Class 9 English Beehive Chapter 11| If I Were You | Solution

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Question and Answer

Textbook Solution:

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 Carl.

(ii) Immediately after entering the house, the intruder threatens to shoot and kill Gerrard. Gerrard wanted to tell the intruder anything he would want to know about him. Then he wanted Gerrard to talk about himself. At Gerrard say this.

(iii) Gerrard is sarcastic, not serious. He pretends that the intruder wants to listen to him. But the intruder really wants to find out information.

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

Ans: The intruder thought that he had some kind of similarity with Gerrard. He claimed that he had seen Gerrard at Aylesbury riding a car.

The intruder along with two other men had found Gerrard a queer and mysterious man. The intruder had also heard Gerrard speaking on the telephone and thought that he could imitate his voice and pause.

This besides the intruder had been a convict moving from place to place to evade the police. He finds Gerrard’s cottage a solitary place not frequented by many visitors. His purpose is to kill Gerrard and stay in his house disguising and impersonating himself as Gerrard.

While inside the cottage the intruder found that Gerrard’s clothes and outfits would fit him properly. The only thing he would have to add was the spectacles. Thus the intruder wants to take on the identity of Gerrard to elude the police and live in the hut peacefully at least for some time. He hoped to get freedom there.

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 had answered somebody with bullets. He means to say that he had killed someone.

(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.

So he utters the above quoted line and adds that he must escape from the house immediately as he expected trauble that night. One of his men was found with certain things that he should have burnt. So, he pre- tended that, to evade policemen he must escape then and there. He pretended like that to escape from and befool the intruder who wanted to kill him with a view to impersonating himself as Gerrard and live in the cottage peacefully for sometime.

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

Ans: Gerrard is an actor by profession. Also, he is a playwrighter (dramatist). The following parts of the play support my answer.

Gerrard: That’s a disguise outfit; false moustaches and what not. Do you believe me?

Gerrard: Hello. Speaking. Sorry, I cann’t let you have the props in time for rehearsal. I’ve had a spot of brother- quite amusing. I think I will put it in my next play. (last lines in the play) While the first speech quoted above proves Gerrard to be an actor, the second proves him a playwright as well.

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?


(i) The intruder says this.

(ii) Gerrard at first is not at all afraid of the Intruder. He talks to him boldly and says that the intruder’s presence in the cottage was something melodramatic. He asked whether the words of the intruder were nonchalant. At this, the intruder said the above quoted lines.

(iii) The intruder threatened to shoot Gerrard with the revolver in his hand and that would make him crawl and stop him from being smart.

Q.6. ‘They can’t hang me twice.’

(i) Who says this?

(ii) Why does the speaker say this?


(i) The intruder says this.

(ii) The intruder had broken into Gerrard’s cottage and finally explained that his purpose was to kill Gerrard and live in his cottage in freedom in disguise of Gerrard so that he could not be detected by police. The intruder had said that he had killed a policeman and since then he had been moving from place to place. He wanted to kill Gerrard. At that Gerrard asked him since he was a marderer and a criminal why he wanted to add murder to his crimes. To this, the intruder replied that he would be hanged for his arlier crimes in case the police can catch hold of him. His idea was that he could not be hanged twice even if he commit- ted more crimes.

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

Ans: To escape killing by the intruder Gerrard prends to be a murderer and a criminal himself. He told the intruder that he had not the intelligence why he (Gerrard) was shrouded in a cloak of mystery. The intruder said that he felt bored by the conversation and wanted to kill Gerrard. At this Gerrard gave him a big surprise. He said that if the intruder shoot he would be hanged definitely. If he did not, he should disguise himself as Vincent Charles Gerrard.

The intruder wanted to know what that was. Gerrard explained that he had some reason why he went to 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 he should have burnt. As a result, he would be leaving the cottage soon to escape from the police.

Q.8. “This is your big surprise.”

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

(ii) What is the surprise?


(i) This is said towards the closing of the play, just before Gerrard escapes leaving the intruder unarmed inside the locked house.

