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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What was George Orwell's real name?
(a) Tom Hanson.
(b) Edward Byfuglien.
(c) Eric Blair.
(d) Michael Montgomery.

2. What subject chiefly interests George Orwell?
(a) Love.
(b) America.
(c) Politics.
(d) Unexplained phenomenon.

3. Who wrote "Walking"?
(a) Phillip Lopate.
(b) Seymour Krim.
(c) Henry David Thoreau.
(d) Kenko.

4. Who wrote "The Ring of Time?"
(a) Gore Vidal.
(b) E. B. White.
(c) Wendell Berry.
(d) Joan Didion.

5. Who wrote "The Execution of Tropmann?"
(a) Hubert Butler.
(b) William Hazlitt.
(c) Ivan Turgenev.
(d) Carlos Fuentes.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is Jose Luis Borges' attitude in "Blindness?"

2. What is the subject of "Such, Such Were the Joys..."?

3. When was Jose Luis Borges born?

4. What illness did Virginia Woolf have to deal with at several times in her life?

5. Who wrote "Such, Such Were the Joys..."?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe Walter Benjamin's unfortunate end. How does his essay "Unpacking My Library" relate to this tragic end?

2. How did Virginia Woolf's personal background impact her work?

3. What tone is Max Beerbohm famous for in his essays?

4. Under what circumstances are Lu Hsun's "This Tool is Life" and "Death" written? What are the subjects of these essays?

5. What is Junichiro Tanizaki's contribution to world literature? How has Tanizaki's writing style been characterized?

6. What level of literary output did G. K. Chesterton achieve in his lifetime?

7. What is Ivan Turgenev's opinion of capital punishment? How did Turgenev believe servants should be treated?

8. What two works of G. K. Chesterton are included in this volume? What are the subjects of these essays?

9. What are the particulars of Ivan Turgenev's "The Execution of Tropmann"?

10. How does Seymour Krim's life compare to Mary McCarthy's? How did Krim's childhood impact his writing?

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