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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. How does Gulliver believe science should be used?

2. According to Orwell, what flaw is apparent in all of the examples of "bad English" that he presents in Chapter 6?

3. How does Orwell propose to aid the English language?

4. How does Orwell feel about the English language?

5. Why is Orwell skeptical of Gandhi's celibacy and vegetarianism?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is Tolstoy's main target in his Shakespearean criticisms, and why?

2. How does Orwell describe the book reviewer in Chapter 14?

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

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

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

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

7. According to Orwell, what is the reason for the dearth of good contemporary murder literature?

8. What is Orwell's occupation, in the first chapter?

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

10. How does the elephant die?

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

Tolstoy criticizes Shakespeare in a variety of ways. Do you agree with any of Tolstoy's criticisms? If so, which ones? What do you think of Orwell's rebuttals for each point made by Tolstoy? Do you believe Tolstoy's claims about how Shakespeare got his reputation, or do you believe that his reputation was earned? How would you respond to the points Tolstoy makes about "King Lear"? 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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