Burmese Days Test | Final 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. What ugly image accompanies the description of the cemetery and graves?

2. Why does Flory not recognize Elizabeth's discomfort at the bazaar?

3. What does the Chinese child do that upsets Elizabeth?

4. Why does Ko S'la tell Flory he should not attempt to play polo?

5. The earthquake inspires what kind of feeling in the members of the Club after it is over?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. Who or what does Verrall despise?

5. What choice does Macgregor offer the Englishmen in regards to electing a native member of the Club?

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

7. Why do the Englishmen decide that Verrall is ungracious?

8. How does Flory arrange to stay in town to be around Elizabeth?

9. What is U Po Kyin's version of the love triangle between Flory, Elizabeth and Verrall?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

George Bernard Shaw said, "Hatred is the coward's revenge for being intimidated." Consider the roles of hatred and cowardice in the novel. Then write an essay in which you identify Orwell's definition of either concept using textual examples as support.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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