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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

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

4. 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 are based on an idea that sounds much better until it is put into practice.
(c) Both appoint a leader without the input of the followers.
(d) Both provide harsh punishments for dissenters.

5. Where is the narrator working?
(a) Australia.
(b) India.
(c) Japan.
(d) Burma.

6. 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.

7. Of what religion is the prisoner in Chapter 2?
(a) Muslim.
(b) Christian.
(c) Buddhist.
(d) Hindu.

8. Burnham predicted that what nation would be victorious in World War II?
(a) Russia.
(b) Japan.
(c) Germany.
(d) England.

9. 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.

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

11. Burnham was influenced by what political writer?
(a) Machiavelli.
(b) Gandhi.
(c) Thomas Aquinas.
(d) Immanuel Kant.

12. How did Gandhi feel about Satyagraha?
(a) He believed that people who utilized Satyagraha could accomplish anything.
(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 did not really believe in it, but professed it because otherwise his followers would resort to drastic measures.

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

14. How is the Burmese jail described?
(a) Spacious and institutional.
(b) Small and dank.
(c) Old and musty.
(d) Wet and unsanitary.

15. Orwell worries that liberty cannot exist without what?
(a) Its opposite - oppression.
(b) Censorship of expression.
(c) Liberty of thought.
(d) Laws that protect the populace.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is the crowd's reaction to the prisoner's chant?

2. What illness does the narrator have, in Chapter 3?

3. What creature intervenes as the prisoner is being led to his execution?

4. According to Orwell, what is the primary purpose of language?

5. According to Orwell, what flaw is apparent in all of the examples of "bad English" that he presents in Chapter 6?

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