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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. Why does Orwell dismiss Tolstoy's criticism?

3. What does Orwell compare to a "pre-fabricate hen-house"?

4. According to Orwell, what is the basis for Burnham's political predictions?

5. How did the narrator leave the hospital?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How does Orwell define a "Good Bad Book" in Chapter 16?

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

4. How are sporting events similar to combat, according to Orwell?

5. What happens after the prisoner's death?

6. Who are the individuals that Orwell uses as examples in Chapter 13?

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

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

9. According to Orwell, what were Burnham's political predictions based on?

10. What are Orwell's criteria for a "perfect" murder?

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

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 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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