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Barron's Booknotes-Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
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A STEP BEYOND

TESTS AND ANSWERS

TEST 1

_____ 1. The exposition of this novel is accomplished through the use of

A. a separate introductory essay
B. a tour for new students through the Central London Hatchery
C. a question-and-answer dialogue between the Director and his new assistant

_____ 2. Children are taught morals in their sleep through a process called

A. hypnopaedia
B. decanting
C. consumerism

_____ 3. For their holiday, Bernard and Lenina go to

A. the moon
B. London
C. New Mexico


_____ 4. Bernard's idiosyncrasies are generally explained by

A. a poor family life
B. alcohol in his blood surrogate
C. his infatuation with Lenina

_____ 5. The Solidarity Service which everyone must attend usually ends

A. in an orgy
B. with a deep religious revelation
C. when the clocks strike thirteen

_____ 6. People are taught to hate nature because

A. there are not enough trees left
B. they would be allergic to natural substances
C. it doesn't cost anything to enjoy nature

_____ 7. Each person's social rank is predetermined in order to

A. insure an adequate number of workers for each function
B. create a stable society
C. both A and B

_____ 8. Ford occupies a position of reverence because

A. he invented the assembly line
B. everyone has a car
C. both A and B

_____ 9. Soma is

A. the day of rest
B. a drug
C. the major religion of this future world

_____ 10. A motto of this new world is

A. sex and soma
B. Alpha, Beta, Gamma, Delta, Epsilon
C. Community, Identity, Stability

11. Brave New World is a novel of ideas. Discuss what this does to the characters and the plot, giving three examples of different ways that Huxley presents ideas.

12. Brave New World is a Utopia. Describe the goals of its ideal state and the state's general principles for achieving them, and give three examples of particular techniques that illustrate those principles.

13. How does Brave New World satirize the present day? Describe three particular vices and follies that are its targets.

14. Brave New World keeps asking how much it would cost to achieve the benefits of the new society. What are the benefits? Does Huxley think the price is high or low? Do you agree? Discuss in terms of three specific costs.

15. Discuss Huxley's attitude toward science. Does he think the brave new world uses it well? Does he think it's possible to use it well?

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