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 creature intervenes as the prisoner is being led to his execution?
(a) A scorpion.
(b) A stray cat.
(c) A stray dog.
(d) An elephant.

2. What does the creature do as the prisoner is being led to his execution?
(a) Jumps up and tries to lick the prisoner's face.
(b) Stings the attending guard.
(c) Bites the executioner.
(d) Rampages through the crowd of spectators.

3. According to Orwell, how does Gulliver change from part two to part three of "Gulliver's Travels"?
(a) He decides to make the most of the time he has, rather than sulking about getting old.
(b) He develops an appreciation for his home and family, which he previously lacked.
(c) He resigns himself to the aging process, and makes peace with the idea of being old.
(d) He appears to have a higher social standing, as evidenced by consorting with educated men of political standing.

4. What major change occurred in Tolstoy's life?
(a) He sustained a serious injury, and was paralyzed.
(b) His wife and children all died from influenza.
(c) He moved from England to Spain.
(d) He converted to Christianity.

5. How does Orwell feel about Gandhi's involvement in politics?
(a) He feels Gandhi's saintliness may have been sullied by his involvement in politics.
(b) He admires Gandhi's pacifist methods of enacting change.
(c) He feels that Gandhi's talents would have been wasted in any other field.
(d) He feels that Gandhi didn't really accomplish much in his political career.

Short Answer Questions

1. Orwell refers to all of the titles in Chapter 16 as great examples of what?

2. To Orwell, freedom of the press means the liberty to do what?

3. Tolstoy accuses the playwright he is criticizing of having a philosophy similar to whom?

4. Overall, how does Orwell feel about "Gulliver's Travels"?

5. What is the crowd's reaction to the prisoner's chant?

(see the answer key)

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