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. According to Orwell, what are the feelings between two teams in a sporting event?

2. In Orwell's ideal world, how would the quality of each work be reflected in its reviews?

3. What do Orwell's readers think Orwell should be focusing on?

4. Chapter 12 begins with a description of the life cycle of what animal?

5. What does Orwell say about children's books, in Chapter 18?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Orwell bemoans the lack of good contemporary murder literature. Do you agree that this situation is due to a lack of "perfect" murders? Do you think that, in the presence of more "perfect" murders, there would be more quality murder literature? Is this a desirable situation? Given media access to crime details and how they are printed much more so than in his life time, do you think Orwell's opinion may be different now? Be sure to cite specific examples from the text in defending your conclusions.

Essay Topic 2

Orwell extols the virtues of children's literature, such as "Superman", over those of "Tom Sawyer", and other similar stories. Do you agree with Orwell's position? In what ways is "Superman" superior to "Tom Sawyer", as children's literature? Are there any ways in which "Tom Sawyer" is better? Orwell claims that "Tom Sawyer" gives children a "false map" of the world - what false ideals do they get from stories like "Superman"? Which set of falsehoods is preferable? Why? Be sure to cite specific examples from the text to support your position.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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