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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. 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, better working conditions, and positive work environments.
(c) Better wages, medical insurance, and no bosses.
(d) Better wages, longer vacations, and no bosses.

2. Why did Orwell reference "Punch" in his discussion of class?
(a) Punch often portrayed the middle-class as a figure of fun and joking.
(b) Punch was strongly against the class system in England.
(c) Punch was a sarcastic magazine.
(d) Punch was the weekely magazine read by al classes of people.

3. What did Orwell say was the primary preoccupation of a single unemployed man in winter?
(a) Finding food.
(b) Finding work.
(c) Begging for money.
(d) Keeping warm.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What was "scrambling for the coal?"

2. What did Orwell cite as a reason class hatred seemed to be diminishing in the late 1930's?

3. Where did Orwell go before he turned twenty?

4. What did Orwell think was the result of efforts at reducing class distinctions in England?

5. When Orwell said he was "advocatus diaboli" what did he mean?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What did Orwell do in order to learn more about the working class conditions he had previously not understood? How did he go about trying to be a part of the working class and see the world through their eyes?

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

4. 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?

5. What were the reasons Orwell cited for Socialism being intrinsically tied to machine industrialization?

6. How did Orwell see the clash between the Socialist idea of the machine state and the working people Socialism wished to bring into the fold?

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 "scrambling for the coal?"

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

10. Why did Orwell consider Socialism a way out of the social and economic conditions plaguing England in the 1930's? How did he present his argument?

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