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Multiple Choice Questions

1. What did Orwell find hopeful about the unemployed men he met?
(a) They continued to exerecise in case work should come available in the mines.
(b) They relied on each other for food and money.
(c) They had not gone to pieces spiritually.
(d) They could talk about their experiences and learn from them.

2. What four words did Orwell discuss in detail as the reason for class distinctions?
(a) The lower class smell.
(b) The upper-middle class cheat.
(c) The upper class steal.
(d) The middle class lie.

3. What did Saintsbury say about unemployment insurance?
(a) It was simply "a manifestation of the ignorance of capitalism."
(b) It was simply "contributing to the support of lazy ne'er-do-wells."
(c) It was simply "contributing to the poverty of the entire nation."
(d) It was simply "woefully inadequate to deal with the problem."

4. Where did Orwell first go to sleep with the beggars and criminals of the working class?
(a) Wigan and Sheffield.
(b) Limehouse and Whitechapel.
(c) London and Sheffield.
(d) Orangehouse and Greychapel.

5. What was "scrambling for the coal?"
(a) Poor men shoveling through the slag from the mines and passing the coal to their wives.
(b) Poor men fighting each other for lumps of coal in the slag.
(c) Poor men running up the slag piles, digging out coal and putting it in their poclets.
(d) Poor men hijacking train cars and shoveling through them for coins.

6. To what did Orwell compare a "shabby-genteel family" in England?
(a) The same as a family of poor farmers in Paris.
(b) The same as a "negro" family living in Manchester.
(c) The same as a family of immigrants in the United States.
(d) The same as a family of poor whites living in an all "negro" area.

7. What did Orwell cite as a reason class hatred seemed to be diminishing in the late 1930's?
(a) These opinions of hatred were not in print anymore.
(b) These opinions of hatred were not real anymore.
(c) These opinions of hatred were those of only old men.
(d) These opinions of hatred were those of only the upper classes.

8. How did unemployment affect the life of the married man?
(a) Unemployment raised the crime rate.
(b) Unemployment did not make much difference in the home.
(c) Unemployment encouraged men to do housework.
(d) Unemployment drove men to drink.

9. What did Orwell say was the distinguishing mark of the upper-middle class before the war in England?
(a) It consisted of mainly military, official and professional people.
(b) It was known for its gluttony.
(c) It believed in the power of money and education.
(d) It allowed no other people in its ranks.

10. What did the Socialists think of the occupational centers?
(a) They believed the centers should do more training.
(b) They believed the centers were brainwashing men.
(c) They believed the centers were there to keep the unemployed quiet and hopeful.
(d) They believed the centers were run by Marxists.

11. How did Orwell describe the attitude toward education in the working class?
(a) A child could not wait to get out of school and go to work to earn money.
(b) A child could not wait to get out of school and move south to Dover.
(c) A child could be educated without ever going to school.
(d) Education was important only to the middle class.

12. What did Orwell think was the "ugliest town in the Old World?"
(a) Sheffield.
(b) Manchester.
(c) Snelling.
(d) Wigan.

13. What was one commodity that was less expensive in industrialized parts of England than the rest of the country?
(a) Cable.
(b) Telephones.
(c) Fuel.
(d) Electricity.

14. What things did Orwell believe a good writer needed that an unemployed man could not find?
(a) Peace of mind, and a room of his own to work.
(b) Peace of mind, and quiet.
(c) Peace of mind, and extra cash.
(d) Peace of mind, and a new, modern typewriter.

15. What was a favorite refuge for the unemployed man in Wigan?
(a) The movie theatre.
(b) The shopping areas.
(c) The alleys.
(d) City Hall.

Short Answer Questions

1. What did Orwell find amazing about the unemployed men he met after returning from Burma?

2. How was the Socialist world seen when Orwell wrote this book?

3. Who did the work in the house of a married unemployed man?

4. What class did Orwell say he was born into?

5. When asked who the top ten greatest men living in 1920, who was most often named in Orwell's school class?

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