George Orwell's 1984 Part I Quiz!

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You need to take this George Orwell's 1984 part I quiz today if you wish to brush up on what you know about this famous book! In George Orwell's 1984, Winston Smith wrestles with oppression in Oceania place where Big Brother scrutinizes everything. Winston, who is the main protagonist, dares to express his thoughts in a diary and pursues a relationship with Julia, which does not board well with many. Take up the test below and see how well you remember the book and the characters!


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    This society manipulates all aspects of its population's lives. In the first sentence, the author immediately sets the tone of the novel with which opening line?

    • A.

      It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen.

    • B.

      Winston Smith, his chin nuzzled into his breast to escape the vile wind, slipped quickly through the glass doors of Victory Mansions.

    • C.

      The hallway smelt of boiled cabbage and old rag mats.

    • D.

      Big Brother is watching you.

    • E.

      Winston kept his back turned from the Telescreen.

    Correct Answer
    A. It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen.
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen." This opening line sets a dystopian tone for the novel by immediately introducing a sense of unease and the abnormality of the clocks striking thirteen. It suggests that this society is controlled to the extent that even time is manipulated, creating a sense of oppression and control over the population.

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  • 2. 

    What is the reason Winston takes the stairs up to his flat, rather than taking the "lift?"

    • A.

      He's afraid of confined spaces.

    • B.

      There is no electricity due to the economic drive and preparations for Hate Week.

    • C.

      It is seldom working.

    • D.

      He wishes to avoid seeing the Big Brother poster.

    • E.

      A & B

    • F.

      B & C

    • G.

      A & C

    Correct Answer
    F. B & C
    Explanation
    Winston takes the stairs up to his flat rather than taking the "lift" because there is no electricity due to the economic drive and preparations for Hate Week, and the lift is seldom working. This suggests that the lift is not a reliable mode of transportation, and Winston prefers to avoid any potential inconvenience or delay caused by the lift. Additionally, by taking the stairs, he can also avoid seeing the Big Brother poster, which he may find unsettling or disturbing. Therefore, the reasons for Winston taking the stairs instead of the lift are both the lack of electricity and the unreliability of the lift.

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  • 3. 

    How does the government try to control everybody? 

    • A.

      Through the use of Telescreens which hear and see your every move.

    • B.

      By having Police Patrols look into people's windows.

    • C.

      The thought police.

    • D.

      Use of children who act as spies and report their parents.

    • E.

      All of the above.

    Correct Answer
    E. All of the above.
    Explanation
    The government in this scenario tries to control everybody through various means. Telescreens are used to monitor people's actions and conversations, infringing on their privacy. Police Patrols looking into people's windows further invades their personal space. The thought police ensures that citizens conform to the government's ideology by suppressing any dissenting thoughts. Additionally, the government uses children as spies to report on their parents' activities, creating a climate of fear and mistrust. Therefore, all of the options mentioned contribute to the government's control over the population.

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  • 4. 

    What is Winston's address? Where does he live?

    • A.

      Victory Mansion, Air-Strip One, Eastasia.

    • B.

      Victory Mansions, Air-Strip One, Germany, Eurasia.

    • C.

      Victory Mansions, London, Air-Strip One, Oceania.

    Correct Answer
    C. Victory Mansions, London, Air-Strip One, Oceania.
    Explanation
    The correct answer is Victory Mansions, London, Air-Strip One, Oceania. This is because the question asks for Winston's address and where he lives, and this answer provides the specific location of Victory Mansions in London, which is in Air-Strip One, Oceania.

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  • 5. 

    Where does Winston work?

    • A.

      Ministry of Truth

    • B.

      Ministry of Plenty

    • C.

      Ministry of Love

    • D.

      Ministry of Peace

    Correct Answer
    A. Ministry of Truth
    Explanation
    Winston works at the Ministry of Truth. This is evident from the fact that the question asks for his workplace, and the answer "Ministry of Truth" is provided. The other options, Ministry of Plenty, Ministry of Love, and Ministry of Peace, are not relevant to Winston's workplace. Therefore, the correct answer is Ministry of Truth.

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  • 6. 

    What is the first thing Winston writes in the forbidden journal?

    • A.

      April 4th, 1984. I'm not sure this is even the correct date.

    • B.

      April 4th, 1984. Down with Big Brother! Down with Big Brother! Down with Big Brother!

