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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 Mrs. Parsons want Winston to do in Part 1, Chapter 2?

2. In Part 1, Chapter 5, what is one of the latest, favorite phrases of the Ministry of Plenty?

3. What is the last thing Winston does in Part 1, Chapter 3?

4. What did Airstrip One used to be called?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. 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?

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

4. 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?

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

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

7. 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?

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

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

10. 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?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Write an essay critiquing a political manifesto, white paper, or declaration. Be sure to explain:

1) What the document attempted to achieve, and whether or not it accomplished this goal.

2) How it has influenced society or the world.

3) Whether you agree or disagree with the paper, and why.

Essay Topic 2

Privacy is a highly relevant issue in the modern world. Possibilities for surveillance and citizen control have expanded significantly since George Orwell's time, and this trend frequently inspires references in the news and pop culture to Nineteen Eighty-Four. Write an essay on the topic of privacy, stating:

1) What privacy means to you.

2) The importance of privacy to a society as a whole.

3) Your opinion on the current debate over privacy, security, terrorism, and the constitution.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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