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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 the name of the device Winston uses to write?

2. What was Rutherford's previous job?

3. What does the woman in the telescreen call Winston?

4. What is there a shortage of in Oceania?

5. Why does Julia ask Winston to turn around in Part 2, Chapter 4?

Short Essay Questions

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

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. 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?

4. Explain Julia's attitude towards the Party. What does this reveal about her character?

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

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

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

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

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

10. Why do you think Winston was unable to prevent himself from having sex with the prostitute?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In Oceania, children are encouraged to spy on their parents and turn them in to the Thought Police if they notice any "suspicious behavior." Would you ever turn your parents over to the police? Why or why not? In what situation would you do it? What alternatives would you have?

Essay Topic 2

Oceania has been at war ever since Winston can remember. However, the country that it has been at war with has changed, and it seems that the Party wants Oceania to constantly be at war with someone. Why would a government want to have a permanent state of war? What benefits could a government get from it? Be sure to use real-world examples to back up your arguments.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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