Class 9th Second Language English Textbook Solutions

THE NOBLE BISHOP – Class 9th Second Language English Textbook Solutions


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THE NOBLE BISHOP
VICTORN HUGO

I. Four alternatives are given. Choose the best alternative: –

1) ………….. was a convict.
A] Jean Valjean
B] Bishop C] Yussouf D] Baptistine
2) Jean Valjean was set free ………… days.
A] three B] four C] five D] six

3) Bishop called the convict as …………..
A] Jean valjean B] convict C] friend D] dog
4) Baptistine bought the candle sticks from ………..
A] mantel
B] shelf C] alcove D] adjacent room
5) Jean valjean lived in hell for ……………. years.
A] four B] nineteen C] eighteen D] five
6) Jean Valjean have been in galleys for stealing ……….
A] silverware B] bread C] candle D] food
7) Jean Valjean’s sister had ………… children.
A] four B] five C] six D] seven
8) Hound means ………
A] beast B] dog C] wild animal D] give trouble
9) Jean Valjean steal ……….. from Bishop’s house.
A] bread B] silverware C] candlesticks D] gold
10) …………. said that the silverware was stolen.
A] Bishop B] Jean Valjean C] Baptistine D] Sergeant
II. Answer the following questions:-

1. How the scene – 1 described in the lesson ‘The Noble Bishop”?

Ans.: The table is laid for dinner; silver plates are set on the table. The Bishop is seated. His
sister Baptistine is ready to serve. A convict enters.
2. Why everyone said ‘Get out’ when Jean Valjean asked at every inn?
Ans.: Jean Valjean was a convict. He had been nineteen years in galleys. Four days ago, he was
set free. He walked for miles. He had not eaten anything for three days. He asked every inn. All
he was said as ‘Get out’.

3. What did Bishop say to Baptistine when convict enters their house?
Ans.: Bishop said to Baptistine ‘Sister, put another plate on the table and put some sheets on the
bed in the above’. When the convict, enters the house begging for alms.

4. Why did Jean Valjean said that he has lived in hell for nineteen years?
Ans.: Jean Valjean was imprisoned for stealing some bread. He was chained up like a wild
animal; they lashed him like a hound. He was fed on filth. They took away his soul and gave
devil in that place. Therefore, Jean Valjean said that he had lived in hell for nineteen years.
5. Why did Bishop say ‘There is a hope for all’?
Ans.: Jean Valjean had suffered a lot. He narrates about his nineteen years hell in galleys to
Bishop and says once he was set free, he asked for work. However, no one was willing to take
him and became sad by narrating this. Therefore, Bishop says ‘There is a hope for all’.
6. Why was Jean Valjean tired?
Ans.: Jean Valjean has been nineteen years in the galleys. Four days ago, he was set free. He had
walked for miles and had not eaten anything for three days. He asked at every inn but all told
was ‘Get out!’ Therefore, Jean Valjean was tired.
7. Why did Jean Valjean stood terrified at the radiant figure?
Ans.: At the middle of the night, he awoke. He thought about the silverware that was laid on the
table for dinner. He rose to his feet, hesitated for a moment, listened, and walked cautiously to
the adjacent room. The rays of the moonlight shone on the Bishop’s face. He slept tranquilly.
Jean Valjean stood terrified at this radiant figure.
8. What did Baptistine serve to Jean Valjean and Bishop?
Ans.: Baptistine served soup, cheese, mutton, and large loaf of bread to Jean Valjean and Bishop.
9. Why Jean Valjean stolen bread?
Ans.: Jean Valjean lived with his sister and she had seven children. She was ill, so, they had no
food. The children were starving. Therefore, he had stolen some brad.
10. Why Jean Valjean say that he was stayed in hell for nineteen years?
Ans.: Because in the galleys he was chained up like a wild animal and beaten like a dog. His
name was taken away. His soul was taken away and gave devil in its place.
11. How Jean Valjean steal the silverware?
Ans.: Jean Valjean saw the silverware and took it crossed the room, jumped out of the window
ran across the garden, leaped over the wall like a tiger and fled.
12. How Jean Valjean changed after promising to Bishop?
Ans.: Jean Valjean promised to Bishop to become an honest man. Thereafter he led the life of an
honest man and strove for cause of the oppressed, downtrodden, and destitute.
III Read each of the following extracts and answer the questions given below:

1. “Friend, sit down and warm yourself”

a. Who said this?

Ans.: Bishop said this.

b. How did he feel when he was called as friend?
Ans.: Jean Valjean felt satisfaction when Bishop called ‘Friend’. He felt that Bishop must be a
great soul and thanked him he felt good and comfortable.

2. “You must be a great soul”

a. Who said this?

