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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. How many times has Julia had sex?

2. What does the prostitute not have?

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

4. What does Ampleforth have a talent for juggling?

5. Why did Parsons' daughter report a man to the police?

Short Essay Questions

1. According to O'Brien, where does reality exist?

2. How does Winston betray Julia? What is the significance of this?

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

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

5. How does Winston feel towards O'Brien in Part 3, Chapter 2? Why do you think this is?

6. Winston fears that the dark-haired girl is not a member of the Thought Police; instead, she is an amateur spy. Why do you think the latter is more dangerous?

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

8. Why might George Orwell have made the book's conclusion so tragic? What is he trying to express?

9. What does Winston think the Party and the Ministry of Love can never do? Why?

10. What does Winston think O'Brien will say is the reason the Party seeks power?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Write an essay critiquing a political manifesto, white paper, or declaration. Be sure to explain:

1) What the document attempted to achieve, and whether or not it accomplished this goal.

2) How it has influenced society or the world.

3) Whether you agree or disagree with the paper, and why.

Essay Topic 2

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 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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