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. What does Winston write repeatedly in his diary after thinking about the Two Minutes Hate?

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

3. In Newspeak, what word will eventually replace "bad"?

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

5. What is the name of the mandatory morning exercise program?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What attracts Julia to Winston? Why is this attractive or necessary to her?

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

4. What might the woman singing in the street symbolizes?

5. What is the difference between Winston and Julia's feelings about their future?

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

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

8. 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?

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

10. Syme explains that the most important part of Newspeak is not the creation of new words, but the deletion of old words. Why might this be more important? What is the true purpose of Newspeak?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Love is one of the most fundamental human emotions. In Nineteen Eighty-Four, love and sexual affection are outlawed so that citizens will reserve their love for Big Brother. Write an essay explaining:

1) Why love is (or is not) important.

2) The ways that love can fundamentally change a person's life.

3) Whether or not love can really "conquer all." Examples, both literary and real, are encouraged.

Essay Topic 2

Write an essay arguing either for or against the creation of a secret police force in America. Be sure to back up your opinions with examples from history and lessons learned from past governments.

Essay Topic 3

One of the most important warnings in Nineteen-Eighty-Four is that the past can be erased and history can be changed. "Who controls the past, controls the future: who controls the present controls the past."

Write a short essay on a real historical event about which historians disagree. Be sure to show both sides, and in the conclusion, explain what you think really happened and why.

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