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Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. What is the first poem Orwell mentions in Chapter 17?
(a) "Solomon Grundy".
(b) "The Owl and the Pussycat".
(c) "Humpty Dumpty".
(d) "Hey Diddle Diddle".

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

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

5. Orwell refers to the art of which countries to prove that those who work outdoors are interested in nature?
(a) America and England.
(b) China and Japan.
(c) Spain and France.
(d) Egypt and Spain.

6. 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.

7. In "Good Bad Books", what kind of books does Orwell write about?
(a) Books that aren't well written, but are popular because their authors are well known.
(b) Books that are good, but obscene.
(c) Books that survive the test of time, but aren't necessarily "good" books.
(d) Books that are well written, and underappreciated by critics.

8. Orwell remarks that no one ever plants what type of tree?
(a) Oak.
(b) Maple.
(c) Walnut.
(d) Apple.

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

10. How does Orwell feel about the quality of contemporary murder literature?
(a) It is poor, but improving.
(b) It is good, but declining.
(c) It is poor.
(d) It is good.

11. In Orwell's ideal world, how would the quality of each work be reflected in its reviews?
(a) Only the poor works would be reviewed, so that people could avoid them.
(b) Only the good works would be reviewed, so that people could seek them out.
(c) Good works would get long, detailed reviews; poor ones would get only a few lines.
(d) All works would receive equal treatment.

12. How does Orwell feel about books?
(a) He prefers reading to most activities, but understands why other people might not.
(b) He enjoys reading, but wishes that books were cheaper.
(c) He laments the prioritization of the people who don't read.
(d) He prefers movies, unless he finds a really good book that can be read again and again.

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

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

15. What kind of person is Thibaw?
(a) Drunken and homicidal.
(b) Colorful, but harmless.
(c) Fair and just.
(d) Wise and noble.

Short Answer Questions

1. Orwell refers to what form of medieval art to back up his claims about outdoor workers and nature?

2. According to Orwell, how do international sporting events affect relations between countries?

3. What nonsense poet is named in Chapter 17?

4. How does Orwell feel about winning by cheating?

5. Orwell compares the price of a book to the price of what other luxury?

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