Chapter 1 Questions and Answers

Study Questions
1. What is the World State’s motto?

2. Why is the Director leading the students through the

3. What is the year? When would this be, using our present dating system?

4. How are people classified?

5. What is the Bokanovsky Process?

6. How are the bottled embryos moved during their gestation periods?

7. Why are some females allowed a normal, sexual development? What percentage?

8. What had happened when the maturation process had been shortened?

9. How does the introduction of Henry Foster give a businesslike feeling to the Hatchery procedure?

10. What does Lenina’s reaction to the Director’s familiarity show about their relationship?

1. The motto is “Community, Identity, Stability.”

2. The Director always personally takes new students through the Hatchery because he is very proud of his position.

3. The year is A.F. 632; by using the date that Henry Ford opened the Highland Park, Michigan factory, the date is 2546 A.D.

4. People are classified using the first five letters of the Greek alphabet: Alpha, Beta, Gamma, Delta, and Epsilon. Alpha is the highest class.

5. The Bokanovsky Process causes the budding of one fertilized egg. Up to 96 identical humans can be produced. Only the lower classes receive the Process.

6. The bottled humans are moved eight meters a day for 267 days on an assembly line.

7. The Hatchery needs a supply of female ova (eggs) for the fertilization process. Thirty percent of the female embryos are thus allowed to mature.

8. When the maturation process was shortened, the individual was mentally and socially stuck at a childlike level, unable to perform simple adult tasks.

9. Henry Foster is like an accountant. He deals with facts and figures, rather than emotions.

10. Lenina does not seem bothered by the Director’s advances. However, she does blush and her smile is referred to as deferential, which may mean submissive rather than agreeable.

Chapter 2 Questions and Answers

Study Questions
1. What is the age and social group of the infants being conditioned?

2. What is the first conditioning mechanism used? The second?

3. Why must the lower groups be conditioned to go to the country?

4. What words have become “dirty words”?

5. How is Reuben Rabinovitch able to repeat the G. B. Shaw

6. Why were early sleep-teaching experiments abandoned?

7. When was hypnopaedia first used successfully?

8. How often is each hypnopaedic lesson repeated to be successful?

9. The Director says that wordless conditioning is crude and wholesale. What reasons does he give for this?

10. Whose suggestions are incorporated into the children’s minds?

1. The infants are eight-month-old, identical Delta Bokanovsky Group babies.

2. When the babies first touch the roses and books, alarm bells, sirens, and horrible noises scare them. Then the floor under them is electrified.

3. The lower groups are the larger percentage of the population and must be conditioned to go to the country to consume transportation and sports equipment.

4. Words like mother, father, born, parents, and any intimate family relationship words have become the “dirty words” in this New World.

5. A radio was accidentally left on in Reuben’s room while he slept. The next morning he was able to repeat Shaw’s speech word for word.

6. Sleep-teaching was abandoned because children could memorize facts that way but could not relate them as knowledge. They could only repeat by rote memory.

7. Hypnopaedia was first used successfully in A.F. 214, or about 2130 in contemporary time.

8. Each lesson is repeated 120 times, three times a week, for 30 months.

9. The Director says that wordless conditioning cannot make finer distinctions or instill complex behavior.

10. The Suggestions from the State are the ones that are instilled into all young minds.

Chapter 3 Questions and Answers

Study Questions
1. What are the only new games the Controllers now approve? Why?

2. Who is the stranger who appears and startles the Director?

3. Why is Bernard Marx upset with Henry Foster’s talk?

4. What has been advised for Fanny Crowne to relieve her depression?

5. What other name is Our Ford known by? When is this name used?

6. What does Controller Mustapha Mond talk about that shocks the students?

7. Why is Fanny worried about Lenina’s dating habits?

8. Why is Bernard shunned by most people?

9. What is the purpose of Lenina’s Malthusian belt? Why must she wear it?

10. What is soma?

1. Any new games must use more equipment than any other games that exist. People must consume manufactured goods.

2. The stranger is Mustapha Mond, the Resident Controller for Western Europe. He is one of ten Controllers for the entire world.

3. Henry’s locker room talk about women, the feelies, and sexual activity—and his specific references to Lenina—upset Bernard.

4. Fanny has been advised to have a Pregnancy Substitute for three months. It should keep her healthy for three or four years.

