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Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. According to Orwell, what did older American literature have, that the newer doesn't?
(a) Memorable plots.
(b) Sympathetic characters.
(c) Frightening villains.
(d) Values.

3. Why does Orwell claim that his readers think farmers and fishermen wouldn't be interested in reading his essays about nature?
(a) Orwell isn't good at writing about nature.
(b) Most of them are uneducated, and illiterate.
(c) They work too closely with it, so they are not interested in reading about it.
(d) They are more interested in politics than people who live in urban areas.

4. How many works is the person in Chapter 14 attempting to review?
(a) Five.
(b) Four.
(c) Two.
(d) One.

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

6. 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) For the price of a year's worth of alcohol and cigarettes, one could purchase a respectable collection of books.
(c) Alcohol is more expensive than food, but well worth it.
(d) Books are more expensive than food and clothing, and Orwell doesn't understand why.

7. The hibernation period of the animal discussed in Chapter 12 generally draws to a close in time for what?
(a) Collecting food for another hibernation.
(b) The spring mating season.
(c) Summer.
(d) The toad to eat, before it starves.

8. How does Orwell feel about Jack the Ripper?
(a) He thinks it was actually a group of people committing the murders.
(b) He thinks he was a fraud.
(c) He thinks he was sloppy, and just got lucky in not being caught.
(d) He committed "perfect" murders, worthy of being turned into literature.

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

10. Which of these is NOT one of the books Orwell names as a "good bad book"?
(a) Harriet Beecher Stowe's "Uncle Tom's Cabin".
(b) Bram Stoker's "Dracula".
(c) Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's "Sherlock Holmes".
(d) Thomas Hardy's "The Return of the Native".

11. According to Orwell, what is the reason that people don't read?
(a) Books are too expensive.
(b) Reading a book takes too much effort.
(c) The plots of most books are boring.
(d) They would rather go to movies, to pubs, or watch dog racing.

12. What is the best motive for a compelling murder mystery, according to Orwell?
(a) Revenge.
(b) Money.
(c) Lust or power.
(d) Love.

13. 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 have no meaning.
(d) They mean very little.

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

15. How does the animal discussed in Chapter 12 discern the sex of other members of its species?
(a) By the length of their legs.
(b) By attempting to mate.
(c) By the markings on their backs.
(d) By the color of their skin.

Short Answer Questions

1. According to Orwell, what are the feelings between two teams in a sporting event?

2. What relationship does Orwell establish between social justice and nature?

3. What are the benefits of the poems in Chapter 17?

4. Orwell feels that it is possible to play sports, for fun and recreation, in the absence of what?

5. In "Good Bad Books", what kind of books does Orwell write about?

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