Shooting an Elephant Test | Final Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. Which of these is NOT one of the books Orwell names as a "good bad book"?

2. Orwell states that books are the least expensive media pleasures, next to what?

3. How does Orwell feel about people bonding through sports?

4. How much did it cost to plant the garden Orwell describes in Chapter 13?

5. How does Orwell feel about Jack the Ripper?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Orwell attempts to refute the criticisms of people who don't believe that spring is something he should be writing about. Do you agree with the claims of his critics - that social injustice is a more important topic, and that people who work outdoors don't want to read about nature? Or do you agree with Orwell - that nature is just as important, and those who work outdoors have even more appreciation for nature? Provide evidence (not already provided by Orwell) to back up your opinion. Be sure to cite specific examples from the text to support your position.

Essay Topic 3

Orwell claims that the English language is in a state of decline. Do you agree? If so, do you agree that the issues that he mentions are the main cause for this decline? Or are there other, more pressing issues that are causing it? If you disagree, what evidence can you provide to prove that the language is not "in a bad way," as Orwell claims? Be sure to cite specific examples from the text to support your position.

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