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. Who wrote Goldstein's book?

2. What is the theme song of Hate Week?

3. What was the only way for Winston to save himself in Part 3, Chapter 5?

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

5. Where does Winston think he is in Part 3, Chapter 5?

Short Essay Questions

1. Winston tells Julia that she is "only a rebel from the waist downwards." What does he mean by this, and is it true?

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

3. How is the Brotherhood organized, and why?

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

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

6. According to O'Brien, where does reality exist?

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

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

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

10. What does Winston admire about his mother?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

It can be said that Winston is tragically flawed due to his continued defiance of the rules of Oceania. His actions will eventually lead to his downfall.

Think deeply about yourself and your actions. Do you know someone who has a tragic flaw, or do you yourself have one? Write an essay explaining the flaw, why you consider it to be a problem, some examples demonstrating it, and how you think you or the other person can change to fix the flaw. Remember to keep within the definition of "tragic flaw," and avoid simply writing about something that you don't like about yourself or another person.

Essay Topic 2

Against the Party, one may feel that almost any action is acceptable, or that "the ends justify the means." Is violence an acceptable way of solving problems or achieving goals--even in combating a violent regime? Be sure to discuss:

1) Show how violence has succeeded or failed in the past.

2) Pros and cons associated with using violence.

3) Moral arguments for or against the use of violence.

4) The role of violence in the future of the world.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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