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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. Tolstoy accuses the playwright he is criticizing of having a philosophy similar to whom?
(a) Napoleon.
(b) Stalin.
(c) Machiavelli.
(d) Caesar.

3. What is the point of Orwell's essay on the English language?
(a) To entertain the reader, but not to impart any useful information.
(b) To educate people on how they can help stop the decline of the language.
(c) To express his feelings about the topic, though no one is likely to take his advice.
(d) To make a mockery of other writers who use the techniques he complains about.

4. In principle, with whom does the narrator side?
(a) The British.
(b) The police.
(c) The prisoners.
(d) The Burmese.

5. Patients in the narrator's hospital are used for what?
(a) Experimentation.
(b) Observation.
(c) None of the answers is correct.
(d) Teaching.

6. What sort of bath does the hospital staff give the narrator?
(a) They put him in five inches of warm water.
(b) They put him in a lukewarm bath.
(c) They hand him a bucket of cold water and a washcloth for him to bathe with.
(d) They swab his body with warm damp towels.

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

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

9. In what stage of Tolstoy's life did this major change occur?
(a) Young adulthood.
(b) Middle age.
(c) Youth.
(d) Old age.

10. 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 believe in it, but professed it because it attracted a certain kind of person to be his follower.
(d) He did not really believe in it, but professed it because otherwise his followers would resort to drastic measures.

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

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

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

14. What is the subject of Gulliver's ranting in the second book of "Gulliver's Travels"?
(a) His children.
(b) Aging.
(c) Organized religion.
(d) England.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. According to Orwell, what were Smith's religious beliefs?

2. How do the hospital staff sterilize their equipment between patients?

3. According to Orwell, what political structure fosters great literature?

4. Orwell worries that liberty cannot exist without what?

5. According to Orwell, how does Gandhi compare to other politicians of his time?

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