Shooting an Elephant Overview Quiz

As a younger man, English author George Orwell spent time as a journalist in Burma, where he was assigned to write about the death of a local man caused by an elephant. The piece takes surprising turns as the author ponders not only the elephant, but the implications of imperialism. Be sure you understand the conflicts of the incident by taking the "Shooting an Elephant" overview quiz from eNotes. 

  1. Why does the narrator decide he has to shoot the elephant?

  2. How many shots does it take to kill the elephant?

  3. Why is the narrator summoned?

  4. What discovery elevates the seriousness of the situation?

  5. What is the narrator’s job?

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