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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 word is on Winston's lips when he awakens from his dream in Part 1, Chapter 3?
(a) Shakespeare.
(b) Dynamite.
(c) Orwell.
(d) Nationalism.

2. What ailment does Winston suffer from?
(a) Swollen lymph nodes.
(b) Varicose veins.
(c) Diabetes.
(d) A varicose ulcer.

3. In Part 2, Chapter 3, what is Winston sorry he didn't do to his wife?
(a) Kill her.
(b) Love her.
(c) Pay her off.
(d) Divorce her.

4. What do Parsons' children to do the old market-woman?
(a) Kick her in the shins.
(b) Shoot her cat with a catapult.
(c) Steal her money.
(d) Set her skirt on fire.

5. In Newspeak, what word will eventually replace "bad"?
(a) Ungood.
(b) Non-plussed.
(c) Notgood.
(d) Uh-oh.

Short Answer Questions

1. How many clothing coupons does Winston get annually?

2. What is Parsons collecting money for in Part 1, Chapter 5?

3. The telescreen announces a reduction in what type of rations?

4. Who are the first two people Winston dreams about in Part 1, Chapter 3?

5. What does Julia call the only safe way to talk in public?

Short Essay Questions

1. According to Goldstein's book, why is a state of perpetual war necessary? For what purpose?

2. 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?

3. When questioned by O'Brien, Winston and Julia state that they are willing to commit many crimes, including the killing of innocent people. Do you think this is justifiable, given the terrible nature of the Party?

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

5. 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?

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

7. What does Winston admire about his mother?

8. Describe Winston's marriage. Why did he separate from his wife?

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

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

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