English CBSE Class 12 NCERT Vistas Chapter 7 Evans Tries An O-Level Free Solution of Textbook Questions and Answers
EVANS TRIES AN O-LEVEL
(Text Book Questions & Answers)
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Q 1. What kind of a person was Evans?
Answer: Evans was a congenital kleptomaniac. He was a jolly person. He was not violent. He had earlier escaped from prison thrice. He was nicknamed ‘Evans the Break’. He had many good friends who were ready to help him to any extent. He was a very good planner. He appeared to be a bit over confident.
Q 2. What were the precautions taken for the smooth conduct of the examination?
Answer: The previous evening, cell of Evans was thoroughly checked. Scissors, knife and nail file were taken away. All the pin ups were taken out. Razor was taken away next morning.
A device was installed to listen to talks happening in the cell. Governor himself was listening through a receiver. Governor was also keeping time.
McLeery the invigilator was frisked. Then his suitcase was checked. The paper knife was taken away.
The entry to wing had two doors. Both were locked. Door of the cell was locked.
A prison officer Stephens was deputed at the cell. He was looking in the cell every minute through peephole of the gate.
Another senior officer Jackson was deputed in the yard of the prison. He was constantly in touch with Stephens.
Above precautions were taken during the exam.
Q 3. Will the exam now go as scheduled?
Answer: The exam started five minutes late. It started at 9:25 AM. A correction slip was issued at 9:40 AM for rectifying an error in the question paper. The exam was of two hours’ duration. Exam was over at 11:25 AM.
Q 4. Did the Governor and his staff finally heave a sigh of relief?
Answer: Exam was over at 11:25 AM. The Governor, on his receiver, heard the sound of doors getting shut. Stephens accompanied McLeery up to the gate to see him off. Everybody was relieved and happy that exam was over without any incident.
However they had a big surprise when Stephens again went to the cell. He found that McLeery’s head was bleeding.
Q 5. Will the injured McLeery be able to help the prison officers track Evans?
Answer: The injured McLeery showed a paper to the Governor. Through this paper the Governor came to know about the route Evans would take. The injured McLeery went with the detective Carter to show him the way. But on the way he got down from the car to go to hospital. But he never reached the hospital.
Later Governor understood that the injured McLeery was Evans. And accompanying Carter was his plan to escape from the prison.
Q 6. Will the clues left behind on the question paper, put Evans back in prison again?
Answer: The clues left in the question paper indicated that Evans had gone to a hotel Golden Lion. The two digits number combined together gave the clue of the area where the hotel was situated. With help of these clues the Governor reached the hotel and arrested Evans.
However with the help of his colleagues, Evans again managed to escape from the hands of Governor.
Q 7. Where did Evans go?
Answer: Evans went to the Golden Lion hotel located in the Chipping Norton area. But he was caught there. However he managed to once again escape. This time he went towards Newbury area.
Reading with Insight
Q 1. Reflecting on the story, what did you feel about Evans’ having the last laugh?
Answer: Evans had made a detailed plan to escape from the prison. Starting from his teacher, the invigilator, the correction slip and upto staying in the prison as injured McLeery. He managed to deceive the detective Carter. However the Governor understood the clues indicted in the correction slip and caught Evans at the Golden Lion hotel.
But Evans had planned for this eventuality as well. He managed to escape in a fake prison van that was being driven by his friend.
Thus Evans had the last laugh in the story.
Q 2. When Stephens comes back to the cell he jumps to a conclusion and the whole machinery blindly goes by his assumption without even checking the identity of the injured ‘McLeery’. Does this show how hasty conjectures can prevent one from seeing the obvious? How is the criminal able to predict such negligence?
Answer: Evans was a good planner. He had assessed behaviour pattern of prison officials. When prison officers did not check authenticity of his German teacher, Evans understood that they are not so methodical. While preparing his escape plan he had taken advantage of their behaviour pattern.
Nobody bothered to check who the real McLeery was. The one who had gone outside or the one who had remained in the cell. Stephens made a quick judgement without checking and everybody accepted. It was much later that Governor could find the reality.
Criminals have lot of time at their hand to study behaviour pattern of officials and plan their activities. During an escape, jail officials are required to act immediately, to chase and catch the culprit. This is the main cause why criminals are able to outwit officials.
Q 3. What could the Governor have done to securely bring back Evans to prison when he caught him at the Golden Lion? Does that final act of foolishness really prove that “he was just another good-for-a-giggle, gullible governor, that was all”?
Answer: After catching Evans at the Golden Lion, it appears that the Governor had become overconfident. The Governor handed over Evans to prison officers to take him to the prison.
He did not check identity of van, its driver and the other official. This gave opportunity to Evans to escape. Also, if the Governor had himself accompanied Evans in the van, Evans would not have escaped once again.
So we can say that the Governor was just another good-for-a-giggle, gullible person.
Q 4. While we condemn the crime, we are sympathetic to the criminal. Is this the reason why prison staff often develop a soft corner for those in custody?
Answer: Crime and criminals are two sides of the same coin. The person who has committed a crime must serve the punishment. We need not become inhuman but there is no need for sympathy.
However as soon a criminal is put into the custody we start thinking of him as a human being who deserves all the honour and sympathy. The whole outlook changes. Prison officers become emotional about their smallest considerations. As long the person behaves nicely, prison staff continues to be attached to the criminal.
Owing to human qualities present in the prison staff, they become sympathetic towards criminals.
Q 5. Do you agree that between crime and punishment it is mainly a battle of wits?
Answer: After committing a crime, the criminal tries to evade his arrest. The criminal would try to remove all the clues and signs of his crime. At the same time police would try to collate all the clues and incidents. It turns out to be a mind game.
Similar is the case during prosecution. This too is based on reasoning, facts and clues.
Some criminals successfully escape from the prison while others are caught. In the story ‘Evans Tries An O-Level’ Evans outwitted prison authorities.
Therefore between crime and punishment it is a battle of wits.