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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. According to Gulliver, scientists should not concern themselves with what area of thought?

2. According to Orwell, what political structure fosters great literature?

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

4. According to Orwell, what was Gandhi's youth like?

5. What is the point of Orwell's essay on the English language?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Orwell prove his theory about the lack of good murder literature?

2. Orwell feels that international sporting events have what effect on the relations between the countries involved?

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

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

5. What factors are ruining literary freedom, according to Orwell?

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

7. What does Orwell say about the general trend of the English language?

8. What is the substance of Burnham's "Managerial Revolution", as relayed by Orwell in Chapter 9?

9. In what manner does Orwell leave Hopital X?

10. What does Orwell say about Gandhi's methods of non-violent protest?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

Orwell feels that good books should receive long reviews, while poorly-written books should be handled with reviews of only a few lines. How do you feel about his proposition? Have you ever gained useful information from a bad review? Have you ever thought that a good review was too long? Or do you agree that poorly-written books are undeserving of attention? Be sure to cite specific examples from the text to support your position.

Essay Topic 3

Orwell's essay about Gandhi is not flattering, but he grudgingly admits that Gandhi impresses him, in some ways. What does Orwell dislike most about Gandhi, and his practices? How does Orwell's opinion of Gandhi change, after reading his autobiography? How does Orwell feel about Gandhi's policy of "Satyagraha," and why? Be sure to cite specific examples from the text to support your position.

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