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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. Who were three of the original survivors of the revolution of whom Winston saw a picture?
(a) McDonald, Martin, and King.
(b) Ford, Dent, and McMillan.
(c) Jones, Aaronson, and Rutherford.
(d) Smith, Appleby, and Douglas.

2. Who is Julia?
(a) The dark-haired girl.
(b) A person who Winston invents for his job.
(c) A storeowner who Winston knows.
(d) A member of the Thought Police.

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

4. What does Ingsoc mean?
(a) English Socrates.
(b) English Society.
(c) English Socialism.
(d) English Soccer.

5. Of what do Winston and Julia not discuss the possibility?
(a) Children.
(b) Living together.
(c) Marriage.
(d) Capture.

Short Answer Questions

1. In Part 1, Chapter 7, Winston wonders, as he had many times before, if he is a _________.

2. What is the Newspeak word for individualism?

3. The Enemy of the People is...

4. During the Two Minutes Hate, what does everyone in the room do?

5. What does Mrs. Parsons want Winston to do in Part 1, Chapter 2?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why are the proles the only force capable of overthrowing the Party?

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

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

5. What is unusual about Winston's telescreen, and why is it important?

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

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

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

9. 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?

10. 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?

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