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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

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

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

5. What does Orwell cite as a reason for the quality of contemporary murder literature?
(a) The government is censoring it too much.
(b) Crimes are becoming less memorable.
(c) There are currently no good writers.
(d) People aren't interested in reading it.

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

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

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

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

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

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

12. According to Orwell, when is the best time to read a good murder mystery?
(a) Sunday afternoon.
(b) Saturday evening.
(c) Friday evening.
(d) Saturday morning.

13. Orwell states that books are the least expensive media pleasures, next to what?
(a) Radio.
(b) Magazines.
(c) Television.
(d) Cinema.

14. Orwell says, in Chapter 12, that he has occasionally found what in summer?
(a) A salamander, under a log.
(b) A patch of wheat.
(c) A toad that never woke up from hibernation.
(d) A den of fox kits.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Orwell refers to the art of which countries to prove that those who work outdoors are interested in nature?

2. What method of killing does Orwell prefer for murder mysteries?

3. How does Orwell feel about spring?

4. According to Orwell, what should the relationship be between the murderer and the victim?

5. How does Orwell feel about books?

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