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Author - George Orwell
Orwell's classic, Nineteen Eighty-Four describes a totalitarian society in which civilians are watched by the government.

Author - George Orwell

Eric Arthur Blair, better known as George Orwell, was born in India in 1903 to British parents. He was educated at Eton public school and then joined the Indian Imperial Police in Burma where he stayed until 1927. He then decided to pursue a career in writing.

His first book, Down and Out in Paris and London was published in 1933. He published three more novels in the 1930s but his main works of the time were The Road to Wigan Pier about impoverished miners in the Lancashire town, and Homage to Catalonia about his experiences in the Spanish Civil War, in which he fought against fascism and was wounded. His two most famous books Animal Farm and Nineteen Eighty-Four are both about the dangers of dictatorships. He died in 1950 at the age of 46.

See how many of these questions about the life and works of George Orwell you can get right first time.

In his essay Politics and the English Language, Orwell provides how many rules for writers of English?
Rule 2: Never use a long word where a short one will do
Orwell completed his education at which public school?
While he was at Eton Orwell helped to produce a college magazine, The Election Times and also worked on the publications College Days and Bubble and Squeak
In Nineteen Eighty-Four, where is the hero, Winston Smith, employed?
Ministry of Peace
Ministry of Propaganda
Ministry of Truth
Ministry of War
the Ministry of Truth is concerned with the subjection of truth and the spreading of lies
In Animal Farm, what is the name of the farm before the animals take over?
Cold Comfort Farm
Grange Farm
Manor Farm
Sunnybrook Farm
The story is allegorical of Soviet Russia and Stalin's dictatorship. Orwell himself was a democratic socialist and a critic of Joseph Stalin
Gordon Comstock is the central character in which 1936 comic novel?
Keep Right On to the End
Keep the Aspidistra Flying
Keep the Flags Flying
Keep the Home Fires Burning
The novel tells the story of an educated young man with a talent for writing and a dislike of wealth
In Orwell's semi-autobiographical account of his living in poverty in both cities, he was Down and Out where?
Leeds and Liverpool
London and Glasgow
Madras and Calcutta
Paris and London
The book is an account of living in poverty in Paris and a guide to life in and around London from the perspective of the homeless
What is the first name of the title character in the novel A Clergyman's Daughter?
The novel tells the story of Dorothy Hare, the daughter of a clergyman, who suffers from a case of amnesia
Orwell suffered a serious bullet wound to the neck during which war?
Korean War
Spanish Civil War
World War One
World War Two
He fought for the Republican side against Franco's Nationalists
Which 1934 novel is based on Orwell's experiences in the Indian Imperial Police?
Burmese Days
Happy Days
Ceylon Days
Indian Days
The novel was seen as a indictment of British Imperialism
What was Orwell's real surname?
He was born Eric Arthur Blair. It is possible that he took the name Orwell from the Suffolk river of that name


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