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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. 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) The first and last lines share the same rhyme.
(d) They are obscene.

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

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

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

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

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

7. Chapter 12 begins with a description of the life cycle of what animal?
(a) Squirrel.
(b) Rabbit.
(c) Toad.
(d) Gnat.

8. Orwell refers to all of the titles in Chapter 16 as great examples of what?
(a) Light literature.
(b) Children's literature.
(c) Commercial literature.
(d) Fantasy tales.

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

10. How does Orwell describe the ideal murderer, in a murder story?
(a) Calculating.
(b) Pitiable.
(c) Eccentric.
(d) Arrogant.

11. What is the most famous poem written by the poet mentioned in Chapter 17?
(a) "Old Mother Hubbard".
(b) "The Owl and the Pussycat".
(c) "The Cat's In the Cradle".
(d) "Hey Diddle Diddle".

12. What event does Orwell cite as evidence for his argument about sports?
(a) The money that has been donated to charity by sports stars.
(b) The peace treaty that was signed after the 1922 Olympic Games.
(c) The killing of a tennis star by a crazed fan.
(d) The riots at the 1936 Olympic Games.

13. Orwell compares the price of a book to the price of what other luxury?
(a) An expensive seat at the cinema.
(b) A bottle of whiskey.
(c) A Cuban cigar.
(d) A carriage ride.

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

15. 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 schoolhouse.
(c) A home.
(d) A church.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why is the reviewer having such difficulty writing his reviews?

2. The subject of Chapter 14 reviews what?

3. How does Orwell feel about books?

4. How does Orwell feel about winning by cheating?

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

(see the answer keys)

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