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. How does Orwell describe the ideal murderer, in a murder story?
(a) Pitiable.
(b) Arrogant.
(c) Calculating.
(d) Eccentric.

2. What does Orwell feel can help to reverse the downward trend of the English language?
(a) Caring more.
(b) Better education.
(c) Nothing.
(d) Common sense.

3. What are the benefits of the poems in Chapter 17?
(a) They are funny, or fun to read.
(b) They are short.
(c) They are written by great poets.
(d) They are easy to remember.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

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

2. What treatment is described as a spectator sport on the ward?

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

4. How does the elephant die?

5. What is the subject of Gulliver's ranting in the second book of "Gulliver's Travels"?

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