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									Brave New World Test
Study Guide
      Make sure you know the pertinent biographical info about Huxley that I introduced during
       the introduction to the novel.
      Make sure you know the answers to the following questions.
      Look up the quotations and make sure you know the context, speaker, and circumstances
       of each.
      The test is multiple choice and worth 50 points.

Chapters 1 & 2
  1. In 2 short summaries, explain the process of both the “Hatchery” and the “Conditioning
     Center.” Include definitions of any of the terminology. What is the primary function of these
     processes? What are the five categories of people?
  2. The date is given as “this year of stability A.F. 632.” What does A.F. stand for? Why is it
     significant?
  3. What social problems have been eliminated in Brave New world? Explain.
  4. Explain the motto “Community, Identity, Stability.” What are the people sacrificing to uphold
     this motto?
  5. Why are the Delta children conditioned to dislike books and flowers?

Chapters 3, 4 & 5
  1. Huxley has fun with names including but not limited to Polly Trotsky, Bernard Marx, and
     Lenina Crowne. What or who do they represent? How about Mustapha Mond?
  2. Huxley uses the dialogues of Lenina, Fanny, Bernard, and Henry to comment on the lecture
     or commentary of Mond. What contradictions do you see between what Mond says and
     what others express?
  3. In your opinion, why do people in this world need soma?
  4. What disturbs you about this world? What appeal to you? Why?
  5. What makes Bernard stand out in this world? What are his problems? Do you think he is
     responsible for his own problems?
  6. What is the meaning of the frequently used word, “pneumatic”?

Chapters 6 & 7
  1. What information about earlier events are you given in chapter 6? What can you infer from
     the director’s story?
  2. What is Bernard’s reaction to leaning that he is being sent to Iceland? Why do you think
     this is?
  3. What is Lenina’s reaction to the Reservation? What are the differences between the
     Reservation and the “Civilized World”?
  4. Do you think Lenina would be any different from Linda had she wound up in her position?
     Be specific.

Chapters 8 & 9
  1. Compare John and Bernard. Be specific.
  2. Why does Shakespeare have such meaning for John?
  3. What are Bernard’s motives for bringing John back with him?

Chapters 10 & 11
  1. What is your opinion of the director’s statement “ … no offense is so heinous as
     unorthodoxy of behavior. Murder kills only the individual- and, after all, what is an
      individual? … We can make a new one with the greatest of ease… Unorthodoxy threatens
      more than the life of a mere individual; it strikes society itself…” (148)?
   2. Describe one of the following activities that each character (John, Lenina, Bernard) engaged
      in during chapter 11. Explain why you would or world not engage in this activity. Choose
      from a soma holiday, visit to a new world factory, visit to an upper caste school, the feelies,
      or synthetic music.

Chapters 12 & 13
  1. John clashes with the people, the ideas, and the practices of the new world. Describe 3
     specific clashes. For each incident, explain the reason for the clash. Which side of the
     opposition do you agree with?
  2. What standards of behavior do you think people should have with respect to friendship,
     love, and sex?

Chapters 14 & 15
  1. Explain John’s behavior after his mother dies. What does he do? Why does he react this
     way? How do people react to him? Why do they react in this fashion?
  2. What is ironic about the fact that the new world still has a police force that appears on the
     scene? How do they respond? What do they do?

Chapters 16 & 17
  1. What, in these chapters, do you learn about Mustapha Mond that is surprising?
  2. What happened to the experiment of an all-Alpha society?
  3. As this debate progresses, with whom do you agree? Do you see any evidence of Mond’s
      viewpoint in today’s world?

Chapter 18
  1. How does Huxley describe John’s suicide? What does it imply about this society?
      Consider the motto of the new world, “Community, Identity, Stability.” Why does John die?
      What does Huxley mean by this?

Quotations
“It’s such horrible bad form to go on and on like this with one man. At forty, or thirty-five, it wouldn’t
be so bad. But at your age, Lenina!”

“Because our world is not the same as Othello’s world. You can’t make flivvers without steel-and
you can’t make tragedies without social instability. The world’s stable now. People are happy;
they get what they want and they never get what they don’t want.”

“She had come from the Other Place long ago, before he was borne, with a man who was his
father. As for the man who was his father, Linda had never seen him again.”

“Oh please don’t send me to Iceland. I promise I’ll do what I ought to do. Give me another
chance. Please give me another chance.”

“I’m glad I’m not an Epsilon.” “And if you were, your conditioning would have made you no less
thankful that you weren’t a Beta or an Alpha.”

“Hence the laughter of the women to whom he made proposals, the practical joking of his equals
among the men. The mockery made him feel an outsider; and feeling an outsider he behaved like
one, which increased the prejudice against him and intensified the contempt and hostility aroused
by his physical defects. Which in turn increased his sense of being alien and alone.”

“It’s like living with lunatics. Everything they do is mad…For Instance, take the way they have one
another here. Mad, I tell you, absolutely mad. Everybody belongs to everybody else-don’t they?
Don’t they?”

								
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