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Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. According to Orwell, how would reviews be handled in an ideal world?
(a) Ordinary people would write reviews and share them with one another.
(b) The number of works being reviewed would be greatly restricted.
(c) More people would write reviews, so that each reviewer wouldn't have to do as much work.
(d) There wouldn't be any reviews.

3. How does Orwell feel about winning by cheating?
(a) It's okay, as long as the other team is also cheating.
(b) A win is a win, regardless of how it is earned.
(c) It is a win without honor or meaning.
(d) It's okay, if the cheating team is so far behind that winning one game won't affect the overall outcome.

4. What relationship does Orwell establish between social justice and nature?
(a) Nature can only be truly appreciated by those who are oppressed.
(b) Only the oppressors are free to truly appreciate the beauty of nature.
(c) Nature is a blessing that can be enjoyed by everyone, regardless of the social injustices they endure.
(d) There is no relationship between the two.

5. Orwell compares "Helen's Babies" with the works of what other author?
(a) Mark Twain.
(b) Orson Scott Wells.
(c) Ernest Hemingway.
(d) Jules Verne.

6. What is the main characteristic of the poems, written by the poet mentioned in Chapter 17?
(a) They have an ABAB rhyme scheme.
(b) They are popular with children.
(c) They are obscene.
(d) The first and last lines share the same rhyme.

7. According to Orwell, what do newspapers try to do when reporting on sports events?
(a) Cover up the enmity between opposing sides.
(b) Make their team look good.
(c) Report as accurately as possible.
(d) Incite fans.

8. What was Thibaw's legacy in Mandalay?
(a) His many illegitimate children.
(b) Spectacular gardens.
(c) An enormous and elaborate temple.
(d) Tamarind trees.

9. In Chapter 15, Orwell tallies the price of what commodities?
(a) Alcohol and food.
(b) Food, clothing and books.
(c) Movies, books and records.
(d) Alcohol, cigarettes and books.

10. How does Orwell describe "Uncle Tom's Cabin"?
(a) Childish and melodramatic.
(b) Poorly written, but memorable.
(c) Boring, but well-executed.
(d) Frivolous and stupid.

11. What does Orwell refer to as the era of great murder mystery literature?
(a) "Golden Age."
(b) "Elizabethan period."
(c) "Dark Ages."
(d) "Renaissance."

12. What are the benefits of the poems in Chapter 17?
(a) They are written by great poets.
(b) They are funny, or fun to read.
(c) They are short.
(d) They are easy to remember.

13. What term does Orwell use to describe modern sports?
(a) "Religion."
(b) "Hobby."
(c) "Fad."
(d) "Cult."

14. Which title, named in Chapter 16, is also the subject of Chapter 18?
(a) "Helen's Babies".
(b) "King Solomon's Mines".
(c) "Penrod".
(d) "Uncle Tom's Cabin".

15. How much did it cost to plant the garden Orwell describes in Chapter 13?
(a) Two pounds.
(b) Three shillings.
(c) Six and sixpence.
(d) Twelve and sixpence.

Short Answer Questions

1. What kind of person would be Orwell's ideal murder-mystery protagonist?

2. Chapter 12 begins with a description of the life cycle of what animal?

3. How does Orwell feel about Jack the Ripper?

4. What event does Orwell cite as evidence for his argument about sports?

5. What is the first poem Orwell mentions in Chapter 17?

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