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English CBSE Class 12 NCERT Vistas Chapter 7 Evans Tries An O-Level Free Solution of Extra Questions and Answers – Extract Based Questions Short Answer Questions Long Answer Questions and Value Based Questions.

EVANS TRIES AN O-LEVEL

(Extra Questions)

Extract Based Questions

EB 1. “It’s a slightly unusual request, Governor, but I don’t see why we shouldn’t try to help. Just the one fellow, you say?”

1.What was the unusual request?

Answer: To conduct an exam for a prisoner.

2.The request was regarding how many people. Name them?

Answer: Request was for one person only. His name was Evans.

3.Who is speaker of the above extract?

Answer: Secretary of examinations Board.

4. Which word in abstract means ‘person’?

Answer: Fellow

EB 2. At 8.30 the following morning, Evans had a visitor. Two visitors, in fact. He tucked his grubby string-vest into his equally grubby trousers, and stood up from his bunk, smiling cheerfully.

1. Please write name of visitors?

Answer: Jackson and Stephens

2. Who among the two visitors, addressed Evans as Einstein?

Answer: Jackson

3. Where was Evans living when two people visited him.

Answer: He was living in the cell of Oxford Prison.

4. Which word in the extract mean ‘next’?

Answer: Following

EB 3. D’you know, Mr Jackson, it’s the only thing that’s ever brought me any sort o’ luck in life. Kind o’ lucky charm, if you know what I mean.

1. Who is speaker of the above extract?

Answer: Evans.

2. What is being referred as ‘lucky charm’?

Answer: A bobble hat of Evans

3. Apart from Jackson, who else was listener of above extract?

Answer: Stephens.

4. Which word in the extract is synonym of ‘fortune’?

Answer: Luck

EB 4. “Can I ask you something, Mr. Jackson? Why did they ’ave to bug me in this cell?” He nodded his head vaguely to a point above the door.

1. What had been installed above the door?

Answer: A receiver to transmit sounds.

2. Who is speaker of above extract?

Answer: Evans

3. Who was going to listen in?

Answer: The Governor

4. Which word in the extract mean an ‘strangely’?

Answer: Vaguely.

EB 5. The examinee and the invigilator had already been introduced by Stephens when Jackson came back and shouted to McLeery through the cell door. “Can you come outside a minute, sir? You too, Stephens.”

1. Who was the invigilator?

Answer: McLeery

2. Why was McLeery being called out of the cell?

Answer: To frisk McLeery and his briefcase.

3. Who had given orders to frisk McLeery?

Answer: Governor

4. Who was the examinee?

Answer: Evans

EB 6. There was never any sun on this side of the prison; no heating, either, during the summer months, and it could get quite chilly in some of the cells.

1. Whose thoughts are above extract?

Answer: Stephens’

2. What irregularity had the thinker of above extract observed?

Answer: Evans had a blanket over his shoulders.

3. Which word in the extract mean ‘very cold’?

Answer: Chilly

4. How many people were inside the cell? Name them.

Answer: Two. McLeery and Evans

EB 7. His Scots accent seemed broader than ever, and his long black overcoat, reaching almost to his knees, fostered the illusion that he had suddenly grown slimmer.

1. Who is referred as ‘he’ in above extract?

Answer: McLeery

2. Who is the observer of above extract?

Answer: Stephens

3. From where was ‘he’ coming?

Answer: From the cell of Evans

4. Which word in the extract mean ‘become’?

Answer: Grown.

EB 8. “Take him with you, if you think he’ll be all right. He’s the only one who seems to know what’s happening.”

1. Who is referred as ‘you’ in above extract?

Answer: Detective Superintend Carter

2. Who is speaker of above extract?

Answer: Governor

3. Who is referred as ‘him’ in above extract?

Answer: Mcleery. Actually he was Evans

4. Which word in the extract mean ‘appears’?

Answer: Seems

EB 9. “And which one of you two morons was it who took Evans for a nice little walk to the main gates and waved him bye-bye?”

1. Who is speaker of above extract?

Answer: Governor

2. Name ‘two morons’ referred in above extract?

Answer: Jackson and Stephens

3. Who had accompanied Evans to the main gate?

Answer: Stephens

4.Which word in the extract mean ‘fools’?

