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Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Silence (Questions and Answers)

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Q.1: Only one paragraph in the essay does not begin with a key sentence. Which is it?

Ans: Only the third paragraph does not begin with a key sentence.

Q.2: In not more than three sentences explain how one can tell that writer’s back ground is England?

Ans: We knew the writer’s back ground from the second paragraph in which he tells about two persons who were talking about their reminiscence of an English Academic Institution. Another hint is in last paragraph where he tells about the Armistice Day ceremonies in London.

Q.3: How can one tell that the essay was written between 1919 and 1939?

Ans: The writer tells about ‘Two minutes’ silence observed in connection with Armistice Day in commemoration of the cease fire after the First World War in 1918. The celebration of ceremony ceased with beginning of the Second World War in 1939. Since the first anniversary of the global war comes off in 1919, it may easily be concluded that this essay was written between 1919 and 1939.

Q.4: On what grounds does Robert Lynd defend conversation about weather?

Ans: Robert Lynd the author of this article defends conversation about the weather, on the grounds that a conversation must be based on mutual sympathy. A common note of sympathy is struck by talking about experience which is shared by both. Weather is one experience and so there is no reason. Why one should avoid marking in the topic of one’s talk.

Q.5: According to this essay, what kind of topic should be avoided in conversation among three peoples?

Ans: According to this essay such topics should be avoided in conversation among three peoples which are not found interesting to any one of them.

Q.6: What is one reason in the writer’s opinion for people’s fear of dark?

Ans: In writer’s opinion one reason for people’s fear to dark is fear of silence.

Q.7: If the paragraph beginning ‘For compete silence produces feelings of awe in us…’ had to be divided into two, where would you make the division?

Ans: If this paragraph had to be divided into two, I would begin the new paragraph with sentence ‘This is not said that we never enjoy awfulness of silence’.

Q.8: Explain the meaning of ‘moves’ in the sentence ‘The cathedral moves us most deeply in perfect stillness’.

Ans: Moves here means effects or arouses the feelings of.

Q.9: What is the purpose of ‘Two minute’s silence’?

Ans: The purpose of ‘Two minutes silence’ is to commemorate the large number of casualties of the First World War.

Q.10: The men and women had suddenly become statues. Is this literally true? If not what does it mean?

Ans: The phrase is not true literally. But it means here motion less.

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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