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Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. What does Burnham write about the atrocities Stalin committed?
(a) The world knew Stalin was crazy, but couldn't do anything to stop him.
(b) The world wasn't aware of anything Stalin did until after he died.
(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 believed Stalin because he gave just enough evidence to back up his claims.

3. What was the substance of the second speaker's argument, in Chapter 8?
(a) He felt liberty was a good thing, but spoke in a very general way.
(b) He argued against freedom of the press.
(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.

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

5. 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 provide harsh punishments for dissenters.
(d) Both appoint a leader without the input of the followers.

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

7. Tolstoy wrote a biting criticism of what playwright's work?
(a) Marlowe
(b) Shakespeare.
(c) Aeschylus.
(d) Molière.

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

9. How does Orwell feel about Burnham, and his methods of prophesying?
(a) His prophecies are based on good evidence, but they are misinterpreted.
(b) He has good intentions, but is misguided.
(c) He is a con artist.
(d) He is cowardly, and mentally imbalanced.

10. How does Orwell feel about Shakespeare?
(a) He likes Shakespeare, but realizes that there are flaws in his work.
(b) He admires what Shakespeare attempted, but dislikes his works.
(c) He likes Shakespeare's characters, but not the plots of his plays.
(d) He loves his work, and has profound respect for him as an artist.

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

12. 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 ineffective, and unsuitable for the modern world.
(c) It is effective in most circumstances, but not all.
(d) He agrees wholeheartedly with Gandhi's policy.

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

14. What is the crowd's reaction to the prisoner's chant?
(a) It doesn't seem to have an effect on them.
(b) They try to help him escape.
(c) They begin to feel some compassion for him.
(d) They want him to die quickly.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. How were the nurses in the hospital described?

2. Why does Orwell dislike words such as "constitute" and "phenomenon"?

3. In this story, Burma is a colony of what empire?

4. What change has occurred for the narrator, in Chapter 3?

5. What helped to change Orwell's opinions of Gandhi?

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