"What would you like?" He says... "I would like," I say. "I would like to know." It sounds indecisive, stupid even, I say it without thinking."Know what ?" he says." Whatever there is to know," I say; but that's too flippant. "What's going on."
This scene is a reminder of what the story is about. The handmaids have lost the ability to acquire new knowledge. Offred could have asked for anything more freedom, food, black market items and more. But she chooses
to ask for information on what's going on. To me, this is strange but may be connected to a statement from when Aunt Lydia told Jannie about moria's escape. (128) Possible knowledge is something like money in this world.