1984 Test | Final 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 does Winston remember above all about his childhood?

2. By Part 3, Chapter 6, to what has Winston been appointed?

3. Where were rats a common punishment?

4. How does Winston feel towards Big Brother?

5. What makes Winston cry in Part 3, Chapter 6?

Short Essay Questions

1. What "progress" has Winston made by Part 3, Chapter 4? What does Winston have to do before his re-education is complete?

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

3. What does Winston think the Party and the Ministry of Love can never do? Why?

4. Why might George Orwell have made the book's conclusion so tragic? What is he trying to express?

5. What does Winston think O'Brien will say is the reason the Party seeks power?

6. How can Winston still achieve victory over the Party in Part 3, Chapter 4?

7. What do Winston and Julia mean when they say "We are the dead?"

8. How does Winston feel towards O'Brien in Part 3, Chapter 2? Why do you think this is?

9. Winston tells Julia that she is "only a rebel from the waist downwards." What does he mean by this, and is it true?

10. Describe the forced-labor camps, according to the common criminals.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

In essay format, discuss how you would have ended the story of Winston Smith. Be sure to explain:

1) Why you feel it is necessary to change the ending.

2) The insight into human nature that your ending would provide.

3) What you would have done if you were in Winston's shoes.

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