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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. Why does the narrator eventually shoot the elephant?
(a) Because it is his job.
(b) Because he doesn't want anyone else to get hurt.
(c) The angry crowd doesn't really give him a choice.
(d) Because he wants to collect the reward.

2. How did Gandhi feel about Satyagraha?
(a) He believed that people who utilized Satyagraha could accomplish anything.
(b) He did not really believe in it, but professed it because otherwise his followers would resort to drastic measures.
(c) He believed in it, but was aware of its limitations.
(d) He did not believe in it, but professed it because it attracted a certain kind of person to be his follower.

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

4. According to Orwell, how does Gulliver change from part two to part three of "Gulliver's Travels"?
(a) He appears to have a higher social standing, as evidenced by consorting with educated men of political standing.
(b) He resigns himself to the aging process, and makes peace with the idea of being old.
(c) He develops an appreciation for his home and family, which he previously lacked.
(d) He decides to make the most of the time he has, rather than sulking about getting old.

5. What major change occurred in Tolstoy's life?
(a) He sustained a serious injury, and was paralyzed.
(b) His wife and children all died from influenza.
(c) He converted to Christianity.
(d) He moved from England to Spain.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is the symbol of Gulliver's aging?

2. Why is Orwell skeptical of Gandhi's celibacy and vegetarianism?

3. According to Orwell, how did Swift offend Queen Anne?

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

5. What is in the prisoner's cell?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. What is Orwell's problem with the use of words like "romantic" or "vitality"?

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

6. According to Orwell, what changes occur in the character of Gulliver, in each part of "Gulliver's Travels"?

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

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

9. What happens as the prisoner is being led to his fate?

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

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