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. Many of Flory's early years in Burma were spent ____________________________.

3. Who walks home with the Lackersteens at the end of the evening?

4. Where and when does the story take place?

5. Why is Flory not allowed to return to England?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the European Club.

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

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

4. Why does Flory remain silent while Ellis insults his friend?

5. Why does Flory seem to resent Macgregor?

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

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

8. Describe Elizabeth Lackersteen.

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

10. Why is Flory so lonely?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Flory uses many allusions in his conversations. Identify at least three of these allusions and identify any character traits Orwell reveals in Flory's allusions. Write an essay in which you explore Orwell's characterization of Flory through his allusions.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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