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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 Winston's phobia?

2. What is the minimum age for joining the Spies?

3. What did Airstrip One used to be called?

4. What organization supplied comforts to the sailors on the Floating Fortress?

5. When the Thought Police secretly arrest and execute someone, most people would say that person has been _______.

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. What is unusual about Winston's telescreen, and why is it important?

3. Why does the Party turn a blind eye to prostitution? What type of sex will it not allow?

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

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. Why will no Party woman wear perfume?

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

8. 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?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Write an essay arguing either for or against the creation of a secret police force in America. Be sure to back up your opinions with examples from history and lessons learned from past governments.

Essay Topic 2

Oceania has been at war ever since Winston can remember. However, the country that it has been at war with has changed, and it seems that the Party wants Oceania to constantly be at war with someone. Why would a government want to have a permanent state of war? What benefits could a government get from it? Be sure to use real-world examples to back up your arguments.

Essay Topic 3

Against the Party, one may feel that almost any action is acceptable, or that "the ends justify the means." Is violence an acceptable way of solving problems or achieving goals--even in combating a violent regime? Be sure to discuss:

1) Show how violence has succeeded or failed in the past.

2) Pros and cons associated with using violence.

3) Moral arguments for or against the use of violence.

4) The role of violence in the future of the world.

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