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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. How does the animal discussed in Chapter 12 discern the sex of other members of its species?
(a) By the length of their legs.
(b) By attempting to mate.
(c) By the color of their skin.
(d) By the markings on their backs.

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

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

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

5. Why does Orwell claim that his readers think farmers and fishermen wouldn't be interested in reading his essays about nature?
(a) They work too closely with it, so they are not interested in reading about it.
(b) Orwell isn't good at writing about nature.
(c) They are more interested in politics than people who live in urban areas.
(d) Most of them are uneducated, and illiterate.

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

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

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

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

10. What does Orwell suggest as an act of contrition for someone who has committed a sin?
(a) Confessing to a priest.
(b) Working to right their wrong.
(c) Volunteerism.
(d) Planting a tree.

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

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

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

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

15. The subject of Chapter 14 reviews what?
(a) Movies.
(b) Books.
(c) Plays.
(d) Songs.

Short Answer Questions

1. According to Orwell, what is the reason that people don't read?

2. Which title, named in Chapter 16, is also the subject of Chapter 18?

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

4. What nonsense poet is named in Chapter 17?

5. How does Orwell feel about people bonding through sports?

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