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1984 Essay Test Examples

  • 1

    Compare and contrast Julia and Winston. How does each rebel against the Party, and are these rebellions at all effective?

  • 2

    Trace Winston's path towards destruction. Where do we first see his fatalistic outlook? Is his defeat inevitable?

  • 3

    Discuss the role of technology in Oceania. In what areas is technology highly advanced, and in what areas has its progress stalled? Why?

  • 4

    Discuss the role of Big Brother in Oceania and in Winston's life. What role does Big Brother play in each?

  • 5

    Discuss contradiction in Oceania and the Party's governance, i.e. Ministry of Love, Ministry of Truth, Ministry of Plenty, Ministry of Peace. Why is such contradiction accepted so widely?

  • 6

    Discuss and analyze the role O'Brien plays in Winston's life. Why is he such a revered and respected character, even during Winston's time in the Ministry of Love?

  • 7

    Discuss the symbolic importance of the prole woman singing in the yard behind Mr. Charrington's apartment. What does she represent for Winston, and what does she represent for Julia?

  • 8

    1984 is a presentation of Orwell's definition of dystopia and was meant as a warning to those of the modern era. What specifically is Orwell warning us against, and how does he achieve this?

  • 9

    Analyze the interactions between Winston and the old man in the pub, Syme, and Mr. Charrington. How do Winston's interactions with these individuals guide him towards his ultimate arrest?

  • 10

    Analyze the Party's level of power over its citizens, specifically through the lens of psychological manipulation. Name the tools the Party uses to maintain this control and discuss their effectiveness.

  • 11

    Outline the social hierarchy of Oceania. How does this hierarchy support the Party and its goals?

  • Your 1984 in-class essay is Monday during third hour. To help you prepare, you may click on 1984 Essay Test 2012 for the three questions.

    Note — READ: My wordpress site is acting weird. If you click on the link and nothing appears to happen, look to the top and click again on 1984 Essay Test 2012 — the pdf should download. I have also copied and pasted the questions in the comments section to the left of this posting just in case.

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