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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.
Multiple Choice Questions
1. How does Orwell feel about spring?
(a) He finds it intriguing, but it neither pleases nor displeases him.
(b) He dislikes it.
(c) He takes great pleasure in it.
(d) He observes it disinterestedly.
2. What is the best motive for a compelling murder mystery, according to Orwell?
(a) Lust or power.
3. Chapter 12 begins with a description of the life cycle of what animal?
4. According to Orwell, what ideal is at stake in international sports competitions?
5. How many reviews does the person in Chapter 14 write per year?
6. According to Orwell, what do newspapers try to do when reporting on sports events?
(a) Cover up the enmity between opposing sides.
(b) Report as accurately as possible.
(c) Incite fans.
(d) Make their team look good.
7. What is the most famous poem written by the poet mentioned in Chapter 17?
(a) "The Cat's In the Cradle".
(b) "Hey Diddle Diddle".
(c) "The Owl and the Pussycat".
(d) "Old Mother Hubbard".
8. What nonsense poet is named in Chapter 17?
(a) Ogden Nash.
(b) Edward Lear.
(c) Mervyn Peake
(d) Christopher Isherwood.
9. What kind of person is Thibaw?
(a) Fair and just.
(b) Drunken and homicidal.
(c) Colorful, but harmless.
(d) Wise and noble.
10. The hibernation period of the animal discussed in Chapter 12 generally draws to a close in time for what?
(b) Collecting food for another hibernation.
(c) The toad to eat, before it starves.
(d) The spring mating season.
11. What conclusion does Orwell reach about the prices of the commodities he compares in Chapter 15?
(a) The only way to afford books is to cut out other luxuries, such as movies and records.
(b) Books are more expensive than food and clothing, and Orwell doesn't understand why.
(c) For the price of a year's worth of alcohol and cigarettes, one could purchase a respectable collection of books.
(d) Alcohol is more expensive than food, but well worth it.
12. What are the benefits of the poems in Chapter 17?
(a) They are written by great poets.
(b) They are short.
(c) They are funny, or fun to read.
(d) They are easy to remember.
13. What is the first poem Orwell mentions in Chapter 17?
(a) "Humpty Dumpty".
(b) "Hey Diddle Diddle".
(c) "Solomon Grundy".
(d) "The Owl and the Pussycat".
14. According to Orwell, when is the best time to read a good murder mystery?
(a) Saturday morning.
(b) Saturday evening.
(c) Friday evening.
(d) Sunday afternoon.
15. What does Orwell say about the meaning of the poems he mentions in Chapter 17?
(a) They mean something different to each person who reads them.
(b) They have profound meaning, though disguised.
(c) They mean very little.
(d) They have no meaning.
Short Answer Questions
1. How does Orwell feel about books?
2. The murderer, according to Orwell, kills his victim to avoid what?
3. According to Orwell, what flaw is shared by all of the titles he mentions in Chapter 16?
4. In Chapter 18, Orwell describes an image of what, taken from books such as "Tom Sawyer" and "Uncle Tom's Cabin"?
5. What does Orwell suggest as an act of contrition for someone who has committed a sin?
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