Chapter-11 IF I WERE YOU- Extra Questions and Notes

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Extra Questions, Notes, Assignment and study material for Class 9th as Per CBSE Syllabus

Chapter- 11

Lesson Name- IF I WERE YOU

ByDouglas James

 Introduction of the lesson- IF I WERE YOU


This play is the story of an intruder. He breaks into a lonely house. A man named Gerrard lives there. He is a playwright. The intruder is a criminal. He has killed a policeman and is now on the run. This man has some physical resemblance to Gerrard. His plan is to kill Gerrard and live there under his name. But Gerrard is smarter than the criminal. He tells the intruder that he has also killed someone and the police are after him. He offers to take the intruder in his car to safety. He opens a door and tells the intruder that it goes to the garage. As’soon as the intruder enters, Gerard locks the door. In fact it is not the way to garage but the door of a cupboard. Then he phones the police to come and arrest the intruder.

   (यह नाटक एक घुसपैठिए की कहानी है । यह एक सुनसान घर में घुसता हैं । यहाँ जिरार्ड नामक  व्यक्ति रहता  है । वह एक नाटककार है । घुसपैठिया एक अपराधी है । उसने एक पुलिस वाले की हत्या की थी और अब  वह भाग रहा था । इस व्यक्ति की जिरार्ड के साथ कुछ शारीरिक समानता है । उसकी योजना है कि वह जिरार्ड को मार देगा और उसके नाम के साथ वहाँ पर रहेगा, लेकिन जिरार्ड अपराधी से भी ज्यादा होशियार है । यह घुसपैठिए को बताता है कि उसने भी किसी का खून किया है और पुलिस उसके पीछे है । वह घुसपैठिए को अपनी कार में सुरक्षित स्थान पर ले जाने का प्रस्ताव रखता है । वह एक दरवाजा खोलता है और घुसपैठिए को बताता है कि यह रास्ता गैराज की तरफ जाता है । जैसे ही घुसपैठिया प्रवेश करता है, जिरार्ड दरवाजे का ताला लगा देता है । वास्तव में यह गैराज का रास्ता नहीं है, बल्कि एक अलमारी का दरवाजा है । तब वह पुलिस को आने और घुसपैठिए को गिरफ्तार करने के लिए फोन करता है । )

 Important Word-Meanings of difficult words from the lesson- IF I WERE YOU


 (PAGE 1383 : Lonely = solitary, अकेला ; cottage = a small bungalow,छोटा बंगला ; intruder = one who enters forcibly,घुसपैठिया ; criminal =one who commits crime, अपराधी ; bears = maintains, कायम रखना ; resemblance = similarity,समानता ; interior = inner part,आंतरिक भाग ; entrance = door, दरवाज़ा ; curtained = covered with curtains, पर्दों से ढका ; practical = of daily use, व्यावहारिक ; consisting = made, बना हुआ ; divan = a kind of bed, दीवान ; upstage = on the the side of the stage, स्टेज के पीछे का भाग I

 [PAGE 139] : Rimmed = frame,फ्रेम वाला ; lounge = sitting room,बैठक ; cultured = refined,सुसंस्कृत; count on = depend on, निर्भर होना ; engaged = busy, व्यस्त ; flashily = in a gaudy manner,तड़क –भड़क से ; bumps = strikes, टकराना , accidentally = by chance,संयोग से ; put those paws up = raise your hands, हाथ ऊपर करो ; Melodramatic = sensational,सनसनीखेज ;  original = genuine ; मूलभूत nonehalant= careless manner,लापरवाह ; smart = clever, चालाक ; crawl = creep, रेंगना  I

 [PAGE 140] : Funny = humorous,हास्यप्रद ; motions = gestures, इशारे ; sympathetic = kind, दयालु ; audience = listeners, श्रोता ; gypsies = nomads,खानाबदोश ; inflection = change of voice,लापरवाह ; unfamiliar = not intimate, परिचित न होना ; emphasis = stress,जोर देना ; hurt = injured, घायल ; guy = man,व्यक्ति ; imitation = copy, नकल assist = help,सहायता करना ; garage = covered space for parking cars,गैराज ; rarely = very infrequently,बहुत कम ; baker = one who bakes,बेकर ; greengrocer = vegetable seller,सब्जी वाला ; charming = attractive,आकर्षक  I

