Gul Mohar English Class 8 Chapter - 11 That Little Square Box

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Gul Mohar English Chapter - 11 That Little Square Box

Writer of the story - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Question and Answers
Question 1: Who did the speaker think the two men were? What did he think they were up to?
Answer:
The speaker thought that the two men were agents of some terror group who intended to sacrifice themselves and their fellow passengers in an explosion. By overhearing their cryptic conversation, the speaker suspected that they were carrying a bomb with them in the suspicious little square box.

Question 2: …a whirl of conflicting ideas was battling in my mind.
a) What were the different ideas that the speaker could not decide between?
Answer:
The speaker was deliberating in his mind about the correct course of action, given his suspicion about the explosive and the two men. He wondered if he should accuse them directly before the captain and the passengers or if he should seek private audience with the captain. He pondered over the latter for some time before deciding against it. The possibility of being interviewed by a stranger and confronted by the two suspects did not particularly appeal to him.

b) What did he finally decide? Why?
Answer:
He finally decided to follow the two men very closely and gather more intelligence before making the matter public.

Question 3: How slowly the moment seemed to pass! I could found them by the throbbing of my heart.
a) Where was the speaker?
Answer:
The speaker was hiding in one of the lifeboats hung over the deck in an attempt to eavesdrop on the conversation of the two suspicious men.

b) How was the speaker feeling at the moment? Why?
Answer:
The speaker lay tightly wound in a knot of apprehension and mortal fear as he listened to the cryptic words of the two men. It convinced him that they were minutes away from blowing up the ship.

Question 4: Death stared me in the face, whether I did or did not give the alarm.
a) Why did the speaker think he was about to die?
Answer:
The speaker thought that he was about to die as a two men discussed the dropping of a trigger. They also boasted of how it could create a sensation on land, making newspaper headlines.

b) Why did he think there was no chance of living?
Answer:
He thought that there was no chance of surviving because if it did not turn out to be an explosive, he would be very close to the explosion and would definitely lose his life.

Question 5: What do you think the two men thought of the speaker when he jumped out of in front of them?
Answer:
The speaker emerged from the darkness pouncing on them and yelling at them to stop. The speaker may have seemed like a ghostly apparition to them with the “moonlight streaming upon (his) pale face.” Then they thought he was mad because she kept talking about having” the blood of 200 upon your souls” when they had simply intended to engage in a Sporting event for the pigeons. They maintained secrecy because most captains frowned upon such activities on board.

Question 6: How the box worked?
Answer:
The box which was specially manufactured to keep the pigeons from prying eyes while also enabling the men to feed the birds.

Question 7: Which paragraph tell us -
a) what the two men were doing on-board the ship?
b) why the two men were hiding the box?
c) how the box worked?
Answer:

a) The paragraph 49 tells us about what the two men were actually doing aboard the ship.
b) The paragraph 50 tells us why the two men were hiding the box because some captains have a prejudice against the organization of the sporting events aboard their ships.
c) The paragraph 51 tells us how the box worked.

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