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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. What keeps falling on London?

3. When the Thought Police secretly arrest and execute someone, most people would say that person has been _______.

4. When Winston sees the prostitute in the light, he sees that she is _____.

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What is the significance is behind Winston's dream about his mother? How might she have died?

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

4. Why does the Party turn a blind eye to prostitution? What type of sex will it not allow?

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

7. Why will no Party woman wear perfume?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Love is one of the most fundamental human emotions. In Nineteen Eighty-Four, love and sexual affection are outlawed so that citizens will reserve their love for Big Brother. Write an essay explaining:

1) Why love is (or is not) important.

2) The ways that love can fundamentally change a person's life.

3) Whether or not love can really "conquer all." Examples, both literary and real, are encouraged.

Essay Topic 2

The slogan of the Oceania's government is "WAR IS PEACE. FREEDOM IS SLAVERY. IGNORANCE IS STRENGTH." Any act of independent thought, even writing a diary, are punishable by death. Explain the difference between life in America and life in Oceania. Are there any similarities? In your conclusion, write about some ways in which the American people can ensure that future governments do not abuse citizens like in Nineteen-Eighty-Four.

Essay Topic 3

In essay format, discuss how you would have ended the story of Winston Smith. Be sure to explain:

1) Why you feel it is necessary to change the ending.

2) The insight into human nature that your ending would provide.

3) What you would have done if you were in Winston's shoes.

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