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Multiple Choice Questions

1. How does Orwell feel about Gandhi's policy of non-violent protest?
(a) It is ineffective, and unsuitable for the modern world.
(b) He agrees wholeheartedly with Gandhi's policy.
(c) It can be effective, but only in some circumstances.
(d) It is effective in most circumstances, but not all.

2. In this story, Burma is a colony of what empire?
(a) The British Empire.
(b) The American Empire.
(c) The Japanese Empire.
(d) The Russian Empire.

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

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

5. How does Orwell describe Gandhi's political solutions?
(a) "Progressive."
(b) "Godly."
(c) "Medievalist."
(d) "Backwards."

6. How does the elephant die?
(a) It is shot twice but dies slowly.
(b) It doesn't die, it escapes.
(c) It dies quickly and painlessly.
(d) It kills two people before finally collapsing.

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

8. What has the elephant destroyed?
(a) A cart with vegetables in it.
(b) A newsstand.
(c) A.grove of trees, a hut, and a bicycle.
(d) A bamboo hut, some fruit stalls, and a rubbish van.

9. What does Orwell say about Tolstoy's conversion?
(a) He never converted; it was a rumor.
(b) He only exchanged one form of egotism for another.
(c) He did it to better his reputation, not because his belief was sincere.
(d) He was swayed by false prophets.

10. What do the magistrates and police do after the prisoner's death?
(a) Pray.
(b) Sleep.
(c) Go back to work.
(d) Drink.

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

12. How much does Orwell think the managerial revolution, which Burnham writes about, has influenced the United States?
(a) Not at all.
(b) A lot.
(c) Some.
(d) Very little.

13. What relationship does Orwell establish between freedom for political writers, and non-political ones?
(a) The two freedoms go hand in hand.
(b) Orwell doesn't establish a relationship between the two.
(c) Freedom for political writers does not affect freedom for non-political ones.
(d) Freedom for non-political writers does not affect freedom for political ones.

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

15. According to Orwell, how does Gandhi compare to other politicians of his time?
(a) He didn't focus on the same issues.
(b) He didn't accomplish as much.
(c) He left a remarkably "clean smell" behind.
(d) He accomplished much more.

Short Answer Questions

1. What aspect of "Gulliver's Travels" does Orwell discuss in Chapter 5?

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

3. Where is the narrator working?

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

5. According to Gulliver, scientists should not concern themselves with what area of thought?

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