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Chapter 4: A Shady Plot

Chapter 4: A Shady Plot solutions [Pages 33 - 53]

Q 1 | Page 33

Given below is a list of words related to ghosts and ghost stories with their jumbled up meanings against them. Match the words/expressions with their correct meanings:

Apparition a feeling of anticipation or anxiety over a future event
Poltergeist a reanimated corpse that is believed to rise from the grave at
night to suck the blood of sleeping people
Clairvoyance a conjurer who expels evil spirits by conjuration
Crystal Ball a spelling board device intended to communicate with and
through the spirit world, obtaining answers to questions
Eerie beyond the range of normal experience or scientific
explanation
Medium any of a set of 22 playing cards bearing allegorical
representations, used for fortune telling
Transmigration a supernatural appearance of a person or thing, a ghost,
spectre or phantom
Psychic so mysterious, strange or unexpected as to send a chill up
the spine
Ouija Board the supposed power to see objects or events that cannot be
perceived by the senses
Exorcist a person through whom the spirits of the dead are alleged to
be able to contact the living
Premonition a globe of quartz crystal in which images, believed to portend
the future, are supposedly visible to fortune tellers
Paranormal to pass into another body after death: going from one state of
existence or place to another
Tarot Card capable of extraordinary mental processes, such as
extrasensory perception and mental telepathy
Vampire German word, meaning "noisy ghost"-a troublesome spirit
that announces its presence with unexplainable sounds and
the creation of disorder
Q 2.1 | Page 34

The title of the story is A Shady Plot. The dictionary defines the words as:
shady adjective 

  • Full of shade; shaded

  • Casting shade: a shady grove.

  • Quiet, dark, or concealed; hidden.

  • Of dubious character or of questionable honesty.

Q 2.2 | Page 34

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

  • i) a small piece of ground, generally used for a specific purpose: a garden plot.
    ii) a measured area of land

  • a ground plan, as for a building; a diagram.

  • storyline- the plan, scheme, or main story of a literary or dramatic work, as a play,
    novel, or short story

  • a secret plan to accomplish a hostile or illegal purpose; a scheme.

Q 4.1 | Page 46

Based on your reading of the story answer the following question by ticking the correct option.

The narrator earns his living by ………………………….

  • writing moral and ethical stories

  • working as a reader for a magazine

  • working as a stenographer

  • working as an accountant in a lumber company

Q 4.2 | Page 46

Based on your reading of the story answer the following question by ticking the correct option.

The writer was overconfident about his ability to write ghost stories because ……

  • whenever magazines wanted a ghost story, they got in touch with him

  • he was always able to write a ghost story whenever he had to write one

  • he had an Ouija board

  • he knew the ghost lady would help him write a good ghost story

Q 4.3 | Page 46

Based on your reading of the story answer the following question by ticking the correct option.

The sight of the ghost materialising in his room filled the narrator with ………

  • fear

  • excitement

  • joy

  • anticipation

Q 4.4 | Page 46

Based on your reading of the story answer the following question by ticking the correct option.

The ghost wanted John to …………………………………………..

  • stop his wife from using the Ouija board

  • stop using the Ouija board himself

  • stop his guests from using the Ouija board

  • stop people from using the Ouija board

Q 4.5 | Page 46

Based on your reading of the story answer the following question by ticking the correct option.

John wants the ghost to disappear before his wife enters the room and waves his arms
at the ghost with something of the motion of a beginner when learning to swim. His
movement shows his ………………………

  • fear

  • amusement

  • desperation

  • anxiety

Q 4.6 | Page 46

Based on your reading of the story answer the following question by ticking the correct option.

When the narrator says his wife is never so pretty as when she's doing something she
knows he disapproves of, his tone is …………………….

  • amused

  • ironic

  • angry

  • irritated

Q 4.7 | Page 46

Based on your reading of the story answer the following question by ticking the correct option.

The ghost says "It's all your fault.'It' here refers to ………………………

  • the narrator's wife's anger

  • the ghost's anger.

  •  the narrator's wife leaving him

  • the ghost materialising in sections.

Q 4.8 | Page 46

Based on your reading of the story answer the following question by ticking the correct option.

Gladolia wishes to leave the narrator's house as ………………….

  • she does not like the Ouija boards

  • she is afraid of the ghost

  • she is afraid of magic and hoodoo

  • she likes Ouija boards and hoodoo

Q 5.01 | Page 48

Answer the following question briefly.

