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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 did the first speaker, in Chapter 8, feel about freedom of the press?
(a) It would lead to the corruption, and ultimate demise, of the government.
(b) It was desirable, but the government had a right to censor its citizens.
(c) It was desirable, but not necessary.
(d) It was a good thing - in India.

2. In what country is the narrator, in Chapter 3?
(a) France.
(b) Burma.
(c) Spain.
(d) England.

3. Of what religion is the prisoner in Chapter 2?
(a) Hindu.
(b) Muslim.
(c) Buddhist.
(d) Christian.

4. What is Orwell's problem with phrases like "swan song"?
(a) It is a dying metaphor.
(b) It anthropomorphizes a non-human entity.
(c) It is an overused cliché.
(d) It makes use of alliteration.

5. Where is the narrator working?
(a) India.
(b) Burma.
(c) Japan.
(d) Australia.

Short Answer Questions

1. How do the Burmese treat the narrator?

2. What do the magistrates and police do after the prisoner's death?

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

4. Gulliver disapproves of what sort of knowledge, according to Orwell?

5. Tolstoy wrote a biting criticism of what playwright's work?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Orwell say about Burnham's theory about Stalin?

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

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

4. Orwell cites the riots after the 1936 Olympic Games as proof of what?

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

6. What is Orwell's opinion about book reviews?

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

8. What are some of the books that Orwell names as "Good Bad Books", and what flaw do they share?

9. What is Orwell's conclusion about the price of books in Chapter 15?

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

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