"Shooting An Elephant" By George Orwell

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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"?
    • A. 

      To describe life in Burma

    • B. 

      To expose the evils of imperialism

    • C. 

      To argue for wildlife conservation


  • 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..." 
    • A. 

      Embarassment

    • B. 

      Indifference

    • C. 

      Rage


  • 3. 
    Why does Orwell object to the Burmese's prejudice against him?
    • A. 

      He isn't important emough to worry about him.

    • B. 

      The Burmese injure him whenever they can.

    • C. 

      He opposes British imperialism.


  • 4. 
    Orwell's resentful feelings toward the Burmese are ironic because:
    • A. 

      The Burmese do nothing to hurt him.

    • B. 

      He believes the Burmese are oppressed by the British.

    • C. 

      The British are naturally superior.


  • 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..."
    • A. 

      They underscore the tension between imperialist forces and native population.

    • B. 

      They create suspense.

    • C. 

      They reveal the author's purpose.


  • 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..."
    • A. 

      Officials only admit their misgivings about imperialsim privately.

    • B. 

      The officials had no problems with imperialism.

    • C. 

      Police officers are very busy.


  • 7. 
    Why is Orwell asked to do something about the elephant?
    • A. 

      Only the British police force has weapons.

    • B. 

      He has experience handling elephants.

    • C. 

      The Burmese refuse to control the elephant.


  • 8. 
    Which detail discredits the steroetype that Burmese are unable to give precise information?
    • A. 

      The people describe how the elephant has killed the coolie.

    • B. 

      Some people have never heard of the elephant.

    • C. 

      No one is certain where the mahout is.


  • 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..."?
    • A. 

      Orwell objects to the term sahib.

    • B. 

      Although he knows his own mind, Orwell cannot do what he thinks he should.

    • C. 

      Orwell does not appear resolute in front of the crowd.


  • 10. 
    When he states that it, "would never do" to have the Burmese laugh at him, Orwell reveals his  
    • A. 

      Anger

    • B. 

      Pride

    • C. 

      Frustration


  • 11. 
    What is ironic about the description, "thick blood welled out of him like red velvet..."? 
    • A. 

      The elephant's thick rough skin contrasts with the smoothness of velvet.

    • B. 

      The luxurious image contrasts with the brutal reality of the elephant's dying.

    • C. 

      Orwell did not want to kill the elephant.


  • 12. 
    In his description of the dying elephant, what tone does Orwell create by repeating the word "tortured"?
    • A. 

      Anguished

    • B. 

      Respectful

    • C. 

      Humoured


  • 13. 
    In the years since he worked in Burma, Orwell believes he has become
    • A. 

      Sophisticated

    • B. 

      Prejudiced

    • C. 

      Neither a or b


  • 14. 
    What is the theme of "Shooting an Elephant"?
    • A. 

      The British civil service is a model of efficiency.

    • B. 

      Anyone working for an imperialist power is morally compromised.

    • C. 

      Rarely can anyone fully understand another culture.


  • 15. 
    The British had __________________ over the Burmese for more than fifty years.
    • A. 

      Despotic

    • B. 

      Squalid

    • C. 

      Dominion


  • 16. 
    The ________________conditions of the holding cells were a testament to the despotic regime.
    • A. 

      Squalid

    • B. 

      Senility

    • C. 

      Prostrate


  • 17. 
    Orwell was able to take better aim at the elephant from a ________position.
    • A. 

      Prostrate

    • B. 

      Despotic

    • C. 

      Squalid


  • 18. 
    Which type of irony is used in the following:a comparison of a rifle to something beautiful?
    • A. 

      Verbal

    • B. 

      Situational


  • 19. 
    Which type of irony is used in the following:the dangerous elephant is grandmotherly?
    • A. 

      Verbal

    • B. 

      Situational


  • 20. 
    Which type of irony is used in the following:Crowd gathering to watch shooting of elephant?
    • A. 

      Verbal

    • B. 

      Situational


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