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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. According to Burnham, what place do workers occupy in the new socialist structure?
(a) They are near the top of the pyramid.
(b) They are semi-slaves, who are at the bottom 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.

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

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

4. What do the doctors in the narrator's hospital do?
(a) Travel from one target patient to the next, ignoring the other patients who are suffering.
(b) Intervene in only the most critical situations.
(c) Make the terminally ill patients as comfortable as possible.
(d) Triage the patients, starting with the most critically injured.

5. How does Orwell feel about Shakespeare?
(a) He admires what Shakespeare attempted, but dislikes his works.
(b) He likes Shakespeare, but realizes that there are flaws in his work.
(c) He likes Shakespeare's characters, but not the plots of his plays.
(d) He loves his work, and has profound respect for him as an artist.

6. According to Orwell, what political structure fosters great literature?
(a) Communism.
(b) Totalitarianism.
(c) Democracy.
(d) Oligarchy.

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

8. How does Gulliver believe science should be used?
(a) For practical applications, like technology, that improve the welfare of all.
(b) To wield power over those who aren't educated.
(c) To prove that some religious beliefs are absurd.
(d) As a mental exercise.

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

10. How does Orwell describe Gandhi's political solutions?
(a) "Backwards."
(b) "Godly."
(c) "Medievalist."
(d) "Progressive."

11. What is the symbol of Gulliver's aging?
(a) His spectacles.
(b) His hair, which is turning grey.
(c) His arthritic hands.
(d) His cane.

12. How does Orwell propose to aid the English language?
(a) He does not think there is anything that can be done.
(b) To appeal to writers of grammar books and dictionaries.
(c) To inject clear thinking into the process aiding readers in fundamental remedies.
(d) To address the issue to teachers of the language.

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

14. What is the crowd's reaction to the prisoner's chant?
(a) They begin to feel some compassion for him.
(b) They want him to die quickly.
(c) It doesn't seem to have an effect on them.
(d) They try to help him escape.

15. 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 political writers does not affect freedom for non-political ones.
(c) Orwell doesn't establish a relationship between the two.
(d) Freedom for non-political writers does not affect freedom for political ones.

Short Answer Questions

1. According to Orwell, what word best describes Tolstoy's criticisms?

2. In Chapter 7, Orwell wonders if Gandhi was motivated by what vice?

3. How did Gandhi feel about Satyagraha?

4. What aspect of "Gulliver's Travels" does Orwell discuss in Chapter 5?

5. What do the magistrates and police do after the prisoner's death?

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