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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. How did Orwell describe a slag heap?
(a) "A horrid blight on the landscape."
(b) "A hideous thing, planless and functionless."
(c) "A testiment to man's toil."
(d) "A thing of beauty rising in the distance."

2. What did Socialism mean to the average, ordinary working man in England?
(a) Better wages, shorter hours, and no one bossing you around.
(b) Better wages, medical insurance, and no bosses.
(c) Better wages, better working conditions, and positive work environments.
(d) Better wages, longer vacations, and no bosses.

3. 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.

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

5. What common feeling was shared by all of the different factions of the middle class in England?
(a) Confusion.
(b) Understanding.
(c) Kindness.
(d) Hatred.

6. Who wrote "Erewhon?"
(a) Samuel Butler.
(b) George Bernard Shaw.
(c) Jacob Dylan.
(d) Jonathan Swift.

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

8. To what did Orwell compare a "shabby-genteel family" in England?
(a) The same as a family of poor whites living in an all "negro" area.
(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 farmers in Paris.

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

10. 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 conservatism due to the war.
(d) One of revolutionary thought due to the war.

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

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

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

14. Who did the work in the house of a married unemployed man?
(a) The man helped with certain chores such as washing dishes.
(b) The couple split the chores in half to get more free time together.
(c) A woman: the man did not help with any household tasks.
(d) The man helped by maintaining the living and dining rooms.

15. Why did Orwell believe it was not possible to have a trade union of middle class workers?
(a) During picketing, middle class men would get lunch brought to them by their wives.
(b) During a strike, middle class men would move to another community.
(c) During union meetings, middle class men would want to talk rather than make deicsion.
(d) At times of strike, middle class men would be nagged by their families to go to work.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who was Comrade X?

2. What did Orwell say was the distinguishing mark of the upper-middle class before the war in England?

3. What playwright said that you can only bring a working man on stage "as an object of compassion?"

4. What things did Orwell believe a good writer needed that an unemployed man could not find?

5. What did Saintsbury say about unemployment insurance?

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