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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. Where did the elephant come from?
(a) It was released in the town by someone who wanted to destroy the bazaar.
(b) It was wild, and found its way into the town.
(c) It had escaped from the zoo.
(d) It was domesticated.

2. What does Burnham write about the atrocities Stalin committed?
(a) The things he did were so outrageous that the rest of the world was inclined to believe his reasons for doing so.
(b) The world wasn't aware of anything Stalin did until after he died.
(c) The world believed Stalin because he gave just enough evidence to back up his claims.
(d) The world knew Stalin was crazy, but couldn't do anything to stop him.

3. What book does Orwell quote to support his argument against Satyagraha?
(a) "Gulliver's Travels".
(b) "Gandhi and Stalin".
(c) "King Lear".
(d) "1984".

4. What creature intervenes as the prisoner is being led to his execution?
(a) A stray dog.
(b) An elephant.
(c) A scorpion.
(d) A stray cat.

5. Overall, how does Orwell feel about "Gulliver's Travels"?
(a) He understands, and sympathizes with, Swift's message, but thinks the books are poorly executed.
(b) He is bored by them, and doesn't understand people's fascination with the story.
(c) He feels that the books have an important message, but are poorly executed.
(d) He likes the books, and has reread them many times.

Short Answer Questions

1. How does Orwell describe Gandhi's political solutions?

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

3. What sort of bath does the hospital staff give the narrator?

4. Burnham was influenced by what political writer?

5. Which play did Tolstoy criticize most harshly?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Orwell describe the prisoner?

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

3. Whom does Orwell name in Chapter 17 as a well-known nonsense poet?

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

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

6. What event in "Gulliver's Travels", according to Orwell, showed a link between Swift and his character, Gulliver?

7. Based on Orwell's description, what is the life cycle of a toad?

8. What does Orwell say about the mating of toads?

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

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

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