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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. In Chapter 15, Orwell tallies the price of what commodities?
(a) Alcohol and food.
(b) Movies, books and records.
(c) Food, clothing and books.
(d) Alcohol, cigarettes and books.

3. How much did it cost to plant the garden Orwell describes in Chapter 13?
(a) Three shillings.
(b) Twelve and sixpence.
(c) Six and sixpence.
(d) Two pounds.

4. What types of sporting events does Orwell support?
(a) Local, friendly games.
(b) Youth events.
(c) International sports.
(d) Events held for charity.

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

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

7. 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.

8. 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.

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 characterizes America much more tamely than older literature.
(c) It portrays America inaccurately.
(d) It portrays Americans as immature and selfish.

10. How does Orwell feel about people bonding through sports?
(a) He thinks there are better ways to bond.
(b) He doesn't offer an opinion.
(c) He doesn't believe it is possible.
(d) He thinks it is the best way to bond.

11. What does Orwell say about children's books, in Chapter 18?
(a) They are ineffective at teaching values and morals.
(b) They give one a "false map" of the world.
(c) They are too complicated for most children.
(d) They have adult themes that are too advanced for children.

12. How many reviews does the person in Chapter 14 write per year?
(a) 100.
(b) 52.
(c) 24.
(d) 12.

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

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

15. How does Orwell feel about Jack the Ripper?
(a) He thinks he was a fraud.
(b) He thinks it was actually a group of people committing the murders.
(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.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. According to Orwell, what is not a popular subject in his essays?

3. What does Orwell say about the meaning of the poems he mentions in Chapter 17?

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

5. How does Orwell feel about books?

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