Tuesday, October 27, 2009

The Hostile Witness (Questions and Answers)

Q.1: What was in the case that Charlton put in the cup board behind the reception desk?

Ans: The case that Charlton put in the cupboard behind the reception desk contained stolen weekly wages of workers of New Castle factory.

Q.2: What crime had been committed in New Castle that afternoon?

Ans: There had been a robbery with murder at New Castle that afternoon.

Q.3: Why did Detective-Sergeant Manning first speak rather coldly to group of men in the hotel lounge?

Ans: The Detective-Sergeant Manning first spoke rather coldly to the group of men in the hotel lounge because he thought the murderer was there.

Q.4: Briefly explain why Johnson, Carter and Abbott were suspicious of King even before the revolver found in his room?

Ans: Johnson, Carter and Abbott were suspicious of King because the description of the murderer announced by radio fitted him as was rather respectable looking person, he had medium size and he was reluctant to hand over keys to Manning. So they thought that he was real murderer.

Q.5: At what point in the play does the audience realize that Charlton is lying in order to throw suspicion on King?

Ans: The audience began to realize that Charlton is lying on order to throw suspicion on King, when King stated that he had picked up Charlton on the way.

Q.6: Why did Manning never believe that King was murderer?

Ans: Manning never believed that King was murderer because King had committed the crime he could have escaped in his car to west. He could not have reached the White Hart Hotel at the time when he had reached. By driving his car fast he could have got through from New Castle to Darlington before the police started checking.

Q.7: Briefly explain what was in Manning’s mind when he said ‘Your story really interests me Mr. King?

Ans: When Manning said that Mr. King’s story interested him in fact, he was quite sure that Charlton had committed murder.

Q.8: Why was Manning certain of Charlton’s guilt after peering closely into his face?

Ans: Manning was certain of Charlton’s guilt after peering closely into his face because he had been traces of artificial hair on Charlton’s upper lip.

Q.9: Why was Manning interested in the make and age of King’s car?

Ans: Manning was interested in the make and age of King’s car because he had learnt that the criminal had escaped in a sports car.

Q.10: Why did Charlton give away the place where the case was deposited for which he had committed murder?

Ans: Charlton gave away the place where the case had been deposited because he wanted to throw away suspicion on Mr. King.

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