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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. How is the prisoner behaving, as he is marching to his death?
(a) He tries to attack his guards and escape.
(b) He begs for mercy.
(c) He quietly attempts to bribe the guard.
(d) He walks with dignity.

2. According to Gulliver, scientists should not concern themselves with what area of thought?
(a) Philosophy.
(b) Religion.
(c) Politics.
(d) Sociology.

3. What similarity does Orwell find between the Catholic and Communist ideologies?
(a) Both refuse to acknowledge the honesty and intellectual capability of their opponents.
(b) Both are based on an idea that sounds much better until it is put into practice.
(c) Both appoint a leader without the input of the followers.
(d) Both provide harsh punishments for dissenters.

4. What did the name of Gandhi's political policy, "Satyagraha," mean?
(a) "Karma."
(b) "Firmness in truth."
(c) "Strength in silence."
(d) "Belief in oneself."

5. According to Orwell, what flaw is apparent in all of the examples of "bad English" that he presents in Chapter 6?
(a) A lack of precision.
(b) A lack of creativity.
(c) Poor grammar.
(d) Inappropriate metaphors.

Short Answer Questions

1. What two groups does Orwell name as an example of people for whom Satyagraha would be an ineffective political tool?

2. What is Orwell's reasoning for the shifts in Gulliver's character?

3. According to Orwell, literature is in danger from censorship, and what else?

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

5. According to Orwell, what word best describes Tolstoy's criticisms?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. According to Orwell, why is spring not a popular subject among his readers?

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

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

5. What is the substance of Burnham's "Managerial Revolution", as relayed by Orwell in Chapter 9?

6. Under what circumstances does Orwell think it is possible to have a friendly sports game, and why?

7. What is the meaning of "Satyagraha"?

8. How has Orwell's situation been reversed in Chapter 3?

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

10. What does Orwell say about the general trend of the English language?

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