NCERT Solutions for Class 10 English Literature Reader Unit 1

Two Gentlemen of Verona Class 10

Unit 1 Two Gentlemen of Verona Exercise Answers & Summary

Summary of "Two Gentlemen of Verona"

The story is set in Verona. The writer and his friend were driving through lower hills of the Alps happen to meet two boys. The boys were Nicola and Jacopo. They were brothers and were selling wild strawberries. They proudly told the writer that they did many jobs like polishing shoes, selling newspapers, and sometimes acting as guides to the tourists. One midnight, the writer saw the boys resting on the stone of a footpath. Nicola sat with a bundle of unsold newspapers. His brother was sleeping by putting his head on Nicola's shoulder. The writer was fascinated by the boy's nature and wanted to help them.

Before leaving Verona, the writer asked if they needed any help. To which Jacopo answered to drop them by his car. The writer agreed and the next afternoon, they all drove to the tiny village, near a hill. The author was surprised to stop in front of a villa. The boys asked the author to pick them up from the same place, after an hour. The author was curious to know and went inside the villa. Soon he was greeted by a nurse; the author saw the boys seated beside a girl aged 20, who appeared to be their sister. The nurse told the author that the boys' parents were killed in a war, and a bomb had destroyed their house and made them homeless. The boys brought Lucia there, and every week, they sent enough money for her treatment.

The author was proud of the boys and they drove back to the city. The boys did not speak anything on the way, and the author also decided to remain quiet, because he respected their privacy. The author was filled with admiration for relentless efforts of two young boys who remained determined despite the setbacks of the war. The writer's heart was touched with their selfless action, nobility and devotion.

The story is set in Verona. When the writer and his friend were driving through lower hills of the Alps happen to meet two boys. The boys were Nicola and Jacopo. They were brothers and were selling wild strawberries. They proudly told the writer that they did many jobs like polishing shoes, selling newspapers, and sometimes acting as guides to the tourists. One midnight, the writer saw the boys resting on the stone of a footpath. Nicola sat with a bundle of unsold newspapers. His brother was sleeping by putting his head on Nicola's shoulder. The writer was fascinated by the boy's nature and wanted to help them.

Before leaving Verona, the writer asked if they needed any help. To which Jacopo answered to drop them by his car. The writer agreed and the next afternoon, they all drove to the tiny village, near a hill. The author was surprised to stop in front of a villa. The boys asked the author to pick them up from the same place, after an hour. The author was curious to know and went inside the villa. Soon he was greeted by a nurse; the author saw the boys seated beside a girl aged 20, who appeared to be their sister. The nurse told the author that the boys' parents were killed in a war, and a bomb had destroyed their house and made them homeless. The boys brought Lucia there, and every week, they sent enough money for her treatment.

The author was proud of the boys and they drove back to the city. The boys did not speak anything on the way, and the author also decided to remain quiet, because he respected their privacy. The author was filled with admiration for relentless efforts of two young boys who remained determined despite the setbacks of the war. The writer's heart was touched with their selfless action, nobility and devotion.
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Unit-1 : Solutions of Questions on Page Number : 3

Q1 :  

What are the qualities of a "gentleman"? Work with your partner and complete the following web-chart by listing the qualities of a gentleman.


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Q2 :  

Based on your discussion above, what do you think the story is about?

  • ________________________________________________

  • ________________________________________________


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The story could be about whether the protagonists are truly gentlemanly or not, based on the qualities listed above.

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Q3 :  

The driver did not approve of the narrator buying fruit from the two boys because

(a) the boys were untidy and poorly dressed

(b) the strawberries were not fresh

(c) they were asking for a heavy price

(d) the driver did not approve of small boys who worked


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Q4 :  

The narrator was most impressed by the boys'

(a) desire to earn money

(b) willingness to work

(c) ability to perform many tasks

(d) sense of fun


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Q5 :  

Nicola was not pleased when Jacopo asked the narrator to drive them to Poleta as he

(a) did not want a stranger to become involved with their plans

(b) preferred going to Poleta by train so that he could enjoy the scenery

(c) did not want to ask anyone for favours

(d) did not want to take help from someone he did not know well


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Q6 :  

The narrator did not go inside Lucia's room as

(a) he did not want to intrude into their privacy

(b) he thought that the boys would object

(c) Lucia would not welcome a stranger

(d) the boys would feel he was spying on them


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Q7 :  

The boys were the first to join the resistance movement against the Germans because

(a) the Germans had hurt their sister

(b) the Germans ruled the city

(c) the Germans had ruined their family

(d) the Germans had destroyed their home


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Q8 :  

The author did not speak to the boys on their return journey because

(a) he thought the boys would prefer to keep their secret

(b) he thought the boys were ashamed of their sister's condition

(c) he thought they wouldn't tell him the truth

(d) he thought the boys might ask him for money for their sister


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Q9 :  

"We do many things, sir," Nicola answered seriously. He glanced at us hopefully.


