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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 Orwell, how does Gulliver change from part two to part three of "Gulliver's Travels"?

2. The narrator is a citizen of what country?

3. What does Orwell say about Tolstoy's conversion?

4. What major change occurred in Tolstoy's life?

5. How does the elephant die?

Short Essay Questions

1. What treatments does Orwell undergo in Hopital X?

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

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

4. What is Orwell's recommendation to the reader in Chapter 13?

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

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

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

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

9. What does Orwell say about Burnham's theory about Stalin?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 3

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.

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