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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 do Mrs. Parsons' children want to see in Part 1, Chapter 2?

2. Which event's preparations causes an increase in working hours in Part 2, Chapter 4?

3. What is the prole woman doing outside the window in Part 2, Chapter 4?

4. What keeps falling on London?

5. Who were three of the original survivors of the revolution of whom Winston saw a picture?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What does Winston admire about his mother?

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

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

5. What does Winston's betrayal reveal about his character? What do you think of him now?

6. What do you think will happen to Winston and Julia after Part 2, Chapter 10? Do they have any hope?

7. What is the most important theme of Nineteen Eighty-Four, and why?

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

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

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

The Party relies on two key human attributes to guarantee their power - ignorance and fear. The fear comes from the power of Big Brother and the Thought Police to kill anyone, at anytime. The ignorance comes from the failure of the majority of citizens in Oceania to understand the inherent lies of Ingsoc.

Which attribute, fear or ignorance, do you feel is the most important and useful to the Party? Write an essay explaining your thoughts, and try to use real-world examples of governments who have ruled through fear, ignorance, or both.

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

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.

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