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Multiple Choice Questions

1. According to Tolstoy, Shakespeare's great reputation was propagated by whom?
(a) Italian scholars.
(b) German professors.
(c) English noblemen.
(d) American writers.

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

3. According to Orwell, what is the primary purpose of language?
(a) Evoking feeling.
(b) Expanding knowledge.
(c) Beauty.
(d) Straightforward communication.

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

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

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

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

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

9. Why does the narrator hesitate to kill the elephant?
(a) He feels compassion for it.
(b) He is afraid of the repercussions from the angry crowd.
(c) He doesn't want to lose face.
(d) It is a large and expensive piece of machinery.

10. In Orwell's opinion, what does Tolstoy do to the scenes he is presenting?
(a) He misquotes them.
(b) He distorts them.
(c) He takes them out of context.
(d) He misunderstands them.

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

12. How does Orwell feel about scientific words and foreign phrases?
(a) They should only be used in certain types of literature.
(b) They should be used whenever possible, to elevate writing.
(c) They can be used, but only when writing for a certain audience.
(d) They are unnecessary, and should be replaced with common language.

13. What two groups does Orwell name as an example of people for whom Satyagraha would be an ineffective political tool?
(a) The Kurds under Hussein, and the Jews in Nazi Germany.
(b) The Jews in Nazi Germany, and the Burmese under the British Empire.
(c) The Russians under Stalin, and the Italians under Mussolini.
(d) The Jews in Nazi Germany, and the Russians under Stalin.

14. What illness does the narrator have, in Chapter 3?
(a) Scarlet fever.
(b) Cancer.
(c) Consumption.
(d) Pneumonia.

15. 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.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. What treatment is described as a spectator sport on the ward?

3. How does Orwell feel about Shakespeare?

4. How did the narrator leave the hospital?

5. What does the narrator call the hospital?

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