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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. What do the magistrates and police do after the prisoner's death?
(a) Go back to work.
(b) Pray.
(c) Drink.
(d) Sleep.

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

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

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

6. What does Burnham write about the atrocities Stalin committed?
(a) The world knew Stalin was crazy, but couldn't do anything to stop him.
(b) The world believed Stalin because he gave just enough evidence to back up his claims.
(c) The world wasn't aware of anything Stalin did until after he died.
(d) The things he did were so outrageous that the rest of the world was inclined to believe his reasons for doing so.

7. In this story, Burma is a colony of what empire?
(a) The Japanese Empire.
(b) The American Empire.
(c) The British Empire.
(d) The Russian Empire.

8. How do the Burmese treat the narrator?
(a) They are respectful to his face, but sneer at him behind his back.
(b) They are openly violent at times.
(c) They harass and insult him whenever they can.
(d) They are respectful and grateful to him.

9. What does Orwell say is the sole purpose of a metaphor?
(a) To further the point of the writer.
(b) To supply one thing with the attributes of another.
(c) To explain an association between two things
(d) To call up a visual image.

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

11. What treatment is described as a spectator sport on the ward?
(a) Cupping.
(b) Cold baths.
(c) The application of mustard poultices.
(d) Leeching.

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

13. 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.

14. 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) The angry crowd doesn't really give him a choice.
(d) Because it is his job.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What do the doctors in the narrator's hospital do?

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

3. Why does Orwell dismiss Tolstoy's criticism?

4. Where do the magistrates and police convene after the prisoner's death?

5. How does Orwell feel about Gandhi's involvement in politics?

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