Part 1, Chapters 4 and 5 Questions and Answers
- What are memory holes?
- Who is Ampleforth?
- Who is Comrade Ogilvy?
- What work does Syme do in the Research Department?
- What does Syme say about the proles?
- What is duckspeak?
- Who used to frequent the Chestnut Tree Café?
- What do both Syme and Parsons ask Winston?
- Who does Winston believe might be spying on him?
- What is facecrime?
- Memory holes are the slits in the walls of the Ministry of Truth through which employees send documents and waste paper to the furnaces.
- Ampleforth is a coworker of Winston’s whose job is to produce “definitive texts” of poems—that is, to rectify poems to reflect the Party’s ideology.
- Comrade Ogilvy is a loyal soldier of the Party who Winston invents for the Order of the Day he has been given to rectify.
- Syme is a philologist with a specialty in Newspeak who is helping to compile the Eleventh Edition of the Newspeak dictionary.
- Syme says the proles are not human beings.
- Duckspeak is a Newspeak word that means “to quack like a duck”; it can be used as either insult or praise.
- Discredited former Party leaders used to gather at the Chestnut Tree Café before they were purged.
- Both Syme and Parsons ask Winston if he has any razor blades.
- Winston believes the girl with dark hair might be spying on him.
- Facecrime is Newspeak for the punishable offense of having an improper expression on one’s face.