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George Orwell's Politics and the English Language: Summary & Themes

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George Orwell argues that lazy, imprecise language weakens the ability of people to communicate and undermines this:

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1. According to Orwell, language that is vague and imprecise affects the ability of people to think clearly. When people's thoughts are unclear, this happens:

2. Orwell uses five examples of the written English language to demonstrate:

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Using this interactive worksheet and corresponding quiz, you can see how much you truly know about George Orwell and his philosophies regarding politics. You can do well on the quiz if you know Orwell's theories about the English language.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

If you use this worksheet and quiz, you can check your knowledge of:

  • Relationship between the English language and politics
  • Orwell's beliefs about the purpose of euphemisms
  • Orwell's five examples of the written English language
  • The cons of using imprecise, lazy language

Skills Practiced

  • Information recall - access the knowledge you have gained about the negative consequences of using lazy language
  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson on Orwell's views on politics and the English language
  • Critical thinking - apply relevant concepts to examine information about the English language in a different light

Additional Learning

Learn more about Orwell's ideas behind the English language and politics by looking through the lesson called George Orwell's Politics and the English Language: Summary & Themes. Use this lesson to review these topics:

  • The importance of politics and the English language
  • Cons of imprecise language
  • Six tips for better writing
  • Examples of unclear language
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