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 the area where Inner Party members live smell like?

2. What does Winston realize about secrets?

3. What does everybody do when tortured?

4. What special privilege do Inner Party members have?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

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

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

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

5. How is the Brotherhood organized, and why?

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following 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

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.

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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