Using one of the following scenarios for inspiration, prepare a 3 to 5 minute monologue to present to the class:
Scenario One – You are the steamboat driver that finds the dead Kayerts and Carlier. How do you interpret the scene you discover? What are you able to piece together from what you have found and from your conversations with Makola? What will you report to your superiors?
Scenario Two – You are Makola. You have just found the dead Kayerts and Carlier. How do you interpret this scene? What were your feelings about these two? What will you tell the steamboat driver when he arrives?
Scenario Three – You are the United States Handicapper General, Diana (or David) Moon Glampers. Read an excerpt from the ‘Handicapper General’s Manifesto’. Explain to the world why every society needs a Handicapper General. Tell of some of your great handicapping victories. Or tell the secret story of your rise to power and the secret detail of what your personal life is really like.
Scenario Four – You are a hostess in an ethical suicide parlour. What is a typical day like for you? How do you feel about your job? Describe your most interesting client. Have you heard the rumours about Billy the Poet? What thoughts and emotions do these rumours provoke?
Scenario Five – You are a prole. Describe what a typical day is like for you. What are your feelings about the society in which you live; about Ingsoc and its official enemies? What do you think about the Party members?
Scenario Six – You work in the cubicle next to Winston in the Ministry of truth. What have you observed about Winston? How do you feel about your job rewriting history for Big Brother?
Your monologue will receive a mark on 10 for each of the following categories. In addition there will be time penalties for monologues that do not fall within 3 to 5 minutes.
Modulation, voice, pace (not too fast, slow, loud, quiet)
Pronunciation, enunciation (words are clear and properly pronounced)
Assurance, naturalness (it should be evident that you have rehearsed several times)
Audience appeal and gestures (make eye contact, use the occasional hand gesture)
Construction (thoughts should appear well organized)
Lucidity (monologue should provide insight into the literature)