Shooting an Elephant Quiz | Eight Week Quiz D

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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through Chapter 8.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What do the magistrates and police do after the prisoner's death?
(a) Go back to work.
(b) Pray.
(c) Sleep.
(d) Drink.

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

3. Overall, how does Orwell feel about "Gulliver's Travels"?
(a) He is bored by them, and doesn't understand people's fascination with the story.
(b) He feels that the books have an important message, but are poorly executed.
(c) He likes the books, and has reread them many times.
(d) He understands, and sympathizes with, Swift's message, but thinks the books are poorly executed.

4. How did the first speaker, in Chapter 8, feel about freedom of the press?
(a) It was a good thing - in India.
(b) It was desirable, but not necessary.
(c) It would lead to the corruption, and ultimate demise, of the government.
(d) It was desirable, but the government had a right to censor its citizens.

5. Death, at the narrator's hospital, is personified by a patient who finds what activity difficult and painful?
(a) Walking.
(b) Bathing.
(c) Urinating.
(d) Eating.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does the creature do as the prisoner is being led to his execution?

2. What is the crowd's reaction to the prisoner's chant?

3. What did the name of Gandhi's political policy, "Satyagraha," mean?

4. Where is the narrator working?

5. According to Orwell, literature is in danger from censorship, and what else?

(see the answer key)

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