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 is the title of Emmanuel Goldstein's book?

2. By Part 2, what is waiting for Winston?

3. What is the theme song of Hate Week?

4. How many fingers is O'Brien holding up in Part 3, Chapter 2?

5. What bone is Winston especially afraid will break in Part 3, Chapter 2?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What does Winston's betrayal reveal about his character? What do you think of him now?

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

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

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

6. 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?

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What makes us human?

1) Explain what you think the most important element of "being human" is. It can be an emotion, or human characteristic such as the need for expression or the ability to love.

2) Provide examples from the real world showing individuals and how they have used that emotion or human aspect to change the world.

3) Explain how you think this human element will change the world in the future.

Essay Topic 2

Write an essay critiquing a political manifesto, white paper, or declaration. Be sure to explain:

1) What the document attempted to achieve, and whether or not it accomplished this goal.

2) How it has influenced society or the world.

3) Whether you agree or disagree with the paper, and why.

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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