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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 concealed danger does Winston have to be careful of in the countryside?
2. What newspaper does Winston re-write?
3. What did Airstrip One used to be called?
4. In Part 2, Chapter 1, where do Winston and the dark-haired girl agree to meet?
5. What urge is stronger than ever when Winston was finished writing about the prostitute?
Short Essay Questions
1. Look up the word "proletariat" in the dictionary. What does it mean? Why does the Party ignore the proles? Is this strange?
2. "All history was a palimpsest, scraped clean and reinscribed exactly as often as was necessary." What is a palimpsest, and why do you think the author used this word?
3. Why are the proles the only force capable of overthrowing the Party?
4. What attracts Julia to Winston? Why is this attractive or necessary to her?
5. Describe the forced-labor camps, according to the common criminals.
6. 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?
7. Describe Winston's marriage. Why did he separate from his wife?
8. Why does Winston think Syme will be vaporized? What does Syme lack?
9. How does Winston betray Julia? What is the significance of this?
10. Look up the word "comrade" up in a dictionary. Why do you think everyone in Oceania is supposed to call each other comrade?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
One of the most important warnings in Nineteen-Eighty-Four is that the past can be erased and history can be changed. "Who controls the past, controls the future: who controls the present controls the past."
Write a short essay on a real historical event about which historians disagree. Be sure to show both sides, and in the conclusion, explain what you think really happened and why.
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
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.
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