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  The Life of George Orwell   popular trivia quiz  
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George Orwell is known for his novels "Animal Farm" and "Nineteen Eighty-Four", but how much do you know about his life? This quiz highlights some of the key events in his life.
Average, 10 Qns, redwaldo, Feb 23 11
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  George Orwell    
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George Orwell was born on the June 25, 1903, and the centenary of his birth was 2003. A great literary writer and influence on public opinion. A short quiz is attached to celebrate the great man.
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George Orwell Trivia Questions

1. The name George Orwell is a pseudonym. Do you know his birth name?

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The Life of George Orwell

Answer: Eric Blair

Orwell used all the names listed above (except Tony Blair) during his 'tramping' days. Orwell is the name of a river in Suffolk, England.

2. What was George Orwell's name when he was born on June 25, 1903?

From Quiz George Orwell

Answer: Eric Blair

Born as Eric Arthur Blair he changed his name (allegedly because he was concerned for his parent's reputation) to George Orwell. "George" was taken from the King and "Orwell" from the river of that name. In researching this quiz one of my sources of information was the 2003 BBC Television documentary on George Orwell. I am grateful to the BBC for their added help. Also, I am grateful to Penguin books for their publications of George Orwell's books and the information that they contain.

3. In what country was Orwell born?

From Quiz The Life of George Orwell

Answer: India

Orwell was born in Motihari, Bihar, India. His father, Richard Blair, was posted there for his job in the opium section of the (British) Indian Civil Service.

4. George Orwell died of tuberculosis in what year?

From Quiz George Orwell

Answer: 1950

He died at the age of 46, and suffered health problems from tuberculosis during his life, and was hospitalized a number of times from 1947 onwards with tuberculosis.

5. For his secondary schooling, Orwell won a scholarship to one of Britain's most prestigious education institutions. Which school did he attend?

From Quiz The Life of George Orwell

Answer: Eton

Coming from a middle class family, his parents couldn't afford to send him to such an expensive private school. Orwell won a King's Scholarship, which covered most of his schooling expenses.

6. In the period 1922-1927, Orwell went to Burma to work. What was his occupation?

From Quiz The Life of George Orwell

Answer: policeman

After passing the necessary examination, he became an Assistant Superintendent of Police in the Indian Imperial Police, Burma. He mainly worked in the north of Burma. This time provided first-hand insights for his novel "Burmese Days".

7. What serious injury did George Orwell suffer in Spain?

From Quiz George Orwell

Answer: shot by a bullet through the neck

Apparently, the bullet passed right through his neck and just missed an artery. He was already weak from tuberculosis and so spent a great deal of time recovering.

8. Who did Orwell join in the early years of World War II?

From Quiz George Orwell

Answer: the Home Guard

He was rejected by the army on health grounds. He hoped initially for a political role for the Home Guard. He then worked for the BBC Eastern Service from 1940 to 1943. He did not like the job working in the Ministry of Information (at the BBC) and felt that in producing information about the war that truth was not essential. He resigned in 1943 to go back to being a writer.

9. For the first six months of 1937, Orwell lived in Spain during the Spanish Civil War. What was his occupation?

From Quiz The Life of George Orwell

Answer: soldier

Orwell led a military unit for the P.O.U.M. , a Marxist/Anarchist Party that fought for the Republicans against Franco's Fascists. He was shot in the neck on the Aragon front and received an honorable discharge from the P.O.U.M. militia. His book "Homage to Catalonia" gives a first hand account of this war.

10. What best describes the plot of Orwell's book "Animal Farm"?

From Quiz George Orwell

Answer: Revolution by animals on a farm that goes sour with corruption

"Animal Farm" is an allegorical satire of the Russian Revolution of October 1917 and, above all, of how things went badly wrong under Stalin in the Soviet Union.

11. What best describes the plot of George Orwell's book "1984"?

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Answer: an individual's unsuccessful fight against an all powerful regime

The Party was all powerful and literally watched over Winston Smith's (and everyone's) every move and even his thoughts. He tries to rebel and escape, but the Party drag him back and re-indoctrinate him into the system. Written over 50 years ago the more astute social observer may see some evidence today of where Orwell thought we were heading.

12. At the age of 46, George Orwell died in the University College Hospital, London. What did he die from?

From Quiz The Life of George Orwell

Answer: tuberculosis

His death on January 21, 1950 of pulmonary tuberculosis, robbed the literary world of one of its finest writers. He was buried in a Church of England cemetery at Sutton Courtenay, Oxfordshire.

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