1.Why was the fertilising room an important place?

Because in this room you will see how humans are mass-produced.

2.How did the Bokanovsky process cause social stability?

The Bokanovsky process created groups of identical men and women. Everyone had the same attitude so there was no conflict.

3.What happened to the female embryos?

Thirty per cent of the female embryos developed normally. The others were given a male sex hormone. This made them sterile and they wouldn’t produce eggs.

4.According to the Director, what was the secret of happiness?

According to the Director, the secret of happiness was to make people like who they were and what society made them do.

5.What happened when the babies were offered books and flowers the last time?

The babies moved away in horror when they saw the roses and the brightly coloured pages.

6.Why were Delta babies conditioned to hate books and flowers?

Delta babies were conditioned to hate books as they might read something which could undo parts of their conditioning. They were also conditioned to hate flowers in order to abolish the love of nature, which people can enjoy without buying a single thing.

7.Why was Reuben’s experience important?

Reuben’s experience was important because it was how the principle of sleep teaching was first discovered.

8.Why didn’t the State allow family life to exist?

The State believed that strong relationships and strong emotions between family members were dangerous and therefore bad for society.

9.Why was sleep teaching prohibited in the past?

Because people believed in liberty, individuality and freedom.

10.What was soma and why did people take it?

Soma was the perfect drug. People took it because it caused pleasant hallucinations without any side effects. They could take a holiday from reality whenever they liked.

11.Why did Fanny disapprove of Lenina’s relationship with Henry?

Fanny disapproved of Lenina’s relationship with Henry because according to the rules, it was wrong to have a long, intense relationship with one man.

12.Why did Lenina think the Savage Reservation would be an exciting place to visit?

Lenina thought the Savage Reservation would be an exciting place to visit because there was no civilization there and people still lived like they did in the past.

13.Why was Fanny horrified to discover that Lenina was interested in Bernard?

Fanny was horrified to discover that Lenina was interested in Bernard because he didn’t have a good reputation, he didn’t like games and he spent most of his time alone. He was also ugly and small and looked low-caste.

14.Why did Bernard hate Henry Foster and Benito Hoover?

Bernard had special feelings for Lenina butFoster and Hoover were talking about Lenina as if she were a piece of meat.

15.Why did Lenina speak loudly in the lift?

Lenina spoke loudly in the lift so that everyone could hear.

16.What made Helmholtz an outsider like Bernard?

Helmholtz was an outsider like Bernard because he had exceptional mental abilities. He also felt that something was missing from his life, but he didn’t know what.

17.What were the bodies of people used for after they died and what were the advantages of this?

The bodies were used to produce 400 tons of phosphorus every year. The advantage of this was that people continued to be socially useful even after they were dead by helping to make plants grow.

18.Why did the Director sign the permit for Bernard?

The Director signed the permit because it came from the World Controller’s Office and had already been signed by Mustapha Mond. Everything was perfectly in order.

19.What happened to the girl in New Mexico?

The girl got lost in New Mexico while she was riding a horse on one of the mountains.

20.What bad news did Bernard hear from Helmholtz?

Bernard heard that the Director had announced that he wanted to transfer Bernard to Iceland.

21.What disgusted Lenina when they got to Malpais?

There was rubbish everywhere, with flies and dogs all around it.

22.Why weren’t there any old or sick people in the New World?

In the New World, people were kept free of diseases. Their bodies were kept young and they were given transfusions of young blood. Most of them died when they were about sixty.

23.Why was Bernard surprised when he first met John?

Because is the first man to meet outside the New World. He was dressed in Indian clothes but, his hair was blond, his skin was white, and his eyes were blue. 

24.What was Bernard realise about John and Linda and what made him realise this?

 Bernard realised that Linda was the girl who had come to New Mexico with the Director and that the Director was John’s father. He realised this when he heard that John’s father’s

name was Tomakin, because the Director’s name was Thomas.

25.Why did people on the reservation think Linda was bad?

