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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. Gulliver disapproves of what sort of knowledge, according to Orwell?

2. How does Orwell feel about Burnham, and his methods of prophesying?

3. How do the Burmese treat the narrator?

4. What does Orwell feel can help to reverse the downward trend of the English language?

5. According to Burnham, what is the most important factor for class mobility, in the society he envisions?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is Orwell's problem with the use of words like "romantic" or "vitality"?

2. What does Orwell say about the mating of toads?

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

4. What happens after the prisoner's death?

5. How does Orwell respond to Tolstoy's criticisms of Shakespeare?

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

7. According to Orwell, why is spring not a popular subject among his readers?

8. What are some of the books that Orwell names as "Good Bad Books", and what flaw do they share?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In Chapter 3, Orwell's status changes from oppressor, to victim. How does his stay in Hopital X change his status? Do you think that his stay at Hopital X would have given him a different attitude toward the Burmese, if he had gone back? Why? Why is his escape from Hopital X significant? 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

Discuss the character of the prisoner in Chapter 2. How does Orwell describe the prisoner? How do you think Orwell feels about the prisoner? What do you think his crime might have been? What is the significance of the officials' merrymaking so close to the site of the prisoner's death? What point is Orwell trying to make with this essay? Be sure to cite specific examples from the text to support your position.

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