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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Why did Parsons' daughter report a man to the police?
(a) He was a member of the Brotherhood.
(b) He was wearing strange shoes.
(c) They heard him swearing at Big Brother.
(d) He was from Eurasia.

2. What does Winston decide to do with the prostitute?
(a) Have sex with her.
(b) Kill her.
(c) Nothing.
(d) Pay her to not tell anyone he was there.

3. What keeps falling on London?
(a) Dogs and cats.
(b) Airplanes.
(c) Rocketbombs.
(d) Acid rain.

4. Where does Winston miss a meeting in Part 1, Chapter 8?
(a) The Ministry of Truth.
(b) The Hate Week planning committee.
(c) The Community Center.
(d) With his accountant.

5. Who are the first two people Winston dreams about in Part 1, Chapter 3?
(a) His mother and father.
(b) His brother and sister.
(c) His mother and sister.
(d) His wife and son.

Short Answer Questions

1. For whom is Winston writing his diary?

2. Who/what is Tillotson?

3. Where does Winston work?

4. What do the bells of St. Clement's say?

5. What is the name of the television-like appliance constantly watching Oceania's citizens?

Short Essay Questions

1. Look up the word "comrade" up in a dictionary. Why do you think everyone in Oceania is supposed to call each other comrade?

2. When Winston was young, he and his family had to take shelter in a subway station because London was being attacked. An old man was crying, "We didn't ought to have trusted them." Who should not have trusted?

3. How does Winston really feel about Big Brother and the Party?

4. Why doesn't Winston kill the girl with the dark hair? Who else doesn't he kill for very similar reasons?

5. How does the dark-haired girl's note affect Winston? Has it changed his outlook?

6. In Winston's dream, the man O'Brien says "We will meet in the place where there is no darkness." What do you think he meant by this?

7. Syme explains that the most important part of Newspeak is not the creation of new words, but the deletion of old words. Why might this be more important? What is the true purpose of Newspeak?

8. Winston feels the worst things about life in Oceania are not its "cruelty and insecurity," but "its bareness, its dinginess, its listlessness." Why might he feels this way?

9. How have Winston's feelings towards Julia changed by Part 2, Chapter 4?

10. Explain Julia's attitude towards the Party. What does this reveal about her character?

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