People on the reservation thought Linda was bad because nobody was supposed to be with more than one person. If you had more than one partner, people thought you were very bad.

26.Why did Linda feel ashamed to be John’s mother?

Linda felt ashamed because she had been taught to believe that only animals and savages were mothers and had babies.

27.What Did Linda tell John about the ‘Other Place’?

Linda told John that in the ‘Other Place’ everyone belonged to everyone else and everyone was happy and never sad.

28.Why did Mustapha Mond agree to let John and Linda come to London?

Mustapha Mond agreed to let John and Linda come to London because he thought they would be of scientific interest to him.

29.What reason did the Director give the workers for transferring Bernard?

The Director’s reason for transferring Bernard was because Bernard’s unconventional ideas

were dangerous to the order and stability of society. 

30.What events caused the Director to feel humiliated?

The Director felt humiliated because John fell on his knees in front of him and said in a clear

voice, “My father!” 

31.How did Bernard’s life change after the Controller made him John’s guardian?

Bernard was treated as an important person by everyone at the Centre. Henry Foster did everything he could to be friendly to him and Bernard could have any woman he wanted.

32.How did John feel about civilised life in London?

John didn’t seem to be impressed with civilised life in London and the mass-produced people upset him.

33.How did the children learn to accept dying as a routine thing?

They spent two mornings a week in a Hospital for the dying. All the best toys were kept there

and the children got chocolate cream when someone died.

34.Why was Lenina feeling confused about John’s feelings for her?

Lenina was confused and frustrated because John wouldn’t touch Lenina or look at her, but

sometimes when she turned round suddenly, she saw him watching her and then she was sure he liked her.

35.Why didn’t John want to meet the people at Bernard’s party?

John didn’t want to meet any more people. He didn’t like Bernard’s civilisation or his civilised


36.Why did Helmholtz’s students report him to the Director of the college?

Helmholtz’s students reported him because he had read them some poems which he had

written. The poems were about being alone and the students had been taught that being alone was wrong.

37.Why did John protest when Lenina tried to kiss him?

John wanted their love to stay pure and beautiful. He wanted to do something heroic for

Linda and he wanted them to get married.

38.Why did John’s reaction about Linda surprise the nurse?

The nurse saw the pain on John’s face. She had never seen any of the visitors react like this.

39.What was John’s reaction when Linda thought he was Popé?

He shouted angrily and couldn’t control himself. He began to shake her.

40.Why did John try to stop the people from taking soma?

John believed that soma was poison to the soul and the body, and that people who needed it

were slaves. He wanted to bring the people freedom from it.

41.According to the Controller, how had the world and people changed since the time of Shakespeare?

The world was stable now. People were happy, healthy and safe. They weren’t frightened of

death, their bodies didn’t get old and they were conditioned to behave well.

42.How did Bernard react to the Controller’s decision to send them to an island?

Bernard jumped to his feet, stood in front of the Controller and started to cry. He asked the Controller to give him another chance.

43.What surprising statement did the Controller make to Helmholtz and John towards the end of the meeting?

He said that the people who were sent to islands were the most interesting in the world. They thought independently and they didn’t obey the rules of society.

44.Why wasn’t John sent to an island with Bernard and Helmholtz?

The Controller wanted to continue his experiment. He wanted to see what happened when a savage was transferred to civilisation.

45.Why did John go and live in the lighthouse?

John had resolved to live independently without the comforts of civilisation. He wanted to

punish himself for being so severe to Linda in her last moments.

46.How did John’s life change after the film The Savage was shown?

The next afternoon, an enormous crowd of helicopters appeared. They landed one after

another and hundreds of people got out. They stood in a wide circle round the lighthouse and stared and laughed at John.

47.What did John do when he saw Lenina?

When John saw Lenina, he ran towards her like a madman and hit her with the whip.

48.What happened to John in the end?

 In the end, John hanged himself from an arch at the other end of the room in the lighthouse.