Which genre of stories does Jenkins want the narrator to write? Why?

Q 5.02 | Page 48

Answer the following question briefly.

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

Q 5.03 | Page 48

Answer the following question briefly.

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

Q 5.04 | Page 48

Answer the following question briefly.

Why had Helen, the ghost, been helping the narrator write ghost stories? Why was she going on strike? What condition did she place for providing continued help?

Q 5.05 | Page 48

Answer the following question briefly.

How does the ghost undermine the narrator's faith in his ability to write ghost stories?

Q 5.06 | Page 48

Answer the following question briefly.

Why does John want the ghost to disappear before his wife appears on the scene? What impression of his wife's character do you form from his words?

Q 5.07 | Page 48

Answer the following question briefly.

Why does the narrator hesitate to be a partner to Laura Hinkle during the Ouija Board Party?

Q 5.08 | Page 48

Answer the following question briefly.

What message does the ghost convey to the group assembled in the narrator's house? What is their reaction to the message?

Q 5.09 | Page 48

Answer the following question briefly.

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

Q 5.1 | Page 48

Answer the following question briefly.

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

Q 5.11 | Page 48

Answer the following question briefly.

Why does John wish himself to be dead?

Q 5.12 | Page 48

Answer the following question briefly.

When confronted by Lavinia about his flirtations over the Ouija Board, John insists that 'the affair was quite above-board, I assure you, my love'. Bring out the pun in John's statement.

Q 5.13 | Page 48

Answer the following question briefly.

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

Q 6.1 | Page 48

Answer the following question in detail:

After her reconciliation with her husband, John Hallock, Lavinia writes a letter to
her friend expressing how her relationship with him has almost been on the verge
of breaking and what has saved it. Write her a letter.

Q 6.2 | Page 48

Answer the following question in detail:

John Hallock reflects upon his experience with Helen's ghost and in retrospect he finds it quite amusing. All the same he is relieved that he is no longer plagued by it. Ironically, the same ghost inspires his creativity and he writes a diary entry reflecting upon the comical aspect of his experience. Write his diary entry

Q 7 | Page 49

The narrator and his wife reveal something about their character through their words and actions. We also learn about them from what other people say. Can you pick out the words that describe them from the box given below? Also, pick out lines and instances from the story to illustrate your choice.

shy      arrogant     loyal     clever      overconfident            manipulative
protective     self- disparaging       suspicious      sceptical       jealous fearless
firm        shrewd           strong          gullible       sly        creative
loves     novelty       and     thrills

 

Person Extract from story What it tells us
about the character
John Hallock  1. …in the end things had always come my way….. somehow I'd always been able to dig one (plot) up for him, so I'd begun to get a bit cocky as to my ability (to write stories). 1. ____________
2. "But my ghosts aren't a bit like you----". 2. sceptical
3. We scout around until we find a writer without ideas and with a mind soft enough to accept impression. 3. gullible
4.  .................................................................. 4. creative
5.  ................................................................... 5. protective
LaviniaHallock 1. .................................................................... 1. loves novelty and thrills 
2..................................................................... 2. spendthrift
3. ..................................................................... 3. suspicious
4. ....................................................................... 4. jealous
5. Buys the Ouija board but says it is for John's research. 5. manipulative
6. Does not flinch when she meets the ghost but talks to her casually. 6. strong

 

Q 8 | Page 50

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  
Q 9 | Page 50

Read and understand the following ghost phrases and expressions:

a) To give up the ghost-- to die or to stop trying
b) Aghost of a chance-- a poor chance, not likely to happen
c) The ghost at the feast-- something or someone that spoils your enjoyment by
reminding you of something unpleasant
d) Ghost town-- a town which most people have left, abandoned and deserted
e) Ghost-write- to write for someone else

f) Lay the ghost of something/somebody (to rest)-- to finally stop being worried
or upset by something or someone that has worried or upset you for a long time
g) Ghost image -- secondary image, especially. one appearing on a television
screen as a white shadow, caused by poor or double reception or by a defect in the
receiver
h) the ghost of a smile - faint trace of a smile
i) As white as a ghost- very pale or white in the face

