If I Were You | Question Solutions


If I Were You | Question Solutions

If I Were You Question Solutions

If I Were You | Question Solutions

-Doulas James

If I Were You Question Solutions


Thinking about the Text.

  1. Answer these questions.

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

(i) Who says this?

(ii) Why does he say it?

(iii) Is he sarcastic or serious?

Ans. (i) Gerrard says this.

(ii) Gerrard said this because the intruder became sympathetic towards him as he wanted to know about him.

(iii) Yes, he is sarcastic.

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

Ans. The intruder wanted to take on the identity of Gerrard. It is because the intruder thought that Gerrard was a man of mystery and with him, the intruder had some similarities. The intruder was a convict of murder. He wanted to kill Gerrard in order to assume the identity of Gerrard and thus he wanted to scot-free by eluding the police.

Q.3. “ I said it with bullets.”

(i) Who says this?

(ii) What does it mean?

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

Ans. (i) Gerrard says this.

(ii) It means that Gerrard was not an ordinary man but a dangerous one who would kill someone with bullets.

(iii) 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 by saying so.

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

Ans. Gerrard is an actor and playwright. The following parts of the play support the answer.

Gerrard:  Hello. Speaking. Sorry I can’t let you have the props in time for rehearsal.

Q.5. “ You’ll soon stop being smart.”

(i) Who says this?

(ii) Why does the speaker say this?

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

Ans. The intruder says this.

(ii) The speaker says this because Gerrard did not seem to be afraid of the intruder with a revolver in his hand.

(iii) The intruder threatened to shoot Gerrard with the revolver and that would stop Gerrard from being smart.

Q.6. ‘ They can’t hang me twice.’

(i) Who says this?

(ii) Why does the speaker say this?

Ans. (i) The intruder said this.

(ii) The intruder entered the house of Mr. Gerrard to kill him and live in his cottage in freedom in disguise of Gerrard so that he could not be detected by police. He said that he had already killed a police for the crime of which he might be hanged. If he would kill Gerrard he would have not been hanged twice for two crimes.

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

Ans. To escape from being killed by the intruder, Gerrard said that if the intruder shoot him then the intruder would be hanged definitely. If he did not, he should disguise himself as Vincent Charles Gerrard. 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.  As a result, he would be leaving the cottage soon to escape from the police.

That was the mystery.

Q.8. “ This is your big surprise.”

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

(ii) What is the surprise?

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

(ii) The surprise was that the intruder had not killed Gerrard and he was right.

Thinking about the language.

  1. Consult your dictionary and choose the correct word from the pairs given in brackets.

1.The ( site, cite ) of the accident was ( ghastly/ ghostly).

  1. Our college ( principle/ principal) is very strict.
  2. I studied ( continuously/ continually) for eight hours.
  3. The fog had an adverse (affect/ effect) on the traffic.
  4. Cezanne, the famous French painter, was a brilliant (artist/ artiste).
  5. The book that you gave me yesterday is an extraordinary ( collage/ college) of science fiction and mystery.
  6. Our school will (host/ hoist) an exhibition on cruelty to animals and wildlife conservation.
  7. Screw the lid tightly onto the top of the bottle and ( shake/ shape) well before using the contents.

Ans. 1. site, ghastly 2. principal  3.continuously 4.effect 5. artist 6. college 7.host 8. shake.


Q.1. What is the full name of Gerrard?

Ans. The full name name of Gerrard is Vincent Charles Gerrard.

Q.3. Did the intruder disclose his name?

Ans.  No, he refused to disclose his name.

Q.3. How is the intruder dressed?

Ans.  The intruder is flashily dressed in an overcoat and soft hat.

Q.4. How old is Gerrard?

Ans.  Gerrard is 32 years old.

Q.5. Where does Gerrard live?

Ans. Gerrard lives in a cottage at Essex.

Q.6. ‘’You are a crook.” Who is the crook? Who says this?

Ans. The intruder is a crook. Gerrard says this.

Q.7. ‘’You are not particularly decorative.” Who is the ‘you’ here?

Ans. Here the ‘you’ is the intruder. 0 0 0.

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