1984 as a Dystopia


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Which American policy bears similarities to the surveillance state in 1984?

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1. Which term defines the state of surveillance that creates a sense of paranoia in citizens through the sense of being watched--even if no one is watching?

2. Which term best defines the type of message contained in Keep Calm and Carry On?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz and corresponding worksheet are effective tools you can use to check your understanding of the dystopian elements of Orwell's 1984. You will be quizzed on relevant term meanings and how the novel relates to modern-day America.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

You can ensure your understanding of the use of the dystopian theme in 1984 by answering questions addressing:

  • A modern-day U.S. policy that is similar to the surveillance state portrayed in 1984
  • The setting of 1984
  • Terms used to describe:
    • Surveillance that gives one the sense of being watched and that results in paranoia
    • The wartime slogan Keep Calm and Carry On
    • The depiction of a society turned ugly in a literary work

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information regarding the meaning of significant terms used in the lesson
  • Making connections - use understanding of the similarities between Orwell's surveillance state and a present-day American policy
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the setting of 1984

Additional Learning

If you need to review more information about this topic, you can refer to the lesson 1984 as a Dystopia. More detailed information is provided about:

  • What dystopia means
  • How a dystopian society compares to a utopian society
  • An overview of the dystopian elements of 1984
  • The use of the surveillance state in 1984
  • How the actions of the Ministry of Truth in the novel compare to real-life military campaigns