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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 has it taken Winston forty years to learn the nature of?
2. What is the theme song of Hate Week?
3. Where was Winston when he discovered the war had switched again in Part 2, Chapter 8?
4. Why was Ampleforth arrested?
5. What was the only way for Winston to save himself in Part 3, Chapter 5?
Short Essay Questions
1. What do Winston and Julia mean when they say "We are the dead?"
2. What does Winston's betrayal reveal about his character? What do you think of him now?
3. How does Winston feel towards O'Brien in Part 3, Chapter 2? Why do you think this is?
4. What is unusual about O'Brien? Do you think he can be trusted? Why or why not?
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 do you think will happen to Winston and Julia after Part 2, Chapter 10? Do they have any hope?
7. What does O'Brien say is the real reason the Party seeks power? How are they different from past governments?
8. Why might George Orwell have made the book's conclusion so tragic? What is he trying to express?
9. How can Winston still achieve victory over the Party in Part 3, Chapter 4?
10. According to Goldstein's book, why is a state of perpetual war necessary? For what purpose?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Write an essay about the history of prostitution. The essay should focus on something specific; examples should include, but are not limited to:
1) One country's experience with prostitution.
2) Times and places where it has been legal.
3) Geisha or "comfort" women, and other women who have been forced into prostitution.
Essay Topic 2
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 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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