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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. According to Part 1, Chapter 7, where does hope lie?

2. What is Winston doing at the beginning of Part 1, Chapter 6?

3. What is the name of Winston's wife?

4. What do the proles call rocketbombs?

5. What is the name of the song on the telescreen?

Short Essay Questions

1. "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?

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

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

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

5. 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?

6. How have Winston's feelings towards Julia changed by Part 2, Chapter 4?

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

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

10. Who was comrade Ogilvy, and what was he like? How did he supposedly die?

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

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.

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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