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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. In Part 2, Chapter 3, what will be Julia and Winston's next meeting place?
(a) Winston's apartment.
(b) A crowded marketplace.
(c) A hotel room.
(d) A quiet restaurant.

2. By writing in his diary, Winston has committed a crime. What is the name of this crime?
(a) Crimetime.
(b) Diarycrime.
(c) Thoughtcrime.
(d) Writecrime.

3. What is there a shortage of in Oceania?
(a) Combs.
(b) Hair gel.
(c) Razor blades.
(d) Toothpaste.

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

5. What does the woman in the telescreen call Winston?
(a) Winston Smith 6079.
(b) 6079 Smith W.
(c) 6079 W.S.
(d) W. Smith 6079.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is the name of the mandatory morning exercise program?

2. Why does Winston have to falsify production reports?

3. What does Julia say is "the only way to stay safe"?

4. How much does it cost for a nip of gin at the canteen?

5. What is the prole woman doing outside the window in Part 2, Chapter 4?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Part 1, Chapter 1 show the reader about the quality of Oceania's services and products?

2. 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?

3. 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?

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

5. What attracts Julia to Winston? Why is this attractive or necessary to her?

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

7. Look up the word "proletariat" in the dictionary. What does it mean? Why does the Party ignore the proles? Is this strange?

8. "All history was a palimpsest, scraped clean and reinscribed exactly as often as was necessary." What is a palimpsest, and why do you think the author used this word?

9. When Winston kisses Julia, he feels "incredulity and pride ... but he had no physical desire." Why do you think he feels this way? What does it reveal about why he needs Julia?

10. Where does Winston work, and what is his job? Why does he have to do this?

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