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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, what were Smith's religious beliefs?
(a) Swift believed in a higher power, but rejected organized religions.
(b) He was not a religious man.
(c) Swift was a firm believer in the necessity of organized religion.
(d) Swift subscribed to his own form of spirituality.

2. In Orwell's ideal world, how would the quality of each work be reflected in its reviews?
(a) Only the good works would be reviewed, so that people could seek them out.
(b) Good works would get long, detailed reviews; poor ones would get only a few lines.
(c) All works would receive equal treatment.
(d) Only the poor works would be reviewed, so that people could avoid them.

3. According to Orwell, how did Swift offend Queen Anne?
(a) By writing a satirical piece that made fun of the English government.
(b) By criticizing a law passed by Parliament.
(c) By greeting her inappropriately when he met her.
(d) By writing a pamphlet that criticized dissenters from the church.

4. Why is the reviewer having such difficulty writing his reviews?
(a) The works he is reviewing are boring.
(b) He keeps getting interrupted.
(c) He is too busy to write them.
(d) He is afraid of offending the works' authors.

5. Orwell feels that Swift, through "Gulliver's Travels", is attacking what sort of government structure?
(a) Oligarchy.
(b) Democracy.
(c) Totalitarianism.
(d) Aristocracy.

Short Answer Questions

1. The subject of Chapter 14 reviews what?

2. What is the symbol of Gulliver's aging?

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

4. According to Burnham, who governs the manners and morals of a given era?

5. According to Orwell, how would reviews be handled in an ideal world?

(see the answer key)

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