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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What was "scrambling for the coal?"
(a) Poor men fighting each other for lumps of coal in the slag.
(b) Poor men shoveling through the slag from the mines and passing the coal to their wives.
(c) Poor men running up the slag piles, digging out coal and putting it in their poclets.
(d) Poor men hijacking train cars and shoveling through them for coins.

2. 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.

3. What did Orwell find amazing about the unemployed men he met after returning from Burma?
(a) That they were ashamed of being unemployed.
(b) That they were well fed and well clothed.
(c) That they were angry and bitter people.
(d) That they were shiftless and uneducated.

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

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

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

7. What was "the flock mattress?"
(a) A playground in Wigan that looked like a hockey arena.
(b) A playground in Wigan that looked like a choppy sea frozen in place.
(c) A playground in Wigan that looked like a bird sanctuary.
(d) A playground in Wigan that had a baseball field.

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

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

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

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

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

13. 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 raised the crime rate.
(d) Unemployment drove men to drink.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What was the most obvious sign of malnourishment in the families of the unemployed men?

2. What did "The Sleeper Awakes" and "Brave New World" have in common in Orwell's opinion?

3. Who did Orwell believe was doing the best work for the unemployed in the thirties?

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

5. Who did Orwell go to hear speak while he was in Sheffield?

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