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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 aspect of the setting is repeatedly mentioned in Chapter 2?

2. Ellis warns Flory that ________________________________.

3. Flory is more aware of his birthmark when ___________________________.

4. The village girl that visits that morning claims ____________________________.

5. Ellis confronts Macgregor because _______________________.

Short Essay Questions

1. What do Flory's early years in Burma indicate about his character?

2. What kind of relationship does U Po Kyin seem to have with Ma Kin?

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

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

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

6. Why does Lackersteen's wife distrust him?

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

8. How does Veraswami react to Flory's refusal to propose him as a member of the Club?

9. Describe the variety show that Flory and Elizabeth attend.

10. What is Ellis' complaint against the natives?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 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

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.

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