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 were the police holding when they arrested Winston and Julia?

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

3. What does Winston realize about secrets?

4. Why was Parsons arrested?

5. What does the Party claim to have invented?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

9. What does Winston admire about his mother?

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

Essay Topics

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

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.

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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