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Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

3. What crucial element of Shakespeare's works does Tolstoy fail to recognize, according to Orwell?
(a) Shakespeare's status as a poet.
(b) Shakespeare's lack of education.
(c) The social commentary in Shakespeare's works.
(d) The fact that Shakespeare deliberately incorporated flaws into his work.

4. What does the prisoner begin to chant as he walks?
(a) A Hindu prayer for salvation.
(b) The name of the god, Ram.
(c) The names of his family members.
(d) Nonsense words.

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

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

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

8. According to Orwell, what was Gandhi's youth like?
(a) He was a criminal, and committed many sins.
(b) He was the same as he was in adult life.
(c) He committed small sins.
(d) He didn't care about politics, and was pro-war.

9. What similarity does Orwell find between the Catholic and Communist ideologies?
(a) Both appoint a leader without the input of the followers.
(b) Both provide harsh punishments for dissenters.
(c) Both refuse to acknowledge the honesty and intellectual capability of their opponents.
(d) Both are based on an idea that sounds much better until it is put into practice.

10. Tolstoy wrote a biting criticism of what playwright's work?
(a) Molière.
(b) Shakespeare.
(c) Aeschylus.
(d) Marlowe

11. 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) Triage the patients, starting with the most critically injured.
(d) Make the terminally ill patients as comfortable as possible.

12. 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.

13. In "The Managerial Revolution", what does Burnham say about capitalism?
(a) That it is dying, and will be replaced with a socialist pyramid.
(b) That it is dying, and will be replaced with communism.
(c) That it will only survive if it changes to accommodate social classes.
(d) That it is alive and well.

14. How do the hospital staff sterilize their equipment between patients?
(a) They dip the tools in rubbing alcohol.
(b) They boil the tools.
(c) They use an autoclave.
(d) They don't.

15. How did the narrator leave the hospital?
(a) He fled before his time was up, and without an official discharge.
(b) He left fully recovered with a doctor's discharge.
(c) He transferred to another hospital, to be under the care of his own doctor.
(d) Once his condition was stable, he was moved to another facility.

Short Answer Questions

1. How do the police and magistrates feel after the prisoner's death?

2. What was the substance of the second speaker's argument, in Chapter 8?

3. What illness does the narrator have, in Chapter 3?

4. How does the elephant die?

5. According to Tolstoy, Shakespeare's great reputation was propagated by whom?

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