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. More than anything, Flory wishes for _________________________.

2. Why do the servants threaten to leave if Flory marries a European woman?

3. Who objects most strongly to Macgregor's notice about admitting non-whites to the Club?

4. What words does Flory use to describe himself?

5. Flory landed in Burma because ________________________________.

Short Essay Questions

1. What is Elizabeth's attitude toward Flory?

2. What seems to be Flory's motivation for ignoring the anonymous letter about Veraswami?

3. Describe the European Club.

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

5. What unpleasant event does Elizabeth face before going to the Club?

6. What causes the change in Flory's mood after he visits Dr. Veraswami?

7. Why does Flory's birthmark discourage him from kissing Elizabeth?

8. In what position does Flory find himself at the end of Chapter 19?

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

10. The description of the evening on which Elizabeth and Verrall dance sets what kind of tone for their relationship?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

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

Examining the roles of the timber companies, the Club, and the English officials in the novel, identify any social institution or aspect of mankind that Orwell criticizes in his novel. Write an essay in identifying Orwell's criticism and support it with specific examples from the text.

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