Answer: Morons

EB 10. He leaped the stairs to his office three at a time, got Bell on the phone immediately, and put the facts before him.

1. Who is referred as ‘he’ in above extract?

Answer: Governor

2. What is the designation of Bell?

Answer: Chief Inspector

3. What request you think ‘he’ made to Bell.?

Answer: Governor requested Bell to arrest Evans

4. Which word in the extract mean ‘jumped’?

Answer: Leaped.

EB 11. “Yes. He’s in the Radcliffe now. Really groggy, he was, when we got to the Examination offices, and they rang for the ambulance from there.”

1. Who is referred as ‘he’ in above extract?

Answer: Mcleery. Actually he was Evans

2. Who is speaker of the above extract?

Answer: Carter

3. Did ‘he’ really go the Redcliffe ?

Answer: No

4. Which word in the extract mean ‘weak’?

Answer: Groggy

EB 12. A smart new hat concealed the wreckage of his closely cropped hair, and he kept it on as he walked up to the reception desk of the Golden Lion.

1. Who is referred as ‘he’ in above extract?

Answer: Evans

2. What is ‘Golden Lion’?

Answer: It is a hotel

3. Who did ‘he’ find in his room?

Answer: Governor

4. Which word in the extract mean ‘hid’?

Answer: Concealed

EB 13. They’d got that little problem worked out all right, though: a pen stuck in the mouth whenever the evil eye had appeared at the peep-hole. Easy!

1. Who is referred as ‘they’ in above extract?

Answer: Evans and McLeery (he was actually a friend a Evans)

2. Who is referred as ‘the evil eye’ in the above extract?

Answer: Stephens

3. At what interval of time the ‘evil eye’ appeared?

Answer: Initially one minute and later two minute

4. Which word in the extract mean ‘came’?

Answer: Appeared

EB 14. He unlocked his bedroom door and closed it quietly behind him — and then stood frozen to the spot, like a man who has just caught a glimpse of the Gorgon.

1. Who is referred as ‘he’ in above extract?

Answer: Evans

2. Who did ‘he’ see in his bedroom?

Answer: The Governor

3. Name the hotel pertaining to above extract?

Answer: Golden Lion

4. Which phrase in the extract mean ‘saw’?

Answer: Caught a glimpse

Short Answer Questions – 30 to 40 words

SA 1. What  requests were made to the Governor through  the two phone calls he Governor received within a quarter of an hour of the start of the examination?

Answer: The first phone call was from the Assistant Secretary of the Examinations Board. He requested the Governor to issue a correction in the question paper.

The second call came from the Magistrate’s Court. They needed a prison van and a couple of prison officers for a remand case.

SA 2. What did the Governor think of Evans and his plan after ringing up Detective Chief Inspector Bell?

Answer: The Governor appreciated Evans and his beautifully laid plan. He thought Evans was careless in leaving question paper in the cell. All criminals leave behind some important clues. He was sure Evans would be soon caught and put in prison once again.

SA 3. What two purposes did the correction slip serve? Which of them did Evans consider more important?

Answer: Name of hotel and its location was communicated to Evans through the correction slip. By issuing the correction slip, friends of Evans came to know about exact time of commencement of exam

Evans considered information about the time more important.

SA 4. What did Evans’ own hair look like? How did he made his hair look similar to those of McLeery?

Answer: Evans had long and wavy hair while McLeery had closely clipped hair, almost next to the scalp.

Evans used a razor to cut his hair. After that he wore a bobble hat so that no one noticed his cropped hair.

SA 5. How did the Governor locate the hiding place of Evans?

Answer: The Governor combined both three digit numerals of Index Number and Centre Number to form a six digit number. Through map he discovered that it was in Chipping Norton. Name of the hotel was discovered through the correction slip. He reached the Golden Lion hotel of this area to arrest Evans.

SA 6. Why did the Governor doubt the phone call from the Examination board for the correction in the paper? What did he do?

Answer: The Governor was extremely cautious. He thought the call could be a fake call. In order to clarify his doubt he called the Examination Board from another phone. The number was busy. So  he assumed that the call was genuine.

