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. • 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.