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"shooting An Elephant" By George Orwell

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"Shooting an Elephant" by George Orwell
Quiz on critical reading of the historical essay by George Orwell "Shooting an Elephant".   A formal assessment to measure content, vocabulary, application, and irony.

  
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1.  What is Orwell's purpose in writing "Shooting an Elephant"?
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2.  What attitude does Orwell's description express?"wretched prisoners huddling in the stinking cages of the lockups, the gray, cowed faces of the long-term convicts..." 
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3.  Why does Orwell object to the Burmese's prejudice against him?
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4.  Orwell's resentful feelings toward the Burmese are ironic because:
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5.  What effect do the words have?"That is invariably the case in the East; a story always sounds clear enough at a distance, but the nearer you get to the scene of events the vaguer it becomes..."
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6.  What can be inferred from the statement?"Feelings like these are the normal byproducts of imperialism; ask any Anglo-Indian official, if you can catch him off duty..."
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7.  Why is Orwell asked to do something about the elephant?
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8.  Which detail discredits the steroetype that Burmese are unable to give precise information?
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9.  What irony is expressed in the statement," A sahib has got to act like a sahib; he has got to appear resolute, to know his own  mind and do definite things..."?
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10.  When he states that it, "would never do" to have the Burmese laugh at him, Orwell reveals his  
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11.  What is ironic about the description, "thick blood welled out of him like red velvet..."? 
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12.  In his description of the dying elephant, what tone does Orwell create by repeating the word "tortured"?
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13.  In the years since he worked in Burma, Orwell believes he has become
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14.  What is the theme of "Shooting an Elephant"?
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15.  The British had __________________ over the Burmese for more than fifty years.
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16.  The ________________conditions of the holding cells were a testament to the despotic regime.
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17.  Orwell was able to take better aim at the elephant from a ________position.
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18.  Which type of irony is used in the following:a comparison of a rifle to something beautiful?
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19.  Which type of irony is used in the following:the dangerous elephant is grandmotherly?
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20.  Which type of irony is used in the following:Crowd gathering to watch shooting of elephant?
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