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. Why was Parsons arrested?

2. Why was Ampleforth arrested?

3. What will happen thirty seconds after Winston leaves O'Brien's house?

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

5. What has it taken Winston forty years to learn the nature of?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

8. What does Winston admire about his mother?

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

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

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.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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.

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