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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 should be the starting point to Winston's thoughts, as stated in Part 3, Chapter 3?
2. Where has Winston failed to make progress by Part 3, Chapter 4?
3. What is the only thing Winston and Julia are not capable of doing?
4. What is in Room 101?
5. How does one man assert his power over another, as stated in Part 3, Chapter 3?
Short Essay Questions
1. At the end of Part 2, Chapter 5, what does Winston realize about the Party and their orthodoxy? How does this relate to the everyday citizens of Oceania?
2. How does Winston betray Julia? What is the significance of this?
3. How does Winston feel about physical pain? How does this relate to what you know about Winston's character?
4. According to O'Brien, where does reality exist?
5. What does O'Brien say is the real reason the Party seeks power? How are they different from past governments?
6. What is unusual about O'Brien? Do you think he can be trusted? Why or why not?
7. What do Winston and Julia mean when they say "We are the dead?"
8. What do you think will happen to Winston and Julia after Part 2, Chapter 10? Do they have any hope?
9. What "progress" has Winston made by Part 3, Chapter 4? What does Winston have to do before his re-education is complete?
10. What does Winston's betrayal reveal about his character? What do you think of him now?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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 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
In essay format, discuss how you would have ended the story of Winston Smith. Be sure to explain:
1) Why you feel it is necessary to change the ending.
2) The insight into human nature that your ending would provide.
3) What you would have done if you were in Winston's shoes.
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