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. Why is the reviewer having such difficulty writing his reviews?

2. What does "Helen's Babies" say about America, according to Orwell?

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

4. The murderer, according to Orwell, kills his victim to avoid what?

5. In "Good Bad Books", what kind of books does Orwell write about?

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

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 states that he doesn't see the point of creating or reading nonsense poetry. In your opinion, why do some poets choose to create nonsense poetry? Is it inferior to other kinds of poetry? Do you think that the people who read or create nonsense poetry are different from those who read or create other kinds of poetry? If so, how are they different? Be sure to cite specific examples from the text in defending your conclusions.

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