BRAVE NEW WORLD by Aldous Huxley, published Feb. 1932
1. How does the World State’s motto reflect the values of the Brave New
2. Explain how the diction (author’s word choice) of the second
paragraph establishes setting and mood.
3. Why is the Director leading the students through the Hatchery?
Isolate 3-4 details from the fertilization description that help the
reader recognize Huxley’s distortion.
4. What is the year of stability? Discuss Huxley’s decision to
establish the date based on Henry Ford’s birth (A.F.).
5. How are people classified? Identify the different castes.
6. What is the Bokanovsky Process?
7. How are the bottled embryos moved during their gestation periods?
8. Why are some females allowed a normal, sexual development? What
9. What had happened when the maturation process had been shortened?
10. Hatching embryos is only one stage of the society’s control. As
Henry Foster says, “We also predestine and condition.” Explain the
methods and reasons the Director gives.
11. The Director reveals the “secret of happiness and virtue.” What is
it? Explain how it reflects the values of the BNW society.
12. Briefly describe the age and social group of the infants being
13. Describe the first and second conditioning mechanisms used?
14. Why must the lower groups be conditioned to hate nature?
15. Consumption of manufactured goods is a primary goal of the society.
Explain its importance.
16. What words have become “dirty words”? Explain the irony.
17. Why were early sleep-teaching experiments abandoned?
18. How often is each hypnopaedic lesson repeated to be successful?
19. The purpose behind society’s need to control its citizens is
emerging. Explain Huxley’s emphasis on caste division and economics as
a driving force.
20. Ford’s name replaces God’s. Show where and explain the satiric
21. Explain the difference between hypnopaedia (sleep teaching) and
wordless conditioning. Explain Huxley’s irony.
22. What are the only new games the Controllers now approve? Why?
23. What details help characterize Mustapho Mond—the stranger who
appears and startles the Director?
24. Why is Bernard Marx upset with Henry Foster’s talk?
25. What has been advised for Fanny Crowne to relieve her depression?
26. What other name is Our Ford known by? When is this name used?
27. What does Controller Mustapha Mond talk about that shocks the
28. Why is Fanny worried about Lenina’s dating habits?
29. Why is Bernard shunned by most people?
30. What effect do slogans, like “A gramme is better than a damn,”
31. Where is Lenina when she tries to discuss the New Mexico trip with
32. Why is Bernard embarrassed by Lenina’s conversation?
33. What is the difference in the way Bernard and Lenina look at the
warm blue sky when they reach the roof?
34. What does Lenina say during the flight with Henry that demonstrates
she is a true product of conditioning?
35. How does Bernard treat those of lower caste than he? Why?
36. What caste is Helmholtz? What is his job?
37. In what type of housing are the lower castes? How are Alphas and
38. What is done with the dead in the New World?
39. How does Lenina demonstrate that her childhood conditioning has
40. What does Lenina ask Henry about as she is getting ready to sleep
41. When must Bernard attend his Solidarity meetings?
42. How many people are in each Solidarity Group? How are they seated?