    • C.

      April 4th, 1984. Last night to the flicks.

    • D.

      April 4th, 1984. I need to connect with O'Brien.

    • E.

      April 4th, 1984. typical prole reaction they never--

    Correct Answer
    C. April 4th, 1984. Last night to the flicks.
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "April 4th, 1984. Last night to the flicks." This is the first thing Winston writes in the forbidden journal because it shows his desire to rebel against the oppressive regime of Big Brother and engage in activities that are prohibited. It also suggests his longing for a sense of normalcy and escapism through entertainment, as going to the movies is a forbidden pleasure in this dystopian society.

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  • 7. 

    The bold-faced dark-haired girl with the Junior Anti-Sex League sash has what effect on Winston? Choose the best answer.

    • A.

      She unnerves him, baffles him, frustrates him.

    • B.

      She intrigues him, entices him, confuses him.

    • C.

      She enlightens him, calms him, soothes him.

    • D.

      She disgusts him, scares him, excites him.

    Correct Answer
    D. She disgusts him, scares him, excites him.
  • 8. 

    Which of the following does NOT occur at The Two Minutes Hate?

    • A.

      The face of Emmanuel Goldstein flashes onto the screen.

    • B.

      People scream and throw things.

    • C.

      People are prostrate with prayer for Big Brother.

    • D.

      There is hypnotic-like chants for Big Brother.

    • E.

      People inflict pain on each other.

    Correct Answer
    E. People inflict pain on each other.
    Explanation
    During The Two Minutes Hate, various intense activities take place, including the flashing of Emmanuel Goldstein's face on the screen, people screaming and throwing things, people being prostrate with prayer for Big Brother, and hypnotic-like chants for Big Brother. However, there is no mention of people inflicting pain on each other during this event.

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  • 9. 

    After writing "Down with Big Brother," who knocks on Winston's door?

    • A.

      The Thought Police

    • B.

      Mr. Parsons

    • C.

      Mrs. Parsons

    • D.

      Syme

    • E.

      Tillotson

    Correct Answer
    C. Mrs. Parsons
    Explanation
    After writing "Down with Big Brother," Mrs. Parsons knocks on Winston's door. This suggests that Mrs. Parsons is a member of the Thought Police or is somehow associated with them. It also implies that Mrs. Parsons may have been spying on Winston or is aware of his rebellious thoughts and actions. This event adds to the atmosphere of constant surveillance and fear in the dystopian society depicted in the novel.

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  • 10. 

    The children call Winston a Eurasian spy, threaten to vaporize him, and are upset about not being able to see what?

    • A.

      The movies in Victory Square

    • B.

      Their father at work

    • C.

      A hanging

    • D.

      A parade

    • E.

      Spy training

    Correct Answer
    C. A hanging
    Explanation
    The children are upset about not being able to see a hanging. This suggests that public executions are a form of entertainment or spectacle in their society, and the children are disappointed to miss out on this gruesome event. This detail also highlights the dark and oppressive nature of the society in which Winston lives, where violence and control are normalized.

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  • 11. 

    Victories over your memories or "Reality control" or  To know and not to know, to use logic against logic, to hold and believe simultaneously two contradictory opinions, is known as what?

    • A.

      Vaporization

    • B.

      Newspeak

    • C.

      Ingsoc

    • D.

      Doublespeak

    • E.

      Physical jerks

    Correct Answer
    D. Doublespeak
    Explanation
    Doublespeak refers to the act of holding and believing two contradictory opinions simultaneously, as well as using logic against logic. It involves manipulating language to deceive or confuse people, often used in political or bureaucratic contexts to obscure the truth. This concept is related to the idea of "victories over your memories" and "reality control" mentioned in the question, as it involves distorting or manipulating reality through language.

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  • 12. 

    Comrade Ogilvy is:

    • A.

      A fellow worker in the Fiction Department.

    • B.

      A war hero-turned-traitor who evaded capture and disappeared.

    • C.

      Winston's neighbor in the Records Department.

    • D.

      A fictitious person created by Winston for a rewritten Times article.

    Correct Answer
    D. A fictitious person created by Winston for a rewritten Times article.
    Explanation
    Comrade Ogilvy is a fictitious person created by Winston for a rewritten Times article. This means that Comrade Ogilvy does not actually exist, but was invented by Winston as a fictional character for the purpose of altering historical records. This demonstrates the extent of Winston's involvement in manipulating information and creating propaganda in the dystopian society of the novel.

