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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. The fourth speaker, in Chapter 8, defended the purges in what country?
(a) Russia.
(b) Italy.
(c) Pakistan.
(d) Israel.

2. According to Orwell, what word best describes Tolstoy's criticisms?
(a) Obsolete.
(b) Inconsistent.
(c) Prejudiced.
(d) Indirect.

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

4. How much does Orwell think the managerial revolution, which Burnham writes about, has influenced the United States?
(a) Very little.
(b) Some.
(c) Not at all.
(d) A lot.

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

6. 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.

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

8. Burnham predicted that what nation would be victorious in World War II?
(a) Japan.
(b) Germany.
(c) Russia.
(d) England.

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

10. In Chapter 7, Orwell wonders if Gandhi was motivated by what vice?
(a) Greed.
(b) Vanity.
(c) Envy.
(d) Wrath.

11. 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 feels that Gandhi's talents would have been wasted in any other field.
(c) He feels that Gandhi didn't really accomplish much in his political career.
(d) He admires Gandhi's pacifist methods of enacting change.

12. Death, at the narrator's hospital, is personified by a patient who finds what activity difficult and painful?
(a) Eating.
(b) Urinating.
(c) Bathing.
(d) Walking.

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

14. 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.

15. Gulliver disapproves of what sort of knowledge, according to Orwell?
(a) Knowledge for its own sake.
(b) Abstract knowledge.
(c) Knowledge used only for practical purposes.
(d) Knowledge supported by insufficient evidence.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. What does Burnham say about the Nazis?

3. What is the narrator's profession?

4. What creature intervenes as the prisoner is being led to his execution?

5. What sort of bath does the hospital staff give the narrator?

(see the answer keys)

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