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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. What crucial element of Shakespeare's works does Tolstoy fail to recognize, according to Orwell?
(a) The social commentary in Shakespeare's works.
(b) Shakespeare's status as a poet.
(c) The fact that Shakespeare deliberately incorporated flaws into his work.
(d) Shakespeare's lack of education.

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

3. What aspect of "Gulliver's Travels" does Orwell discuss in Chapter 5?
(a) The inconsistency of the plot.
(b) The literary devices used by the author.
(c) The changes in Gulliver's character.
(d) Swift's use of imagery and symbolism.

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

5. Why does Orwell dislike words such as "constitute" and "phenomenon"?
(a) He feels that they are used to "dress up" concepts that could be expressed in plainer terms.
(b) They are used intentionally to elevate writing beyond the capability of the ordinary reader.
(c) They are unnecessarily long.
(d) They consolidate, into one word, what should be expressed with a phrase.

Short Answer Questions

1. The narrator is a citizen of what country?

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

3. Orwell begins Chapter 8 with a meeting of what club?

4. The fourth speaker, in Chapter 8, defended the purges in what country?

5. According to Orwell, what is the primary purpose of language?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What link does Orwell establish between freedom of the press, and other forms of liberty?

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

5. How does Orwell feel about nonsense poetry?

6. What pamphlet was the subject of the meeting of the P.E.N. Club that takes place in Chapter 8?

7. How does Orwell define a "Good Bad Book" in Chapter 16?

8. How does Burnham's theory about the "manners and morals" of a given era differ from Orwell's?

9. How are sporting events similar to combat, according to Orwell?

10. What is Orwell's overall intention, according to his statements at the end of Chapter 6?

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