A Quiz On George Orwell's 1984 Part I

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A Quiz On George Orwells 1984 Part I - Quiz

Have you ever perused the book “1984” by George Orwell? This quiz is based on Part One of the novel. This quiz inquires about your knowledge of the story. You will be given questions like, after writing “down with big brother,” who knocks on Winston’s door, is there any hope, who is Comrade Ogilvy, and how does the government try to control everybody. You should take this quiz because big brother is watching.


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 in an effort 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 tone of dystopia and introduces the idea that something is not quite right in this society. The mention of the clocks striking thirteen suggests a world where time is manipulated and controlled, which aligns with the statement that the society manipulates all aspects of its population's lives.

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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.

      B & C

    Correct Answer
    E. B & C
    Explanation
    Winston takes the stairs up to his flat instead of taking the lift because there is no electricity due to the economic drive and preparations for Hate Week. Additionally, the lift is seldom working.

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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 a combination of methods. Firstly, they use telescreens which can hear and see people's every move, ensuring constant surveillance. Secondly, they have Police Patrols that look into people's windows, further invading their privacy. Thirdly, they employ the thought police, who monitor and punish any dissenting thoughts or beliefs. Lastly, they use children as spies to report on their parents, creating a culture of fear and mistrust. All of these methods work together to exert 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
    Winston's address is Victory Mansions, located in London, in the region known as Air-Strip One, which is part of the superstate 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 Ministry of Truth is the correct answer given.

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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 answer is supported by the fact that the other options do not mention anything about going to the movies, while this option specifically states that it was the last night to the flicks. This suggests that Winston's first entry in the forbidden journal was about his experience at the movies on April 4th, 1984.

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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
    At The Two Minutes Hate, various intense activities occur such as the face of Emmanuel Goldstein flashing onto 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 might have overheard Winston's rebellious thoughts and is reporting him to the authorities, specifically the Thought Police. This event highlights the constant surveillance and lack of privacy in the dystopian society depicted in the novel.

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  • 10. 

    The children call Winston a Eurasion spy, threaten to vaporize him, and are upset about not being able to go 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 go see a hanging. This suggests that public executions, specifically hangings, are a common form of entertainment or spectacle in their society. The fact that they are disappointed about missing out on this event indicates a disturbing normalization of violence and a lack of empathy towards human life.

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  • 11. 

    Victories over your own 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 using language that deliberately disguises, distorts, or reverses the meaning of words. It involves the ability to hold and believe contradictory opinions simultaneously, as well as using logic against logic. This concept is closely related to the idea of "victories over your own memories" and "reality control" mentioned in the question, as it implies manipulating language and information to control and manipulate people's perception of reality.

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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 and was invented by Winston to fulfill a propaganda purpose.

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  • 13. 

    What is NOT true 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
    Syme is described as working on the eleventh edition of the Newspeak dictionary, asking Winston if he has any razor blades, being too intelligent and therefore feared to be vaporized, and lacking discretion. However, there is no mention of Syme admiring Parsons.

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  • 14. 

    What is NOT true 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
    The statement "Winston says she was smart and classy" is not true about Katherine. According to Winston, she was tall, fair-haired, very straight, with splendid movements, and a frigid sex partner who only wanted sex once a week to fulfill their duty to the Party.

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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 suggests that if there is any hope, it lies with the Proles. This implies that the Proles, who are the working class in George Orwell's novel 1984, have the potential to bring about change and challenge the oppressive regime. They are seen as a powerful force due to their sheer numbers and potential for rebellion. Therefore, the answer implies that the Proles may hold the key to hope and freedom in the dystopian society portrayed in the novel.

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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 individuals who played significant roles in the Revolution and managed to survive until the end. The other options, such as being friends of O'Brien or fictional characters created by Winston, do not align with the given information that they were actual historical figures who were part of the Revolution. Additionally, there is no mention of them being musicians employed by the Ministry of Peace.

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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
    The correct answer is freedom because being able to say that 2+2=4 represents the freedom of expression and the ability to think logically and independently. It signifies the freedom to arrive at a correct conclusion based on evidence and reasoning.

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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 are not closely monitored by the Party. They have more freedom and access to information compared to the Party members. The abandoned, forbidden libraries and the Ministry of Truth are controlled by the Party and would not provide accurate information about the past.

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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
    Proles and animals have in common the characteristic of being free. This implies that both groups are not subjected to the same level of control and oppression as other social classes. In the dystopian society depicted in George Orwell's novel "1984," the proles represent the lower class, who are allowed more freedom and are not closely monitored by the Party. Similarly, animals are often associated with freedom, as they are not bound by societal expectations and constraints.

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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 paperweight holds significance for Winston as it symbolizes a connection to the past and a sense of beauty and uniqueness in a world that suppresses individuality. It also serves as a hidden place to hide the forbidden journal, allowing Winston to keep his rebellious thoughts and actions concealed from the watchful eyes of the Party.

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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. The absence of a telescreen in the room upstairs provides a sense of privacy and freedom from constant surveillance, which is a rare and valuable commodity in Winston's world. It represents a space where he can potentially engage in forbidden activities and express his true thoughts without being monitored or punished.

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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
    Winston sees the dark-haired girl from the fiction department as he leaves Charrington's shop. This suggests that she has been watching him and possibly reporting on his activities to the thought police. It also implies that she may have a significant role in the surveillance and control of individuals in the dystopian society depicted in the novel.

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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 a member of the Inner Party and Winston trusts him as a fellow rebel against the oppressive regime of Big Brother. O'Brien is seen as someone who shares Winston's desire for freedom and is willing to help him in his rebellion against the Party. Therefore, Winston believes that O'Brien is the one communicating with him through the image.

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  • 24. 

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

    • A.

      It seems to be hypnotizing him into submission.

    • B.

      He cannot remember the last verse.

    • C.

      The dark-haired girl was humming it.

    • D.

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

    • E.

      It makes him nauseous.

    Correct Answer
    B. 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 is something unsettling about the song, as it is causing him to forget a part of it. This could imply that there is a hidden message or meaning behind the song that Winston is unable to fully comprehend or recall, adding to his overall sense of unease and suspicion.

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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 is correct because it accurately completes the given war slogans. The first slogan "War is" is completed with "Peace," indicating that war is the absence of peace. The second slogan "Freedom is" is not provided, so it remains incomplete. The third slogan "Ignorance is" is completed with "Slavery," suggesting that ignorance leads to being enslaved or controlled. Lastly, the fourth slogan "Peace is" is not provided, so it remains incomplete. The fifth option "Right. Truth. Strength." does not match any of the given slogans, so it is incorrect.

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