Shooting an Elephant Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

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

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

3. In "The Managerial Revolution", what does Burnham say about capitalism?

4. Why does the narrator eventually shoot the elephant?

5. Death, at the narrator's hospital, is personified by a patient who finds what activity difficult and painful?

Short Essay Questions

1. What pamphlet was the subject of the meeting of the P.E.N. Club that takes place in Chapter 8?

2. What is the meaning of "Satyagraha"?

3. What is the substance of the four speakers' speeches, as relayed by Orwell in Chapter 8?

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

5. How has Orwell's situation been reversed in Chapter 3?

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

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

8. How does Orwell feel about nonsense poetry?

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

10. In what manner does Orwell leave Hopital X?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Burnham states that capitalism is dying and that a socialist pyramid will replace it. Do you agree? Do you see Burnham's theory manifested in the United States in any way? If so, how? Do you agree with Orwell's assessment, that the Managerial Revolution has not greatly influenced the United States? In what countries do you think the Managerial Revolution has started to take effect? Be sure to cite specific examples from the text in defending your conclusions.

Essay Topic 2

Burnham makes several inaccurate political predictions, and Orwell accuses him of power-worship. On what does Burnham base his predictions?

Essay Topic 3

Orwell states that he doesn't see the point of creating or reading nonsense poetry. In your opinion, why do some poets choose to create nonsense poetry? Is it inferior to other kinds of poetry? Do you think that the people who read or create nonsense poetry are different from those who read or create other kinds of poetry? If so, how are they different? Be sure to cite specific examples from the text in defending your conclusions.

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