On One Hand

March 9, 2006

Worksheet for Fifth Graders

Filed under: Uncategorized — ononehand @ 3:30 pm

Worksheet B-17
Grade Level 5.
Brave New World vs. 1984

The novels Brave New World and 1984 both deal with issues of individualism, individuality, freedom, control, democracy, and government. Both are worst-case-scenarios of what can happen when the public loses its sense of empowerment.

According to many readers and critics, Brave New World is about controlling the public through simple pleasures, giving people desirable things that are hard to resist so that they concede to the power structure through the distraction and infatuation of enticing consumable objects. The government does not necessarily need to be powerful becasue the culture subdues itself.

Alternately, some say that 1984 is about controlling the public through fear, with authorities creating a hyperinflated sense of “the enemy” so that people will concede to the power structure in order to be protected from the enemy. Power is centralized and the government has total control.

Organize the following phoenomena from today’s media and society based on which scenario, Brave New World or 1984, each evokes most. Mark each evoking Brave New World with the letter A, each evoking 1984 with the letter B, or AB for both.

_____”Axis of Evil”
_____”Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”
_____Fox News
_____The Patriot Act
_____The Federal Marriage Amendment
_____American Idol
_____Mandatory drug testing in schools
_____Will and Grace
_____Military Spending
_____The Avian Flu
_____The Academy Awards
_____Get-Rich Quick scams
_____Nuclear missile silos
_____The Super Bowl
_____Paris Hilton
_____Orange Alerts
_____”The Anti-Drug” advertisements
_____Ritalin and Adderall
_____The Man Show



  1. ’tis fixed.

    Comment by ononehand — March 9, 2006 @ 11:26 pm | Reply

  2. I didn’t read either book until 10th grade. What smart 5th graders we have nowadays.

    Comment by jdhenchman — March 10, 2006 @ 1:56 am | Reply

    • same here.
      i’m in 10th and we’re going to read brave new world at the end of the semester.

      it seems like 5th graders wouldn’t even be able to comprehend that sort of thing, you know?
      they don’t really understand the concept of controversy.

      Comment by la__masquerade — March 10, 2006 @ 2:09 am | Reply

  3. It’s my guess that you’re saying for ‘Fifth Graders” to be ironic, not because this actually FOR Fifth Graders, considering that I doubt they watch The Man Show or Will and Grace or participate on myspace. lol.

    Sorry, that was probably so obvious I didn’t have to say it, but from someo f the other comments it didn’t seem like everyone knew that, and I’m drunk right now. Sorry. The end,

    Comment by acerbic_wit — March 10, 2006 @ 5:48 am | Reply

    • THank you! You do seem to be the only one who got it. Unless everyone else was just being sarcastic.

      Comment by ononehand — March 10, 2006 @ 6:40 pm | Reply

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