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Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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 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.

Essay Topic 2

Julia's attitude towards sex is extremely appealing to Winston. He admires that she has had many partners because it represents a kind of victory for him against the "purity" of the Party.

Write an essay explaining your attitude towards promiscuity. Is it immoral? And when, if ever, is it justified? In your conclusion, be sure to state whether or not you think the attitude towards sex in America should change.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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