Part 2, Chapter 9 Questions and Answers
- What announcement is made during the Hate Week demonstration in the square?
- What has Winston been doing that has kept him from reading the book for six days?
- What three groups of people have existed throughout human history according to Goldstein’s book?
- What are the two aims of the Party?
- What are the two great problems that the Party wants to solve?
- What, according to Goldstein, is the primary aim of modern warfare?
- What is crimestop?
- What is blackwhite?
- What does Goldstein say lies at the very heart of Ingsoc?
- For what two reasons does the Party find it necessary to alter the past?
- The announcement is made that Oceania is at war with Eastasia and allied with Eurasia.
- Winston has been working eighteen hours a day altering records to reflect that Oceania has always been at war with Eastasia.
- The three groups are the Low, the Middle, and the High.
- The two aims of the Party are “conquering the entire surface of the earth and extinguishing once and for all the possibility of independent thought.”
- The two great problems the Party wants to solve are “how to discover what another person is thinking and how to kill several hundred million people in a few seconds without them having any warning.”
- The primary aim of modern warfare is to keep the masses powerless by continually using up the wealth and resources that could be used to raise their standard of living.
- Crimestop is a Newspeak term for the ability to stop oneself from thinking a heretical thought.
- Blackwhite is a Newspeak term that, when applied to a Party member, is meant as praise for the willingness to believe, if the Party demands it, that black is white and always has been. When applied to an enemy, the term means the opposite: to claim that black is white against Party doctrine.
- Goldstein says that what lies at the very heart of Ingsoc is doublethink.
- The Party alters the past in order to convince people that they are better off than their ancestors. It also alters the past in order to present an image of itself as infallible, as changes in doctrine, policy, or alliance are seen as signs of weakness.