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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. For whom is Winston writing his diary?

2. What word is on Winston's lips when he awakens from his dream in Part 1, Chapter 3?

3. How much does it cost for a nip of gin at the canteen?

4. What does the woman in the telescreen call Winston?

5. What is the most frightening ministry of Oceania's government?

Short Essay Questions

1. In Winston's dream, the man O'Brien says "We will meet in the place where there is no darkness." What do you think he meant by this?

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

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

4. The sandy-haired woman in the cubicle next to Winston spends all day deleting any record of people who have been "vaporized," even though her own husband had been killed this way. How do you think she felt when she deleted her own husband's name? Why does she continue to do this job?

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

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

7. When Winston kisses Julia, he feels "incredulity and pride ... but he had no physical desire." Why do you think he feels this way? What does it reveal about why he needs Julia?

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

9. 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?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Limits on power are often referred to as "checks and balances." Write an essay on this subject, touching upon:

1) The checks and balances that exist in the U.S. Constitution.

2) Some examples of checks and balances that have succeeded or failed.

3) Your vision of what the ideal system of checks and balances would look like.

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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