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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. What creature intervenes as the prisoner is being led to his execution?
(a) A stray dog.
(b) A stray cat.
(c) An elephant.
(d) A scorpion.

3. Orwell feels that Swift, through "Gulliver's Travels", is attacking what sort of government structure?
(a) Aristocracy.
(b) Democracy.
(c) Totalitarianism.
(d) Oligarchy.

4. Orwell begins Chapter 8 with a meeting of what club?
(a) The 4-H Club.
(b) The Lions Club.
(c) The P.E.N. Club.
(d) The Rotary Club.

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

6. How does Orwell propose to aid the English language?
(a) To address the issue to teachers of the language.
(b) To inject clear thinking into the process aiding readers in fundamental remedies.
(c) He does not think there is anything that can be done.
(d) To appeal to writers of grammar books and dictionaries.

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

8. In Chapter 7, Orwell wonders if Gandhi was motivated by what vice?
(a) Vanity.
(b) Greed.
(c) Envy.
(d) Wrath.

9. According to Orwell, what word best describes Tolstoy's criticisms?
(a) Obsolete.
(b) Indirect.
(c) Inconsistent.
(d) Prejudiced.

10. How does Orwell feel about the English language?
(a) It is declining, and the trend is irreversible.
(b) It is neither improving nor declining.
(c) It is in decline, but can be saved.
(d) It is improving.

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

12. What treatment is described as a spectator sport on the ward?
(a) The application of mustard poultices.
(b) Cold baths.
(c) Cupping.
(d) Leeching.

13. What does Burnham say about the Nazis?
(a) They may have been monsters in a different era, but in this one, they were fine.
(b) They were monsters.
(c) They were good soldiers, with corrupt leadership.
(d) They were well intended, but misguided.

14. What is Orwell's problem with phrases like "swan song"?
(a) It anthropomorphizes a non-human entity.
(b) It is an overused cliché.
(c) It is a dying metaphor.
(d) It makes use of alliteration.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What has the elephant destroyed?

2. Where do the magistrates and police convene after the prisoner's death?

3. What is Orwell's reasoning for the shifts in Gulliver's character?

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

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

(see the answer keys)

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