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Multiple Choice Questions

1. Which play did Tolstoy criticize most harshly?
(a) "Romeo and Juliet".
(b) "Dr. Faustus".
(c) "The Misanthrope".
(d) "King Lear".

2. According to Orwell, what is the basis for Burnham's political predictions?
(a) Statistical analysis.
(b) Psychic visions.
(c) Historical data.
(d) Current political trends.

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 appears to have a higher social standing, as evidenced by consorting with educated men of political standing.
(c) He resigns himself to the aging process, and makes peace with the idea of being old.
(d) He develops an appreciation for his home and family, which he previously lacked.

4. According to Tolstoy, Shakespeare's great reputation was propagated by whom?
(a) German professors.
(b) American writers.
(c) English noblemen.
(d) Italian scholars.

5. What does Burnham write about Stalin?
(a) He is a sham, who must be overthrown.
(b) He is less than ideal, but still a competent leader.
(c) He is brilliant and misunderstood.
(d) He is a necessary and logical continuation from Lenin.

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

7. How does Orwell feel about Burnham, and his methods of prophesying?
(a) He has good intentions, but is misguided.
(b) He is a con artist.
(c) He is cowardly, and mentally imbalanced.
(d) His prophecies are based on good evidence, but they are misinterpreted.

8. What is in the prisoner's cell?
(a) A cot and toilet.
(b) A bedroll.
(c) A plank bed and water pot.
(d) Nothing.

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

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

11. How were the nurses in the hospital described?
(a) Incapable and unsanitary.
(b) The hospital had no nurses, only a few overburdened doctors.
(c) Capable, but uncaring.
(d) Compassionate, but incompetent.

12. How did the first speaker, in Chapter 8, feel about freedom of the press?
(a) It was desirable, but the government had a right to censor its citizens.
(b) It was a good thing - in India.
(c) It was desirable, but not necessary.
(d) It would lead to the corruption, and ultimate demise, of the government.

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

14. According to Burnham, what place do workers occupy in the new socialist structure?
(a) They are semi-slaves, who are at the bottom of the pyramid.
(b) They are near the top of the pyramid.
(c) Burnham does not discuss the socialist position of workers, only managers.
(d) They are somewhere in the middle of the pyramid.

15. In what stage of Tolstoy's life did this major change occur?
(a) Youth.
(b) Young adulthood.
(c) Old age.
(d) Middle age.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. What is the symbol of Gulliver's aging?

3. What does Orwell feel can help to reverse the downward trend of the English language?

4. What is the narrator's profession?

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

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