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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through Chapter 15.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Why does the narrator hesitate to kill the elephant?
(a) He is afraid of the repercussions from the angry crowd.
(b) It is a large and expensive piece of machinery.
(c) He doesn't want to lose face.
(d) He feels compassion for it.

2. According to Orwell, how does Gandhi compare to other politicians of his time?
(a) He accomplished much more.
(b) He left a remarkably "clean smell" behind.
(c) He didn't accomplish as much.
(d) He didn't focus on the same issues.

3. Orwell feels that it is possible to play sports, for fun and recreation, in the absence of what?
(a) Fans.
(b) Monetary concerns.
(c) Nationalist spirit.
(d) The players' personal pride.

4. What do the doctors in the narrator's hospital do?
(a) Make the terminally ill patients as comfortable as possible.
(b) Intervene in only the most critical situations.
(c) Travel from one target patient to the next, ignoring the other patients who are suffering.
(d) Triage the patients, starting with the most critically injured.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What helped to change Orwell's opinions of Gandhi?

2. What does Burnham write about the atrocities Stalin committed?

3. What crucial element of Shakespeare's works does Tolstoy fail to recognize, according to Orwell?

4. In what stage of Tolstoy's life did this major change occur?

5. According to Orwell, what was Gandhi's youth like?

(see the answer key)

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