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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. In Newspeak, what word will eventually replace "bad"?

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

3. What was Rutherford's previous job?

4. For whom is Winston writing his diary?

5. What is the name of the waste paper disposal chute in Winston's workplace?

Short Essay Questions

1. What do the Parsons children want to go see in Part 1, Chapter 2? What do you think of them?

2. Try to imagine what it would be like to live in a country like Oceania where you are constantly watched by government agents. How would you feel?

3. Winston fears that the dark-haired girl is not a member of the Thought Police; instead, she is an amateur spy. Why do you think the latter is more dangerous?

4. Why will no Party woman wear perfume?

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

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

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

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

10. 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?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

In Oceania, children are encouraged to spy on their parents and turn them in to the Thought Police if they notice any "suspicious behavior." Would you ever turn your parents over to the police? Why or why not? In what situation would you do it? What alternatives would you have?

Essay Topic 3

Julia's attitude towards sex is extremely appealing to Winston. He admires that she has had many partners because it represents a kind of victory for him against the "purity" of the Party.

Write an essay explaining your attitude towards promiscuity. Is it immoral? And when, if ever, is it justified? In your conclusion, be sure to state whether or not you think the attitude towards sex in America should change.

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