[PAGE 141] : Considerable= a lot of, बहुत अधिक ; modest = humble, विन्रम ; plenty = much, अधिक ; precisely = exactly,एकदम ; require = need, आवश्यकता होना ; to break into = to intrude,घुसपैठ करना ; figuring = appearing,नजर आना ; embrace = have adopted,अपनाना ; treat = joy, प्रसन्नता ; dandy = excellent,शानदार ; jewels = diamonds,हीरे ; cops = policemen,सिपाही ; retire = live in comfort,आराम से रहना ; trifle =a bale,कुछ I harsh = cruel,क्रूर ; sarcasm = bitter satire,व्यंग्य ; taken a fancy = have started liking,चाहना आरंभ कर देना  ;  grave  =serious, गंभीर ; hunted =chased, पीछा करना ; gratuitous = without good reason,बिना कारण के  ; admitted = confessed,स्वीकार करना  ; at the sight of = on seeing,देखने पर ; melodrama = sensational drama, सनसनीखेज नाटक ; villain = bad character, खलनायक ; frustrated = disappointed,निराश I

 [PAGE 142J : Posh = belonging to the upper class,उच्च वर्ग का ; stuff = material,माल ; pantomime = silent imitation,खमोश नक़ल ; decorative = fine looking,अच्छा देखने वाला ; specs = eye glasses, चश्मा ; tribute = praise,प्रशंसा ; intelligence = wisdom,बुद्दिमत्ता  ; on your mind = in your thoughts,तुम्हारे विचारों में  ; conversation = talk,बातचीत ; elude = escape,बचना ; dodge = escape, बचना ; queer = strange,अजीब ; mystery = strange/ unexplained, रहस्य ; propose = suggest,सुझाव देना ; invested in (here) = adopted,अपनाया

 [PAGE 143] : Crook = rogue, ढंग ; disguise = hiding in false identity,भेष ; musinglythoughtfully,विचारशीलता से   ; muddled = confused, परेशान ; leans = bends, झुकता है

 [PAGE 144] : Slams = shuts, बंद करता है ; cupboard = almirah, अलमारी ; rattles = knocks, ; खटखटाता है ; props = lines spoken in a drama, नाटक में बोली गई पक्तियाँ  ; probably = perhaps,शायद

Short and Simple Summary of the lesson in English- IF I WERE YOU / Summary in simple Words/ Critical appreciation of the lesson – IF I WERE YOU

Go to the NCERT Solution “A slumber did my spirit seal”


The play starts in the house of Gerrard. He is a piayvaight. We find that Gerrard is talking to someone on the telephone. He is going somewhere. So after the talk is over, he starts packing a travelling bag. Suddenly a man enters silently from the right. He is similar to Gerrard in appearance. He has a revolver in his hand. This intruder is a criminal. He orders Gerrard to put up his hands. Gerrard obeys him but is not afraid. He talks pleasantly to the intruder. The intruder warns to stop being smart and answers his questions. Gerrard says he cannot feel comfortable while his hands are up. The intruder asks him to sit in a chair.
From their conversation, we come to know about the intruder and also Gerrard. We come to know that Gerrard’s full name is Vincent Charles Gerrard. He lives there alone. He has a car also. He is a sort of mystery man. Sometimes he is here and the very next day he is nowhere to be seen. He gives his orders on phone and never meets tradesmen.
Then the intruder tells Gerrard about himself. He is a criminal. He specialises in jewel robbery. He has killed a policeman. Now the police are after him. lie knows that he bears a resemblance to Gerrard. Then he tells his plan to Gerrard. He has decided to kill Gerrard and live there under the identity ofGerrard. From the intruder’s way of talking, Gerrard guesses that he is a foolish, boastful man. It would not be difficult to get rid of this man.
Gerrard makes up a story. He says that he is also a criminal and a murderer. The police are also in search Of him. That is why he lives in a mysterious way. He often disappears from there. He tells the intruder that it would be a folly to kill him. He killed him, he would be hanged, if not as himself, then as Gerrard. The intruder begins to think. This is an opportunity for Gerrard. He offers to take the intruder to a safe place in his car. He asks him to hurry up as the police may come there any time. The intruder is taken in. Gerrard opens a door and asks the intruder to enter it. He tells him that the door goes to the garage and they will escape in his car. Just the intruder turns his head to step in, Gerrard pushes him and knocks the revolver out of his hand. Then he shuts the door and locks it. In fact, the door does not lead to any garage. It is the door of his cupboard. The intruder shouts from inside to let him out. But Gerrard picks up the phone and tells the police to come. In this way, Gerrard saves his life by a clever trick.

