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. Orwell claims that the notion of men at the 'outposts of Empire' as able and hardworking is ___________.

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

3. Who objects to scandal among the men?

4. What does Ma Kin encourage her husband to do?

5. What game do the Englishmen play In the evening?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. Why is Flory unafraid of U Po Kyin?

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

6. Describe the European Club.

7. Why does Lackersteen's wife distrust him?

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

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

10. What is U Po Kyin's plan against Dr. Veraswami?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss how any character deals with the concepts of shame or disappointment in the novel. In your essay, choose at least three examples of the character's behavior and support your argument using these.

Essay Topic 2

Consider the role of desperation in characters' decisions and actions in the novel. Write an essay in which you identify any character and his or her actions as desperate and discuss the consequences that face the character as a result.

Essay Topic 3

If, as Roseanne Cash states, "The key to change... is to let go of fear," consider the potential for change among the characters or institutions in the novel. Write an essay in which you argue for or against the potential for change in any character or institution, considering Cash's statement.

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