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Support the development of close reading skills with this worksheet composed of challenging questions designed to help high school students analyze George Orwell’s dystopian novel 1984. Featuring a brief passage about the Two Minutes Hate from Book 1, chapter 1, this resource saves teachers valuable time at home without sacrificing academic rigor in the classroom. An answer key is provided. Materials are delivered as printable Word Documents and PDFs. By engaging in this exercise, students will:

  • Determine and analyze the development of key ideas and themes, including the effects of mob mentality
  • Analyze how the author’s word choices add to the text’s complexity
  • Make logical inferences in the context of the text
  • Apply and articulate knowledge of literary devices and techniques including consonance, simile, and situational irony
  • Activate background knowledge on Nazi Germany’s treatment of the Jews and articulating historical parallels to the Two Minutes Hate
  • Write with logic, clarity, and precision