 Summary in Hindi/ IF I WERE YOU


नाटक जिरार्ड के घर में शुरु होता है । वह एक नाटककार है । हम देखते हैं कि जिरार्ड किसी से फोन पर बात कर रहा है । वह कहीं बाहर जा रहा है । इसलिए बात खत्म करने के बाद वह अपना यात्रा का बैग तैयार करना शुरु कर देता है । अचानक एक व्यक्ति चुपके से दाईं और से प्रवेश करता है । वह देखने में जिरार्ड जैसा है । उसके हाथ में बंदूक है । यह घुसपैठिया एक अपराधी है । वह जिरार्ड को अपने हाथ ऊपर करने के लिए कहता है । जिरार्ड उसका कहना मानता है, लेकिन वह डरा हुआ नहीं है । वह घुसपैठिए से बहुत अच्छी तरह से बात करता है । घुसपैठिया उसे धमकी देता है कि वह अपने-आपको चालाक समझना बंद करे और उसके सवालों का जवाब दे । जिरार्ड कहता है जब तक उसके हाथ ऊपर हैं तब तक यह अपने-आपको आरामदायक महसूस नहीं कर सकता । घुसपैठिया उसे कुर्सी पर बैठने के लिए कहता है ।

उनकी वार्तालाप से हमें घुसपैठिए और जिरार्ड के भी बारे में पता चलता है । हमें पता चलता है कि जिरार्ड का पूरा नाम विंसंट चार्ल्स जिरार्ड है। वह वहाँ पर अकेला रहता है । उसके पास एक कार भी है । वह एक किस्म का रहस्यमयी व्यक्ति है । कई बार वह यहीं होता है और अगले ही दिन वह कहीं भी दिखाई नहीं देता है । वह अपने आदेश फोन पर देता है और कभी भी किसी व्यापारी से नहीं मिलता है ।

तब घुसपैठिया जिरार्ड को अपने बारे में बताता है । वह एक अपराधी है । वह गहने लूटने में माहिर है । उसने एक पुलिस वाले का खून किया था । अब पुलिस उसके पीछे है । वह जानता है कि उसकी जिरार्ड से शक्ल मिलती है । तब वह जिरार्ड को अपनी योजना बताता है । उसने जिरार्ड को मारने और जिरार्ड की पहचान के साथ वहाँ रहने का फैसला किया था । घुसपैठिए के बात करने के तरीके जिरार्ड ने अनुमान लगाया कि यह बेवकूफ और र्डीगें मारने वाता व्यक्ति है । इस व्यक्ति से छुटकारा पाना मुश्किल नहीं होगा ।

जिरार्ड एक कहानी बनाता है । वह कहता है कि वह भी एक अपराधी और एक खूनी है । पुलिस वाले उसकी भी तलाश कर रहे हैं । यही कारण है कि वह रहस्यमयी ढंग से रहता है । वह अकसर वहाँ से गायब हो जाता है । वह घुसपैठिए को कहता है कि उसको मारना बेवकूफी होगी । यह उसको मारेगा तो उसे फाँसी हो जाएगी, अगर उसे अपने नाम से नहीं तो जिरार्ड के रुप में हो जाएगी । घुसपैठिया सोचने लगता है । जिरार्ड के लिए यह एक मौका है । वह घुसपैठिए को अपनी कार में सुरक्षित जगह ले जाने का प्रस्ताव रखता है । वह उसे जल्दी करने के लिए कहता है, क्योंकि पुलिस किसी भी समय यहाँ जा सकती है । घुसपैठिया उसकी बातों में जा जाता है । जिरार्ड एक दरवाजा खोलता है और घुसपैठिए को उसमें प्रवेश करने के लिए कहता है । वह उसे बताता है कि यह दरवाजा गैराज की ओर जाता है और वे उसकी कार से भाग जाएँगे ।  जैसे ही घुसपैठिया अंदर कदम रखने के लिए अपना सिर घुमाता है तभी जिरार्ड उसे  धक्का देता है और उसके हाथ से बंदूक छीन लेता है । तब वह दरवाजा बंद करता है और उसे ताला लगा देता है । वास्तव में दरवाजा किसी गैराज की तरफ नहीं जाता है । यह एक अलमारी का दरवाजा है । घुसपैठिया उसे बाहर निकालने के लिए अंदर से चिल्लाता है । लेकिन जिरार्ड फोन उठाता है और पुलिस को यहाँ जाने के लिए कहता है । इस प्रकार जिरार्ड एक चालाक चाल से अपना जीवन बचाता है ।

Following is the complete question bank for – IF I WERE YOU

Read the extracts and answer the questions that follow.