5. Our Ford was also known as Our Freud when psychological matters were being discussed.

6. Mond makes numerous references to words like mother, father, nursing babies, families, and all words that have become smutty.

7. Fanny tells Lenina that she has been seeing Henry Foster exclusively for too long. She is even more shocked when Lenina shows interest in Bernard Marx. She advises Lenina to get out and sleep with more men.

8. Even though he is an Alpha-Plus, Bernard is shorter and more slightly built, not normal. He also enjoys being alone. Rumor says he had too much alcohol added to his blood surrogate when he was bottled.

9. Lenina’s Malthusian belt contains a plentiful supply of contraceptives. Since she is a freemartin, she is capable of becoming pregnant, which would be the ultimate shame and disgrace.

10. Soma is a constantly available drug, which is euphoric, narcotic, and pleasantly hallucinogenic. People use it in their free time or in moments of stress to supply dream trips and to keep them happy always.

Chapter 4 Questions and Answers

Study Questions
1. Where is Lenina when she tries to discuss the New Mexico trip with Bernard?

2. Why is Bernard embarrassed by Lenina’s conversation?

3. What is the difference in the way Bernard and Lenina look at the warm blue sky when they reach the roof?

4. When Benito sees that Bernard is in a bad temper, what does he offer?

5. What does Lenina say during the flight with Henry that demonstrates she is a true product of conditioning?

6. How does Bernard treat those of lower caste than he? Why?

7. What caste is Helmholtz? What is his job?

8. What does Watson ask Bernard when the two men arrive at Watson’s apartment?

9. What does Watson compare words to? Explain the comparison.

10. What does Watson quietly feel about his friend Bernard?

1. Lenina is in the lift (elevator) when she sees Bernard and openly talks about spending a week with him in New Mexico.

2. Bernard is always embarrassed by what he considers intimate conversations taking place in front of others.

3. Bernard remarks about the beauty of the sky. Lenina only sees it as a backdrop to play Obstacle Golf.

4. Benito offers Bernard soma. No one should be unhappy when the drug will bring instant contentment.

5. Lenina sees the colors of the lower castes. She repeats the conditioning phrases: “What a hideous color khaki is” and “I’m glad I’m not a Gamma.”

6. Because Bernard is not as tall as an Alpha-Plus should be, he feels insecure around the lower castes. He is always sharp and officious with those below him. He shouts at the lower-caste workers.

7. Helmholtz Watson is an Alpha-Plus. He is a lecturer on writing at the College of Emotional Engineering. He also writes various propaganda slogans and rhymes.

8. Watson asks Bernard if he ever feels that there is some sort of power inside him wanting to come out—something important to say.

9. Watson says that words are like x-rays and can pierce anything. However, he doesn’t feel he’s writing the words that can be x-rays.

10. Watson feels sorry for Bernard. He privately wishes that Bernard had more self-esteem and more pride.

Chapter 5 Questions and Answers

Study Questions
1. In what type of housing are the lower castes? How are Alphas and Betas housed?

2. What is done with the dead in the New World?

3. How does Lenina demonstrate that her childhood conditioning has been effective?

4. What does Lenina ask Henry about as she is getting ready to sleep with him?

5. When must Bernard attend his Solidarity meetings?

6. How many people are in each Solidarity Group? How are they seated?

7. Why is Bernard unhappy about sitting next to Morgana Rothschild?

8. What ritual is performed during the First Solidarity Hymn?

9. How does the Solidarity Group meeting end?

10. How does Bernard feel after the meeting?

1. The lower castes are housed in barracks, while the Alphas and Betas are on the other side of a wall in separate houses.

2. The dead are taken to the Crematorium where the bodies are burned and any valuable chemicals are recovered.

3. As Lenina flies over the lower-caste barracks, she repeats the conditioned phrases about other caste colors being ugly and how glad she is to be a Beta.

4. Lenina tells Henry how much Fanny admired her Malthusian belt and wonders where Henry bought it.

5. Bernard and everyone else must attend Solidarity Group meetings every other week. His day is Thursday.

6. There are 12 people in each Solidarity Group and they must sit man, woman, man, woman, around a circular table.

7. Morgana’s heavy black eyebrows meet over her nose and this is very distasteful to Bernard.

8. During the First Solidarity Hymn, soma tablets and ice cream are passed from person to person.

9. Solidarity Group always ends with dancing, chanting, and the six men and six women pairing off for sex.

10. Bernard feels none of the contentment and release that Solidarity Group is supposed to provide.

Chapter 6 Questions and Answers

Study Questions
1. To what does Henry Foster compare Bernard?

