1984 Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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. In Part 2, Chapter 3, what is Winston sorry he didn't do to his wife?

2. What is everyone in Oceania supposed to call each other?

3. Where does Winston work?

4. The Enemy of the People is...

5. What is the name of the device Winston uses to write?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. How would you have reacted to the note? What would you have done differently, and why?

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

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

7. Explain Julia's attitude towards the Party. What does this reveal about her character?

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

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

10. What does Winston's betrayal reveal about his character? What do you think of him now?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

It can be said that Winston is tragically flawed due to his continued defiance of the rules of Oceania. His actions will eventually lead to his downfall.

Think deeply about yourself and your actions. Do you know someone who has a tragic flaw, or do you yourself have one? Write an essay explaining the flaw, why you consider it to be a problem, some examples demonstrating it, and how you think you or the other person can change to fix the flaw. Remember to keep within the definition of "tragic flaw," and avoid simply writing about something that you don't like about yourself or another person.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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.

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