Class 9 English Chapter 11 If I Were You

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Class 9 English Chapter 11 If I Were You, NCERT/SCERT Class 9 English Beehive Question Answer to each chapter is provided in the list of SEBA ইংৰাজী Class 9 Question Answer so that you can easily browse through different chapters and select needs one. Class 9 English Beehive Prose Chapter 11 If I Were You Question Answer can be of great value to excel in the examination.

Class 9 English Chapter 11 If I Were You

SEBA Class 9 English Chapter 11 If I Were You Notes covers all the exercise questions in Assam Board SEBA Textbooks. The SEBA Class 9 English Beehive Chapter 11 If I Were You provided here ensures a smooth and easy understanding of all the concepts. Understand the concepts behind every chapter and score well in the board exams.

If I Were You

Chapter – 11



1. Answer these Questions:

Q.1. “At last a sympathetic audience.”

(i) Who says this?

Ans. (i) Gerrard says this.

(ii) Why does he say it?

Ans. Immediately after entering the house, the intruder threatens to shoot and kill Gerrard. Gerrard wanted to tell the intruder anything he would want to know about him. Then he wanted Gerrard to talk about himself. At Gerrard say this.

(iii) Is he sarcastic or serious?

Ans. Gerrard is sarcastic, not serious. He pretends that the intruder wants to listen to him. But the intruder really wants to find out information.

Q.2. Why does the intruder choose Gerrard as the man whose identity he wants to take on.

Ans. The intruder thought that he had some kind of similarity with Gerrard. He claimed that he had seen Gerrard at Aylesbury riding a car. The intruder along with two other men had found Gerrard a queer and mysteri-ous man. The intruder had also heard Gerrard speaking on telephone and thought that he could imitate his voice and pause.

This besides the intruder had been a convict moving from place to place to evade the police. He finds Gerrard’s cottage a solitary place not frequented by many visitor. His purpose is to kill Gerrard and stay in his house disguising and impersonating himself as Gerrard. While inside the cottage the intruder found that Gerrard’s clothes and outfits would fit him properly.

The only thing he would have to add was the spectacles. Thus the intruder wants to take on the identity of Gerrard to elude the police and live in the hut peacefully at least for some time. He hoped to get freedom there.

Q.3. “I said it with bullets.”

(i) Who says this?

Ans. Gerrard says this?

(ii) What does it mean?

Ans. It means that Gerrard had answered somebody with bullets. He means to say that he had killed someone.

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

Ans. No, it is not the truth. The speaker, Gerrard finds himself in a dangerous situation when the intruder wanted to kill him with his revolver. Gerrard calmly applied his intelligence to escape from sure death. So he utters the above quoted line and adds that he must escape from the house immedi-ately as he expected trauble that night. One of his men was found with certain things that he should have burnt. So, he pretended that, to evade policemen he must escape then and there. He pretended like that to escape from and befool the intruder who wanted to kill him with a view to imper-sonating himself as Gerrard and live in the cottage peacefully for sometime.

Q.4. What is Gerrard’s profession? Quote the parts of the play that supports your answer.

Ans. Gerrard is an actor by profession. Also he is a play wrighter (drama-tist). The following parts of the play support my answer.

Gerrard: That’s a disguise outfit; false moustaches and what not, Do you believe me? (page 143 Text book) Students Do YourSelf.

Gerrard: Hello. Speaking. Sorry I cann’t let you have the props in time for rehearsal. I’ve had a spot of brother- quite amus-ing. I think I will put it in my next play.

While the first speech quoted above prove Gerrard to be an actor, the second proves him a playwright as well.

Q.5. “You’ll soon stop being smart.”

(i) Who says this?

Ans. The intruder says this.

(ii) Why does the speaker say this?

Ans. Gerrard at first is not at all afraid of the Intruder. He talks to him boldly and says that the intruder’s presence in the cottage was something melodramatic. He asked whether the words of the intruder were nonchalant. At this the intruder said the above quoted lines.

(iii) What according to the speaker will stop Gerrard from being smart.

Ans. The intruder threatened to shoot Gerrard with the revolver in his hand and that would make him crawl and stop him from being smart.

Q.6. “They can’t hang me twice?’

(i) Who says this?

Ans. The intruder says this.

(ii) Why does the speaker say this?

Ans. The intruder had broken into the Gerrard’s cottage and finally explained that his purpose was to kill Gerrard and live in his cottage in freedom in disguise of Gerrard so that he could not be detected by police. The intruder had said that he had killed a policeman and since then he had been moving from place to place. He wanted to kill Gerrard. At that Gerrard asked him since he was a marderer and a criminal why he wanted to add murder to his crimes. To this the intruder replied that he would be hanged for his arlier crimes in case the police can catch hold of him. His idea was that he could not be hanged twice even if he committed more crimes.

Q.7. “A mystery I propose to explain.” What is the mystery the speaker proposes to explain?

Ans. To escape killing by the intruder Gerrard prends to be a murderer and a criminal himself. He told the intruder that he had not the intelligence why he (Gerrard) was shrouded in a cloak of mystery. The intruder said that he felt bored by the conversation and wanted to kill Gerrard. At this Gerrard gave him the big surprise. He said that if the intruder shoot he would be hanged definitely. If he did not, he should disguise himself as vincent charles Gerrard. The intruder wanted to know what that was. Gerrard explained that he had some reason why he went on changing places. He added that he was not as honest as a sunday school teacher. Then he declared that one of his men had been found with something he should have burnt. As a result he would be leaving the cottage soon to escape from police.

Q.8. “This is your big surprise.”

(i) Where has this been said in the play?

Ans. This is said towards the closing of the play, just before. Gerrard escap leaving the intruder unarmed inside the locked house.

(ii) What is the surprise?

Ans. The surprise is that so long the intruder had treated as if he were a fool who could be easily exploited. Then Gerrard pretended himself a criminal saying that he had answered someone with bullets and got away. He told the intruder that he was not a sunday school teacher. Like the intruder he too moved from place to place to escape from police. Further he said that he was expecting trouble that night. One of his men were caught with certain things the man should have burnt. So he asked the intruder to follow him an escape. This was a big surprise that seemed to baffle the intruder’s wit.

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