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. What is Orwell's reasoning for the shifts in Gulliver's character?

2. How do the Burmese treat the narrator?

3. How did Gandhi feel about Satyagraha?

4. According to Tolstoy, Shakespeare's great reputation was propagated by whom?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. What scene does Orwell describe as the setting for reading a good murder mystery?

2. What type of children's literature does Orwell prefer?

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

4. How does the elephant die?

5. What is the meaning of "Satyagraha"?

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

7. How does Orwell feel about nonsense poetry?

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

9. What are Orwell's criteria for a "perfect" murder?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Orwell claims that it is impossible to have friendly international sporting events. What is his reasoning? What is the difference, according to Orwell, between friendly, local sporting events, and international competitions? What is at stake in international games? Do you agree with Orwell's reasoning? Why? Be sure to cite specific examples from the text to support your position.

Essay Topic 2

Orwell defends freedom of the press by saying that freedom of the political writer, and freedom of the non-political writer go hand-in-hand. Do you agree? Is it possible to have freedom of speech without freedom of the press, or vice versa? How does Orwell feel about the current trend of literary freedom? Do you agree? Be sure to cite specific examples from the text to support your position.

Essay Topic 3

Orwell claims that Smith identified with the character of Gulliver, in "Gulliver's Travels". Do you agree? How well does Orwell present his argument? To what do you attribute the changes in Gulliver's character that Orwell describes? Be sure to cite specific examples from the text in defending your conclusions.

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