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Multiple Choice Questions

1. 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 extra cash.
(c) Peace of mind, and a new, modern typewriter.
(d) Peace of mind, and quiet.

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

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

4. When Orwell said he was "advocatus diaboli" what did he mean?
(a) He was certain the devil was keeping the masses away from Socialism.
(b) He was being the devil's advocate for the sake of argument.
(c) He did not really believe in Socialism.
(d) He knew the devil was in the details of the propaganda campaigns.

5. What portion of the population of Wigan was living on unemployment, including family members?
(a) One half.
(b) One forth.
(c) One third.
(d) One eighth.

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 family of poor whites living in an all "negro" area.
(c) The same as a "negro" family living in Manchester.
(d) The same as a family of immigrants in the United States.

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

8. How does a machine evolve in Orwell's opinion?
(a) By achieving perfection.
(b) By becoming more streamlined and smaller.
(c) By becoming obsolete.
(d) By becoming more efficient and more foolproof.

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

10. What was the number of people underfed in England based on Orwell's calculations?
(a) Under seven million.
(b) Over twenty million.
(c) Over eleven million.
(d) Over ten million.

11. What did Orwell think was more important than changes in dynasties or changes of religion?
(a) Changes of diet.
(b) Changes of clothing and cloth.
(c) Changes of the seasons.
(d) Changes of housing materials.

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

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

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

15. What did Orwell say was the only way to abolish class distinctions in England?
(a) You must be willing to eat fish and chips.
(b) You must be willing to move to northern England.
(c) You must be willing to abolish part of yourself.
(d) You must be willing to incite a revolution.

Short Answer Questions

1. What did Orwell think would remind him that our age was not been a bad one to live in?

2. How did Orwell describe the attitude toward education in the working class?

3. In Orwell's opinion, what was one way the working class man differed from the middle class man?

4. What did Orwell think was the "ugliest town in the Old World?"

5. Who said "an army marches on its stomach?"

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