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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. What does one of the Parsons children use to hit Winston in the neck?
(a) A pellet gun.
(b) A rock.
(c) A catapult.
(d) A slingshot.

2. What does the prostitute not have?
(a) Teeth.
(b) Eyes.
(c) Change for a ten.
(d) Proper ID.

3. According to Part 1, Chapter 7, where does hope lie?
(a) In Winston alone.
(b) Nowhere to be found.
(c) In the proles.
(d) With the Brotherhood.

4. What does Winston write repeatedly in his diary after thinking about the Two Minutes Hate?
(a) DOWN WITH BIG BROTHER.
(b) DOWN WITH RACISM.
(c) DOWN WITH THE PARTY.
(d) DOWN WITH THOUGHTCRIME.

5. What is the resistance to the Party called?
(a) The Brotherhood.
(b) The Resistance.
(c) The Clash.
(d) The Partisans.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is the last thing the dark-haired girl does before departing from Winston in Part 2, Chapter 1?

2. What is the name of Winston's "friend" who works at the Research Department?

3. What urge is stronger than ever when Winston was finished writing about the prostitute?

4. Who is Julia?

5. How does Victory Gin smell?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

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

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

4. What is the difference between Winston and Julia's feelings about their future?

5. Why does Winston think Syme will be vaporized? What does Syme lack?

6. How would you have reacted to the note? What would you have done differently, and why?

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

8. Who was comrade Ogilvy, and what was he like? How did he supposedly die?

9. The sandy-haired woman in the cubicle next to Winston spends all day deleting any record of people who have been "vaporized," even though her own husband had been killed this way. How do you think she felt when she deleted her own husband's name? Why does she continue to do this job?

10. What might the woman singing in the street symbolizes?

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