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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. In Orwell's opinion, what does Tolstoy do to the scenes he is presenting?
(a) He distorts them.
(b) He misunderstands them.
(c) He takes them out of context.
(d) He misquotes them.

2. What does the creature do as the prisoner is being led to his execution?
(a) Bites the executioner.
(b) Rampages through the crowd of spectators.
(c) Stings the attending guard.
(d) Jumps up and tries to lick the prisoner's face.

3. What is in the prisoner's cell?
(a) A plank bed and water pot.
(b) Nothing.
(c) A bedroll.
(d) A cot and toilet.

4. What book does Orwell quote to support his argument against Satyagraha?
(a) "Gulliver's Travels".
(b) "King Lear".
(c) "1984".
(d) "Gandhi and Stalin".

5. What was the substance of the second speaker's argument, in Chapter 8?
(a) He argued that freedom of the press and freedom of speech are not necessarily the same.
(b) He argued that liberty was a good thing, in very specific circumstances.
(c) He argued against freedom of the press.
(d) He felt liberty was a good thing, but spoke in a very general way.

Short Answer Questions

1. How is the prisoner going to be executed?

2. What similarity does Orwell find between the Catholic and Communist ideologies?

3. Of what religion is the prisoner in Chapter 2?

4. How does Orwell feel about Gandhi's involvement in politics?

5. According to Orwell, what is the basis for Burnham's political predictions?

Short Essay Questions

1. According to Tolstoy, how did Shakespeare get such a grand reputation?

2. Why did Orwell kill the elephant against his will?

3. What effect does Gandhi's autobiography have on Orwell?

4. Orwell feels that international sporting events have what effect on the relations between the countries involved?

5. How does Orwell respond to the critics of his spring essays?

6. What scene does Orwell describe as the setting for reading a good murder mystery?

7. What does Orwell think of children's stories such as "Tom Sawyer"?

8. What happens after the prisoner's death?

9. What factors are ruining literary freedom, according to Orwell?

10. What flaws are shared by all of the examples of "bad English" that Orwell offers?

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