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'Shooting an Elephant' by George Orwell brief questions and answer

Shooting an Elephant

George Orwell

1. What is Orwell's original name?

Ans: Orwell's original name is Eric Arthur Blair.

2. What is the pen name of Eric Arthur Blair? 

Ans: The pen name of Eric Arthur Blair is George Orwell.

3. What is the name of the town where George Orwell was a sub-divisional police officer?

Ans: The name of the town where George Orwell was a sub-divisional police officer is Moulmein.

4. How did the Burmese express their hatred towards the Europeans? [NU 2016]

Ans: The Burmese expressed their hatred towards the Europeans by spiting betel juice over the dress of the European women or by tripping the European players on the football field etc.

5. What was the cause of the elephant's madness?

Ans: The cause of the Elephant's madness is ‘must’ that means sudden frenzy for mitigating sexual desire.

6. What is ‘must’? 

Ans: ‘Must’ is a name of disease of elephant that causes from severe sexual desire.

7. Who was killed by the elephant? 

Ans: A Dravidian coolie was killed by the elephant. 

8. What does `Dravidian' mean?

Ans: ‘Dravidian’ means the lower caste people who natively speak languages belonging to the Dravidian language family.

9. What does the "dead coolie" symbolize? 

Ans: The “dead coolie” symbolizes every oppressed native.

10. What is the nationality of the dead coolie in "Shooting an Elephant"?

Ans: In "Shooting an Elephant", the dead coolie is a Dravidian.

11. Who rang the writer about the elephant?

Ans: The sub-inspector at a police station the other end of town rang the writer about the elephant.

12. What compelled Orwell to shoot the elephant? 

Ans: The pressure created by the Burmese people combined with his own fear of retribution compelled Orwell to shoot the elephant.

13. Who tried to make Orwell's job impossible?

Ans: The young Buddhist priests tried to make Orwell’s job impossible.

14. What does the 'elephant' symbolise?

Ans: The ‘elephant’ symbolizes the British Empire.

15. Whom did the Elephant kill? [NU 2015]

Ans: The elephant killed a black Dravidian coolie.

16. Why did the narrator kill the elephant at last?

Ans: The narrator killed the elephant at last to save his identity from being termed as a fool. 

17. How many shots did it take to collapse the elephant?

Ans: It took three shots to collapse the elephant.

18. How long did the elephant take to die after being shot?  [NU 2017]

Ans: The elephant took half an hour to die after-being shot.

19. What was the dilemma of the narrator in “Shooting an Elephant”? 

Ans: The dilemma of the narrator in “Shooting an Elephant” was the moral dilemma of whether or not to shoot the elephant. It was a dilemma between morality and duty. 

20. What does "Saecula Saeculorum" mean?

Ans: Saecula saeculorum means ‘now and forever’.

21. What is autobiography?

Ans: An autobiography is a piece of writing written by the author himself about his own life and work.