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. Of what are the walls of Winston's cell made?

2. What does everybody do when tortured?

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

4. Who does Julia think is really launching the rocketbombs?

5. What makes Winston feel sick in Part 3, Chapter 4?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

8. What does Winston admire about his mother?

9. What is unusual about O'Brien? Do you think he can be trusted? Why or why not?

10. 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?

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

Privacy is a highly relevant issue in the modern world. Possibilities for surveillance and citizen control have expanded significantly since George Orwell's time, and this trend frequently inspires references in the news and pop culture to Nineteen Eighty-Four. Write an essay on the topic of privacy, stating:

1) What privacy means to you.

2) The importance of privacy to a society as a whole.

3) Your opinion on the current debate over privacy, security, terrorism, and the constitution.

Essay Topic 3

Fear is a common theme in literature, and a motivating factor for many characters. Write an essay that shows at least two examples of fear in literature, touching upon:

1) The type of fear, be it personal, fear for the safety of others, fear of pain, etc.

2) How the characters overcame the fear, or were overcome by it.

3) The source of the fear, and its relation to the main character.

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