2. What does Bernard want Lenina to do on their first afternoon together?

3. When Bernard and Lenina meet her friends in Amsterdam, how does he behave?

4. How does Bernard frighten Lenina during their return over the Channel?

5. What is the Director’s attitude toward Bernard’s trip to the Reservation?

6. What does the Director sometimes dream about regarding his experience at the Reservation?

7. How does the Director threaten Bernard for his reported behavior?

8. What are Bernard’s only thoughts during the Warden’s lecture?

9. How does Bernard react when he hears the Director has made good on his threat of exile?

10. How does the Gamma pilot refer to the Savages and the Reservation? What word does he keep using?

1. Foster calls Bernard a rhinoceros who has not been affected by conditioning.

2. Bernard wants to take Lenina to the Lake District to walk and talk alone.

3. Bernard sits at the ice cream bar and sulks, refusing to take soma or enjoy himself in any way.

4. Bernard frightens Lenina by dropping very close to the dark waves of the Channel and turning off the engine to hover quietly above them.

5. The Director does not want to give his permission for Ber-nard’s trip, but he cannot go against Mustapha Mond’s signature.

6. The Director sometimes dreams about not being able to find the girl he took to the Reservation, and the search in the thunderstorm.

7. The Director says that if any more reports come in Bernard will be exiled to Iceland.

8. All Bernard can think about is calling Helmholtz to have him turn off the cologne tap in Bernard’s flat because it will be so expensive.

9. Bernard is outraged that this could be done to him. Then he begins to think of a way to get his revenge.

10. The Gamma pilot refers to everything on the Reservation as funny, whether it is the dead animals along the fence or the Savages. He says the Savages are tame but funny.

Chapter 7 Questions and Answers

Study Questions
1. Why doesn’t Lenina like the Indian guide?

2. To what does Lenina compare the top of the mesa?

3. What shocks Lenina about the old man?

4. How does Bernard try to appear strong and brave?

5. Of what do the drums remind Lenina?

6. How does the new Savage appear different?

7. What about Lenina fascinates the blonde Indian?

8. Why is Bernard so excited with the answers the Savage gives to his questions?

9. Why was Linda segregated and shunned by the rest of the pueblo?

10. What can the reader infer Linda hopes will happen now?

1. The Indian...

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Chapter 8 Questions and Answers

Study Questions
1. What is one of John’s earliest memories?

2. What do the women do to Linda in the weaving room? Why?

3. How do the women punish Linda for her promiscuity?

4. When John calls Linda “Mother,” what does she do? What does he always call her after that?

5. Why does John often turn to the old men of the tribe?

6. Why is John always in ragged clothes? What is his solace?

7. What book does Popé bring for John?

8. What does Mitsima teach John?

9. What does John do when he is denied the initiation rite?

10. When Bernard offers to take John to London, what does John ask?


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Chapter 9 Questions and Answers

Study Questions
1. How does Lenina handle the disgust of her visit to the Reservation when she returns to the guest house?

2. Does Bernard sleep? Why?

3. Whom does Bernard call from Santa Fe? Why?

4. What does Mond do when he receives Bernard’s call?

5. Why does Bernard treat the Warden the way he does?

6. How does John feel when he comes to the rest house?

7. Why does John break the window?

8. How does John handle Lenina’s clothes and make-up?

9. Does John touch the sleeping Lenina? Why?

10. What causes John to leave?

1. Lenina takes enough soma...

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Chapter 10 Questions and Answers

Study Questions
1. To what does the Director compare the Bloomsbury Centre?

2. Why does the Director choose the Fertilizing Room to meet Bernard?

3. Why is it important that high-caste workers are witnesses?

4. How does Bernard begin the meeting?

5. Of what does the Director accuse Bernard?

6. What is to be Bernard’s punishment?

7. How does Linda try to act toward the Director?

8. What is the reaction in the room to Linda’s revelation?

9. What is the reaction to John’s calling the Director his father?

10. How does the Director leave?

1. The Director calls...

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Chapter 11 Questions and Answers

Study Questions
1. Why does everyone want to meet John?