Now complete the following story by using the appropriate phrases in the blanks
given below:
I was alone in a place that bore a deserted look like that of a ________________. I increased
the pace of my footsteps as I walked through the dark forest. I felt someone walking behind
me. I turned immediately and spotted the contour of a figure in the form of a ___________________ .It smiled at me wickedly .I started shaking with fear and perspiring
profusely when I felt its skeletal hand upon my neck. I woke up with a start, relieved that it was only a nightmare. This was not the first time I had had one. It had all started when I had watched the horrendous horror film with a eerie ghost character that had a scary ghost of a smile on its face.It had been almost a month. The strange thing was that I saw a similar face at the station the next morning. That was uncanny. I was to attend a dinner at my friend's at Northanger Abbey that night. I had decided to narrate my experience to the group that would assemble there. Although I knew, there was _________________________ that they would be convinced. After everyone had finished pouring their drinks to themselves, I cleared my throat and started narrating my spooky experience. However, every one of the group started accusing me of being _______________________ and held me responsible for spoiling the spirit of revelry. I gave up the ghost and sat quietly waiting for the party to be over. Back at home, the fears returned .I knew I had to talk about my experience to somebody to feel better. I have now decided to ______________ and publish my experience under a pseudonym. Only then can I ____________________.

Q 10 | Page 51

Ghosts and haunting have fascinated the public for centuries. Although many doubt the existence of ghosts or other paranormal entities, many people dedicate their lives to searching and recording paranormal activity. Ghost tours, support groups and research societies, to name just a few, permeate our society and seek to answer questions about paranormal activity.   Interview your friends, relatives and people in your neighbourhood about whether they believe in the existence of ghosts. Ask them to tell you of any specific experiences they might have had in this context. In your groups, identify the most fascinating anecdote you have gathered on the basis of your interactions. Narrate it to the class

Q 11.1 | Page 52

Do you think a story has an atmosphere? Complete the following blanks to make
up your ghost story by choosing the correct options.

                                          A Ghost Story
   She opened the _________________ (secret door/ spaceship's hatch/
   door of the cottage/ cemetery gate/ door of the castle/ cockpit)
   _________________ (brashly/ loudly/ silently/ stupidly/ fearfully/ joyously).
   Standing in front of her was a ________________ (terrifying/ handsome/
  smelly/ anonymous/ tiny/ huge/ bossy) ___________ (policeman/ spy/
  apparition/ witch/ prince/ wizard) with a _________________ (wand/ rose/
  rod/ knife/ scythe/ coded message) in his/ her (its) _________________
  (ghoulish/ bony/ beautiful/ fair/ manly/ gloved/ magical) hand.
Q 11.2 | Page 52

Now that you have shared a ghost story/anecdote as well as completed a guided story in the class, create your own ghost story on the basis of the starters given below:

a) Stephen knew he would never sleep. The noises, those horrid sounds, would keep him awake...

b) Tap, tap, tap. Was it the branches of the nearby tree, or fingernails against the window?

c) People often say, 'There's no such thing as ghosts....

You are familiar with the key elements of a short story viz setting, plot, conflict, character and point of view. Given below are specifics to be kept in mind while writing a ghost story. Also make use of the vocabulary that you have learnt from the story ‘A
Shady Plot’.

• Colours, sounds, feeling words
• Strong definite characters
• Creating suspense
• Setting the scene and the atmosphere

• Describing the weather
• Clear opening line
• Personal feelings
• Clear ending
• Describing the sounds
• Adding a dramatic element
• Mystery

Q 12 | Page 53

While conventional Ghost stories are scary and gruesome, several modern versions are humorous. The Canterville Ghost, by Oscar Wilde, is one of the best ghost stories written in the vein of comic satire. The story that you just read is another example in case. Humour arises out of the narrator's ability to laugh at himself, clever use of language as well as comic situations. Discuss within your groups what makes the story, A Shady Plot humorous. Share your views during a class discussion.

Q 13.1 | Page 53

Answer the following questions :

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

  •  he liked the rain

  • he liked the strong wind that shook and rattled all the windows and doors in
    the old house

  • his plan would fail otherwise

  • such weather was ideal for frightening the people in the house

Q 13.2 | Page 53

Answer the following question:

The Ghost was particularly angry with Washington and wished to frighten him
because…. ...................................................................(Complete the statement)

Q 13.3 | Page 53

Answer the following question.

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

Q 13.4 | Page 53

Answer the following question.

The Ghost was most angry with ….(Complete the statement by ticking the correct
option)

  • Mr and Mrs Otis

  • Virginia

  • Washington

  • The Twins

Q 13.5 | Page 53

Write two striking qualities of the Ghost as revealed in this extract.
a) _____________________
b) _____________________

Chapter 4: A Shady Plot

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