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 was smashed during the arrest of Winston and Julia?

2. What is the only thing Winston and Julia are not capable of doing?

3. Why are people brought to the Ministry of Love?

4. According to Part 2, Chapter 7, what remains impregnable?

5. What will be the one certain thing about Winston's death?

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. According to O'Brien, where does reality exist?

3. What is the significance of O'Brien's reference to Syme?

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

5. When questioned by O'Brien, Winston and Julia state that they are willing to commit many crimes, including the killing of innocent people. Do you think this is justifiable, given the terrible nature of the Party?

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

7. How does Winston feel about physical pain? How does this relate to what you know about Winston's character?

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

9. What does O'Brien say is the real reason the Party seeks power? How are they different from past governments?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Winston has a terrible fear of pain. He hates it more than anything else and is willing to do almost anything in order to avoid pain. Write an essay on pain, and Winston's experience with it. Be sure to cover:

1) How pain influences Winston throughout the book.

2) Possible reasons why Winston fears pain so much.

3) Possible ways that Winston could have controlled his fear of pain.

4) How your attitude towards pain is similar or different to that of Winston.

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

Love is one of the most fundamental human emotions. In Nineteen Eighty-Four, love and sexual affection are outlawed so that citizens will reserve their love for Big Brother. Write an essay explaining:

1) Why love is (or is not) important.

2) The ways that love can fundamentally change a person's life.

3) Whether or not love can really "conquer all." Examples, both literary and real, are encouraged.

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