Literary Terms

"This mustachioed face, whose resemblance to Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin is not coincidental, is quite literally the "poster boy" for the Party. "

Who is Big Brother.

Winston's first act of rebellion in the novel and reason he misses his lunch break at work.

What is writing in the diary.


The term given when an item or thing in a piece of literature is used as a representation of something else.

What is a symbol.


The theme best represented by the notion that the reader believes Mr. Charrington to be a good old man who runs a junk shop, but in fact turns out to be the Thoughtpolice.

What is appearance versus reality.


The country in which George Orwell was born.

What is India.


"This dark-haired 26-year old woman projects the image of a Party fanatic, but secretly reveals her sexual escapades."

Who is Julia.


The children's group which the Parson's children belong to, which teaches them to spot subversive individuals and behavior on the part of the Party.

What is the Spies.

War and Peace are two terms which if used side by side in a statement of paradoxical utterance demonstrate contrary usage.

What is an oxymoron.


Newspeak and "Politics in the English Language" are both representative of the language become narrower and less meaningful in a way that limits original thought.

What is degradation of language.


The prestigious boarding school which Orwell attended on Scholarship.

What is Eton.


A citizen of Oceania. His is an intelligent man of thirty-nine, a member of the Outer Party who has a responsible job in the Ministry of Truth. He is not entirely loyal.

Who is Winston Smith.


The government organization to which Julia belongs and is a stark symbol of chastity.

What is the Junior Anti-Sex League.


A strategy whereby a state aims to extend its control forcibly beyond its own borders over other states and peoples.

What is imperialism.


This theme is represented repeatedly through Winston writing in his diary, visiting the Prole district, and performing the sex act with Julia.

What is Personal rebellion.


The names of the two major conflicts Orwell would have witnessed being born in 1903.

What is WWI and WWII.


He works in the Research Department of the Ministry of Truth and is a small man with dark hair and large eyes. He is helping prepare a new dictionary of Newspeak which will eliminate even more words from the language.

Who is Syme.


Winston purchases this item not for its function but merely because it belongs to a time not his own and its beauty as a useless item.

What is the paperweight.


This is "apocalyptic literature" which details somber worlds.

What is dystopian.


The notion that the individual is not free is they are alone and rebelling against the party because they will not survive and their existence will be wiped from memory. However if they join the party they will be free and live immortal as the Party.

What is Freedom and Enslavement/ Free Will.


The branch of military George Orwell joined after leaving school?

What is the British Imperial Police.


Dead for thirty years. A fair-haired and self-possessed woman who dutifully took care of her children after her husband disappeared. She buys the protagonist a game of snakes and ladders.

Who is Winston's mother.


The land of Winston's memory which represents a sort of paradise and escape away from the city and Party.

What is the Golden Country.


This ideology guides the government of Oceania. The Outer Party is not allowed to own personal property; the Inner Party has it much better.

What is Ingsoc.


The notion that a character is stuck in their life completing menial and repetitive tasks and having no progression or forward movement in society. This is best represented in the text by Winston sitting in the Chesnut Tree Cafe at the end of the novel.

What is Triumph of Drudgery.

The location of Orwell's service in the police which is now modern day Myanmar as well as where he saw the effects of British imperialism.

What is Burma.

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