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Multiple Choice Questions

1. What was the substance of the second speaker's argument, in Chapter 8?
(a) He argued that freedom of the press and freedom of speech are not necessarily the same.
(b) He felt liberty was a good thing, but spoke in a very general way.
(c) He argued that liberty was a good thing, in very specific circumstances.
(d) He argued against freedom of the press.

2. Why is Orwell skeptical of Gandhi's celibacy and vegetarianism?
(a) Because Orwell doesn't understand the point of either practice.
(b) Because his reasoning is based on a view that this world is an illusion.
(c) Because Orwell doesn't think that either practice is necessary for political leverage.
(d) Because Orwell believes that Gandhi is lying about his abstinence from sex and meat.

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

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

5. 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 would lead to the corruption, and ultimate demise, of the government.
(c) It was desirable, but not necessary.
(d) It was a good thing - in India.

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

7. According to Orwell, how does Gandhi compare to other politicians of his time?
(a) He left a remarkably "clean smell" behind.
(b) He accomplished much more.
(c) He didn't accomplish as much.
(d) He didn't focus on the same issues.

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

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

10. Where do the magistrates and police convene after the prisoner's death?
(a) Close to the location of the corpse.
(b) They don't convene, they all go to their own homes.
(c) On the side of town opposite the gallows.
(d) At the local tavern.

11. According to Burnham, what is the most important factor for class mobility, in the society he envisions?
(a) Appearance.
(b) Wealth.
(c) Genealogy.
(d) Ability.

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

13. In what country is the narrator, in Chapter 3?
(a) England.
(b) Spain.
(c) France.
(d) Burma.

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

15. What is the name of John Milton's pamphlet that Orwell mentions in Chapter 8?
(a) "Aeronautica".
(b) "Autonomica".
(c) "Areopagitica".
(d) "Apocalyptica".

Short Answer Questions

1. What similarity does Orwell find between the Catholic and Communist ideologies?

2. How much does Orwell think the managerial revolution, which Burnham writes about, has influenced the United States?

3. What is the narrator's profession?

4. The third speaker, in Chapter 8, attacked what?

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

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