SA 7. What request did Evans make about half an hour before the end of the examination? What did Stephens think about it?

Answer: Evans requested McLeery to allow him to put blanket on his shoulders because he was feeling cold. McLeery allowed.

Stephens considered it as a minor irregularity. He thought it could be because of cold in the cell. He ignored it and did not report to anyone.

SA 8: What did Stephens see when he returned to the cell leaving McLeery at the main gate of the prison?

Answer: Stephens saw a man sprawled in Evans’s chair with blanket on his shoulders. Blood was dripping from his head. He was wearing dress of a parson. Stephen assumed that he was McLeery. He shouted wildly to inform Jackson.

SA 9: What clues were hidden in the German Question paper?

Answer: A photocopied sheet was superimposed on the last page of question paper. It was written that the plan should be followed. Last three minutes of exam time were important. It asked to drive to Headington roundabout and then to Elsfield Way to finally reach Newbury.

SA 10. What had happened to the real McLeery on the day of exam?

Answer: In the morning two men visited the real McLeery’s house at Broad Street. They gagged him and tied him in his study at 8:15 AM. The Governor reached the house in the afternoon and freed McLeery.

SA 11. How did Evans manage his final escape?

Answer: Governor had caught Evans at Golden Lion hotel. He handed over Evans to two prison officials. Evans was handcuffed and taken into a van. Actually they were friend of Evans and the van was also a fake prison van.

Thus Evans managed to make his final escape.

SA 12. Why Evans wanted to write O-level German examination?

Answer: Evans was in prison and was famous for being ‘Evans the Break’. He was a genius in planning. He was very observant too. He wanted to sit for the O-level German Examination as part of his plan to escape from the prison.

SA 13. What were the mistakes made by Jackson?

Answer: Allowed Evans to keep the bobble hat

Allowed McLeery to take the rubber tube into the cell

Did not confirm Governor’s call before asking Stephens to escort McLeery upto the prison gate

SA 14. What were the mistakes made by Stephens?

Answer: Did not report that Evans had put blanket on his shoulders

Did not confirm why McLeery looked thinner while going out of the prison after completion of exam.

Jumped to the conclusion that injured McLeery was real McLeery

SA 15. What were the mistakes made by Governor?

Answer: Did not confirm identity of tutor of Evans

Did not check identity of McLeery when he entered prison

Allowed Stephens to move out of cell during exam

Did not confirm that call was from Exam Board but issued correction slip

Did not check identity of injured McLeery

Allowed the injured McLeery to go with Carter

Did not call ambulance to take McLeery to hospital

Did not check identity of prison officials and van at the Golden Lion

SA 16. Why Evans requested Jackson to allow wearing of his hat?

Answer: Evans has chopped his hair to imitate as that of McLeery’s. If the hat was removed the change would have been known and alerted Jackson. Therefore Evans made the request to Jackson saying that it was his lucky charm.

SA 17. Who had made the call for Stephens at 11:22 AM. What was its purpose?

Answer: The call was made by a friend of Evans from outside the prison. This call was made to distract Stephens from supervising Evans. While Stephens went to see off McLeery, Evans changed his cloths and gave finishing touches to his make up

SA 18. What was the opinion of German teacher about proficiency of Evans in German language?

Answer: The German teacher did not think that Evans would pass in the exam. According to him, Evans did not have even a cat in the hell’s chance of getting through.

Thus the teacher thought that knowledge of Evans was very poor.

SA 19. What were the contents of the small suitcase that McLeery carried.?

Answer: McLeery had brought a sealed question paper envelop, a yellow invigilation form, a special authentication card from examination Board, a bible and a current copy of ‘The Church Times’. He also had a paper knife and a semi inflated rubber ring in his suitcase.

 

SA 20. Who is the speaker and listener of the line – ‘can you come out a minute sir’?

Answer: Jackson spoke this line to McLeery. Jackson also asked Stephen to come out of the cell of Evans.

This incident had happened when Governor had ordered Jackson to frisk McLeery.

SA 21: How did the governor react on Stephens and Jackson after the escape of Evans from the prison?

Answer: The Governor in a scathing contemptuous voice told that he did not have to narrate what had happened. The Governor called both officers idiot and told that he had not telephoned them. He further told them they did not have any brains.

