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Chapter 12: The Dear Departed

Chapter 12: The Dear Departed solutions [Pages 8 - 152]

Q 1 | Page 131

Read an excerpt from the diary of a 72 year old man :
As I sit here alone and waiting
I gaze at people passing me by.
I try to smile and reach out to them
But no one notices; no one waits.
They look to me like I am nothingAre they afraid to be seen saying "Hi" to an old
man like me?
Once my life, it's like a flower,
I had bloomed into a child.
Now, like the dying flower
Waiting for my one day to comeIt will be then that I am gone,
And yet, I still would not have heard that simple word, "Hi"
That for so long my heart had desired.

• What do you think is he feeling?
• What situation do you think leads people to feel so?
• Can such people be helped? How?

Q 2 | Page 132

Read the news story given below.

                                                 India's elderly face growing neglect
                                                               By Tinku Ray
                                                            BBC News, Delhi
There has been a steady rise recently in reports of cases of elderly being abused, harassed and abandoned in India.

Traditionally older people have been revered in India, signified by the touching
of their feet by the younger generation.
Prime ministers and Presidents have almost always been senior citizens.
Joint family systems - where three or more generations lived under one roof - were a strong support - network for the elderly.
But more children are now leaving their parental homes to set up their own.

Discuss in groups:
a) What are the reasons for the old people being "abused, harassed and
abandoned" in India?
b) What are the problems faced by the old people as a result?

Q 4 | Page 150

Given below are the main incidents in the play. They are in a jumbled order. Arrange them in the sequence in which they occur in the play.
1. Victoria is asked to fetch the bunch of keys to the bureau to look for the insurance
receipt.
2. Mrs. Slater instructs Victoria to put her white frock on with a black sash.
3. Mrs Slater discovers that grandfather is 'dead'.
4. The Slaters fetch the bureau and the clock from upstairs.
5. The family sits down to have tea.
6. Henry wears the new slippers of grandfather's
7. Grandfather comes to know how his daughters have been in a hurry to divide his
things between them.
8. Grandfather announces his intention to change his will and to marry Mrs.
Shorrocks.
9. Grandfather comes down and is surprised to find the Jordans.
10. They discuss the obituary announcement in the papers and the insurance
premium payment.

11. The Jordans arrive and learn the details of grandfather's 'demise'from the Slaters.

Q 5.1 | Page 151

Answer the following question briefly.

How does Mrs. Slater plan to outshine the Jordans? What does it reveal about her character?

Q 5.2 | Page 151

Answer the following question briefly.

Why does Mrs. Slater decide to shift the bureau from grandfather's room before the arrival of the Jordans? How does Henry react to the suggestion?

Q 5.3 | Page 151

Answer the following question briefly.

What is the reason for the Jordans taking a long time to get to the house of the Slaters? What does it show about the two sisters' attitude towards each other?

Q 5.4 | Page 151

Answer the following question briefly

What does Mrs. Jordan describe as 'a fatal mistake'? What is the irony in the comment she makes on Mrs. Slater's defense?

Q 5.5 | Page 151

Answer the following question briefly.

Ben appreciates grandfather saying 'its' a good thing he did'. Later he calls him a 'drunken old beggar'. Why does he change his opinion about grandfather?

Q 5.6 | Page 151

Answer the following question briefly.

What change does grandfather make in his new will? What effect does it have on his daughters?

Q 5.7 | Page 151

Answer the following question briefly.

What are the three things that grandfather plans to do on Monday next?

Q 6.1 | Page 151

Answer the following in detail:

Bring out the irony in the title of the play.

Q 6.2 | Page 151

Answer the following in detail:

How does the spat between his daughters lead to grandfather discovering the truth?

Q 6.3 | Page 151

Answer the following in detail:

Compare and contrast Henry's character with that of his wife. Support your answer with evidence from the play.

Q 7 | Page 151

Bring out the traits in Mrs. Slater's personality quoting evidence from the play.

Trait Evidence from the play
Greedy  
Overpowering/ dominating  
Blunt/ straight talking  
Impolite  
Insensitive  
Q 8.1 | Page 152

Answer the following with reference to the context.

"Are we pinching it before Aunt Elizabeth comes?"
a) What does 'it' refer to here?

b) How does Vicky conclude that her parents are 'pinching it'?
c) Mention the two reasons that Mrs. Slater gives for her action.
d) What does it reveal about the difference between the attitude of the elders and that of Vicky?

Q 8.2 | Page 152

Answer the following with reference to the context.

"I don't call that delicate stepping into a dead man's shoes in such haste."
a) Who makes this comment?
b) What prompts the speaker to say this?
c) Bring out the significance of this statement.

Q 8.3 | Page 8

Answer the following with reference to the context.

"Now, Amelia, you mustn't give way. We've all got to die some time or other. It might have been worse."
b) Who is the speaker of these lines?
c) What prompts the speaker to say these words?
d) What does he mean when he says 'It might have been worse'?
e) What does it reveal about the speaker's character?

Q 9 | Page 152

Writing
Victoria Slater is truly attached to her Grandpa. As she sees the elders in her family quarrel over the inheritance, she is bewildered and upset by their attitude. As Victoria, write a diary entry outlining the incident and your feelings. (150 words)

Q 10 | Page 152

Grandfather says, "It seems to me that neither of you has any cause to feel proud about
the way you've treated me.'' While it is true that the daughters disregard modesty,
decency and filial obligation, grandfather cannot be fully justified in practically
disowning his family. Besides, Victoria loves him and he seems to have spared no
thought for her feelings.
Divide yourselves into groups of four or five and discuss the statement: Grandfather is not entirely right in moving away from his daughters.
After the discussion, a representative from each group will present the views of her/ his group to the class in about 3 minutes.

Chapter 12: The Dear Departed

CBSE English Course Communicative: Literature Reader - Class 10

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