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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. Why does Winston have to falsify production reports?

2. What is Winston's phobia?

3. What is the resistance to the Party called?

4. What edition of the Newspeak dictionary is currently being written?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Winston keep thinking about O'Brien? What does O'Brien represents to Winston?

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

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

4. 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?

5. "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?

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

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

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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