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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 newspaper does Winston re-write?

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

4. What is the name of the mandatory morning exercise program?

5. When Winston sees the prostitute in the light, he sees that she is _____.

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Winston betray Julia? What is the significance of this?

2. What is unusual about O'Brien? Do you think he can be trusted? Why or why not?

3. At the end of Part 2, Chapter 5, what does Winston realize about the Party and their orthodoxy? How does this relate to the everyday citizens of Oceania?

4. What are the two ultimate goals of the Party? What are they waiting for, and why?

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

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

7. Look up the word "proletariat" in the dictionary. What does it mean? Why does the Party ignore the proles? Is this strange?

8. 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?

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

10. In Winston's dream, the man O'Brien says "We will meet in the place where there is no darkness." What do you think he meant by this?

Essay 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

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

Revolutions are not simple things. Many revolutions end up being "betrayed," as the government that follows the revolution often ends up being very different from how the revolutionaries originally intended. In the book, Big Brother turns against the other architects of the revolution, discredits them, and has them executed. The Party of Winston's day bears little resemblance to the society that its founders imagined, at least from Winston's perspective.

Find a real-world example of a revolution that you think has been "betrayed," showing the difference between what the revolutionaries originally intended and what eventually happened. If there is some historical disagreement about the revolution, be sure to show both sides of the argument in addition to your own thoughts.

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