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 does the Chinese child do that upsets Elizabeth?

2. What is Elizabeth's reason for snubbing Flory?

3. Why is Ellis upset that Verrall has abused the butler?

4. Flory and Elizabeth have an intimate moment _____________________________.

5. Whose arrival alarms Mrs. Lackersteen and Elizabeth?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the result of Ellis' confrontation with the local boys?

2. Who or what helps Flory through the difficulties he is having at the camp?

3. What do Elizabeth's comments about the Burmese reveal about her?

4. How has Ma Hla May's behavior changed?

5. Who or what does Verrall despise?

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

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

8. Why does Ellis get involved in a skirmish with the local boys?

9. Why might Elizabeth enjoy holding the gun?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following 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

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 3

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.

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