1984 Close Reading Passage on the Two Minutes Hate (Abridged Excerpt)

This close reading assessment features 9 text-dependent, high-order questions to promote improved reading comprehension and analysis of 1984 by George Orwell. Included is a brief abridged excerpt from Book 1, chapter 1, in accordance with fair use regulations; the passage focuses on the effects of the Two Minutes Hate.

An answer key is included, as are Word Document and PDF versions of the assessment.

This resource aligns well to Academic Literacy Project teaching principles and may serve as the basis for small-group discussions. Through these discussions, students decode language and pose/respond to questions relating to plot, broad topics, and character development, demonstrating an ability to analyze how complex characters transform and advance the plot and themes by applying logic and citing compelling, meaningful textual evidence. They will also evaluate their peers’ reasoning and use of rhetoric to advance claims, clarifying or challenging unclear ideas. Using this resource for structured guidance, students, ultimately, will present information, conclusions, and supporting textual evidence clearly, concisely, and appropriately, thereby helping their peers – and teacher comprehend their thinking.

In addition to helping students gain deeper understanding of the material and greater confidence in their ability to read and comprehend complex texts, this resource was designed to prepare students for ACT-style questioning.

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



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Created: Feb 16, 2020

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