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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 will be Julia and Winston's next meeting place?

2. What does Julia say is "the only way to stay safe"?

3. What is the Newspeak word for individualism?

4. What type of flower does Winston collect before meeting the dark-haired girl?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. 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?

3. What is the significance is behind Winston's dream about his mother? How might she have died?

4. Judging by the dream Winston has about the girl with dark hair, how does he appear to feel about her?

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

6. What do the Parsons children want to go see in Part 1, Chapter 2? What do you think of them?

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

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

10. 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?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 3

The ideology of the Party is both extremely sophisticated and highly dangerous. If you had the opportunity to be a "Big Brother," what type of society would you design? Write a short essay (manifesto) detailing the ideology, government, rules, practices, and other elements of your fictional nation. Be sure to explain:

1) Why you think the system would work.

2) What dangers your ideology would face, and how they could be overcome.

3) Why your system is morally acceptable.

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