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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. The third speaker, in Chapter 8, attacked what?

2. How do the Burmese treat the narrator?

3. What does Burnham write about Stalin?

4. Tolstoy wrote a biting criticism of what playwright's work?

5. How did the first speaker, in Chapter 8, feel about freedom of the press?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What effect does Gandhi's autobiography have on Orwell?

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

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

5. Why did Orwell kill the elephant against his will?

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

7. What does Orwell say about the sanitation of Hopital X?

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

9. How does Burnham's theory about the "manners and morals" of a given era differ from Orwell's?

10. According to Orwell, what could the reader of "Gulliver's Travels" infer about Swift's political views?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the character of the crowd. What are the main characteristics of the crowd? What is Orwell's relationship with the crowd? What does the crowd represent? What is the overall significance of the crowd's character? Be sure to cite specific examples from the text to support your position.

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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