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A STEP BEYOND
TESTS AND ANSWERS
_____ 1. The exposition of this novel is accomplished through the use of
A. a separate introductory essay
_____ 2. Children are taught morals in their sleep through a process called
_____ 3. For their holiday, Bernard and Lenina go to
A. the moon
_____ 4. Bernard's idiosyncrasies are generally explained by
A. a poor family life
_____ 5. The Solidarity Service which everyone must attend usually ends
A. in an orgy
_____ 6. People are taught to hate nature because
A. there are not enough trees left
_____ 7. Each person's social rank is predetermined in order to
A. insure an adequate number of workers for each function
_____ 8. Ford occupies a position of reverence because
A. he invented the assembly line
_____ 9. Soma is
A. the day of rest
_____ 10. A motto of this new world is
A. sex and soma
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?