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  • 13. 

    What is not right about Syme?

    • A.

      He is working on the eleventh edition of the Newspeak dictionary.

    • B.

      He asks Winston if he has any razor blades.

    • C.

      He is too intelligent and therefore Winston believes he'll be vaporized.

    • D.

      He lacks discretion.

    • E.

      He admires Parsons.

    Correct Answer
    E. He admires Parsons.
    Explanation
    There is no evidence in the text that Syme admires Parsons. Parsons is depicted as a fervent party supporter but is largely oblivious and not particularly intelligent. Syme’s admiration or opinions about Parsons are not discussed, making this statement incorrect within the context of Orwell's narrative.

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  • 14. 

    What is not right about Katherine?

    • A.

      She and Winston were/are married.

    • B.

      Winston says she was tall, fair-haired, very straight, with splendid movements.

    • C.

      Winston says she was smart and classy.

    • D.

      Winston says she was a frigid sex partner, only wanting sex once a week to fulfill their duty to the Party.

    Correct Answer
    C. Winston says she was smart and classy.
    Explanation
    Winston's statement about Katherine being smart and classy is not accurate because he also mentions that she was a frigid sex partner, only wanting sex once a week to fulfill their duty to the Party. This contradicts the idea of her being classy, as it implies a lack of emotional and physical intimacy in their relationship.

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  • 15. 

    Complete the sentence: If there is hope it lies with__________.

    • A.

      Prayer

    • B.

      Submission

    • C.

      Emmanuel Goldstein

    • D.

      The Proles

    • E.

      None of the above. There is no hope.

    Correct Answer
    D. The Proles
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "The Proles." This answer suggests that if there is any hope, it can be found within the Proles, who are the working class in George Orwell's novel, 1984. The Proles are portrayed as the majority of the population and have the potential to rise up against the oppressive regime. Their ignorance and lack of awareness make them a possible source of hope for change and resistance against the ruling party.

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  • 16. 

    Who were Jones, Aaronson, and Rutherford?

    • A.

      Among the last survivors of the original leaders of the Revolution.

    • B.

      Friends of O'Brien.

    • C.

      Fictional characters created by Winston in a Times rewrite.

    • D.

      Musicians employed by the Ministry of Peace.

    Correct Answer
    A. Among the last survivors of the original leaders of the Revolution.
    Explanation
    Jones, Aaronson, and Rutherford were among the last survivors of the original leaders of the Revolution. This means that they were part of a group of individuals who played significant roles in the Revolution, but most of them had already passed away. They were important figures in the history of the Revolution, and their survival made them notable.

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  • 17. 

    Choose the best answer: To be able to say that 2+2=4 represents _____________.

    • A.

      Freedom

    • B.

      Abandonment of Ownlife

    • C.

      A rejection of Individualism

    • D.

      All of the above

    • E.

      Complicity

    Correct Answer
    A. Freedom
    Explanation
    In 1984, the protagonist Winston's affirmation that "2+2=4" is a declaration of the freedom to assert truth as it is, not as what others say it should be. It is a mental assertion of freedom from the Party's control.

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  • 18. 

    If one wanted to learn more about the past, where would he go?

    • A.

      To the abandoned, forbidden libraries.

    • B.

      To the Prole sector.

    • C.

      To the Ministry of Truth.

    Correct Answer
    B. To the Prole sector.
    Explanation
    The Prole sector would be the best place to learn more about the past because the Proles are the working class citizens who have not been subjected to the Party's strict control and manipulation. They are more likely to have preserved their own history and knowledge, providing a more accurate and unbiased account of the past. The abandoned, forbidden libraries and the Ministry of Truth are controlled by the Party and would likely contain propaganda and altered information.

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  • 19. 

    What do Proles and animals have in common?

    • A.

      They are free.

    • B.

      They are regularly sacrificed.

    • C.

      They are stupid.

    • D.

      They are easily trained.

    Correct Answer
    A. They are free.
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "They are free." Both Proles and animals are described as being free, meaning they are not under the control or influence of the Party. This highlights the theme of oppression and control in the novel, where the Party exerts complete dominance over the citizens of Oceania, except for the Proles and animals who are relatively free from their control.

