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. How does Orwell feel about scientific words and foreign phrases?
(a) They should be used whenever possible, to elevate writing.
(b) They are unnecessary, and should be replaced with common language.
(c) They should only be used in certain types of literature.
(d) They can be used, but only when writing for a certain audience.

2. What does Orwell mean by the phrase "verbal false limbs"?
(a) Using an incorrect word in place of another.
(b) Unnecessarily turning a word into a phrase.
(c) Adding unnecessary phrases to a sentence.
(d) Unnecessary prefixes and suffixes.

3. According to Orwell, what was Gandhi's youth like?
(a) He was the same as he was in adult life.
(b) He was a criminal, and committed many sins.
(c) He committed small sins.
(d) He didn't care about politics, and was pro-war.

4. How does the elephant die?
(a) It doesn't die, it escapes.
(b) It kills two people before finally collapsing.
(c) It dies quickly and painlessly.
(d) It is shot twice but dies slowly.

5. 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 likes the books, and has reread them many times.
(c) He understands, and sympathizes with, Swift's message, but thinks the books are poorly executed.
(d) He feels that the books have an important message, but are poorly executed.

Short Answer Questions

1. How does Orwell feel about Gandhi's involvement in politics?

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

3. Why does the narrator hesitate to kill the elephant?

4. What aspect of "Gulliver's Travels" does Orwell discuss in Chapter 5?

5. How does Orwell feel about Shakespeare?

(see the answer key)

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