Part 1, Chapter 8 Questions and Answers
- What is ownlife?
- What is a “steamer”?
- What is the “one public event to which the proles paid serious attention”?
- Why is the old man in the pub angry with the young bartender?
- What is the main thing Winston wants to find out from the old man in the pub?
- To what does Winston compare the proles because of their ability to “see small objects but not large ones”?
- What appeals to Winston about the glass paperweight he buys at the junk shop?
- What surprises Winston most about the room above Mr. Charrington’s shop?
- Which church is depicted in the print Mr. Charrington shows Winston?
- What does Winston think “the place where there is no darkness” refers to?
- Ownlife is Newspeak for the “individualism and eccentricity” suggested by a person’s choice to spend time alone instead of engaging in communal recreations.
- A “steamer” is what the proles call a rocket bomb.
- This event is the lottery.
- 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.
- Winston wants to find out if the old man thinks life was better or worse before the Revolution.
- Winston compares the proles to ants.
- The paperweight appeals to Winston because of its “apparent uselessness” and because it comes from an era entirely unlike his own.
- The room has no telescreen.
- The print depicts St. Clement’s Dane.
- Winston thinks this phrase refers to “the imagined future, which one would never see, but which, by foreknowledge, one could mystically share in.”