does MacGregor start his day?

2. How is Flory received at Dr. Veraswami's house?

3. Ba Sein arrives to discuss ________________________________.

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

5. What does Elizabeth's do after her mother dies?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why is Flory so lonely?

2. Describe the European Club.

3. How has U Po Kyin risen to power?

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

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

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

7. What is the lie Flory believes the English tell themselves?

8. Why is Flory unafraid of U Po Kyin?

9. What is U Po Kyin's plan against Dr. Veraswami?

10. How is Macgregor different from the other Europeans in the Club?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

George Bernard Shaw said, "Hatred is the coward's revenge for being intimidated." Consider the roles of hatred and cowardice in the novel. Then write an essay in which you identify Orwell's definition of either concept using textual examples as support.

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

Consider the significance of the setting of the novel. Write an essay in which you identify at least three facets of the setting that directly impact events of the novel. Use the text to develop and support your argument.

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