Ans.: Jean Valjean said this..
b. Why made him to say so?
Ans.: Jean Valjean was a convict. Everyone told ‘Get Out!’ when he was starved. However,
Bishop calls him as friend and invites him. This made him to say that Bishop was a great soul.
3. “Bring the silver candlesticks and light them”

a. Who said this?

Ans.: Bishop said this.
b. Why did he say this?
Ans.: While Bishop was talking with the convict, he saw the lamps, which were giving a very
poor light. Therefore, he told his sister to bring the candlesticks.
4. “You must have suffered a lot”

a. Whom does ‘You’ refer to?

Ans.: ‘You’ refer to Jean Valjean.
b. Why did he say this?
Ans.: The convict comes to Bishop begging for the alms. He was very tired and hungry. When
the dinner was set ready, the convict devours. Therefore, the Bishop thought that he has suffered
a lot.
5. “My God, yes. That’s a long time ago”

a. Who said this?

Ans.: Jean Valjean said this.
b. What happened a long time ago?
Ans.: A long time ago, Jean Valjean was sentenced in galleys for nineteen years for stealing
some bread, he was chained up like wild animals; lashed him like a hound. He fed on filth. The
human qualities were driven away from him and devil was given in its place.
6. “They chained me up like a wild animal”

a. Whom does ‘Me’’ refer to?

Ans.: ‘Me’ refer to convict.
b. Why he was chain up like a wild animal?
Ans.: Jean Valjean was sentenced to nineteen years in the galleys. Because he had stolen some
bread. There he was chained up like wild animals.
7. “I fed on filth for nineteen years, nineteen years!”

a. Whom does ‘I’ refer to?

Ans.: ‘I’ refers to Jean Valjean.
b. Why was he fed on filth?
Ans.: Jean Valjean was sentenced to nineteen years in the galley. There he was chained up like a
wild animal and lashed him like a hound.

8. “They gave me devil in its place”


a. What does ‘It’ refer to?

Ans.: ‘It’ refers to Jean Valjean.
b. How they gave devil in its place?
Ans.: Jean Valjean was sentenced to nineteen years in the galley. They chained him up like a
wild animal. He was lashed like a down. He was fed on filth for nineteen years. His name and
soul were taken away and he was given a devil in its place.
9. “Now, I’m free to starve”

a. Whom does ‘I’ refer to?

Ans.: ‘I’ refers to Jean Valjean.
b. Why he said this?
Ans.: Jean Valjean said this because when he was set free from galleys he walked for miles and
asked at every at every inn. However, all of them told was ‘Get Out’ no one gave food for him.
10. “I was a man once, I’m a beast now”

a. Who does ‘I’ refer to?

Ans.: ‘I’ refers to Jean Valjean.
b. Why he became a beast?
Ans.: Jean Valjean was sentenced to nineteen years in galley. There they took away his name.
They took away his soul and they gave him a devil in its place, so he became a beast.
11. “Lie down and sleep on the couch there”

a. Who said this?

Ans.: Bishop said this.
b. Did he sleep peacefully? What happens on that night? Justify.
Ans.: Jean Valjean was so exhausted that he feel asleep immediately. Towards the middle of the
night, he woke up. He started reflecting about those nineteen years. The cathedral clock struck
two. Jean Valjean thought about the silverware that was laid on the table for dinner. He rose to
his feet, hesitated for a moment, listened, and walked cautiously to the storeroom. He saw the
silverware, took it, crossed the room, jumped out of the window, and ran across the garden.
12. “The cathedral clock struck two”

a. Did Bishop awake when cathedral clock struck two?

Ans.: No, Bishop did not awake when the cathedral clock struck two.
b. What the convict was doing when the cathedral struck two?
Ans.: Jean Valjean awoke in the middle of the night. He started reflecting about those nineteen
years. Once he was free, he asked for work. However, no one was willing, to take him, when the
cathedral clock struck two.
13. “Good heavens! The silver is stolen.”

a. Who said this?

Ans.: Baptistine said this.
b. Who had stolen the silverware and how?
Ans.: Jean Valjean had stolen the silverware. He went past the bed, straight to the cupboard. He
saw the silverware, took it, and crossed the room.

14. “Ah, there you are! I’m glad to see you my friend”


a. Who does ‘My’ refer to?

Ans.: ‘My’ refers to Bishop.
b. Why he was glad to see him?
Ans.: Bishop was glad to see Jean Valjean and called him as friend. He did not express that Jean
Valjean had stolen the silverware. Because he wanted him to change.
15. “If that is so, we can let him go”

a. Who does ‘We’ refer to?

Ans.: ‘We’ refers to Sergeant.
b. Why did sergeant set Jean Valjean free?
Ans.: Bishop notices Jean Valjean as a friend and says the sergeant that the silverware was given
to Jean Valjean by him. Therefore, the sergeant set free Jean Valjean.

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