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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through Chapter 14.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. According to Orwell, how does Gulliver change from part two to part three of "Gulliver's Travels"?
(a) He decides to make the most of the time he has, rather than sulking about getting old.
(b) He appears to have a higher social standing, as evidenced by consorting with educated men of political standing.
(c) He resigns himself to the aging process, and makes peace with the idea of being old.
(d) He develops an appreciation for his home and family, which he previously lacked.

2. Gulliver disapproves of what sort of knowledge, according to Orwell?
(a) Knowledge used only for practical purposes.
(b) Knowledge for its own sake.
(c) Abstract knowledge.
(d) Knowledge supported by insufficient evidence.

3. What does Burnham write about Stalin?
(a) He is brilliant and misunderstood.
(b) He is a necessary and logical continuation from Lenin.
(c) He is a sham, who must be overthrown.
(d) He is less than ideal, but still a competent leader.

4. What is Orwell's reasoning for the shifts in Gulliver's character?
(a) Swift wanted a clear demarcation between each part of the story.
(b) Gulliver had multiple personality disorder.
(c) Gulliver represented four different people that Swift knew.
(d) Swift identified with Gulliver.

5. What does Burnham say about the Nazis?
(a) They were good soldiers, with corrupt leadership.
(b) They were well intended, but misguided.
(c) They may have been monsters in a different era, but in this one, they were fine.
(d) They were monsters.

Short Answer Questions

1. According to Orwell, what is the basis for Burnham's political predictions?

2. Why is the reviewer having such difficulty writing his reviews?

3. Overall, how does Orwell feel about "Gulliver's Travels"?

4. According to Orwell, how did Swift offend Queen Anne?

5. According to Gulliver, scientists should not concern themselves with what area of thought?

(see the answer key)

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