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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 organization supplied comforts to the sailors on the Floating Fortress?

2. The Enemy of the People is...

3. In Part 2, Chapter 1, where do Winston and the dark-haired girl agree to meet?

4. What type of flower does Winston collect before meeting the dark-haired girl?

5. What does Winston buy in the junk shop?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

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

3. Why will no Party woman wear perfume?

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

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

6. 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?

7. Doublethink is believing that something is true when you know it is false. Do you really think that doublethink is possible? Can you find any examples of doublethink in the real world?

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

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

10. How would you have reacted to the note? What would you have done differently, and why?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The ideology of the Party is both extremely sophisticated and highly dangerous. If you had the opportunity to be a "Big Brother," what type of society would you design? Write a short essay (manifesto) detailing the ideology, government, rules, practices, and other elements of your fictional nation. Be sure to explain:

1) Why you think the system would work.

2) What dangers your ideology would face, and how they could be overcome.

3) Why your system is morally acceptable.

Essay Topic 2

The Party relies on two key human attributes to guarantee their power - ignorance and fear. The fear comes from the power of Big Brother and the Thought Police to kill anyone, at anytime. The ignorance comes from the failure of the majority of citizens in Oceania to understand the inherent lies of Ingsoc.

Which attribute, fear or ignorance, do you feel is the most important and useful to the Party? Write an essay explaining your thoughts, and try to use real-world examples of governments who have ruled through fear, ignorance, or both.

Essay Topic 3

Revolutions are not simple things. Many revolutions end up being "betrayed," as the government that follows the revolution often ends up being very different from how the revolutionaries originally intended. In the book, Big Brother turns against the other architects of the revolution, discredits them, and has them executed. The Party of Winston's day bears little resemblance to the society that its founders imagined, at least from Winston's perspective.

Find a real-world example of a revolution that you think has been "betrayed," showing the difference between what the revolutionaries originally intended and what eventually happened. If there is some historical disagreement about the revolution, be sure to show both sides of the argument in addition to your own thoughts.

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