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Section A: Multiple Choice Questions

Question 1

1. Why did the photographer look at the narrator without enthusiasm?
(a) He did not like the narrator's looks
(b) He was an eccentric man
(c) He was an unprofessional man
(d) All of the above

Ans: (d) All of the above

2. What was the 'unwarrantable thing' done by the narrator?
(a) Breaking into the private space of the photographer
(b) breaking into his studio without permission
(c) Interrupting him during the shoot
(d) Non of the above

Ans: (a) Breaking into the private space of the photographer

3. Which figure of speech is used in the line given below?
'I knew that he was praying and I kept still.'
(a) Simile
(b) Metaphor
(c) Personifications
(d) Irony

Ans: (b) Metaphor

4. Why did the photographer twist and turn the narrator's head and face?
(a) To get the right angle for clicking the photo
(b) To adjust them according to the narrator's choice
(c) To insult and annoy the narrator
(d) None of the Above

Ans: (a) To get the right angle for clicking the photo

5. What has the narrator 'always known'?
(a) The photographer was unprofessional 
(b) His face was lean
(c) His face was wrong
(d) None of the above

Ans:  (c) His face was wrong

6. Why was there a certain pride in the photographer's manner when the narrator visited him the second time?
(a) Altering the narrator's photo according to his own perception of beauty 
(b) The narrator had come again to him
(c) He had finally made the narrator to agree with him
(d) None of the above

Ans: (a) Altering the narrator's photo according to his own perception of beauty 

7. Why did the narrator ask, 'Is it me'?
(a) The photo was beyond his expectations
(b) The photo was no match to his real self
(c) The photo was a true copy of his real self
(d) None of the above.

Ans: (b) The photo was no match to his real self

8. For which of the following did the narrator want to have in this photograph?
(a) Eyes
(b) Mouth 
(c) Eyebrows
(d) Ears

Ans: (d) Ears

9. What sort of face did the narrator want to have in his photograph?
(a) Exactly like his own
(b) Exactly as the photographer wanted it
(c) His face minus the flaws in it
(d) None of the above

Ans: (a) Exactly like his own

10. 'I found I couldn't use it'. What was "it" that could not be used by the photographer?
(a) The narrator's photograph
(b) The narrator's mouth
(c) The narrator's eyebrows
(d) The narrator's ears


11. What is referred to as the "brutal work"?
(a) The humiliating visit to the photo studio
(b) The act of twisting and turning the narrator's head
(c) The act of 'retouching' his photo by the photographer
(d) None of the above

Ans: (c) The act of 'retouching' his photo by the photographer

12. Choose the option that lists the sequence of events in the correct order.
1. 'Oh, there' nothing to see yet, he said, "I have to develop the negative first".
2. When the photographer came out, at last, he looked very grave and shook his head.
3. The photographer had pulled a string. The photograph taken.
4. Go on then with your brutal work.
(a) 4, 3, 2, 1
(b)2, 3, 1, 4
(c)2, 1, 3, 4
(d)3, 4, 2, 1

Ans: (b)2, 3, 1, 4

13. Select the option that shows the correct relationships between statements (1) and (2)
1. I wanted something that would depict my face as Heaven gave it to me, humble through the gift may have been.
2. "No", said the photographer, with a momentary glance at my face," the eyebrows are removed. We have a process now- the Delphide- for putting in new ones.
(a) 1 is the cause of 2
(b) 1 is an example of 2
(c) 1 is independent of 2
(d) 1 is a contradiction of 2

Ans: (d) 1 is a contradiction of 2

Section B: Context Questions

I. Read the extract given below and answer the question that follows:

I waited an hour. I read the Ladies' Companion for 1912, the Girls Magazines for 1902 and the Infants Journal for 1888. I began to see that I had done an unwarrantable thing in breaking in on the privacy of this man's scientific pursuits with a face like mine.

(I) For whom does the narrator wait for an hour? Why? What does it suggest about the person for whom he has to wait?
Ans: The narrator is waiting for the photographer. The narrator wanted the photographer to come and click a photograph of the narrator. This suggests that the photographer had no respect for his client's time.

(ii) What sort of magazines did the narrator read? What does it suggest about the person who has kept those magazines there?
Ans: The narrator read magazines such as "The Ladies' Companion for 1912, the Girls Magazines for 1902, and The Infants Journal for 1888." These magazines suggest that the person who kept them may have had preconceived notions of beauty, as the magazines likely contained idealized portrayals of women, girls, and infants from different historical periods.

(iii) What is the "unwarrantable thing" that the narrator has done? How?
Ans: The narrator had intruded on the privacy of the scientist, the photographer by asking him to click a photograph of himself and he was aware that his face did not conform to the societal standards of beauty or professionalism.

(iv) Why does the narrator say 'with a face like mine'? What does it suggest about the narrator?
Ans: The narrator says "with a face like mine" to express that the narrator was aware that his face did not come up to the beauty standard of the photographer. This shows self-awareness of his faults and acceptance of the same.

(v) What were the man's scientific pursuits? For whom does he carry out these pursuits later in the story?
Ans: The man's scientific pursuits involve using processes like 'Delphite' and 'Sulphite' to alter the appearance of his subjects to conform to his beauty standards. Later in the story, he carries out these pursuits to alter the narrator's photograph.

II. Read the extract given below and answer the question that follows:

The photographer rolled a machine into the middle of the room and crawled into it from behind. 
He was only in it a second. -just time enough for one look at me, -and then he was out again, tearing at the cotton sheet and the window panes with a hooked stick, apparently frantic for light and air.
Then he crawled back into the machine again and drew a little black cloth over himself. This time he was very quiet in there. I know that he was praying and I kept still.
When the photographer came out, at last, he looked very grave and shook his head.

