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Multiple Choice Questions

1. Where did the elephant come from?
(a) It had escaped from the zoo.
(b) It was released in the town by someone who wanted to destroy the bazaar.
(c) It was wild, and found its way into the town.
(d) It was domesticated.

2. How did the narrator leave the hospital?
(a) Once his condition was stable, he was moved to another facility.
(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) He fled before his time was up, and without an official discharge.

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

4. According to Orwell, how does Gulliver change from part two to part three of "Gulliver's Travels"?
(a) He appears to have a higher social standing, as evidenced by consorting with educated men of political standing.
(b) He develops an appreciation for his home and family, which he previously lacked.
(c) He resigns himself to the aging process, and makes peace with the idea of being old.
(d) He decides to make the most of the time he has, rather than sulking about getting old.

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

6. How many people were killed by the elephant while it was rampaging?
(a) Two.
(b) Three.
(c) None.
(d) One.

7. According to Burnham, who governs the manners and morals of a given era?
(a) Religious figures.
(b) The aristocracy.
(c) The general public.
(d) Those who are in power.

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

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

10. What aspect of "Gulliver's Travels" does Orwell discuss in Chapter 5?
(a) The changes in Gulliver's character.
(b) The inconsistency of the plot.
(c) The literary devices used by the author.
(d) Swift's use of imagery and symbolism.

11. What does Orwell mean by the phrase "verbal false limbs"?
(a) Using an incorrect word in place of another.
(b) Adding unnecessary phrases to a sentence.
(c) Unnecessarily turning a word into a phrase.
(d) Unnecessary prefixes and suffixes.

12. How did the first speaker, in Chapter 8, feel about freedom of the press?
(a) It was desirable, but not necessary.
(b) It was desirable, but the government had a right to censor its citizens.
(c) It was a good thing - in India.
(d) It would lead to the corruption, and ultimate demise, of the government.

13. What does the creature do as the prisoner is being led to his execution?
(a) Jumps up and tries to lick the prisoner's face.
(b) Bites the executioner.
(c) Stings the attending guard.
(d) Rampages through the crowd of spectators.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

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

2. How were the nurses in the hospital described?

3. Why does the narrator eventually shoot the elephant?

4. What major change occurred in Tolstoy's life?

5. What does the narrator call the hospital?

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