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. What term does Orwell use to describe modern sports?

2. What event does Orwell cite as evidence for his argument about sports?

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

4. What types of sporting events does Orwell support?

5. Orwell compares the price of a book to the price of what other luxury?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Burnham makes several inaccurate political predictions, and Orwell accuses him of power-worship. On what does Burnham base his predictions?

Essay Topic 2

Orwell's essay about Gandhi is not flattering, but he grudgingly admits that Gandhi impresses him, in some ways. What does Orwell dislike most about Gandhi, and his practices? How does Orwell's opinion of Gandhi change, after reading his autobiography? How does Orwell feel about Gandhi's policy of "Satyagraha," and why? Be sure to cite specific examples from the text to support your position.

Essay Topic 3

Orwell feels that good books should receive long reviews, while poorly-written books should be handled with reviews of only a few lines. How do you feel about his proposition? Have you ever gained useful information from a bad review? Have you ever thought that a good review was too long? Or do you agree that poorly-written books are undeserving of attention? Be sure to cite specific examples from the text to support your position.

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