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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 does Orwell feel about the English language?
(a) It is in decline, but can be saved.
(b) It is declining, and the trend is irreversible.
(c) It is improving.
(d) It is neither improving nor declining.

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

3. What do the magistrates and police do after the prisoner's death?
(a) Pray.
(b) Go back to work.
(c) Drink.
(d) Sleep.

4. According to Orwell, literature is in danger from censorship, and what else?
(a) The lack of affordable higher education.
(b) A loss of interest in literature among young adults.
(c) The corporate sponsorship of writers.
(d) The poor quality of public education.

5. According to Orwell, how does Gandhi compare to other politicians of his time?
(a) He didn't accomplish as much.
(b) He left a remarkably "clean smell" behind.
(c) He accomplished much more.
(d) He didn't focus on the same issues.

Short Answer Questions

1. In this story, Burma is a colony of what empire?

2. Where did the elephant come from?

3. What is the subject of Gulliver's ranting in the second book of "Gulliver's Travels"?

4. What is the point of Orwell's essay on the English language?

5. What relationship does Orwell establish between freedom for political writers, and non-political ones?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Orwell wonders if entering the world of politics had what effect on Gandhi?

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

4. What relationship exists between Orwell and the Burmese natives?

5. How does Orwell describe the prisoner?

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

7. According to Orwell, what were Burnham's political predictions based on?

8. What is Orwell's occupation, in the first chapter?

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

10. How does Orwell describe the book reviewer in Chapter 14?

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