(i) What does the photographer want to do with the machine? Who has asked him to do that and why?
Ans:  The photographer wants to click a photograph of the subject with the machine. The narrator has come to his studio and asked to click a photo as a ‘momento mori’.
(ii) Why does the photographer remain inside the machine just for a second? What does it suggest about the photographer?
Ans: The photographer remained inside for just for a second to look at the narrator from inside
the camera. This suggests that like an artist he had preconceived notions of beauty; he
did not like what he saw so he stepped out to rectify it.

(iii) When the photographer entered into the machine for the second time, why does he remain there for long time than before? Why does the narrator think that he was praying?
Ans: The photographer remains inside the machine for a longer time during his second entry because he must have been thinking about how to go about taking a photograph, he is likely adjusting the process or equipment to ensure the photographs develop properly. The narrator believes he was praying because he is taking such a long time  and quietness and the solemn atmosphere make narrator thought he was praying. 

(iv) Why does the photographer look very grave? What does he say after this extract about the narrator? How does the narrator react?
Ans: The photographer looks very grave because he is likely disappointed or concerned about the outcome of the photographs. He shakes his head to indicate that something is not as expected. After this extract, he photograph says that the  face of the narrator was quite wrong.  The narrator reacts with emotion and anxious or insecure about the photographer's assessment. The narrator replied that "stop! this is my face and I am aware of it.

(v) What do you think about the photographer from his activities in this extract? Give a reason to support your answer.
Ans: The photographer appears obsessive or fixated on altering the narrator's appearance to conform to his standards and notions of beauty. This is evident from his frantic actions of tearing at the cotton sheet and window panes. This suggests a deep-seated commitment to his perception of beauty, even to the point of desperation.

III. Read the extract given below and answer the question that follows:

'Stop,' I said with emotion but, I think, with dignity. This face is my face. It is not yours, it is mine. I've lived with it for forty years and I know its faults. I know it's out of drawing, I know it wasn't made for me, but it's my face, the only one I have - 'I was conscious of a break in my voice but I went on - 'such as it is, I've learned to love it. And this is my mouth, not yours. These ears are mine, and if your machine is too narrow - ' Here I started to rise from the seat.

(i) To whom does the narrator say 'Stop'? What does he ask him to stop? In what mood is the narrator in this extract?
Ans: To the photographer who was facing him to do facial aerobatics to rectify his (narrator’s
face). The narrator is integrand at being made to do ridiculous things like open his
mouth, shut in droop his ears etc. In this extract, the narrator is in a mood of emotional assertiveness and dignity.

(ii) What does the narrator say about his face? What does he mean by saying that he knows its faults?
Ans: The narrator says he knows his face and accepts its imperfections as he had been living
with this face for forty years. This implies that he knows aspects of his appearance that may not align with conventional beauty standards or societal expectations.

(iii) Why does the narrator feel a break in his voice? But then how does he go about it?
Ans: The narrator was offended at the ridiculous things the photographer made him do, he got all worked up and asked him to stop and the outburst overwhelmed him and he felt a break in his voice. Despite it he continued his tirade and started getting up from his seat to leave.

(iv) What does the narrator mean by saying that he has learnt 'to love it'? What does it suggest about the narrator?
Ans: The narrator accepted his face with all its imperfections. This suggests self awareness and acceptance of himself.

(v) The narrator asks the photographer if his 'machine is too narrow'. What does it mean when he says so? Do you agree with his point of view?
Ans: The photographer said that the narrator’s face was too wide so narrator is questioning whether the photographer's standards of beauty are too narrow or limited to fit everyone. 

I agree with the narrator. Beauty standards are subjective and diverse. It's important to celebrate and embrace individuality rather than conforming to narrow and unrealistic beauty ideals.

IV. Read the e

'Listen!' I interrupted, drawing myself up and animating my features to their full extent and speaking with a withering scorn that should have blasted the man on the spot. 'Listen!' I came here for a photographer- a picture- something which(mad though it seems) would have looked like me, humble though the gift may have been. I wanted something that my friends might keep after my death, to reconcile them to my loss, It seems that I was mistaken. What I wanted is no longer done.'

(i) Whom does the narrator interrupt and why?
Ans: The narrator interrupts the photographer because the latter has changed all the narrator’s
feature in the proof of the photograph and was bragging about it.

(ii) Why does the narrator speak to him 'with a withering scorn'? In what mood was the narrator in this extract?
Ans: The narrator speaks to the photographer with "withering scorn" because he feels deeply disappointed and frustrated. The photographer had totally changed the narrator’s features so he spoke with a withering
scorn. This shows the anger and indigence of the narrator.

(ii) What kind of photographer does the narrator wish to have? Was it up to the expectation?
Ans: The narrator wanted a photograph that looked like him with all his imperfections. The photograph did not look like the narrator at all.

(iv) Why does the narrator describe his face as a 'humble gift'? What does it suggest about the narrator?
Ans: The narrator describes his face as a "humble gift" to emphasize its simplicity and significance to him. "Though imperfect the face was a gift from God". This description also implies a sense of self-awareness and acceptance of oneself, highlighting the narrator's appreciation for the ordinary aspects of life.

(v) Give a character sketch of the narrator.
Ans: The narrator is someone who believes in being true to themselves. They value their own appearance, even if it's not considered perfect by others. When the photographer tries to change their looks, the narrator gets upset because they want a picture that looks like them, not someone else's idea of beauty. They feel disappointed but also stand up for themselves, showing bravery and a strong sense of who they are. In short, the narrator is a person who believes in being real and not letting others define them.