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. What does Ma Kin encourage her husband to do?

2. What confrontation does Flory endure?

3. Who accompanies Elizabeth to her uncle's house?

4. Who objects to scandal among the men?

5. How does Westfield feel about pursuing petty criminals?

Short Essay Questions

1. How is Veraswami's veranda described?

2. Describe Elizabeth Lackersteen.

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

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

5. What is Ellis' complaint against the natives?

6. Why does Flory choose to remain in Burma?

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

8. What has Elizabeth's life been like in Paris?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Orwell's novel contains many examples of power and weakness. Consider Orwell's purpose or intent in developing these motifs. Then write an essay in which you use examples of power and weakness to support an argument for Orwell's purpose.

Essay Topic 2

Henry Louis Mencken said, "There is something even more valuable to civilization than wisdom, and that is character." Consider Orwell's messages about civilization in the novel. Write an essay in which you defend, refute, or qualify Mencken's statement using examples from the text to support your argument.

Essay Topic 3

Consider Orwell's use of parasites as motif in the novel. In your essay, identify who or what Orwell might consider a parasite. Use examples from the text to support your argument.

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