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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 was the substance of the second speaker's argument, in Chapter 8?
(a) He felt liberty was a good thing, but spoke in a very general way.
(b) He argued against freedom of the press.
(c) He argued that freedom of the press and freedom of speech are not necessarily the same.
(d) He argued that liberty was a good thing, in very specific circumstances.
2. What major change occurred in Tolstoy's life?
(a) He sustained a serious injury, and was paralyzed.
(b) He converted to Christianity.
(c) He moved from England to Spain.
(d) His wife and children all died from influenza.
3. 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 likes the books, and has reread them many times.
(c) He feels that the books have an important message, but are poorly executed.
(d) He is bored by them, and doesn't understand people's fascination with the story.
4. How does the elephant die?
(a) It is shot twice but dies slowly.
(b) It dies quickly and painlessly.
(c) It doesn't die, it escapes.
(d) It kills two people before finally collapsing.
5. According to Gulliver, scientists should not concern themselves with what area of thought?
Short Answer Questions
1. What is the name of John Milton's pamphlet that Orwell mentions in Chapter 8?
2. What illness does the narrator have, in Chapter 3?
3. How does Gulliver believe science should be used?
4. Orwell worries that liberty cannot exist without what?
5. How does Orwell feel about Gandhi's involvement in politics?
Short Essay Questions
1. How are sporting events similar to combat, according to Orwell?
2. Why did Orwell kill the elephant against his will?
3. According to Orwell, why is spring not a popular subject among his readers?
4. How does Orwell feel about nonsense poetry?
5. What link does Orwell establish between freedom of the press, and other forms of liberty?
6. What are some of the books that Orwell names as "Good Bad Books", and what flaw do they share?
7. What is Orwell's problem with the use of words like "romantic" or "vitality"?
8. According to Orwell, why don't people read?
9. What does Orwell say about Gandhi's methods of non-violent protest?
10. How does Orwell describe the prisoner?
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