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Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. 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 allowed no other people in its ranks.
(c) It was known for its gluttony.
(d) It consisted of mainly military, official and professional people.

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

4. What famous line came from Greenwood's play "Love on the Dole?"
(a) "Oh God, send me some work!"
(b) "Oh, God, let me get out of here!"
(c) "Oh God, let me die!"
(d) "Oh God, why have y ou done this to me?"

5. 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 were unable to speak the language and were considered intelligent.
(c) Because they were considered royalty in those countries.
(d) Because they could effect social change.

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

7. What was the most obvious sign of malnourishment in the families of the unemployed men?
(a) Bad teeth.
(b) Bad eyesight.
(c) Bad hearing.
(d) Bad speech.

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

9. Who was the typical Socialist of the late 1930's in England?
(a) A woman.
(b) A member of the lower class.
(c) A man.
(d) A member of the middle class.

10. When asked who the top ten greatest men living in 1920, who was most often named in Orwell's school class?
(a) Hardy.
(b) Lenin.
(c) Trotsky.
(d) Lennon.

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

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

13. Who was Comrade X?
(a) A member of the A.C.L.U. and a politician.
(b) A member of the R.S.V.P. and a politician.
(c) A member of the N.W.P. and an author.
(d) A member of the C.P.G.B. and an author.

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

15. In order to calculate the actual number of people living on unemployment in England, what would one need to do?
(a) Multiply the official figure by 4.5.
(b) Multiply the official figures by over three.
(c) Multiply the official figure by 2.5.
(d) Divide the figure by more than five.

Short Answer Questions

1. What were the "Clothing Clubs?"

2. How did a Northerner visiting Southern England see that part of the country?

3. Under the capitalist system, who did Orwell say must live on the edge of starvation so that England can live in comfort?

4. Why did Orwell reference "Punch" in his discussion of class?

5. What was "the flock mattress?"

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