Instructions: Answer the following questions related to George Orwell’s “Politics and the English Language”; these questions are designed to get you thinking about understanding the text, and designed to get you thinking about the value of the text:
- What does Orwell mean when he writes about the decline of language?
- What are two common issues Orwell sees as “tricks by means of which the work of prose construction is habitually dodged”?
- What, according to Orwell, is wrong with “gumming together long strips of words which have already been set in order by someone else, and making the result presentable by sheer humbug”?
- What does it mean when Orwell notes that political speech and writing is “largely the defence of the indefensible”?
- I know this is a hard reading guys — so think about this: Why would I make you guys read this, despite knowing the challenges that exist in reading this material? Why do you think reading this is important for you to understanding writing?