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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. 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 2.5.
(b) Multiply the official figure by 4.5.
(c) Multiply the official figures by over three.
(d) Divide the figure by more than five.

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

3. Why did Orwell think the upper-middle class were drawn to India, Kenya and Nigeria?
(a) Because they could effect social change.
(b) Because they could pretend to live the life of gentlemen.
(c) Because they were considered royalty in those countries.
(d) Because they were unable to speak the language and were considered intelligent.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What did Orwell find hopeful about the unemployed men he met?

2. Who was Comrade X?

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

4. What were some of the misconceptions Orwell noted about Socialists in 1930's England?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. What were some of the negative affects of unemployment on any town despite unemployment benefits?

2. Orwell described the view from a street in Sheffield. Describe what he saw when he looked around the town.

3. What does the statement by Napoleon "an army marches on its stomach" mean in context of life in industrialized England?

4. How did Orwell's time in the military police effect his thinking about government and oppression?

5. Why did Orwell think the working class people were rarely pure Socialists?

6. How did Orwell explain the attitude toward the family in a working class society? How did it differ in his opinion from the middle class man and his family?

7. Where did Orwell go to live for five years when he was twenty? What were the difference in class distinctions he observed there?

8. What was the Means Test? Why did people dislike the Means Test?

9. What did Orwell identify as the two methodologies for abolishing the class system in England? Why did he believe neither of these two to be viable?

10. What was the unemployment situation in England in the 1930's? How did Orwell's figures differ from official government figures?

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