(ii) The surprise is that for so long the intruder had been treated as if he were a fool who could be easily exploited. Then Gerrard pretended himself a criminal saying that he had answered someone with bullets and got away. He told the intruder that he was not a Sunday school teacher. Like the intruder, he too moved from place to place to escape from the police. Further, he said that he was expecting trouble that night. One of his men were caught with certain things the man should have burnt. So he asked the intruder to follow him an escape. This was a big surprise that seemed to baffle the intruder’s wit.

Additional Questions and Answers

Q.1. Give an idea of Gerrard’s cottage and the things in it.

Ans: Gerrard’s cottage is at essex. It is not a very big and spacious cottage. Gerrard lives alone in it. It is plainly furnished with a garage nearly. There is an entrance back right which may be curtained. There is a practical door to the left. The furniture is simple. A table is there towards the left, with one or two chairs and a divan on the right. There is a telephone on the table. There is a traveling bag on the divan.

Q.2. How does Gerrard prove himself superior to or smarter than the intruder? or, How does Gerrard befool the intruder? or, How is the intruder trapped?

Ans: Gerrard deals with the intruder patiently and calmly. From the beginning to the end of the play, he never lost his temper. Finally, when he found that the intruder was determined to shot at and kill him, he himself pretends to be a criminal. He gave the intruder a big surprise and told him that he must escape from the cottage then and there to evade policemen. He identified himself as a criminal with past record. So he called the intruder to follow him immediately to the nearby garrage. The intruder was baffled.

Taking his travelling bag Gerrard came out of the cottage. As the intruder leaned to inspect Gerrard gave him a push into the cupboard. Immediately he locked the door from outside: picked up the revolver that had dropped from the intruder`s hand and telephoned calling the sergeant. The intruder went on rattling the door but in vain. Gerrard really befooled him and frustrated him simply by means of his patience and prodence.

Short Answer Questions with their Answers

Q.1. What is the full name/Christian name of Garrard?

Ans: The full name/Christian name of Gerrard is Vincent Charles.

Q.2. How old is Gerrard?

Ans: Gerrard is thirty two.

Q.3. Where does Gerrard live?

Ans: Gerrard lives in a cottage at Essex.

Q.4. How is Gerrard dressed?

Ans: Gerrard is dressed in a lounge suit and a great coat. He is wearing horned rimmed glasses.

Q.5. How is the intruder dressed?

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

Q.6. Did the intruder disclose his name?

Ans: No, he refused to disclose his name.

Q.7. Who are the few visitors to Gerrard’s house?

Ans: The few visitors to Gerrard’s house are the baker, the greengrocer, and the milkman.

Q.8. What is the specialty of the intruder? What does he want from Gerrard?

Ans: The intruder claims himself a specialist in jewel robbery. He is interested to get Gerrard’s car.

Q.9. Why does the intruder hope that he can retire nicely in Gerrard’s cottage?

Ans: The intruder hopes to retire peacefully in Gerrard’s cottage because policemen will be few and far between in that lonely place.

Q.9.(a) ……….. and they can’t hang me twice? Why can’t they hang him twice?

Ans: Because he will die when they will hang him one.

Q.10. “You are not particularly decorative”. Who is the ‘you’?

Ans: The intruder.

Q.11. Where did the intruder see Gerrard outside his house? How did he appear to him?

Ans: The intruder saw Gerrard at Aylesbury. He appeared to the intruder a queer and a kind of mystery man.

Q.12. “You are a crook.” Who is the ‘crook’? Who says this?

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

Q.13. “Careful, boss, I am watching you.” Who says this? Who is the ‘boss’?

Ans: The intruder says this. Gerrard is addressed as ‘boss’.

Q.14. How does Gerrard get the revolver from the intruder?

Ans: Gerrard pushed the intruder into the cupboard knocking the revolver. He then picks it up.

Q.15. What, do you think, must have happened to the intruder?

Ans: The intruder was left inside the cottage with its door locked from the outside. Gerrard called for the police sergent. Naturally, the sergent must have arrested him and taken him to police custody.


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