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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What were the "Clothing Clubs?"
(a) Clubs in industrial towns in which unemployed men could trade old clothing for new.
(b) Clubs in industrial towns in which unemployed men could buy new clothes.
(c) Clubs in industrial towns in which unemployed men could send their wives for clothes.
(d) Clubs in industrial towns in which unemployed men were given loans for clothing.

2. Who said "an army marches on its stomach?"
(a) Napoleon.
(b) Homer.
(c) Hitler.
(d) Aristotle.

3. In 1918, what was the general feeling throughout England?
(a) One of understanding due to the war.
(b) One of uncertainty due to the war.
(c) One of revolutionary thought due to the war.
(d) One of conservatism due to the war.

4. How was unemployment viewed by people in the late twenties and early thirties in England?
(a) As something that happened to you and from which you could escape.
(b) As something that you had coming to you for being so lazy.
(c) As something that happened to you and for which you were to blame.
(d) As something that happened because you did poorly at your job.

5. What class did Orwell say he was born into?
(a) The lower-upper-middle-class.
(b) The middle-upper-middle class.
(c) The middle-upper class.
(d) The lower-middle-upper-class.

6. What did Orwell think was the result of efforts at reducing class distinctions in England?
(a) It simply intensified prejudice.
(b) It gave people a chance to see how the other half lived.
(c) It was the reason for class warfare.
(d) It mostly brought children together from all classes of society.

7. Who did Orwell go to hear speak while he was in Sheffield?
(a) A lecture by a clergyman.
(b) A town hall meeting.
(c) A play.
(d) A movie.

8. What did Orwell believe was the deeper implications of Socialism?
(a) Socialism stands for justice and common decency.
(b) Socialism stands for democracy and common goals.
(c) Socialism stands for better housing for the working poor.
(d) Socialism stands for better wages and better working conditions.

9. Under the capitalist system, who did Orwell say must live on the edge of starvation so that England can live in comfort?
(a) One hundred million Indians.
(b) A million Burmese.
(c) Thousands of Africans.
(d) Ten thousand coal miners.

10. What did Orwell say was the primary preoccupation of a single unemployed man in winter?
(a) Finding work.
(b) Keeping warm.
(c) Finding food.
(d) Begging for money.

11. Why did Orwell think the upper-middle class were drawn to India, Kenya and Nigeria?
(a) Because they could pretend to live the life of gentlemen.
(b) Because they could effect social change.
(c) Because they were unable to speak the language and were considered intelligent.
(d) Because they were considered royalty in those countries.

12. With what, according to Orwell, is socialism inextricably connected?
(a) The idea of machine production.
(b) The idea of better housing and working conditions.
(c) The idea of overthrow of the rich.
(d) The idea of workers' solidarity.

13. What is left when a slag heap sinks into the ground?
(a) Dry land and weeds.
(b) Ugly brown grass and soggy ground.
(c) Soggy ground and bamboo.
(d) A small hill of dirt.

14. Who did Orwell believe was doing the best work for the unemployed in the thirties?
(a) The National Communist Party.
(b) The National Employment Readiness Centers.
(c) The National Center for Employment Benefits.
(d) The National Unemployed Workers' Union.

15. What did Orwell call "the best example of bourgeois-baiting literature?"
(a) Shaw's "Major Barbara."
(b) Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet."
(c) Mirsky's "Intelligentsia of Great Britain."
(d) Ionesco's "The Bald Soprano."

Short Answer Questions

1. When Orwell said he was "advocatus diaboli" what did he mean?

2. In order to calculate the actual number of people living on unemployment in England, what would one need to do?

3. What percentage of a person's income, whether employed or on unemployment, was given over to rent in Wigan?

4. What did Orwell envision a home in the future?

5. What did the Socialists think of the occupational centers?

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