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Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. Tolstoy accuses the playwright he is criticizing of having a philosophy similar to whom?
(a) Napoleon.
(b) Machiavelli.
(c) Caesar.
(d) Stalin.

3. Orwell worries that liberty cannot exist without what?
(a) Censorship of expression.
(b) Liberty of thought.
(c) Its opposite - oppression.
(d) Laws that protect the populace.

4. What has the elephant destroyed?
(a) A.grove of trees, a hut, and a bicycle.
(b) A bamboo hut, some fruit stalls, and a rubbish van.
(c) A cart with vegetables in it.
(d) A newsstand.

5. What is the subject of Gulliver's ranting in the second book of "Gulliver's Travels"?
(a) Organized religion.
(b) Aging.
(c) England.
(d) His children.

6. How does Orwell feel about Gandhi's policy of non-violent protest?
(a) He agrees wholeheartedly with Gandhi's policy.
(b) It can be effective, but only in some circumstances.
(c) It is effective in most circumstances, but not all.
(d) It is ineffective, and unsuitable for the modern world.

7. 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 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 decides to make the most of the time he has, rather than sulking about getting old.

8. How did Gandhi feel about Satyagraha?
(a) He believed that people who utilized Satyagraha could accomplish anything.
(b) He believed in it, but was aware of its limitations.
(c) He did not believe in it, but professed it because it attracted a certain kind of person to be his follower.
(d) He did not really believe in it, but professed it because otherwise his followers would resort to drastic measures.

9. What relationship does Orwell establish between freedom for political writers, and non-political ones?
(a) Freedom for political writers does not affect freedom for non-political ones.
(b) Freedom for non-political writers does not affect freedom for political ones.
(c) Orwell doesn't establish a relationship between the two.
(d) The two freedoms go hand in hand.

10. What helped to change Orwell's opinions of Gandhi?
(a) The opinion of someone who knew Gandhi personally.
(b) Meeting Gandhi.
(c) News stories about Gandhi.
(d) Gandhi's autobiography.

11. What book does Orwell quote to support his argument against Satyagraha?
(a) "King Lear".
(b) "Gandhi and Stalin".
(c) "1984".
(d) "Gulliver's Travels".

12. What did the name of Gandhi's political policy, "Satyagraha," mean?
(a) "Strength in silence."
(b) "Firmness in truth."
(c) "Belief in oneself."
(d) "Karma."

13. Why does the narrator eventually shoot the elephant?
(a) Because he wants to collect the reward.
(b) Because he doesn't want anyone else to get hurt.
(c) Because it is his job.
(d) The angry crowd doesn't really give him a choice.

14. According to Gulliver, scientists should not concern themselves with what area of thought?
(a) Sociology.
(b) Philosophy.
(c) Politics.
(d) Religion.

15. According to Orwell, literature is in danger from censorship, and what else?
(a) The corporate sponsorship of writers.
(b) A loss of interest in literature among young adults.
(c) The lack of affordable higher education.
(d) The poor quality of public education.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Orwell compare to a "pre-fabricate hen-house"?

2. Which play did Tolstoy criticize most harshly?

3. How does Gulliver believe science should be used?

4. Patients in the narrator's hospital are used for what?

5. In Orwell's opinion, what does Tolstoy do to the scenes he is presenting?

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