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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. How many crimes does Orwell mention as being turned into great literature?
(a) Three.
(b) Nine.
(c) Eleven.
(d) Seven.

2. According to Orwell, what are the feelings between two teams in a sporting event?
(a) Ill-will.
(b) Sportsmanship.
(c) Hospitality.
(d) Friendliness.

3. What do Orwell's readers think Orwell should be focusing on?
(a) Righting social wrongs.
(b) Writing fiction.
(c) Writing literary criticism.
(d) Commenting on political injustices.

4. According to Orwell, what is not a popular subject in his essays?
(a) Spring.
(b) Animals.
(c) Christmas.
(d) Politics.

5. According to Orwell, why might athletes try to cheat?
(a) They don't always understand the rules.
(b) They are afraid of losing their contracts.
(c) They feel they are being discriminated against.
(d) They think it is the only way they will win.

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) Make their team look good.
(d) Incite fans.

7. What kind of person would be Orwell's ideal murder-mystery protagonist?
(a) A lower-class citizen.
(b) A celebrity.
(c) A local professional.
(d) A rich aristocrat.

8. According to Orwell, what ideal is at stake in international sports competitions?
(a) Fairness.
(b) Prestige.
(c) Sportsmanship.
(d) Skill.

9. In Chapter 18, Orwell describes an image of what, taken from books such as "Tom Sawyer" and "Uncle Tom's Cabin"?
(a) A home.
(b) A garden.
(c) A church.
(d) A schoolhouse.

10. The murderer, according to Orwell, kills his victim to avoid what?
(a) Divorce.
(b) Imprisonment.
(c) Disgrace or scandal.
(d) Financial ruin.

11. According to Orwell, how do international sporting events affect relations between countries?
(a) They make them worse.
(b) They worsen relations between citizens, but improve relations between leaders.
(c) They have no effect.
(d) They make them better.

12. What does Orwell say about children's books, in Chapter 18?
(a) They are ineffective at teaching values and morals.
(b) They have adult themes that are too advanced for children.
(c) They are too complicated for most children.
(d) They give one a "false map" of the world.

13. Why is the reviewer having such difficulty writing his reviews?
(a) He is too busy to write them.
(b) He keeps getting interrupted.
(c) The works he is reviewing are boring.
(d) He is afraid of offending the works' authors.

14. What does "Helen's Babies" say about America, according to Orwell?
(a) It portrays Americans as immature and selfish.
(b) It portrays America inaccurately.
(c) It characterizes America much more tamely than older literature.
(d) It is a characterization of only one class in American society.

15. How does Orwell feel about spring?
(a) He finds it intriguing, but it neither pleases nor displeases him.
(b) He takes great pleasure in it.
(c) He dislikes it.
(d) He observes it disinterestedly.

Short Answer Questions

1. In Chapter 15, Orwell tallies the price of what commodities?

2. What conclusion does Orwell reach about the prices of the commodities he compares in Chapter 15?

3. How does the animal discussed in Chapter 12 discern the sex of other members of its species?

4. Orwell refers to all of the titles in Chapter 16 as great examples of what?

5. Orwell states that books are the least expensive media pleasures, next to what?

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