Gerrard   :    Nonchalant’ is your word, I think.

Intruder   :   Thanks a lot. You’ll soon stop being smart. I’ll make you crawl. I want to know a few things, see.

Gerrard   :    Anything you like. I know all the answers. But before we begin I should like to change my position; you may he comfortable, but I am not.

Intruder   :    Sit down there, and no funny business. (Motions to a chair, and seats himself on the divan by the bag.) Now then, we’ll have a nice little talk about yourself !

Gerrard   :    At last a sympathetic audience! I’ll tell you the story of my life. How as a child I was stolen by the gypsies, and why at the age of thirty two, I find myself in my lonely Essex cottage, how….

Questions :
(i)   What threat does the intruder give to Gerrard ?
(ii)  Why was Gerrard in an uncomfortable position ?
(iii)  Did Gerrard give correct answers to the intruder ?
(iv)  Was the intruder really a sympathetic audience ?
(v)   Find a word in the passage which means ‘humorous’.

Answers :
(i)  The intruder threatened that he would make Gerrard crawl.
(ii)  He was standing with his hands up.
(iii) No, he gave him wrong answers.
(iv) No, he was not really a sympathetic audience.
(v)   Funny.


Intruder   :    Keep it to yourself, and just answer my questions. You live here atone ? Well, do you?

Gerrard   :    I’m sorry. I thought you were telling me, not asking me. A question of inflection; your voice is unfamiliar.

Intruder   :    (with emphasis) Do you live here alone ?

Gerrard    :    And ill don’t answer ?

Intruder   :    You’ve got enough sense not to want to get hurt.

Gerrard   :    I think good sense is shown more in the ability to avoid pain than in the mere desire to do so. What do you think. Mr—er—

Intruder   :   Never mind my name. I like yours better, Mr. Gerrard. What are your Christian names ?

Gerard   :      Vincent Charles.

Questions :

(i)    From which chapter have these lines been taken ?
(ii)   Why was the intruder’s voice unfamiliar to Gerard ?
(iii)   What did the intruder want Gerrard to keep to himself?
(iv)   What was Gerrard’s full name ?
(v)   Find a word in the passage which means ‘stress’.

Answers :

 (i)   These lines have been taken from the play ‘If I Were You’.
(ii)   His voice was unfamiliar to Gerrard as he had never met him before.
(iii)   He wanted Gerrard to keep his life history to himself.
(iv)  His full name was Vincent Charles Gerrard.
 (v)   Emphasis.


Intruder  :    Do you run a car ?

Gerard     :    No.

Intruder   :    That’s a lie. You’re not dealing with a fool. I’m as smart as you and smarter, and    I know you run a car.                          Better be careful, wise guy!

Gerard     :    Are you American, or is that merely a clever imitation ?

Intruder   :    Listen, this gun’s no toy. I can hurl you without killing you, and still get my answers.

 Gerard    :    Of course, if you put it like that, I’ll be glad to assist you. I do possess a car, and it’s in the garage round the corner.

Intruder   :   That’s better. Do people often coine out here ?

Gerard     :    Very rarely. Surprisingly few people take the trouble to visit me. There’s the baker and the greengrocer, of-course; and then there’s the milkman — quite  charming, but no one so interesting as yourself.


 Questions :

 (i)   Does Gerrard possess a car ?
(ii)   Why did the intruder want to hurt, not kill Gerard ?
(iii)  Where is Gerrard’s car ?
(iv)  Why did the intruder want to know if people came to visit Gerrard or not ?
 (v)   Find a word from the passage which means ‘copy’.

Answers :

 (i) Yes, he possesses a car.
(ii) He wants to hurt him and get answers to his questions, before killing him.
(iii) It is in the garage round the corner.
(iv)  He wanted to lead a solitary life.
(v)  Imitation.


 Intruder   :    My speciality’s jewel robbery. Your car will do me a treat. It’s certainly a dandy bus.

