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. Why does Orwell dismiss Tolstoy's criticism?
(a) Orwell doesn't think highly of Tolstoy's writings.
(b) Tolstoy was prejudiced against the English.
(c) It is impossible to prove.
(d) Tolstoy wasn't educated enough to write well-informed criticisms.

2. The third speaker, in Chapter 8, attacked what?
(a) The inability of the government to police all media successfully.
(b) The government's choice to regulate news media.
(c) The unnecessarily severe punishments for violating censorship laws.
(d) Laws that challenged obscenity in literary products.

3. According to Orwell, what were Smith's religious beliefs?
(a) Swift was a firm believer in the necessity of organized religion.
(b) Swift believed in a higher power, but rejected organized religions.
(c) Swift subscribed to his own form of spirituality.
(d) He was not a religious man.

4. According to Orwell, how does Gulliver change from part two to part three of "Gulliver's Travels"?
(a) He develops an appreciation for his home and family, which he previously lacked.
(b) He resigns himself to the aging process, and makes peace with the idea of being old.
(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.

5. What method of killing does Orwell prefer for murder mysteries?
(a) Shooting.
(b) Stabbing.
(c) Poisoning.
(d) Hitting someone with a car.

Short Answer Questions

1. How many people were killed by the elephant while it was rampaging?

2. In principle, with whom does the narrator side?

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

4. How does Orwell feel about Burnham, and his methods of prophesying?

5. Burnham was influenced by what political writer?

(see the answer key)

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