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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 resistance to the Party called?

2. What does the girl with the dark hair do in Winston's dream?

3. "The Revolution will be complete when the ______ is perfect."

4. Which event's preparations causes an increase in working hours in Part 2, Chapter 4?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. Judging by the dream Winston has about the girl with dark hair, how does he appear to feel about her?

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

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

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

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. 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?

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

8. Why do you think Winston was unable to prevent himself from having sex with the prostitute?

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

10. In your own words, how does Winston describe Mr. Parsons?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

It can be said that Winston is tragically flawed due to his continued defiance of the rules of Oceania. His actions will eventually lead to his downfall.

Think deeply about yourself and your actions. Do you know someone who has a tragic flaw, or do you yourself have one? Write an essay explaining the flaw, why you consider it to be a problem, some examples demonstrating it, and how you think you or the other person can change to fix the flaw. Remember to keep within the definition of "tragic flaw," and avoid simply writing about something that you don't like about yourself or another person.

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

One of the most important warnings in Nineteen-Eighty-Four is that the past can be erased and history can be changed. "Who controls the past, controls the future: who controls the present controls the past."

Write a short essay on a real historical event about which historians disagree. Be sure to show both sides, and in the conclusion, explain what you think really happened and why.

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