Gerard      :     I’m afraid jewels are few and far between in the wilds of Essex.

Intruder    :    So are the cops. I can retire here nicely for a little while.

Gerard       :    You mean to live with me ? A trifle sudden isn’t it; you’ve not been invited.

 Intruder    :    You won’t be here long; so I didn’t trouble to ask.

 Gerard      :    What do you mean ?

 Intruder    :    This is your big surprise. I’m going to kill you.

 Gerard      :     A little harsh, isn’t it ?

  Intruder   :     (with heavy sarcasm) Yeah. I’ll be sorry to do it. I’ve taken a fancy to you, but it’s just got to be done.                              Why add murder to your other crimes ? It’s a grave step you’re taking.

Questions :

(i)  What is the name of the chapter from which these lines have been taken ?
(ii) Why does the intruder think that he can live at Gerrard’s house for sometime ?
(iii) What is a big surprise for Gerrard, according to the intruder ?
(iv) Why does Gerrard call the intruder’s step ‘grave’ ?
(v)  Find a word from the passage which means ‘serious’.

Answers :
(i)  These lines have been taken from the play ‘If I Were You’
(ii)  He thinks so because that area is lonely and police does not often come there.
(iii) He tells Gerard that he is going to kill him.
(iv)  He tells him that murder is a serious crime.
(v)   Grave.


Intruder   :    I’ve got freedom to gain. As for myself I’m a poor hunted rat. As Vincent Charles Gerrard I’m free to go                           places and do nothing. I can eat well and sleep and without having to be ready to beat it at the sight of a                         cop.

Gerrard   :     In most melodramas the villain is foolish enough to delay his killing long enough to be frustrated. You                           are much luckier.

Intruder   :      I’m O.K. I’ve got a reason for everything. I’m going to be Vincent Charles Gerrard, see. I’ve got to know                           what he talks like. Now I know. That posh stuff comes easy. This is Mr. V.C. Gerrard speaking.                                            (Pantomime of phoning, in imitation cultured voice.) And that’s not all. (He stands up.) Get up a                                     minute

(Gerrard stands.) Now take a look at me.


(i)   What will the intruder gain as Gerrard ?
(ii)   How does the intruder describe himself?
(iii)  How is the villain in most melodramas ?
(iv)   Why does the intruder imitate Geard’s voice ?
(v)     Find a word in the passage which means ‘sensational play’. 

Answers :
(i)   The intruder will gain freedom.
(ii)  He describes himself as a poor hunted rat.
(iii) The villain in most melodramas is foolish.
(iv) He imitates Gerrard’s voice to show that he can talk like him.
(v)   Melodrama.


Gerrard   :   You’re not particularly decorative.

Intruder  :   No! Well, that goes for you, too. I’ve only got to wear specs and I’ll be enough like you to get away with it.

Gerard    :   What about your clothes ? They’ll let you down if you’re not careful.

Intruder  :   That’ll be all right. Yours will fit me fine.

 Gerrard    :   That is extremely interesting, but you seem to miss the point of my remark. I said, you were luckier than most melodramatic villains. It was not a tribute to     your intelligence. You won’t kill me for a very good reason.

Intruder  :    So that’s what you think.

 Questions :

 (i)   What does Gerrard mean when he says that the intruder is not decorative ?
(ii)   Name the chapter from which these lines have been taken.
(iii)  What has the intruder to do to look like Gerrard ?
(iv)  What does the intruder say about clothes ?
(v)  Find a word in the passage which means ‘a bad character’.

 Answers :

(i)  He means to say that the intruder’s personality is not attractive.
(ii)  These lines have been taken from the play ‘If I Were You’.
(iii)  He thinks that he has only to wear spectacles to look like Gerrard.
(iv)  He says that Gerrard’s clothes will fit him.
(v)  Villain.


Gerard   :   Apparently you haven’t the intelligence to ask why I am invested in this cloak of mystery.

Intruder  :  (preparing to shoot) As I said before, this conversation bores me.

Gerard     :   Dont’ be a fool. If you shoot, you’ll hang for sure. If not as yourself, then as  Vincent Charles Gerrard.

Intruder  :    What is this ?

Gerard     :   This is your big surprise. I said you wouldn’t kill me and I was right. Why do you think I am here today and gone tomorrow, never see trades people ? You say  my habits would suit you. You are a crook. Do you think I am a Sunday-school teacher ?

