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. By Part 3, Chapter 6, to what has Winston been appointed?

2. What differentiates the way O'Brien speaks from other Inner Party members?

3. What was the refugee woman doing in Winston's dream in Part 2, Chapter 7?

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

5. What is the reason for O'Brien's encounter with Winston?

Short Essay Questions

1. What do you think will happen to Winston and Julia after Part 2, Chapter 10? Do they have any hope?

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

3. How does Winston betray Julia? What is the significance of this?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Limits on power are often referred to as "checks and balances." Write an essay on this subject, touching upon:

1) The checks and balances that exist in the U.S. Constitution.

2) Some examples of checks and balances that have succeeded or failed.

3) Your vision of what the ideal system of checks and balances would look like.

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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