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by George Orwell

1984: Current Events & Pop Culture

Available to teachers only as part of the Teaching 1984 Teacher Pass


Teaching 1984 Teacher Pass includes:

  • Assignments & Activities
  • Reading Quizzes
  • Current Events & Pop Culture articles
  • Discussion & Essay Questions
  • Challenges & Opportunities
  • Related Readings in Literature & History

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In 2005 Time magazine critics Lev Grossman and Richard Lacayo picked 1984 for the magazine's "100 Best English-Language Novels" list from 1923 to the present.


"Orwell's novel is a study of every possible way a nation can be beaten down by its government: spiritually, physically, intellectually, by the media, torture, surveillance, and censorship, to the point where the state can manipulate reality at will."