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Q10 :  

He coloured deeply under his sunburn, then grew pale


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He smiled uncomfortably. "Just plans, sir," he answered in a low voice.


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Q12 :  

Yet in both these boyish faces there was a seriousness which was far beyond their years.


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Q13 :  

Why didn't Luigi, the driver, approve of the two boys?


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Q14 :  

Why were the narrator and his companion impressed by the two boys?


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Q15 :  

Why was the author surprised to see Nicola and Jacopo working as shoeshine boys?


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Q16 :  

How were the boys useful to the author?


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Q17 :  

Why were the boys in the deserted square at night? What character traits do they exhibit?


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Q18 :  

The narrator asks the boys, "Must you work so hard? You both look rather tired."

The boys reply, "We are not complaining, sir." What do you learn about the boys from their reply?


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Q19 :  

When the narrator asks the boys about their plans, they are evasive. Why don't they disclose their problems?


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Q20 :  

Appearances are deceptive. Discuss with reference to the two boys.


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Q21 :  

Do you think the boys looked after Lucia willingly? Give reasons for your answer.


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Q22 :  

How does the story 'Two Gentlemen of Verona' promise hope for society?


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Q23 :  

(a) We bought their biggest basket, then set off toward town.

(b) One night we came upon them in the windy and deserted square.

(c) He bit his lip, then in a rather put out tone he said, 'Very well.'

(d) I shook my head and turned away.

Here are a few more. Match the phrases to their meanings.

Phrases

Meanings

set up

to start on a journey

break down

to tolerate a situation or a person

set off

to lose control of your feelings and start crying

put up

with to enter

put off

to be faced with or opposed by

put on

to start/ establish a company

come in

to refuse/ reject

come across

to postpone

come up against

to try to get help/advice/ sympathy from someone

turn down

to wear

turn in to

meet or find by chance

turn to

to inform on or deliver up

Now use the phrases given above to complete the following sentences.

1. The landlord was suspicious of the two men staying in his flat so he called the police and _____________them _____________

2. Early in the morning we packed our bags and _____________ for a hike over the mountain.

3. Janvi _____________some photographs of her grandfather in the old trunk.

4. My father _____________ his own business 10 years ago.

5. The Bank _____________ Paul's request for a loan.

6. The Corporation's decision to reduce the leave of the employees _____________ a lot of opposition.


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Q24 :  

Two Gentlemen of Verona is written in the first person. A story written in the first person is a first-hand account of events told or narrated through the eyes of a single character, typically the main character. Stories written in the first person are easily identified by the use of the pronoun 'I' rather than 'he or she'.

The reader will see phrases such as "I said, I thought," rather than "he said, she thought." Everything is experienced through the eyes of a single character, and all thoughts and observations are limited to that one person. There can be no outside observer. If the narrator does not see or experience an event first-hand, it cannot be a part of the story. All scenes in the story are filtered through this person's unique perception.

The third-person is a narrative mode in which both the reader and author observe the situation either through the senses and thoughts of more than one character, or through an overarching godlike perspective that sees and knows everything that happens and everything the characters are thinking. In this mode of narration, the narrator can tell the reader things that the main character does not know, or things that none of the characters know.


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Writing taskunit-1 : Solutions of Questions on Page Number : 11

Q1 :  

The love and devotion, and the family values Nicola and Jacopo display.


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Their pride in themselves and their family


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The trust they place in the narrator


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Q4 :  

The reason the narrator does not disclose to them that he knows their secret.


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Q5 :  

As the narrator, write an article on the lesson of love, faith and trust that you have learnt from the two young boys of Verona.


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Q6 :  

After her brothers' visit, Lucia writes a page in her diary about her past life and her present situation. As Lucia write the diary entry in about 150 words.


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