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Brave New World Study Questions. Community, Identity, Stability!. Chapters I – III. 1. What is A.F. 632? What can you infer about this society from such a designation? After Ford 632 – this society worships production, materialism.

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Brave New WorldStudy Questions

Community,

Identity,

Stability!


Chapters I – III

  • 1. What is A.F. 632? What can you infer about this society from such a designation?

    • After Ford 632 – this society worships production, materialism.

  • 2. How many individuals can be produced from one egg and one sperm?

    • 96

  • 3. What is the purpose of the processes that take place in the Social Predestination Room?

    • The fetuses are chemically and otherwise treated to suit them for a particular social caste and job.


Chapters I – III

  • 4. What is the point of conditioning the masses to hate nature?

    • A love of nature does not keep the factories busy.

  • 5. What kinds of things do the children hear as they sleep?

    • They hear messages that convince them that they are happy.

  • 6. Who is Mustapha Mond? What does he say about history?

    • He’s the Western European Controller who says history is bunk.


Chapters I – III

  • 7. Describe Lenina Crowne.

    • A young and attractive woman who works at the Hatcheries and Conditioning Centre, Lenina is “having” Henry Foster exclusively.

  • 8. What is wrong with Bernard Marx?

    • He is a bit small for an Alpha, likes to be alone, and he doesn’t like to hear Lenina discussed as if she was a mere piece of meat.

  • 9. What is soma?

    • It is a drug with no side effects which provides an escape from reality.


Chapters IV – VI

  • 1. Who is Helmholtz Watson? What’s his problem?

    • He’s a lecturer at the College of Emotional Engineering, and Bernard’s friend. He is not satisfied with his work; he feels he can do something more important.

  • 2. The Solidarity Service has elements of several rituals in our world. Which ones?

    • Elements include those of religious services, séances, witches covens, and orgies

  • 3. What story does the D.H.C. tell Bernard?

    • He tells him about his own trip to the Savage Reservation many years ago.

  • 4. What distressing information does Bernard’s call to Helmholtz reveal?

    • The D.H.C. plans to send Bernard to Iceland.


Chapters VII – X

  • 1. How does Lenina react to the Savage Reservation?

    • She is horrified by it.

  • 2. What does Lenina like about the Reservation?

    • She likes the drums.

  • 3. What does Bernard like about the Reservation?

    • Bernard finds the parent-child intimacy lovely.


Chapters VII – X

  • 4. What do Bernard and John have in common?

    • Both are lonely outcasts of their societies.

  • 5. Does Lenina have any compassion for Linda?

    • No she doesn’t.

  • 6. How does Bernard avoid being sent to Iceland?

    • When he returns to London with John and Linda, John reveals that the D.H.C. is his father. The D.H.C. is completely humiliated and leaves the Centre.


Chapters XI – XIII

  • 1. How is Bernard’s life changing?

    • He is becoming a celebrity because of his association with John.

  • 2. What question about the Savage is Lenina unable to answer?

    • She is unable to describe how he makes love.

  • 3. How is a “feelie” different from a movie?

    • The viewers also “feel” what is happening on the screen.


Chapters XI – XIII

  • 4. How has the Savage influenced Helmholtz?

    • Helmholtz realizes that what his writing has been missing is conflict.

  • 5. Whom does John the Savage keep quoting? Why?

    • Shakespeare; a volume of his plays was John’s reading book at Malpais, and he has also absorbed many of the Elizabethan social mores.

  • 6. Why does John go into such a rage against Lenina?

    • She doesn’t conform to the vision he had of her, as a chaste proper young woman. (She didn’t conform to Bernard’s ideals either)


Chapters XIV – XVII

  • 1. Where is John at the beginning of Chapter 14?

    • He is at a hospital for the Dying.

  • 2. Who “invades” the hospital and drives John into a frenzy?

    • A group of identical children arrive.

  • 3. How does John try to help the menial staff at the hospital?

    • He tells them that soma is killing them and throws it away.


Chapters XIV – XVII

  • 4. What is surprising about Mustapha Mond?

    • He knows about Shakespeare and religion.

  • 5. How do you feel about Bernard right now?

    • A.W.V.

  • 6. Why does art require social instability?

    • Social instability = conflict = art.

  • 7. What effects did the advent of mass production have on society?

    • It changed what people sought to give life meaning, from knowledge and truth to happiness and comfort.


Chapters XIV – XVII

  • 8. What right does John claim?

    • John claims the right to be unhappy, if that is what Mond chooses to call it.

  • 9. What happens to destroy the peace John is beginning to find at the lighthouse?

    • He becomes a sort of roadside attraction. A feelie is made about him. Lenina comes to try to help him and he turns on her, whipping her. He finally hangs himself.

  • 10. Is John’s decision to end his life understandable?

    • A.W.V.


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