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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What is the narrator's profession?
(a) Doctor.
(b) Firefighter.
(c) Police officer.
(d) Judge.

2. According to Burnham, what place do workers occupy in the new socialist structure?
(a) They are near the top of the pyramid.
(b) Burnham does not discuss the socialist position of workers, only managers.
(c) They are somewhere in the middle of the pyramid.
(d) They are semi-slaves, who are at the bottom of the pyramid.

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

4. 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 Russians under Stalin, and the Italians under Mussolini.
(c) The Jews in Nazi Germany, and the Russians under Stalin.
(d) The Jews in Nazi Germany, and the Burmese under the British Empire.

5. What is the point of Orwell's essay on the English language?
(a) To express his feelings about the topic, though no one is likely to take his advice.
(b) To make a mockery of other writers who use the techniques he complains about.
(c) To educate people on how they can help stop the decline of the language.
(d) To entertain the reader, but not to impart any useful information.

6. According to Orwell, how did Swift offend Queen Anne?
(a) By writing a satirical piece that made fun of the English government.
(b) By writing a pamphlet that criticized dissenters from the church.
(c) By criticizing a law passed by Parliament.
(d) By greeting her inappropriately when he met her.

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

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

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

10. Gulliver disapproves of what sort of knowledge, according to Orwell?
(a) Knowledge for its own sake.
(b) Knowledge used only for practical purposes.
(c) Abstract knowledge.
(d) Knowledge supported by insufficient evidence.

11. How did the narrator leave the hospital?
(a) He fled before his time was up, and without an official discharge.
(b) He transferred to another hospital, to be under the care of his own doctor.
(c) Once his condition was stable, he was moved to another facility.
(d) He left fully recovered with a doctor's discharge.

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

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

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

15. What is Orwell's reasoning for the shifts in Gulliver's character?
(a) Swift wanted a clear demarcation between each part of the story.
(b) Gulliver represented four different people that Swift knew.
(c) Swift identified with Gulliver.
(d) Gulliver had multiple personality disorder.

Short Answer Questions

1. According to Orwell, what political structure fosters great literature?

2. What was the substance of the second speaker's argument, in Chapter 8?

3. What treatment is described as a spectator sport on the ward?

4. What does the creature do as the prisoner is being led to his execution?

5. According to Orwell, what is the basis for Burnham's political predictions?

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