Brave New World

Reading Purpose Questions

Chapter 9-10

  1. How are Bernard and Lenina when they get back to the rest house?
  2. What are Bernard’s motives for bringing John & Linda back to London with him?
  3. When John is alone looking at Lenina sleeping, what are his thoughts?
  4. What does the Director announce to the room about Bernard? What is Bernard’s response?
  5. “... no offence is so heinous as unorthodoxy 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 at Society itself…”  - What is your opinion of this statement?

Chapter 8

  1. What maternal instincts are revealed through Linda’s actions? How is this behavior surprising and what does that mean about humans’ capability to cope and assimilate?
  2. Describe Pope. What is Linda’s relationship with Pope based on?
  3. Why does Linda say that mescal should be called soma?
  4. Why does John hate Pope and the other savages?
  5. Why do the other women hate Linda?
  6. What does Hamlet inspire John to do to Pope? How do they both respond to this incident?
  7. Describe the Savage wedding ritual
  8. Why is Bernard hesitant and then excited about bringing Linda to The World State?

Chapter 7

  1. What types of things does Lenina observe in the Savage Reservation? What is her reaction?
  2. Describe the savages that Lenina and Bernard encounter
  3. What happens when they encounter an old man? How do they respond? Old age does not exist in The World State - how do they maintain youth?
  4. Describe the Savage ritual
  5. Who is the young boy that Bernard encounters? What connection does he make?
  6. Who is Linda? What do Lenina and Bernard learn about her survival on the Savage Reservation?

Chapter 6

  1. What significant things happen during Bernard and Lenina’s date?
  2. Explain the conversation they have while over the channel
  3. What experiences did the DHC have while at the Savage Reservation?
  4. How does the DHC feel about Bernard’s odd behaviors? What does he say about them?
  5. What warnings do Lenina and Bernard receive about the Savage Reservation?

Chapter 5

  1. Explain the World State’s view of death.
  2. What are some new examples of hypnopaedic learning?
  3. What is a “Malthusian drill” and what is its purpose?
  4. What does solidarity mean?
  5. What happens in a Solidarity Service?  How does Bernard feel about them?

Chapter 4

  1. What evidence is there of predestination and conditioning in the characters of the lift attendant, Lenina, and Benito Hoover?
  2. What are some examples of the popular sports in the World State?
  3. How is Bernard treated by members of other castes?  How does Bernard seem to feel about himself?
  4. Characterize Helmholtz Watson and his relationship with Bernard.