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Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

3. Why does Orwell dislike words such as "constitute" and "phenomenon"?
(a) They are unnecessarily long.
(b) They are used intentionally to elevate writing beyond the capability of the ordinary reader.
(c) He feels that they are used to "dress up" concepts that could be expressed in plainer terms.
(d) They consolidate, into one word, what should be expressed with a phrase.

4. What does the narrator call the hospital?
(a) "Hopital X."
(b) "L'hopital du mort."
(c) "Nurse Ratchet's wing."
(d) "The Tomb."

5. According to Burnham, what is the most important factor for class mobility, in the society he envisions?
(a) Wealth.
(b) Genealogy.
(c) Appearance.
(d) Ability.

6. To Orwell, freedom of the press means the liberty to do what?
(a) Express personal opinions.
(b) Put a spin on the story, as long as the facts are correct.
(c) Report anything, whether it is true or not.
(d) Criticize and oppose.

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

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

9. What was the substance of the second speaker's argument, in Chapter 8?
(a) He argued against freedom of the press.
(b) He felt liberty was a good thing, but spoke in a very general way.
(c) He argued that freedom of the press and freedom of speech are not necessarily the same.
(d) He argued that liberty was a good thing, in very specific circumstances.

10. The third speaker, in Chapter 8, attacked what?
(a) The unnecessarily severe punishments for violating censorship laws.
(b) The inability of the government to police all media successfully.
(c) The government's choice to regulate news media.
(d) Laws that challenged obscenity in literary products.

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

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

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

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

15. How does Orwell feel about Gandhi's involvement in politics?
(a) He admires Gandhi's pacifist methods of enacting change.
(b) He feels that Gandhi didn't really accomplish much in his political career.
(c) He feels Gandhi's saintliness may have been sullied by his involvement in politics.
(d) He feels that Gandhi's talents would have been wasted in any other field.

Short Answer Questions

1. What similarity does Orwell find between the Catholic and Communist ideologies?

2. What crucial element of Shakespeare's works does Tolstoy fail to recognize, according to Orwell?

3. What has the elephant destroyed?

4. What two groups does Orwell name as an example of people for whom Satyagraha would be an ineffective political tool?

5. Burnham was influenced by what political writer?

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