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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

8. According to Orwell, what flaw is shared by all of the titles he mentions in Chapter 16?
(a) Poor writing skill.
(b) Unmemorable characters.
(c) A boring plot.
(d) A kind of absurdity.

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

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

11. According to Orwell, how do international sporting events affect relations between countries?
(a) They make them better.
(b) They worsen relations between citizens, but improve relations between leaders.
(c) They make them worse.
(d) They have no effect.

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

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

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

15. 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) They are more interested in politics than people who live in urban areas.
(c) They work too closely with it, so they are not interested in reading about it.
(d) Most of them are uneducated, and illiterate.

Short Answer Questions

1. What do Orwell's readers think Orwell should be focusing on?

2. Orwell compares "Helen's Babies" with the works of what other author?

3. What does Orwell say about children's books, in Chapter 18?

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

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

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