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. The village girl that visits that morning claims ____________________________.

2. What does Flory realize when he is forced to return to Burma?

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

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

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

Short Essay Questions

1. What is Elizabeth's attitude toward Flory?

2. What do the two riderless ponies indicate about Verrall and Elizabeth?

3. What is revealed about Flory's childhood in the chapter?

4. Why does Flory believe he may get a new start in life?

5. What is Mrs. Lackersteen's plan for Elizabeth?

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

7. What happens for Flory as a result of his role in the riot?

8. Why does Lackersteen's wife distrust him?

9. What has the day of shooting done for Flory and Elizabeth?

10. How has U Po Kyin risen to power?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Tolstoy suggests the role of the artist is to communicate emotion clearly and sincerely. Write an essay in which you consider Burmese Days as a work of art, holding it up to Tolstoy's standard.

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

Consider the contrasting motifs of pride and humility in the text. Who or what can be considered proud in the novel? Who or what would be considered humble? Write an essay in which you explore Orwell's definitions of pride and humility, using examples from the text to support your argument.

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