NCERT Class 9 English Solutions: Chapter 11-If I Were You Part 1

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Question 1:

The following words and phrases occur in the play. Do you know their meanings? Match them

With meanings given, to find out.

Table of Find And Match Phrases Occur In The Play.
Table of Find And Match Phrases Occur In The Play.

Cultured

an informal expression for a fashionable vehicle

Count on

unnecessary and usually harmful

Engaged

exaggerated

melodramatic

sophisticated; well mannered

To be smart

here, a tone of voice

inflection

avoid

wise guy

an unexpected opportunity for success

A dandy bus

trap

tradespeople

a Christian religious teacher who teaches on Sundays Church

gratuitous

(American English) a person who pretends to know a lot

dodge

depend on; rely on

lucky break

(American English) an informal way of saying that one is being too clever

Sunday-school

teacher

occupied; busy

frame

merchants

Answer:

Table of Answer of Match Phrases Occur In The Play.
Table of Answer of Match Phrases Occur In The Play.

cultured

sophisticated; well mannered

count on

depend on; rely on

engaged

occupied; busy

melodramatic

exaggerated

to be smart

(American English) an informal way of saying that one is being too clever

inflection

here, a tone of voice

wise guy

(American English) a person who pretends to know a lot

a dandy bus

an informal expression for a fashionable vehicle

tradespeople

merchants

gratuitous

unnecessary and usually harmful

dodge

avoid

lucky break

an unexpected opportunity for success

Sunday-school teacher

a Christian religious teacher who teaches on Sundays Church

frame

trap

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Image of Zeppelin! - Louisville Leopard Percussionists for if I Were You

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Question 1:

Q. “At last a sympathetic audience.”

(i) Who says this?

A. Gerrard said this line.

(ii) Why does he say it?

A. Gerrard said so because the intruder had asked him to talk about himself.

Intruder threatens Gerrard with the revolver

Gerrard and Intruder

Intruder threatens Gerrard with the revolver

(iii) Is he sarcastic or serious?

A. He was being sarcastic. From the audience, he meant the intruder. Intruder was not sympathetic. He forced Gerrard at gunpoint, to talk about himself so he could use the information for his own interests.

Question 2:

Why does the intruder choose Gerrard as the man whose identity he wanted to take on?

A. The intruder chose Gerrard because he had similar build. Also, the title of Vincent Charles Gerrard, provided him the freedom to go anywhere without doing anything. He could now be rich- eat well and sleep. Intruder with the new identity did not have to run away at the sight of a cop.

Question 3:

Q. “I said it with bullets.”

(i) Who says this?

A. Gerrard said the given line.

(ii) What does it mean?

A. It means that Gerrard got away with murder when things went wrong. Here,

“I said it with bullets” means that he fired bullets to escape.

(iii) Is it the truth? What is the speaker’s reason for saying this?

A. No, this was not the truth. Gerard wanted the intruder to think that he was dangerous. If he did not say so and pretend that he was dangerous, the intruder would have killed him. Gerrard further pretended that the cops were after, thus the intruder would gain nothing by taking his identity. He would still not be safe from police.

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