In nutshell, he was very angry at Stephens and Jacksons and blamed them for the escape.

Long Answer Questions – 120-150 words

LA 1. Enumerate mistakes committed by the prison authorities which helped Evans in escaping from the prison.

Answer: Mistakes committed by Jackson

Allowed Evans to keep the bobble hat

Allowed McLeery to take the rubber tube into the cell

Did not confirm Governor’s call before asking Stephens to escort McLeery upto the prison gate

Mistakes committed by Stephens

Did not report that Evans had put blanket on his shoulders

Did not confirm why McLeery looked thinner while going out of the prison after completion of exam.

Jumped to the conclusion that injured McLeery was real McLeery

Mistakes committed by Governor

Did not confirm identity of tutor of Evans

Did not check identity of McLeery when he entered prison

Allowed Stephens to move out of cell during exam

Did not confirm that call was from Exam Board but issued correction slip

Did not checked identity of injured McLeery

Allowed the injured McLeery to go with Carter

Did not call ambulance to take McLeery to hospital

Did not check identity of prison officials and van at the Golden Lion

LA 2. How did injured McLeery deceive prison officer and escape?

Answer: The injured McLeery was actually Evans himself. He poured blood on his head. He put his handkerchief on his head to indicate that he was really hurt and bleeding. But this was a method to hide his face.

He spoke in a broken voice to conceal his voice. Prison officers could not identify his voice.

He stopped them to call ambulance and asked to call police. He rather offered to help them locate Evans by going with the police. The Governor could not understand about the plan.

Evans was able to move out of prison with detective Carter. He deceived Carter and got down on the way to escape.

Evans thus fooled all officials to escape.

LA 3. Before start of the exam and during the exam the Governor had many bouts of uneasiness. How did he mange to address these?

Answer: The Governor was not sure if Evans was genuinely interested in writing an exam or it was a plan for escape. He consulted the Examination Board to confirm that such exams can be held.

Governor thought that Evans may try to harm the invigilator. He asked Jackson to remove everything that Evans might use as weapon. He deputed two officers at the cell and bugged the cell. He got the invigilator frisked and his suitcase checked.

The Governor received a call from the Examination Centre for issuing a correction slip. He dialled the number of Exam Board through another line and found that the number was busy.

Governor received a call from Magistrates’ Court for prison van and some officers for remand case. He thought it could be a hoax but consoled himself not to be too much silly.

Thus he tried to calm down himself every time he felt uneasy.

LA 4. Mistakes and poor decisions of officials attributed to escape of Evans more than his own plan. Please explain.

Answer: The Governor did not check identity of the tutor of Evans for teaching German. It allowed Evans unlimited communication with outside world to make elaborate plans for his escape. Identity of Mcleery was not established.

Jackson allowed Evans to retain the cap on the pretext of it being a lucky charm. The rubber ring was not correctly checked. Stephens did not report the irregularity of use of blanket by Evans While going out McLeery looked thinner but Stephens did not bother to ponder over the change.

Nobody confirmed identity of injured McLeery. Governor allowed injured McLeery to go with Carter. And Carter dropped McLeery in his zeal to chase Evans.

Lastly, the Governor did not check identity of two prison officials who took Evans in a van from Golden Lion.

At every step mistakes from officials helped Evans. If the officials had not committed these mistakes, plan of Evans would have certainly failed.

LA 5. How did Evans and his friends plan Evans’s escape meticulously to the minutest details? Did they finally succeed? Please explain.

Answer: The beginning of the escape plan was when Evans started taking tuition for German language. The tutor was his friend. Evans planned to write an O-Level exam and escape on that day.

The invigilator was a friend of Evans who smuggled everything needed for make-up of Evans. The plan of Evans staying in the cell as ‘injured McLeery’ was a master stroke. He took advantage of pattern of human behaviour in such circumstances to move out of prison with Carter. On the way he fooled Carter to drop him alone. And Evans escaped.

The Governor later applied good reasoning and logic to trace Evans at Golden Lion. But Evans had planned even for this eventuality. His friends came dressed as prison officials. Evans escaped with them.

Thus we can see that Evans had done a detailed planning for his escape.

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