Questions :

 (i) What is the name of the chapter from which these lines have been taken ?
 (ii) What has the intruder not asked Gerard ?
(iii) What would happen, according to Gerrard, if the intruder killed him ?
(iv) Why, according to him, has Gerrard, behaves in a mysterious way ?
(v)   Find a word in the passage which means the same as ‘a criminal’.

Answers :

  (i)   These lines have been taken from the play ‘If I Were You’.
(ii)  The intruder has not asked Gerrard why he lives in mystery.
(iii)  He would be hanged, if not as himself, then as Gerrard.
(iv) He behaves in a mysterious way to escape the police.
(v)   A crook.


Gerard   :    For God’s sake clear that muddled head of yours and let’s go. Come with me in the car. I can use you. If you find it’s a frame, you’ve got me in the car, and you’ve still got your gun.

Intruder :    May be you’re right.

Gerard    :    Then don’t waste time. (Goes and picks up but and bag.)

Intruder  :    Careful, boss, I’m watching you.

 Gerard     :    I have got a man posted on the main road. He’ll ring up if he sees the police, but I don’t want to leave ………(telephone bell rings) Come on! They’re after us.  Through here straight to the garage  .

Intruder   :    How do I know that you are telling the truth ?

Gerard     :    Oh, don’t be a fool. Look for yourself.

Questions :

 (i)  Name the chapter this passage has been taken from.
(ii) What could be the ‘frame’, according to Gerard ?
(iii) Why, according to Gerrard, he has posted a man on the main road ?
(iv) Why do they plan to go straight from the room ?
(v)  Find a word in the passage which means ‘confused’.

Answers :

(i)   This passage has been taken from the play ‘If I Were You’.
(ii)  He could deceive the intruder in order to save himself.
(iii) He has posted a man on the main road to inform him about the police.
(iv)  They plan to go the garage straight from the room.
(v)   Muddled.



Intruder   :   I could tell you plenty. You think you’re smart, but I’m the top of the class round here. I’ve got brains and I use them. That’s how I’ve got where I have.

Gerard     :   And where precisely have you got ? It didn’t require a great brain to break into my little cottage.

Intruder   :   When you know why I’ve broken into your little cottage, you’ll be surprised, and it won’t be a pleasant surprise.

 Gerrard    :   With you figuring so largely in it, that is understandable. By the way, what particular line of crime do you embrace, or aren’t you a specialist ?

Questions :

 (i)   What could the intruder tell Gerrard in plenty ?
(ii)  Why has the intruder broken into Gerrard’s cottage ?
(iii) What does the intruder think about himself?
(iv) Use ‘precisely’ in a sentence of your own.
(v)  Find a word in the passage which means as ‘expert’.


Gerard   :   Your idea is to elude the police by killing me and taking on my identity ?

Intruder :   Yes, I like the idea.

Gerard    :   But are you sure it’s going to help you ?

Intruder  :   Now listen here. I’ve got this all planned. I did a job in town. Things went wrong and I killed a cop. Since then I’ve done nothing but dodge.

Gerard     :  And this is where dodging has brought you ?

Intruder   :  It brought me to Aylesbury. That’s where I saw you in the car. Two other people saw you and started to talk. I listened. It looks like you’re a bit queer kind of mystery man.

Questions :

 (i)  Name the play and its author.

 (ii) What is the intruder’s idea ?

 (iii) Whom did the intruder kill in the town ?

 (iv) Where did the intnider see Gerrard ?

 (v)  Find a word in the passage which means the same as ‘strange’

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Very Short Answer Type Important Questions

1. Who enters Gerrard’s cottage ?

  Ans. An intruder enters Gerrard’s cottage.

2. Why did the intruder enter Gerrard’s cottage ?

  Ans. He wanted to kill Gerrard and disguide himself as Gerrard.

3. How did Gerrard react to find the intruder in his room ?

  Ans. He was cool and calm to see the intruder.

4. What did Gerrard tell the intruder about his childhood ?

  Ans. Gerrard told the intruder that in childhood he was stolen by the gypsies.

5. What was Gerrard’s Christian name ?

  Ans. His Christian name was Vincent Charles.

6. What did the intruder tell Gerrard about his speciality ?

  Ans. ‘Hie intrudes told Gerrard that his speciality was jewel robbery. ‘

7. What did the intruder wanted to know of Gerrard ?

  Ans. lie wanted to know of Gerrard, how he talked and how he met people.

