Books Quiz - Author - George Orwell (Questions)

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.

1. Orwell completed his education at which public school?
[ ] Charterhouse
[ ] Eton
[ ] Harrow
[ ] Rugby
2. Which 1934 novel is based on Orwell's experiences in the Indian Imperial Police?
[ ] Burmese Days
[ ] Happy Days
[ ] Ceylon Days
[ ] Indian Days
3. Orwell suffered a serious bullet wound to the neck during which war?
[ ] Korean War
[ ] Spanish Civil War
[ ] World War One
[ ] World War Two
4. In Animal Farm, what is the name of the farm before the animals take over?
[ ] Cold Comfort Farm
[ ] Grange Farm
[ ] Manor Farm
[ ] Sunnybrook Farm
5. In Nineteen Eighty-Four, where is the hero, Winston Smith, employed?
[ ] Ministry of Peace
[ ] Ministry of Propaganda
[ ] Ministry of Truth
[ ] Ministry of War
6. 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
7. What is the first name of the title character in the novel A Clergyman's Daughter?
[ ] Deborah
[ ] Diana
[ ] Doris
[ ] Dorothy
8. What was Orwell's real surname?
[ ] Blair
[ ] Booth
[ ] Brown
[ ] Bush
9. In his essay Politics and the English Language, Orwell provides how many rules for writers of English?
[ ] 4
[ ] 5
[ ] 6
[ ] 7
10. 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

 

Books Quiz - Author - George Orwell (Answers)
1. Orwell completed his education at which public school?
[ ] Charterhouse
[x] Eton
[ ] Harrow
[ ] Rugby
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
2. Which 1934 novel is based on Orwell's experiences in the Indian Imperial Police?
[x] Burmese Days
[ ] Happy Days
[ ] Ceylon Days
[ ] Indian Days
The novel was seen as a indictment of British Imperialism
3. Orwell suffered a serious bullet wound to the neck during which war?
[ ] Korean War
[x] Spanish Civil War
[ ] World War One
[ ] World War Two
He fought for the Republican side against Franco's Nationalists
4. In Animal Farm, what is the name of the farm before the animals take over?
[ ] Cold Comfort Farm
[ ] Grange Farm
[x] 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
5. In Nineteen Eighty-Four, where is the hero, Winston Smith, employed?
[ ] Ministry of Peace
[ ] Ministry of Propaganda
[x] Ministry of Truth
[ ] Ministry of War
the Ministry of Truth is concerned with the subjection of truth and the spreading of lies
6. 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
[x] 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
7. What is the first name of the title character in the novel A Clergyman's Daughter?
[ ] Deborah
[ ] Diana
[ ] Doris
[x] Dorothy
The novel tells the story of Dorothy Hare, the daughter of a clergyman, who suffers from a case of amnesia
8. What was Orwell's real surname?
[x] Blair
[ ] Booth
[ ] Brown
[ ] Bush
He was born Eric Arthur Blair. It is possible that he took the name Orwell from the Suffolk river of that name
9. In his essay Politics and the English Language, Orwell provides how many rules for writers of English?
[ ] 4
[ ] 5
[x] 6
[ ] 7
Rule 2: Never use a long word where a short one will do
10. Gordon Comstock is the central character in which 1936 comic novel?
[ ] Keep Right On to the End
[x] 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