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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What were some of the misconceptions Orwell noted about Socialists in 1930's England?
(a) They were all closet Facists.
(b) They were all determined to undermine the class structure of the community.
(c) They are all eccentric, pacifists and cranks.
(d) They were all pseudo-intellectuals.

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

3. In Orwell's opinion, what was one way the working class man differed from the middle class man?
(a) His attitude toward the Pope.
(b) His attitude toward family.
(c) His attitude toward politics.
(d) His attitude toward mining.

4. What did Orwell find was the basis of the diet for families of the unemployed?
(a) White bread, butter, roast beef, sugared tea and carrots.
(b) White bread, butter, tinny beef, sugared tea and potatoes.
(c) White bread, butter, chipped beef, sugared tea and carrots.
(d) White bread, margerine, corned beef, sugared tea and potatoes.

5. Why did Orwell have the opportunity to receive an expensive public school education?
(a) He was allowed to attend the school free because his father was an alum.
(b) He was at the school as the guest of the Prime Minister.
(c) He was sent to school by his wealthy uncle.
(d) He was at the school on a scholarship.

6. How long was Orwell a member of the Indian Police?
(a) Seven years.
(b) Four months.
(c) Ten years.
(d) Five years.

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

8. What percentage of a person's income, whether employed or on unemployment, was given over to rent in Wigan?
(a) One fourth.
(b) One third.
(c) One fifth.
(d) One half.

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

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

11. What did Orwell envision a home in the future?
(a) Invisible heaters, glass and steel furniture and fewer children.
(b) Electricity will run all functions in the home.
(c) Forced air heating, larger grocery stores and mechanical doors.
(d) Glass and steel furniture, no libraries and more children.

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

13. What was one way the middle class worked to abolish class distinctions?
(a) Attend summer schools with the proletariats.
(b) Walk to the coal mines together.
(c) Give a coal miner a new home.
(d) Stand side by side in protest rallies.

14. What playwright said that you can only bring a working man on stage "as an object of compassion?"
(a) D.H. Lawrence.
(b) Eugene O'Neil.
(c) Eugene Ionesco.
(d) George Bernard Shaw.

15. What were the occupational centers of the thirties?
(a) Places men could go to watch television in peace and quiet.
(b) Places men could go to learn carpentry, boot making and other skills.
(c) Places men could go to start new careers as professionals.
(d) Places men could go to receive testing and training.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. What did Orwell call "the best example of bourgeois-baiting literature?"

3. Who was John Galsworthy?

4. What was the number of people underfed in England based on Orwell's calculations?

5. What was "scrambling for the coal?"

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