Shooting an Elephant Quiz | Eight Week Quiz F

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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What conclusion does Orwell reach about the prices of the commodities he compares in Chapter 15?
(a) For the price of a year's worth of alcohol and cigarettes, one could purchase a respectable collection of books.
(b) Books are more expensive than food and clothing, and Orwell doesn't understand why.
(c) The only way to afford books is to cut out other luxuries, such as movies and records.
(d) Alcohol is more expensive than food, but well worth it.

2. How did Gandhi feel about Satyagraha?
(a) He did not really believe in it, but professed it because otherwise his followers would resort to drastic measures.
(b) He believed that people who utilized Satyagraha could accomplish anything.
(c) He believed in it, but was aware of its limitations.
(d) He did not believe in it, but professed it because it attracted a certain kind of person to be his follower.

3. How is the prisoner behaving, as he is marching to his death?
(a) He quietly attempts to bribe the guard.
(b) He begs for mercy.
(c) He walks with dignity.
(d) He tries to attack his guards and escape.

4. Why does Orwell claim that his readers think farmers and fishermen wouldn't be interested in reading his essays about nature?
(a) Orwell isn't good at writing about nature.
(b) Most of them are uneducated, and illiterate.
(c) They work too closely with it, so they are not interested in reading about it.
(d) They are more interested in politics than people who live in urban areas.

5. What is the point of Orwell's essay on the English language?
(a) To make a mockery of other writers who use the techniques he complains about.
(b) To express his feelings about the topic, though no one is likely to take his advice.
(c) To educate people on how they can help stop the decline of the language.
(d) To entertain the reader, but not to impart any useful information.

Short Answer Questions

1. The murderer, according to Orwell, kills his victim to avoid what?

2. What creature intervenes as the prisoner is being led to his execution?

3. The hibernation period of the animal discussed in Chapter 12 generally draws to a close in time for what?

4. What was the substance of the second speaker's argument, in Chapter 8?

5. The fourth speaker, in Chapter 8, defended the purges in what country?

(see the answer key)

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