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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. Burnham predicted that what nation would be victorious in World War II?
(a) Japan.
(b) England.
(c) Germany.
(d) Russia.

2. Orwell worries that liberty cannot exist without what?
(a) Liberty of thought.
(b) Laws that protect the populace.
(c) Its opposite - oppression.
(d) Censorship of expression.

3. How does Orwell describe Gandhi's political solutions?
(a) "Backwards."
(b) "Godly."
(c) "Medievalist."
(d) "Progressive."

4. Where do the magistrates and police convene after the prisoner's death?
(a) On the side of town opposite the gallows.
(b) They don't convene, they all go to their own homes.
(c) At the local tavern.
(d) Close to the location of the corpse.

5. Orwell feels that Swift, through "Gulliver's Travels", is attacking what sort of government structure?
(a) Totalitarianism.
(b) Democracy.
(c) Aristocracy.
(d) Oligarchy.

Short Answer Questions

1. How is the prisoner going to be executed?

2. What does Burnham say about the Nazis?

3. What was the substance of the second speaker's argument, in Chapter 8?

4. Why does the narrator hesitate to kill the elephant?

5. How did the first speaker, in Chapter 8, feel about freedom of the press?

Short Essay Questions

1. According to Orwell, what is the reason for the dearth of good contemporary murder literature?

2. How does Orwell respond to Tolstoy's criticisms of Shakespeare?

3. According to Orwell, what could the reader of "Gulliver's Travels" infer about Swift's political views?

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

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

6. What are some of Tolstoy's criticisms about Shakespeare?

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

8. What type of children's literature does Orwell prefer?

9. According to Orwell, why don't people read?

10. According to the evidence Orwell presents from "Gulliver's Travels", how does Gulliver feel about science?

(see the answer keys)

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