NCERT Solutions for Class 9 If I Were You

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NCERT Solutions for Class 9 If I Were You

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Thinking about the Text

I. Answer these questions.

 Q.1.”At last a sympathetic audience.”

(i) “Who says this.”

(ii) Why did he say it?

(iii) Is he sarcastic or serious?

Ans. (i) Gerrard says this.

 (ii) Gerrard lived all alone in his cottage. There was no one who could listen to his tale, how he was stolen by the gipsies when he was a small child. With no one to talk to, Gerrard decided to make this statement himself.

(iii) He is just sarcastic.

2. Why does the intruder choose Gerrard as the man whose identity he wants to take on?

 Ans. The intruder resembled Gerard. He could easily kill Gerrard because he lived all alone. So he chooses Gerrard as the man whose identity he wants to take on

3. “I said it with bullets”

 (i) Who says this?

Ans. Gerrard says this.

(ii)What does it mean?

Ans. It means that once he had fired to escape from a difficult situation.

 (iii) Is it the truth? Why does the speaker say this? What is the speaker’s reason for saying this?

Ans. No, it is not the truth. lie says so to trap the intruder in his cocked-up story. The speaker’s reason for saying this is to save his life from the intruder.

 4. What is Gerrard’s profession? Quote the parts of the play that support your answer.

 Ans. Gerrard is a playwright. He says that he has had a spot of bother-quite amusing. He thinks he will put it in his next play

 Q.5. “You’ll soon stop being smart ?”

(i) Who says this?

Ans. The intruder says this.

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(ii) Why does the speaker say it?

 Ans. The speaker says this to make Mr Gerard frighten so that he may get the answer to his questions.

(iii)What according to the speaker will stop Gerrard from being smart?

Ans. According to the speaker, his revolver will stop Gerrard from being smart.

6. “They can’t hang me twice ?”

(i) Who says this?

 Ans. The intruder says this.

(ii) Why does the speaker say it?

Ans. The intruder has committed a murder. He has killed a policeman. He can be hanged for this crime. So now he has become carefree. fie, would not hesitate in killing another person. He knows that he cannot be hanged twice for another murder.

Q.7. “A mystery I propose to explain?”

What is the mystery the speaker proposes to explain?

Ans. The mystery Gerrard proposes to explain is that he is also a criminal. He says that he is a murderer and the police are also in search of him. That is why he lives in a mysterious way. He says that he often disappears from there. He tells the intruder that if he killed him, he would be hanged, if not as himself, then as Gerrard.

8. “This is your big surprise.”

(i) Where has this been said in the play?

Ans. This statement has been said by Gerrard in the last scene of the play when he starts telling a cock-up story to the intruder about his past.

(ii) What is the surprise?

Ans. The surprise is that the person whom the intruder is going to disguise is himself a big criminal. The police is hunting him badly.

Thinking about Language

1. Consult your dictionary and choose the correct word from the pairs given in bracket

(i)    The (site, cite) of the accident was (ghastly, ghostly).

(ii)   Our college (principle, principal) is very strict.

(iii)   I studied (continuously, continually) for eight hours.

(iv)   The fog had an adverse (affect, effect) on the traffic.

(v)    Cezanne, the famous French painter, was a brilliant (artist, artiste).

(vi)   The book that you gave me yesterday is an extraordinary (colleague/college) of science fiction and mystery.

(vii)   Our school will (host/hoist) an exhibition on cruelty to animals and wildlife conservation.

(viii)  Screw the lid tightly on to the top of the bottle and (shake/shape) well before using the contents.

Ans. (i) site, ghastly, (ii) principal, (iii) continuously, (iv) effect. (v) artist, (vi) college, (vii) host, (viii) shake.

II. irony is when we say one thing but mean another, usually the opposite of what we say. When someone makes a mistake and you say, “Oh! that was clever!”, that is bony. You’re saying -clever” to mean “not clever”.

     Expressions  we often use in an ironic fashion are :


                   • Oh, wasn’t that clever!” / Oh that was clever!

                   • You have been a great help, I must say!

                   • You’ve got yourself into a lovely mess, haven’t you?

                   • Oh, very funny!/How funny!

We use a slightly different tone of voice when we use these words ironically.

Read the play carefully and find words and expressions Gerrard uses in an ironic way. Then say what these expressions really mean. Two examples have been given below. Write down three more such expressions along with what they really mean.

What the author saysWhat he means
Why this is a surprise, Mr – er-



He pretends that the intruder is a social visitor whom he is welcoming. In this way


he hides his fear.


At last a sympathetic audience!



He pretends that the intruder wants to


listen to him. whereas actually, the

intruder wants to find out information

for his own use.      


1. That is a disguise outfit.


  He pretends that he himself is in a

 false disguise wearing false decorations

 but actually, it was not so.


2. Come on! They’re after us.


He asks the intruder to hurry up to go with

him but actually he wants the intruder not

 to go out.