NCERT Solutions for Class 9 English Literature Reader Unit 5

Best Seller Class 9

Unit 5 Best Seller Exercise Answers & Summary

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Unit-5 : Solutions of Questions on Page Number : 51

Q1 :  

The narrator says that John was "______ of the suff that heroes are not often lucky enough to be made of." His tone is sarcastic because __________.

(i) he hated John

(ii) he felt that John was a threat to him

(iii) John was not particularly good-looking

(iv) nobody liked John


Answer :

(iii) John was not particularly good-looking

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Q2 :  

Pescud felt that best-sellers were not realistic as____________.

(i) American farmers had nothing in common with European princesses

(ii) men generally married girls from a similar background

(iii) American men married girls who studied in America

(iv) American men did not know fencing and were beaten by the Swiss guards


Answer :

(ii) men generally married girls from a similar background

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Q3 :  

"Bully", said Pescud brightening at once. He means to say that ____________.

(i) he is a bully

(ii) his manager was a bully

(iii) he was being bullied by his co-workers

(iv) he was doing very well at his job


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Q4 :  

The narrator says that life has no geographical bounds implying that __________.

(i) human beings are essentially the same everywhere

(ii) boundaries exist only on maps

(iii) one should work towards the good of mankind

(iv) he was happy to travel to other countries


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Q5 :  

One day last summer the author was travelling to Pittsburg by chair car. What does he say about his co-passengers?


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Q6 :  

Who was the passenger of chair No.9? What did he suddenly do?


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Q7 :  

What was John A. Pescud's opinion about best sellers? Why?


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Q8 :  

What does John say about himself since his last meeting with the author?


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Q9 :  

How did John's first meeting with Jessie's father go? What did the author tell him?


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Q10 :  

Why did John get off at Coketown?


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Q11 :  

John is a hypocrite. Do you agree with this statement? Substantiate your answer.


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Q12 :  

Describe John A. Pescud with reference to the following points:

Physical appearance ............................................................................................

His philosophy on behaviour ...............................................................................

His profession ......................................................................................................

His first impression of his wife ...........................................................................

His success ..........................................................................................................


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Q13 :  

Complete the flow chart in the correct sequence as it happens in the story.

Hint: it begins from the time John Pescud first saw Jessie till the time they marry.

(1)

Jessie takes a sleeper to Louisville.

(2)

Pescud sees a girl (Jessie) reading a book in the train.

(3)

Pescud speaks to the girl (Jessie) for the first time.

(4)

Pescud follows her but finds it difficult to keep up.

(5)

Pescud goes to the village to find out about the mansion.

(6)

Jessie arrives at Virginia.

(7)

Pescud meets Jessie's father.

(8)

They get married a year later.

(9)

Pescud instantly gets attracted to the girl (Jessie)

(10)

Jessie informs Pescud that her father would not approve of them meeting.

(11)

They meet alone two days later.


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Q14 :  

Irony refers to the use of words to convey a meaning that is the opposite of their literal meaning. Working in pairs, bring out the irony in the following:

The title of the story, "The Best seller".


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Q15 :  

Irony refers to the use of words to convey a meaning that is the opposite of their literal meaning. Working in pairs, bring out the irony in the following:

Pescud's claim, “When people in real life marry, they generally hunt up somebody in their own station. A fellow usually picks out a girl who went to the same high-school and belonged to the same singing-society that he did.”


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Q16 :  

Irony refers to the use of words to convey a meaning that is the opposite of their literal meaning. Working in pairs, bring out the irony in the following:

The name Trevelyan.


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Q17 :  

A newspaper reporter hears of the marriage of Pescud and Jessie. He interviews them and writes an article for the paper entitled: A Modern Romance

Working in groups of four, write the article.


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