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. Who does Julia think is really launching the rocketbombs?

2. What is the last line of the rhyme in Part 2, Chapter 8?

3. What is the only thing that the Party cannot do to Winston and Julia?

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

5. What does Mr. Charrington order the officers to do in Part 2, Chapter 10?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. What does Winston admire about his mother?

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

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

7. According to Goldstein's book, why is a state of perpetual war necessary? For what purpose?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

The ideology of the Party is both extremely sophisticated and highly dangerous. If you had the opportunity to be a "Big Brother," what type of society would you design? Write a short essay (manifesto) detailing the ideology, government, rules, practices, and other elements of your fictional nation. Be sure to explain:

1) Why you think the system would work.

2) What dangers your ideology would face, and how they could be overcome.

3) Why your system is morally acceptable.

Essay Topic 3

The Party relies on two key human attributes to guarantee their power - ignorance and fear. The fear comes from the power of Big Brother and the Thought Police to kill anyone, at anytime. The ignorance comes from the failure of the majority of citizens in Oceania to understand the inherent lies of Ingsoc.

Which attribute, fear or ignorance, do you feel is the most important and useful to the Party? Write an essay explaining your thoughts, and try to use real-world examples of governments who have ruled through fear, ignorance, or both.

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