8. Why did the intruder want to hurt but not to kill Gerrard ?

  Ans. He wanted to hurt him and get answer to his questions before killing him.

9. What is Gerrard’s profession ?

  Ans. Gerrard is a playwright.

10. What crime had the intruder committed ?

  Ans. ‘the intruder had killed a policeman.

11. Where did Gerrard imprison the intruder ?

  Ans. Gerrard imprisoned the intruder in the cupboard.

Short Answer Type Questions  (30 to 40 words)

1. Why did the intruder enter Gerrard’s cottage ?

Ans. The intruder resembled Gerrard. He had committed a murder. He made a plan to save himself from the police. He decided that after killing Gerrard he would take on his identity and live without any fear. So he entered Gerrard’s cottage,

2. Why did the intruder want Gerrard to speak to him ?

Ans. The intruder wanted to take on Gerrard’s identity after killing him. But before killing him he wanted to know how Gerrard talked and how he dealt with people. He could know this only when Gerrard spoke with him. So he wanted him to speak with him.

3. What crime had the intruder committed?

Ans. ‘the intruder was a jewel thief. When he was being chased by the police, he killed a policeman. So he was wanted for murder also

4. Why did he send for the sergeant?

 Ans. A jewel thief and murderer entered Gerrard’s cottage. He wanted to kill Gerrard also. Gerrard shut the murderer in a cupboard. Then he phoned the police. Ile sent for the sergeant to get the intruder arrested .

5. How does Gerrard imprison the intruder and save his life ?

Ans. Gerrard asks the intruder to run away from there with him because the police may come any time. He opens a door. He says that this door leads to the garage. The intruder steps in. It was the cupboard door. Gerrard pushes the intruder in and shuts the door. Thus he imprisons the intruder and save his life.

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 Important Long/ Detailed Answer Type Questions- to be answered in about 100 -150 words each

Value based questions-


 Q.1. Gerrard talks pleasantly with the intruder. Was he really pleased to see the criminal ?

Ans. Gerrard is living alone in his house. One day an intruder enters his room. There is a gun in his hand and he threatens to kill Gerrard. But Gerrard does not panic. He is a clever man. He has understood that the criminal has evil intentions. He knows that if he fights with the intruder, he will be killed. So his best chance is to talk with the intruder in a friendly manner. Even the intruder notes it and says that Gerrard is trying to be calm and careless. By talking pleasantly, Gerrard makes the intruder delay his plan of killing him. So Gerrard tells him that he is pleased to see him. We know that this is a lie. He was not really pleased to see the criminal. By engaging the intruder in talks, Gerrard comes to know that he is not an intelligent man and it is not difficult to befool him. Gerrard’s behaviour shows that he is a sensible person. He knows how to behave in a crisis. In the end, he is able to lock the intruder in a cupboard and calls the police.

Q.2. The intruder is boastful. He threatens Gerrard, “I’ll make you crawl” Was he able to carry out his threat? What happened to him?

Ans. An intruder forcibly enters Gerrard’s room. There is a revolver in his hand. His intentions are evil. He threatens to kill Gerard. But Gerrard talks pleasantly to him. The intruder is surprised. He thinks that Gerrard is playing a trick. He tells him to stop playing smart. He boasts that he is intelligent. He threatens Gerard, “I’ll make you crawl.” But the subsequent happening shows that the intruder is a foolish person. Instead of making Gerard crawl, he finds himself shut in a cupboard in the end. The intruder wanted to know more about Gerrard. But Gerrard makes him talk about himself. He dis-closes that he is a jewel thief. He has murdered a policeman. Now he is running from the police. He resembles Gerrard. His plan is to kill Gerrard and live in his room under his name. Gerrard guesses rightly that the intruder is not intelligent. He plays a clever game and shuts him in a cupboard. Then he calls the police. Thus the boast of the intruder is proved wrong

Q.3. Gerrard says, “In most melodramas, the villain is foolish enough to delay his killing long enough to be frustrated. Does this statement holds good for the play ‘If I Were You’?

