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 only efficient thing in Oceania?

2. What are the three stages to Winston's reintegration?

3. What does the cage door do in Part 3, Chapter 5?

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

5. According to Part 3, Chapter 6, who is Oceania at war with, and has always been at war with?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. 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?

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

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

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

7. 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?

8. How is the Brotherhood organized, and why?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

One of the most important warnings in Nineteen-Eighty-Four is that the past can be erased and history can be changed. "Who controls the past, controls the future: who controls the present controls the past."

Write a short essay on a real historical event about which historians disagree. Be sure to show both sides, and in the conclusion, explain what you think really happened and why.

Essay Topic 2

The slogan of the Oceania's government is "WAR IS PEACE. FREEDOM IS SLAVERY. IGNORANCE IS STRENGTH." Any act of independent thought, even writing a diary, are punishable by death. Explain the difference between life in America and life in Oceania. Are there any similarities? In your conclusion, write about some ways in which the American people can ensure that future governments do not abuse citizens like in Nineteen-Eighty-Four.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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