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Boredom Be Gone: Lesson 19- “1984”: Book 2, Chapters 9 and 10

Updated on May 11, 2020

Study Guide Questions, Book 2, Chapters 9 and 10

1. Why does Orwell include so much detail from Goldstein‘s book?

2. What three classes have always existed, and in what ways have they changed?

3. What is the purpose of war in the society of 1984?

4. What are two of the Party’s goals, and with what two problems are they most concerned?

5. How and why are the governments of the three super powers alike?

6. Explain how the slogan “War is peace” makes some kind of sense in the world of 1984.

7. What are the goals of the three groups?

8. What changed in the 19th century?

9. How did socialism change in the 20th century?

10. List the four ways an elite group loses power.

11. How does the Inner Party ensure that it will remain in power?

12. How is class determined in 1984?

13. What is doublethink, and how does it serve the ruling class?

14. Why will this ruling class survive while earlier tyrants did not?

15. What does Winston realize about the common people?

16. What does the glass paperweight signify?


Next assignment: read Book 3, chapters 1 and two ( Since this is a rather short assignment, Study Guide questions for this assignment will be posted in a couple of days.)

Answers to Study Guide questions, Book 2, Chapters 4-8


Book 2, Chapters 4-6


1. Orwell mentions an oil stove, a saucepan, cups, coffee, sugar, white bread, milk, makeup, an old-fashioned clock, and an old, fat, singing woman.

2. Winston is terrified of rats. Julia doesn’t seem to care about them.

3. The church bells represent rhyme for Winston.

4. The coral paperweight symbolizes their lives within the room.

5. Syme has disappeared.

6. The Inner Party builds spirit for Hate Week with the “Hate Song”, banners, posters, and streamers.

7. Julia refuses to believe in an underground opposition and, unlike Winston, she realizes that everything is lies.

8. O’Brien invites Winston to his house, where he gives him a new addition of the Newspeak Dictionary.

Book 2, Chapters 7 and 8

1. Winston realizes that his mother loved him, but that he was too “young and selfish” to love her. He blames himself for her death.

2. Winston’s dream teaches than him that he had neither love nor loyalty, but his mother did.

3. In 1984 society, “What you say or do does not matter.” The only thing that matters is feelings.

4. Inner Party Members can turn their TVs on and off, have servants, get good food and live in a structure that is more like a house than an apartment.

5. O’Brien asks Julia and Winston, “What are you prepared to do?”

6. O’Brien tells Julia and Winston that the brotherhood does exist but that it’s more of an idea rather than a physical entity.

7. O’Brien will get the book to Winston in a briefcase.



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