The Hack Driver | Question Solutions

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The Hack Driver | Question Solutions

The Hack Driver

The Hack Driver Question Solutions

The Hack Driver | Question Solutions

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– Sinclair Lewis

The Hack Driver Question Solutions

TEXTUAL QUESTION SOLUTIONS

Read and Find Out- 1

Q.1. Why was the lawyer sent to New Mullion? What does he first think about the place?

Ans: The Lawyer was sent to New Mullion to serve on a summons to a man called Oliver Lutkins. But there he was deluded by Oliver Lutkins who took him round the town all day long.

At first, he thought the place to be a sweet and simple country village. But he found it not to be so.

Q.2. Who befriends him? Where does he take him?

Ans: The Lawyer was befriended by a man who introduced himself as Bill or Magnuson. He was a delivery man at the station.

He took the lawyer to all the places where Oliver Lutkins could have probably hung out. He took the lawyer to Fritz’s Shop, to Gustaff’s barber shop and to several other places and finally, he took him to Oliver Lutkins’ mother’s home. But Oliver Lutkins was found nowhere.

Q.3. What does he say about Lutkins?

Ans: Bill told the lawyer that Oliver Lutkins was a hard fellow to catch. He owed money to many people. Even Bill was to get money from him. He was so miser that he never paid a cent to anybody. He also said that Lutkins played a lot of pokers. He was good at deceiving people.

Read and Find Out- 2

Q.1. What does more Bill say about Lutkins and his family?

Ans: Bill told the lawyer that he knew Lutkins’ mother who lived in a village. He said that she was a terrible woman. She looked very heavy and fat. He narrated an incident that Bill took a trunk to her once and she almost took his skin off because he did not treat it like a box of eggs. She also talked a lot. Bill said more that Oliver might have heard that somebody was chasing him and consequently he would have gone into hiding at his mother’s place.

Think About It

Q.1. When the lawyer reached New Mullion, did Bill know that he was looking for Lutkins? When do you think Bill came up with his plan for fooling the lawyer?

Ans: When the lawyer reached New Mullion, Bill came to know that he was looking for Lutkins. Oliver knew that the lawyer was in need of Oliver Lutkins as a witness in a law case. So it seems that Lutkins was prepared for such a situation.

Q.2. Lutkins openly takes the lawyer all over the village. How is it that no one lets out the secret? (Hint: Notice that the hack driver asks the lawyer to keep out of sight behind him when they go into Fritz’s.) Can you find other such subtle ways in which Lutkins manipulates the tour?

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Who was Bill? How did he befool the lawyer?

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Give a description of the first meeting between Bill and the young lawyer.

Ans: Bill was the false name of Oliver Lutkins. The Lawyer was sent to New Mullion to serve on a summons to  Oliver Lutkins. But by the presence of mind, Oliver took the false name ‘Bill’ and befooled the lawyer.

When the lawyer arrived at New Mullion, Bill took charge of finding out Oliver Lutkins in favour of the lawyer.  He went on contract with his hack driver to carry the lawyer to all the places where Oliver might have been. He ordered the lawyer to sit just behind Lutkins so that none could recognize him. Lutkins was always the first to enter the place where he took the lawyer. He prevented the lawyer from directly talking with people at those places. In this way, he took them into confidence. He took the lawyer to all the places where Oliver Lutkins could have probably hung out. He took the lawyer to Fritz’s Shop, to Gustaff’s barber shop and to several other places and finally, he took him to Oliver Lutkins’ mother’s home.

There is other such subtle ways in which Lutkins manipulates the tour. At the station, Lutkins asked the lawyer if he was in a hurry to find Lutkins. The lawyer told him that he had to catch the afternoon train back to the city. This helped him make out the plan to cheat the lawyer. He took the lawyer around the neighbouring places till it was time for him to catch the train back to the city.

In this way, Lutkins always kept ahead of the lawyer and managed to manipulate the tour and thus he befooled the lawyer.

Q.3. Why do you think Lutkins’ neighbours were anxious to meet the lawyer?

Ans: Lutkins took the lawyer across New Mullion in search of Lutkins himself in favour of the lawyer. He very easily and tactfully succeeded in deluding the lawyer. During this process of deception, almost all the people in the town happened to see the lawyer. This episode would have become the talking point of the town.

Q.4. After his first day’s experience with the hack driver, the lawyer thinks of returning to New Mullion to practise law. Do you think he would have reconsidered this idea after his second visit?

Ans: After the first day’s experience with the hack driver, the lawyer had considered returning to New Mullion to practise law.

Yes, we think that the lawyer would have reconsidered this idea after his second visit.

Q.5. Do you think that the lawyer was gullible? How could he have avoided being taken for a ride?

Ans: It seems that the lawyer was gullible. If he were careful he could have avoided being taken for a ride by Lutkins himself. The hack driver was the one who did all the talking and the lawyer remained silent. If he were wise he should have done his work by himself.  0 0 0.

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