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  • 20. 

    What does Winston purchase from the junk shop where he previously had purchased the journal?

    • A.

      Some black dye to color his hair.

    • B.

      A turquoise gem that reminds him of his mother.

    • C.

      Three packages of razor blades.

    • D.

      An old LIFE magazine.

    • E.

      A coral paperweight.

    Correct Answer
    E. A coral paperweight.
    Explanation
    Winston purchases a coral paperweight from the junk shop where he previously bought the journal. This item holds sentimental value for him as it reminds him of his mother. The coral paperweight serves as a symbol of Winston's longing for the past and his desire to hold onto memories and emotions that are being suppressed by the oppressive society he lives in.

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  • 21. 

    What is it about the room upstairs that fascinates Winston?

    • A.

      It does not have a telescreen.

    • B.

      It looks just like his mother's old room.

    • C.

      It contains a secret staircase.

    • D.

      It cannot be seen from the outside.

    Correct Answer
    A. It does not have a telescreen.
    Explanation
    Winston is fascinated by the room upstairs because it does not have a telescreen. In the dystopian society depicted in the novel, telescreens are omnipresent surveillance devices that monitor and control the citizens' every move. The absence of a telescreen in the room upstairs represents a rare opportunity for privacy and freedom from constant surveillance. It is a symbol of escape from the oppressive regime and a glimpse of the past, where one could have personal space without being monitored.

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  • 22. 

    Who does Winston see as he leaves Charrington's shop?

    • A.

      A woman who reminds him of his mother.

    • B.

      A woman that IS his mother!

    • C.

      The dark-haired girl from the fiction department.

    • D.

      Tom Parsons.

    • E.

      The thought police.

    Correct Answer
    C. The dark-haired girl from the fiction department.
    Explanation
    As Winston leaves Charrington's shop, he sees the dark-haired girl from the fiction department. This is significant because Winston is attracted to her and has developed feelings for her throughout the novel. Seeing her outside of their usual encounters in the office suggests that their connection may go beyond their shared rebellious thoughts against the Party.

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  • 23. 

    Who does Winston believe says to him in an image, "We shall meet in the place where there is no darkness?"

    • A.

      Charrington

    • B.

      Syme

    • C.

      O'Brien

    • D.

      Tillotson

    • E.

      Big Brother

    Correct Answer
    C. O'Brien
    Explanation
    Winston believes that O'Brien says to him in an image, "We shall meet in the place where there is no darkness." This is because O'Brien is portrayed as a member of the Inner Party and a high-ranking member of the Party's secret police, known as the Thought Police. Winston sees O'Brien as someone who is rebellious against the Party and secretly sympathetic to the resistance movement. Therefore, Winston believes that O'Brien is reaching out to him through the image, offering him a chance to join the resistance and escape the darkness of the Party's control.

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  • 24. 

    What bothers Winston about the nursery rhyme song in his head?

    • A.

      The dark-haired girl was humming it.

    • B.

      It seems to be a secret code and he needs to figure it out.

    • C.

      It makes him nauseous.

    • D.

      It seems to be hypnotizing him into submission.

    • E.

      He cannot remember the last verse.

    Correct Answer
    E. He cannot remember the last verse.
    Explanation
    Winston is bothered by the fact that he cannot remember the last verse of the nursery rhyme song in his head. This suggests that there may be something significant or important about the missing verse. It could be a clue or a piece of information that Winston needs to uncover or understand. The fact that he cannot remember it may create a sense of frustration or unease for him, as he feels like he is missing a crucial piece of the puzzle.

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  • 25. 

    The War Slogans are: War is_____ Freedom is _____ Ignorance is _______

    • A.

      Inevitable. Seldom. Slavery.

    • B.

      Peace. Seldom. Slavery.

    • C.

      Peace. Slavery. Strength.

    • D.

      Peace, Strength. Slavery.

    • E.

      Right. Truth. Strength.

    Correct Answer
    C. Peace. Slavery. Strength.
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "Peace. Slavery. Strength." This answer aligns with the given war slogans. "War is inevitable" implies that peace is the opposite of war, so "Peace" is the first word. "Freedom is seldom" suggests that slavery is the opposite of freedom, so "Slavery" is the second word. Lastly, "Ignorance is slavery" implies that strength is the opposite of ignorance, so "Strength" is the third word.

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