John Hallock Could Never Displease Jenkins. Why? - English Communicative


John Hallock could never displease Jenkins. Why?



John Hallock could never contradict Jenkins as his was the only magazine that printed John’s writings. In addition, he somehow always came to John’s rescue when the landlord was pestering him for money.

Concept: A Shady Plot
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2015-2016 (March) All India Set 2


The title of the story is A Shady Plot. The dictionary defines the words as:
plot noun.

Answer the following question briefly.

Does the narrator like writing ghost stories? Support your answer with evidence
from the story.

Answer the following question briefly.

What makes Helen, the ghost and her other co-ghosts organize The Writer's Inspiration Bureau? .

Answer the following question briefly.

Do you agree with the narrator calling the assembly of women "manipulators?" Give reasons.

Answer the following question briefly.

Why is John's wife angry? What does she decide to do?

Answer the following question briefly.

John's apprehensions about his wife's reaction to her encounter with the ghost are
unfounded. Justify.

Gladolia, the narrator's cook, is an African. The language she speaks is different from that of the others. This is known as Dialect. A dialect consists of words or phrases that reflect the regional variety of a language. An author often uses a dialect to make the dialogue more authentic. Initially, a dialogue may seem a little difficult to understand. However, as you continue reading, the language becomes more comprehensible.
Working in groups, write what Gladolia's words mean as shown.

Column A Column B
• Misto Hallock • Mister Hallock
• de Missus  
• sho t'inks you's lost!  
• she done 'phone you dis mawnin'  
• fo' de lawd's sake  
• not to stop to argify now  
• I's gwine t' quit.  
• I don't like no hoodoos.  
• I'se done lef' dis place  
• I is  

Answer the following questions :

The Ghost loved the stormy weather because ….(Complete the statement by
ticking the correct option)

Answer the following question.

The Ghost did not wish to frighten Virginia because ….(Complete the statement)

Comment on Elsie Brown’s writing style in the story, The Shady Plot.


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