This "quiz" I give to students requires them to respond to higher order thinking questions while using the text to support their assertions. Here is a sample question:
3. Recall Winston’s memories of the last time he saw his mother and sister (165-167). What is “the real point of the story”?
Orwell describes Winston’s sister as having “a face made simian by thinness” and clinging to her mother “like a baby monkey.” How do these descriptions help illustrate “the real point of the story”?
If you still aren’t getting it, check out the below quotation:
“What mattered were individual relationships, and a completely helpless gesture, an embrace, a tear, a word spoken to a dying man, could have value in itself. The proles, it suddenly occurred to him, had remained in this condition. They were not loyal to a party or a country or an idea, they were loyal to one another…The proles had stayed human. They had not become hardened inside. They had held onto the primitive emotions which he himself had to relearn by conscious effort…‘The proles are human beings,’ he said aloud. ‘We are not human’” (169).