1984 Part 1, Chapter 8 Questions and Answers
by George Orwell

1984 book cover
Start Your Free Trial

Download 1984 Study Guide

Subscribe Now

Part 1, Chapter 8 Questions and Answers

Quiz Questions

  1. What is ownlife?
  2. What is a “steamer”?
  3. What is the “one public event to which the proles paid serious attention”?
  4. Why is the old man in the pub angry with the young bartender?
  5. What is the main thing Winston wants to find out from the old man in the pub?
  6. To what does Winston compare the proles because of their ability to “see small objects but not large ones”?
  7. What appeals to Winston about the glass paperweight he buys at the junk shop?
  8. What surprises Winston most about the room above Mr. Charrington’s shop?
  9. Which church is depicted in the print Mr. Charrington shows Winston?
  10. What does Winston think “the place where there is no darkness” refers to?

Quiz Answers

  1. Ownlife is Newspeak for the “individualism and eccentricity” suggested by a person’s choice to spend time alone instead of engaging in communal recreations.
  2. A “steamer” is what the proles call a rocket bomb.
  3. This event is the lottery.
  4. The old man is angry because he wants a pint of beer, but the bartender will only serve liters and half liters, as is now standard practice.
  5. Winston wants to find out if the old man thinks life was better or worse before the Revolution.
  6. Winston compares the proles to ants.
  7. The paperweight appeals to Winston because of its “apparent uselessness” and because it comes from an era entirely unlike his own.
  8. The room has no telescreen.
  9. The print depicts St. Clement’s Dane.
  10. Winston thinks this phrase refers to “the imagined future, which one would never see, but which, by foreknowledge, one could mystically share in.”