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1984 Teaching Unit
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- If we termed this novel a “cautionary piece,” we would be saying that one of Orwell’s purposes in writing this book is to caution people about what can happen to society in the future. Assuming that this is a “cautionary piece,” of what dangers is Orwell warning us?
- In times of war or great civil unrest and danger, people are willing to give up some freedom in order to secure more protection. For example, it is conceivable that some people would be willing to give the police greater and wider powers to conduct searches in order to combat drugs. What is your opinion about freedom and security?
- Politically, socially, and militarily, what did the world look like in 1949?
- Discuss the terms “utopia” and “dystopia” and relate those terms to this novel. In your opinion, what would a utopian society of the future be like?
- Consider any of the science fiction novels or movies that you have read or seen, which are set some time in the future. How did the society in that work compare or contrast to the society in 1984? How were the heroes similar or different?
- Orwell seemed to predict some developments correctly, but he seemed to miss the mark on other developments in history and science. What did he foresee correctly? What did he see incorrectly?
- Define the term “irony” and point out at least five examples of it in this novel. Satire, which uses irony as one of its main weapons, makes fun of something in order to correct it. What, if anything, did you find humorous in the five examples you cited?
- Define the term “paradox” and, using one or two examples, discuss its function and presence in this novel.
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A teaching unit and individual learning packet from Prestwick House. Includes the following: Comprehensive chapter-by-chapter study guides for students Questions suitable for essay topics or discussion Vocabulary lists Muliple-choice and essay test with answer key Introductory material from Prestwick House to familiarize both students and teachers with the work.