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CBSE Notes 2011-2012 » IX-English

The Bishop's Candlesticks

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Multiple choice question

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choosing the most appropriate alternative from those given below :
(3 Marks)

'Ah, you are good, sister, to think of that ; but-but i don't want to sell them. You see,
dear, my mother gave them to me on-on her death - bed just after you were born, and -
and she asked me to keep them in remembrance of her, so i would like to keep
them; but perhaps it is a sin to set such store by them.'

(a) Who is the speaker of these lines ?

(i) the Bishop
(ii) the convict
(iii) Mere Gringoire
(iv) Persome

(b) The speaker's sister is right in thinking that

(i) the Bishop would soon sell the given candlesticks.
(ii) nothing will remain at home one day.
(iii) the Bishop wants money.
(iv) none

(c) Explain the line : But perhaps it is a sin to set such store by them.

(i) One should not hoard materialistic things.
(ii) One should use them to help the needy.
(iii) that helping the needy is better than hoarding things.
(iv) all of the above

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Multiple choice question

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'Humph ! i'll risk it. (Bishop, going to door R). But mind! Play me false and as sure
as there are devils in hell, i'll drive my knife through your heart. i have nothing
to lose.'

(a) Who is the speaker of these lines ?

(i) the convict
(ii) the Bishop
(iii) Persome
(iv) Mere Gringoire

(b) Who can play false to the speaker and how ?

(i) the Bishop by raising an alarm
(ii) also by alerting others in the house about the convict
(iii) by getting him arrested
(iv) (i) and (ii)

(c) Why does the speaker say, "i have nothing to lose ?"

(i) Because he is poor and starving.
(ii) A poor man has nothing to lose.
(iii) He is not afraid of being sent back to jail.
(iv) all of the above

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Multiple choice question

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'They caught me. i pleaded to them, i told them why i stole, but they laughed at me,
and i was sentenced to ten years in the prison hulks, ten years in Hell.'

(a) Who is the speaker ?

(i) the convict
(ii) the Bishop
(iii) Persome
(iv) Mere Gringoir

(b) Whom did the speaker plead to and why ?

(i) He pleaded to the police personnel to let him go.
(ii) He pleaded to the Bishop not to get him arrested again.
(iii) He pleaded to the Bishop to give him some food and clothing.
(iv) He pleaded to the police personnel to release him from jail as he was
innocent.

(c) What had the speaker stolen and why ?

(i) He had stolen some money to buy food for her starving wife.
(ii) He had stolen some money to fulfil his personal needs.
(iii) He had stolen some food for his hungry wife.
(iv) He had stolen nothing but was caught unfortunately.

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'Oh, Mon Diu i it is hopeless, hopeless. We shall have nothing left. His estate is sold,
his savings have gone. His furniture, everything. Were it not for my little dot we
should starve ! And now my beautiful- beautiful (sob) salt-cella?*s. Ah it is too much,
too much. (She breaks down crying)

(a) Who is the speaker ?

(i) Persome
(ii) the Bishop
(iii) the convict
(iv) Mere Gringoire

(b) Why shall they have nothing left ?

(i) The Bishop was kind and benevolent.
(ii) He used to sell belongings to help others.
(iii) She was afraid lest the Bishop should sell everything out of
charity.
(iv) all of the above

(c) Why does the speaker break down ?

(i) She breaks down as the silver saltcellars had been sold.
(ii) She is against the Bishop selling all his belongings.
(iii) She is afraid lest they should be pauper one day.
(iv) (i), (ii) and (iii)

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'Brother, i have no patience with you. There, sit down and take your soup, it has
been waiting ever so long. And if it is spoilt, it serves you right.'

(a) Who has no patience with her brother ?

(i) Persome
(ii) Marie
(iii) Mere Gringoire
(iv) none

(b) Explain the last line.

(i) She had been awaiting the Bishop for long at the dinner table.
(ii) The soup was getting spoilt.
(iii) if the soup would be spoilt, he would be happy.
(iv) none

(c) Make an adjective from patience.

(i) patiently
(ii) patient
(iii) patent
(iv) none

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'Mere Gringoire indeed ! Mere Gringoire ! What, the old witch who lives at the top of
the hill, and who says she is bedridden because she is too lazy to do any work ? And
what did Mere Gringoire want with the money, pray

(a) Who is the speaker ?

(i) Persome, the Bishop's sister
(ii) the Bishop
(iii) Marie
(iv) the convict

(b) Why is the speaker angry with Mere Gringoire ?

(i) Because the Bishop had sold the silver salt-cellars to help Mere
Gringoire.
(ii) She believes that Mere Gringoire was not ill but acting only.
(iii) She did not want anything to be sold.
(iv) all of the above

(c) Why did Mere need money ?

(i) She needed money to pay her rent.
(ii) She was starving.
(iii) She needed clothing.
(iv) she needed money for the medicines.

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