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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 doing at the beginning of Part 1, Chapter 6?

2. What is the last thing the dark-haired girl does before departing from Winston in Part 2, Chapter 1?

3. When the Thought Police secretly arrest and execute someone, most people would say that person has been _______.

4. What is the minimum age for joining the Spies?

5. With whom is Oceania at war?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

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

3. 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?

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

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

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

7. Winston feels the worst things about life in Oceania are not its "cruelty and insecurity," but "its bareness, its dinginess, its listlessness." Why might he feels this way?

8. Where does Winston work, and what is his job? Why does he have to do this?

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

10. Why will no Party woman wear perfume?

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

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 3

The slogan of the Oceania's government is "WAR IS PEACE. FREEDOM IS SLAVERY. IGNORANCE IS STRENGTH." Any act of independent thought, even writing a diary, are punishable by death. Explain the difference between life in America and life in Oceania. Are there any similarities? In your conclusion, write about some ways in which the American people can ensure that future governments do not abuse citizens like in Nineteen-Eighty-Four.

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