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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. Consorting with prostitutes was "dangerous, ___________________." (Part 1, Chapter 6)

2. What is written on the flag that keeps flapping?

3. With whom is Oceania at war?

4. What is Winston's most important task of the day in Part 1, Chapter 4?

5. What does one of the Parsons children use to hit Winston in the neck?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. What does O'Brien say is the real reason the Party seeks power? How are they different from past governments?

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

6. How is the Brotherhood organized, and why?

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

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

9. When Winston was young, he and his family had to take shelter in a subway station because London was being attacked. An old man was crying, "We didn't ought to have trusted them." Who should not have trusted?

10. What does Winston admire about his mother?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Fear is a common theme in literature, and a motivating factor for many characters. Write an essay that shows at least two examples of fear in literature, touching upon:

1) The type of fear, be it personal, fear for the safety of others, fear of pain, etc.

2) How the characters overcame the fear, or were overcome by it.

3) The source of the fear, and its relation to the main character.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

What makes us human?

1) Explain what you think the most important element of "being human" is. It can be an emotion, or human characteristic such as the need for expression or the ability to love.

2) Provide examples from the real world showing individuals and how they have used that emotion or human aspect to change the world.

3) Explain how you think this human element will change the world in the future.

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