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After reading both articles- Happy New Year It's 1984 and Learning to Love Big Brother- answer the following questions.  Turn in your responses. This counts as a quiz grade.

Learning to Love Big Brother- Answer the following questions

 

 

  1. What does the writer mean when he writes, “Can a sitting president be charged with plagiarism?”

 

 

 

  1. What does the writer mean that Bush’s war has become almost “amorphous”?

 

 

  1. According to the writer how long will the war continue?

 

 

  1. What examples does the writer offer to show how the Bush administration is guilty of the same crimes as The Ministry of Truth in 1984?

 

 

 

  1. An omnipresent and all-powerful leader, Big Brother commanded the total, unquestioning support of the people. He was both adored and feared, and no one dared speak out against him, lest they be met by the wrath of the state.  Does the writer believe that Bush is an infalliable leader like Big Brother?  What evidence does he offer?

 

 

 

  1. The ever-watchful eye of Big Brother kept constant tabs on the citizens of Orwell's totalitarian state- In what ways does Big Brother watch American citizens?

 

 

  1. Charged with eradicating dissent and ferreting out resistance, the ever- present Thought Police described in "1984" carefully monitored all unorthodox or potentially subversive thoughts. What examples of this does the writer offer in our own society?

 

 

  1. According to the writer, “We have been asked to put our blind faith in government and most of us have done so with patriotic fervor.” Do you agree or disagree?

 

 

  1. What would it take to turn America into the kind of society that Orwell warned about, a society that envisions war as peace, freedom as slavery and ignorance as strength? What is the writer’s opinion on this? Do you agree or disagree?

 

Happy New Year: It’s 1984-  Answer the following questions.

 

  1. According to this article, 1984 has arrived.  For each heading below, identify the specific examples that the writer provides to illustrate that 1984 has indeed arrived:

 

1984

Today

WAR IS PEACE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FREEDOM IS SLAVERY

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IGNORANCE IS STRENGTH

 

 

2. What does the writer say will save America from becoming another 1984?

 

3. After reading and thinking about both articles, what is your opinion?  Do you think that we are heading for a world like the one in 1984 or do you think that given our world today, 1984 could never happen?  Support you opinion with specific details.