"Shooting An Elephant" By George Orwell Quiz

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Play the below quiz and review your knowledge regarding the historical essay "Shooting an Elephant" written by British writer George Orwell. It was first published in the literary magazine New Writing in the year 1936 and was very much appreciated by the audience. If you have ever read it and want to evaluate yourself for the same, give this quiz a try. The test consists of some basic questions from the essay. Go for the quiz and check how sharp your memory is. Best of luck, buddy!


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    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.

  • 2. 
    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.

  • 3. 
    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.

  • 4. 
    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.

  • 5. 
    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.

  • 6. 
    When he states that it, "would never do" to have the Burmese laugh at him, Orwell reveals his  
    • A. 

      Anger

    • B. 

      Pride

    • C. 

      Frustration

  • 7. 
    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.

  • 8. 
    In his description of the dying elephant, what tone does Orwell create by repeating the word "tortured"?
    • A. 

      Anguished

    • B. 

      Respectful

    • C. 

      Humoured

  • 9. 
    In the years since he worked in Burma, Orwell believes he has become
    • A. 

      Sophisticated

    • B. 

      Prejudiced

    • C. 

      Neither a or b

  • 10. 
    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.

  • 11. 
    The British had __________________ over the Burmese for more than fifty years.
    • A. 

      Despotic

    • B. 

      Squalid

    • C. 

      Dominion

  • 12. 
    The ________________conditions of the holding cells were a testament to the despotic regime.
    • A. 

      Squalid

    • B. 

      Senility

    • C. 

      Prostrate

  • 13. 
    Orwell was able to take better aim at the elephant from a ________position.
    • A. 

      Prostrate

    • B. 

      Despotic

    • C. 

      Squalid

  • 14. 
    Which type of irony is used in the following:a comparison of a rifle to something beautiful?
    • A. 

      Verbal

    • B. 

      Situational

  • 15. 
    Which type of irony is used in the following:the dangerous elephant is grandmotherly?
    • A. 

      Verbal

    • B. 

      Situational

  • 16. 
    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

  • 17. 
    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

  • 18. 
    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.

  • 19. 
    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.

  • 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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