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. Who accompanies Elizabeth to her uncle's house?

2. Where and when does the story take place?

3. What keeps U Po Kyin from being exposed by those who complain against him?

4. The only solution for Flory's ennui is to ________________________.

5. Finally, the doctor tells Flory about his fears regarding ________________________.

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Lackersteen's wife distrust him?

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

3. What attitude does U Po Kyin have about his fatness?

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

5. Describe Elizabeth Lackersteen.

6. Why does Flory choose to remain in Burma?

7. What is Ellis' complaint against the natives?

8. What does the interview in Westfield's office reveal about the native Burmese who work for the police?

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

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

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

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.

Essay Topic 3

Considering any pair of like-minded characters in the text, such as Ellis and U Po Kyin, or Verrall and Elizabeth, write an essay comparing and/or contrasting their actions and motivations.

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