Meaning of Pneumatic in Brave New World


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Which of the following definitions of pneumatic is used to describe shoes in Brave New World?

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1. Bernard complains at the Solidarity Service in Brave New World that Clara is too pneumatic. What does that mean?

2. Which of the following is not described using the word pneumatic in Brave New World?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

In Brave New World by Aldous Huxley, the word pneumatic is used liberally to describe both objects and people. This quiz features questions about the use of the word and its significance in the novel.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

This quiz and worksheet will assess your knowledge of this term as used in reference to the following:

  • Religion
  • Interpersonal relationships
  • Manufactured goods
  • Individual females

Skills Practiced

  • Defining key concepts - identify and understand the term pneumatic and its many uses and meanings
  • Making connections - use the lesson's analysis of the word to explain why Bernard is offended when he hears it used to describe his companion
  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson on Brave New World

Additional Learning

The lesson called Meaning of Pneumatic in Brave New World for more information on the role this word plays in the novel. The lesson will also help you with these objectives:

  • Define the word pneumatic in the literal sense
  • Discuss the budding relationship between Bernard and Lenina
  • Examine the various connotations of the word throughout the novel