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

2. What did Airstrip One used to be called?

3. What edition of the Newspeak dictionary is currently being written?

4. What is the Newspeak name for people who have been vaporized?

5. For whom is Winston writing his diary?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Doublethink is believing that something is true when you know it is false. Do you really think that doublethink is possible? Can you find any examples of doublethink in the real world?

3. How does Winston really feel about Big Brother and the Party?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

Winston has a terrible fear of pain. He hates it more than anything else and is willing to do almost anything in order to avoid pain. Write an essay on pain, and Winston's experience with it. Be sure to cover:

1) How pain influences Winston throughout the book.

2) Possible reasons why Winston fears pain so much.

3) Possible ways that Winston could have controlled his fear of pain.

4) How your attitude towards pain is similar or different to that of Winston.

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