2. What is Linda’s existence now? What will eventually happen to her?

3. How does Bernard make himself more self-important?

4. How does society label John?

5. What effect does the visit to the Electrical Equipment Corporation have on John?

6. What does Bernard do during the visit to Eton?

7. What are the only books in Eton’s library? Why?

8. Why does Bernard want Lenina to take the Savage to the feelies?

9. What is the Savage’s reaction to the feely?

10. Why is Lenina disappointed at the end of the chapter?


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Chapter 12 Questions and Answers

Study Questions
1. What important person has Bernard invited to his reception? Why?

2. How do the people at the reception feel when the Savage doesn’t appear?

3. How does Lenina feel?

4. What is the Savage reading? Why?

5. How does Bernard cope with the failure of the evening?

6. To whom does Bernard try to turn?

7. What is Helmholtz’s situation? Why?

8. What happens when Bernard tries to interrupt Helmholtz and the Savage?

9. What makes Helmholtz laugh at Romeo and Juliet?

10. What does Helmholtz say his society needs?


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Chapter 13 Questions and Answers

Study Questions
1. What does Henry Foster recommend for Lenina’s condition?

2. Because she is upset, what does Lenina forget?

3. What does Fanny advise Lenina?

4. Whom had John been expecting when Lenina visits him?

5. What does John do when he sees Lenina?

6. What does John want to do for Lenina?

7. What does Lenina try to do to seduce John?

8. What idea does Lenina find horrible?

9. What does John finally do to Lenina?

10. What distracts John from his murderous rage?

1. Henry recommends that Lenina have a Pregnancy Substitute or a Violent Passion...

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Chapter 14 Questions and Answers

Study Questions
1. What is Ward 81 like?

2. What shocks and embarrasses the nurse?

3. In what condition is Linda?

4. What are John’s first memories as he sits at Linda’s bedside?

5. What disturbs the Savage’s memories?

6. How does the Savage react when one boy squeezes up beside him?

7. How does the nurse try to pacify the children?

8. Whose name does Linda speak? What does this do to John?

9. What upsets the nurse when the Savage shouts for her to come to Linda?

10. How does the Savage leave the ward?

1. Ward 81 is synthetically pleasing with music,...

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Chapter 15 Questions and Answers

Study Questions
1. Why isn’t the Savage aware of the crowd around him?

2. How do the Delta twins react to the Savage’s pushing through?

3. To what does the Savage compare the Delta twins?

4. What does the Deputy Sub-Bursar threaten if the group doesn’t settle down?

5. What does the Savage do with the soma boxes?

6. Whom does the Sub-Bursar call? Why?

7. What does Helmholtz do at the hospital?

8. Why are the Delta twins truly upset?

9. How do the police subdue the crowd?

10. What does the Sergeant do?

1. The Savage is grief-stricken and remorseful...

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Chapter 16 Questions and Answers

Study Questions
1. When Bernard, Helmholtz, and the Savage are ushered into Mond’s office, how does each place himself?

2. How does Mond greet the Savage?

3. Why are things like Shakespeare’s plays prohibited?

4. Why can’t Othello be rewritten?

5. Why can’t a world of Alphas be created?

6. What proved that an Alpha society would fail?

7. Why are some labor-saving devices not put to use?

8. What is Bernard’s reaction to exile?

9. What event changed people’s ideas about truth and beauty?

10. For what does Helmholtz ask? Where is he to be sent?


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Chapter 17 Questions and Answers

Study Questions
1. In the New World, where is God and where is Ford?

2. To whom does Mond compare Cardinal Newman?

3. Whose property does Newman say man is?

4. When does de Biran say man finds God?

5. When does Mond say man can be independent from God?

6. What attitude of society does Mond say keeps the wheels turning?

7. What has society done with what the Savage calls the “slings and arrows of outrageous fortune”?

8. When the Savage thinks of unpleasant things, what does he remember?

9. What replaces living dangerously?

10. What does the Savage choose?


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Chapter 18 Questions and Answers

Study Questions
1. What is the Savage doing when Bernard and Helmholtz come to say goodbye?

2. When do the two men leave to begin their exile?

3. What does the Savage plan to do? Why?

4. Where does the Savage go for his self-exile?

5. How does the Savage spend his first night at the lighthouse?

6. Of what do the seven skyscrapers that are floodlit at night remind the Savage?

7. How is the Savage’s place found?

8. What does the reporter from The Hourly Radio try to do? What happens to him?

9. What does Darwin Bonaparte do with his film of the Savage?

10. How does the Savage pay for what he...

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