1984 Study Guide


1984 by George Orwell

Nineteen Eighty-Four is an allegorical dystopian novel about the dangers of police states, groupthink, and surveillance of the public. It follows the hapless government employee Winston Smith as he dreams secretly and fruitlessly of rebellion against the all-powerful Big Brother and the Inner Party. Smith's England has been renamed Airstrip One, its citizens stripped of their individuality, its world locked in a constant state of manufactured war. It is a grim vision of the future intended as a commentary on the policies of England at the time of its writing.

Where does Winston live?

  • Lefferts Gardens
  • Victory Mansions
  • Kirstenbosch
  • Hope Valley

What does Winston begin when he returns home from work?

  • a diary
  • a chess match
  • the physical jerks
  • a love letter

Who are Winston's neighbors?

  • the Ampleforth's
  • the Jonses
  • the Parsonses
  • the Smiths

Where does Winston work?

  • Pornosec section
  • Fiction Department
  • Chestnut Tree Caf
  • Ministry of Truth

Who is the enemy of Oceania?

  • Parson,
  • Goldstein
  • Stalin
  • Adolf

What is the name of the rally held everyday

  • Matins
  • Mass Hate
  • Two Minutes Hate
  • Daily Enrager

Who inspired Winston to begin his diary?

  • O'Brien
  • Syme
  • Ogilvy
  • Milton

Of what language is Syme an expert?

  • Sanskrit
  • Aramaic
  • Newspeak
  • Latin

What does Julia tell Winston in her note?

  • I am watching you
  • Beware of the Police Patrol
  • They know about you
  • I love you

What does Winston remember stealing from his mother before she disappeared?

  • a piece of chocolate
  • her favorite shawl
  • her wedding ring
  • a picture of his father

What does Winston buy from Mr. Charrington's antique shop the second time he goes there?

  • a 12-hour clock
  • a mattress
  • a glass paperweight
  • a number two pencil

What are the names of the other two superstates?

  • Afrimerica&Eurasia
  • Amerasia&Australafrica
  • Easteuropa&Afraisia
  • Eurasia&Eastasia

What simple rule does Julia follow in order to survive living under Big Brother?

  • Nothing really matters so we should do what we want
  • Follow the big rules so you can break the small ones
  • Burn them before they burn you
  • Do unto them as they do unto you

Who reports Parsons to the Thought Police?

  • his daughter
  • Katherine
  • Kipling
  • Withers

Julia is a member of what organization?

  • the Brotherhood
  • the Inner Party
  • the Junior Anti-Sex League
  • the Hate Week Committee

What is the name of the area where Winston dreams of meeting Julia?

  • the Wasteland
  • Xanadu
  • Camelot
  • The Golden Country

What does O'Brien use to force Winston to renounce his love for Julia?

  • a photograph of them in Mr. Charrington's room,
  • rats
  • a cane stick
  • a cat o'nine tails

Who are the three former Revolution leaders vaporized for crimes against Big Brother

  • Crosby, Stills, and Nash
  • McCartney, Star, and Lennon
  • Aaronson, Rutherford, and Jones
  • Clinton, Putin, and Carter

Where are prisoners taken for the third and final stag of reintegration?

  • Room 101
  • Eurasian territory
  • the prole section
  • the canteen

In whom does Winston place his faith for a future revolt against Big Brother?

  • Eastasian soldiers
  • Party children
  • the proles
  • he doesn't have believe a revolt is possible

What is the song that reintegrated prisoners hear before they are vaporized?

  • We are the World
  • It Was Only an 'opeless Fancy
  • the Hate Song
  • Under the Spreading Chestnut Tree

Where is the telescreen hidden in Mr. Charrington's upstairs room?

  • behind the print of St. Clement's Dane
  • under the bed
  • in the bookcase
  • behind the Junior Anti-Sex League banner

What is Mr. Charrington's true identity?

  • he is a member of the Inner Party
  • he is a member of the Brotherhood
  • he is a member of the Thought Police
  • he is a prole

What are the three slogans of the Party?

  • Make Love Not War, Peace Be With You, Live Long and Prosper
  • War Is Power, Enslave Yourself, Give Us Your Mind and We'll Manipulate It
  • Self-Control is the Best Control, Make Babies Not Love, Ignorance is Life
  • War Is Peace, Freedom Is Slavery, Ignorance Is Strength

What does Winston realize at the end of the novel?

  • He loves Big Brother
  • He is insane
  • He never loved Julia
  • The war is bad for party morale

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