Ans. In most melodramas, the playwright wants to make the hero successful. The villain in the play wants to kill the hero. But he presented as someone who is foolish. He goes on delaying the killing for one reason or the other. In the end, his plans are frustrated and the hero is able to get the better of him. The same thing holds good of this play. In this play, the villain is the intruder. He resembles Gerrard. So he wants to kill Gerard and live under his name. He has gathered a lot of information about Gerard. But he does not know that Gerrard is a stage actor. He can act well. Gerrard poses to be pleased on seeing the intruder. He talks to him in a tactful way. He makes the intruder talk about himself Thus he goes on delaying the killing. This gives Gerrard enough time to plan to get rid of him. In the end, the intruder’s plan of killing Gerrard is frustrated and he is shut up in a cupboard.

Q.4. The best way to deal with a crisis is nut to lose your calm. Discuss this statement with reference to the behaviour of Gerrard in the play .

 Ans. A cool person is more successful than a person who loses his temper or acts rashly. In this play, Gerrard saves his life by acting calmly. Moreover, he is able to catch the murderer also. It would not be possible if he lost his calm. An ordinary person is terrified on seeing an intruder with a gun in his hand. He acts foolishly. The person fears that he may not harm him. So, generally, in such cases, the criminal kills his victim. But Gerrard does not lose his calmness and patience. He poses that he is pleased to see the intruder. He talks to him a friendly manner. He makes the criminal talk about himself. This gives Gerrard enough time to plan his line of action. Thus Gerrard was not frightened to see the intruder: This calmness saved his life .

 Value Based Questions and Answers of IF I WERE YOU


1.Who was the intruder ?

      (A) a thief                                                                                      (B) a criminal

     (C) a priest                                                                                     (D) a soldier

Ans. (B) a criminal

2.Who did Gerrard live with ?

     (A) his wife                                                                                    (B) his son

     (C) hiS friend                                                                                 (D) alone

 Ans. (D) alone

3.What did the intruder have in his hand ?

      (A) a revolver                                                                              (B) a knife

      (C) an iron rod                                                                             (D) none of the above

 Ans. (A) a revolver

4.How did Gerrard behave to see the intruder with a revolver in his hand ?

    (A) he started crying                                                                   (B) he remained calm

    (C) he was nervous                                                                     (D) he Was fainted

Ans. (B) he remained calm

5.Who did the intruder want to get information ?

     (A) Gerrard                                                                                    (B) the police

    (C) himself                                                                                      (D) all of the above

  Ans. (A) Gerrard

6.According to Gerrard who comes to visit him ?

    (A) the banker                                                                              (B) the greengrocer

    (C) the milkman                                                                            (D) all of the above

 Ans. (D) all of the above

7.What does the intruder say about his speciality ?

    (A) murder                                                                                     (B) kidnapping

    (C) jewel robbery                                                                        (D) all of the above

 Ans. (C) jewel robbery

8.What was the intruder’s plan ?

    (A) to kill Gerrard and disguise himself as Gerrard         (B) to rob Gerard

    (C) to stay with Gerrard                                                            (D) all of the above

Ans. (A) to kill Gerrard and disguise himself as Gerrard

9.What was the intruder already wanted for ?

    (A) theft                                                                                          (B) robbery

    (C) murder                                                                                      (D) kidnapping

 Ans. (C) murder

10.According to Gerrard who was luckier than most melodramatic villians.

       (A) Gerrard                                                                                  (B) the intruder

      (C) both A and B                                                                         (D) none of the above

Ans. (B) the intruder

11.What was Gerrard’s full name ?

       (A) Bill Gerrard                                                                           (B) William Gerrard

       (C) Henry Gerrard                                                                     (D) Vincent Charles Gerrard

Ans. (D) Vincent Charles Gerard

12.What did Gerrard do to the intruder ?

      (A) he killed him                                                                         (B) he knocked him down

      (C) he locked him up in a cupboard                                    (D) all of the above

Ans. (C) he locked him up in a cupboard

13.Do you think Gerrard was actually a murderer ?

        (A) Yes                                                                                          (B) No

       (C) May be                                                                                   (D) Not known

Ans. (B) No

14.Who was cleverer ?

        (A) Gerard                                                                                  (B) Intruder

        (C) Sergeant                                                                               (D) all of the above

Ans. (A) Gerrard

15.Who is the author of the lesson ‘If I Were You’ ?

       (A) Vikram seth                                                                         (B) Douglas James

       (C) A.P.J. Abdul Kalam                                                            (D) Jawaharlal Nehru

Ans. (B) Douglas James





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