You may use English-language Internet sources to help you.
a Name 5 or more English-language writers.
b Name 3 or more titles of English-language books.
c Name 3 or more literary genres.
Belarus has banned the sale of 1984.
Read this review in The Guardian to find out.
Read the text. Find (and mark) the following words in the text:
cruel – dictators – to disobey – dystopian – frightening – keeping a diary – to manipulate – notion – novella – oppression – protagonist – rebellion – ruler – surveillance – totalitarianism
Now read the definitions. Match all the above words and expressions with their correct definitions.
- of an imaginary place where everything is as bad as it can be
- a piece of fiction shorter than a novel but longer than a short story
- a person who rules or governs a country, like a president or queen, etc.
- an open fight or resistance by citizens against their government
- the use of physical force to harm a person and/or damage things
- to not do or behave as told or taught
- close and constant observation of a person or groups of people
- a political system with absolute and total control by the state authority
- people who rule with total power and often in a mean or violent manner
- to deal with or control or influence events in a clever and usually unfair way
- the main character in a novel, play, movie, etc.
- writing down your personal experiences and thoughts in a book each day
- very mean or unfair treatment of a group of people
- scary, terrifying
- causing pain and suffering
a Who is the main character in 1984?
1 George Orwell
2 George W Bush
3 Julia Smith
4 Winston Smith
b Who or what is Big Brother?
1 A dystopian novella published in 1984.
2 A low ranking member of ‘the Party’ in 1984.
3 The cruel ruler of ‘the Party’ in 1984.
4 The name of the opposition ‘Party’ in 1984.
“War is Peace. Freedom is Slavery. Ignorance is Strength.” These are the three slogans of the ruling party in 1984.
a All three slogans are paradoxes, because…
1 They are ideas about how things should be done or thought about.
2 They are officially accepted rules about what should be done.
3 They are phrases that are easy to remember and attract attention.
4 They are statements that seem to say two opposite things.
b Think of one or more other paradoxical slogans. Write them down.
c Discuss: Why would a country like Belarus ban the sale (and reading) of the book 1984?
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