Shooting an Elephant Quiz | Eight Week Quiz G

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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through Chapter 17.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What does Orwell say about the meaning of the poems he mentions in Chapter 17?
(a) They mean very little.
(b) They have no meaning.
(c) They have profound meaning, though disguised.
(d) They mean something different to each person who reads them.

2. Of what religion is the prisoner in Chapter 2?
(a) Muslim.
(b) Christian.
(c) Hindu.
(d) Buddhist.

3. Chapter 12 begins with a description of the life cycle of what animal?
(a) Squirrel.
(b) Rabbit.
(c) Toad.
(d) Gnat.

4. What crucial element of Shakespeare's works does Tolstoy fail to recognize, according to Orwell?
(a) Shakespeare's status as a poet.
(b) The social commentary in Shakespeare's works.
(c) The fact that Shakespeare deliberately incorporated flaws into his work.
(d) Shakespeare's lack of education.

5. 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) Only the poor works would be reviewed, so that people could avoid them.
(c) All works would receive equal treatment.
(d) Good works would get long, detailed reviews; poor ones would get only a few lines.

Short Answer Questions

1. According to Orwell, what were Smith's religious beliefs?

2. Which of these is NOT one of the books Orwell names as a "good bad book"?

3. Gulliver disapproves of what sort of knowledge, according to Orwell?

4. What does Orwell say about Tolstoy's conversion?

5. How much did it cost to plant the garden Orwell describes in Chapter 13?

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