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 are people brought to the Ministry of Love?

2. To what organization does Mr. Charrington really belong?

3. In Part 3, Chapter 4, what is the third phrase Winston writes?

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

5. What is the object of power, according to O'Brien?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. How does Winston feel towards O'Brien in Part 3, Chapter 2? Why do you think this is?

4. What does Winston admire about his mother?

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

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

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

8. How does Winston betray Julia? What is the significance of this?

9. 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?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Limits on power are often referred to as "checks and balances." Write an essay on this subject, touching upon:

1) The checks and balances that exist in the U.S. Constitution.

2) Some examples of checks and balances that have succeeded or failed.

3) Your vision of what the ideal system of checks and balances would look like.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Write an essay arguing either for or against the creation of a secret police force in America. Be sure to back up your opinions with examples from history and lessons learned from past governments.

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