NCERT Class 9 English Solutions: Chapter 11-If I Were You Part 2
Q. What is Gerrard’s profession? Quote the parts of the play that support your answer.
A. According to the play, Gerrard could have been a playwright. After locking away the intruder, he picked up the phone and said “Sorry, I can’t let you have the props in time for rehearsal, I’ve had a spot of bother – quite amusing. I think I will put it in my next play.” This means that either he writes, produces or directs plays. Additionally, He uses language of the theater.
For example, on seeing the intruder, he said, “This is all very melodramatic, not very original, perhaps but...”.
Similarly, on being asked to talk about himself, he says “At last sympathetic audience!”
He also asked the intruder “Are you American, or is the merely a clever imitation?”
On being told about the plan of being killed, for his identity, he said, “In most melodramas the villain is foolish enough to delay his killing long enough to be frustrated.”
in order to save himself, he told the intruder about his false identity, “That’s a disguise outfit; false moustaches and what not”.
“You’ll soon stop being smart.”
(i) Who says this?
A. The intruder says the given line.
(ii) Why does the speaker say it?
A. When the intruder was commenting on Gerrard not getting perturbed, he stopped and fumbled for words. Then, Gerrard completed his sentence by saying “Nonchalant’ is your word, I think”. This got the intruder irritated, and he said the above words.
Q. “A mystery I propose to explain.” What is the mystery the speaker proposes to explain?
A. Gerrard proposed to explain the story he made up to escape the intruder. He portrayed himself as a criminal like the intruder who had committed a murder and got away. He further made up story that one of his men had been arrested. He said that he had packed his bag and was ready to escape that night.
“This is your big surprise.”
(i) Where has this been said in the play?
A. The given line was spoken twice in the play.
First, by the intruder when he revealed his intentions to Gerrard
Second time, it was spoken by Gerrard when he was about to reveal his concocted story to the intruder.
(ii) What is the surprise?
A. When the intruder said this line, the surprise was to kill Gerrard and take over his identity.
Intruder wanted to become Vincent Charles Gerrard. Then he would be free to go places and do nothing. He could eat well and sleep without fear of cops.
When Gerrard said this line, the surprise was his concocted story- in which Gerrard himself was a criminal like the intruder, who had committed a murder and got away.
Consult your dictionary and choose the correct word from the pairs given in brackets.
Q. The (site, cite) of the accident was (ghastly/ghostly).
A. The site of the accident was ghastly.
Q. Our college (principle/principal) is very strict.
A. Our college principal is very strict.
Q. I studied (continuously/continually) for eight hours.
A. I studied continuously for eight hours.
Q. The fog had an adverse (affect/effect) on the traffic.
A. The fog had an adverse effect on the traffic.
Q. Cezanne, the famous French painter, was a brilliant (artist/artiste).
A. Cezanne, the famous French painter, was a brilliant artist.
Q. The book that you gave me yesterday is an extraordinary (collage/college) of science fiction and mystery.
A. The book that you gave me yesterday is an extraordinary collage of science fiction and mystery.
Q. Our school will (host/hoist) an exhibition on cruelty to animals and wildlife conservation.
A. Our school will host an exhibition on cruelty to animals and wildlife conservation.
Q. Screw the lid tightly onto the top of the bottle and (shake/shape) well before using the contents.
A. Screw the lid tightly onto the top of the bottle and shake well before using the contents.