‘Two Gentlemen Of Verona’ Questions and Answers:Answer the following:
A.Why didn’t Luigi, the driver, approve of the two boys?
a) Luigi the driver did not approve of the boys because they looked untidy and
B. Why were the narrator and his companion impressed by the two boys?
b) The narrator and his companion were impressed by the two boys because
they were eager and enthusiastic to do any type of job and had the ability to
perform many tasks.
C. Why was the author surprised to see Nicola and Jacopo working as shoeshine boys?
c) They were surprised to see them because they had seen them selling fruits a
few hours back and later they were polishing shoes.
D. How were the boys useful to the author?
d) The boys did odd jobs for the author. Jobs like buying a pack of American
cigarettes, booking seats for the opera or names a good restaurant.
E. Why were the boys in the deserted square at night? What character traits do they exhibit?
e) When asked why they were out at night, they said that they were waiting for
the last bus to arrive when they could sell the last of their newspapers. They
wanted to earn every penny.
F. The narrator asks the boys, “Must you work so hard? You both look rather tired.” The boys reply, “We are not complaining, sir.” What do you learn about the boys from their reply?
f) It shows that they have determination and courage to face the difficulties of
life, and also they did not want others to sympathize with them.
G. When the narrator asks the boys about their plans, they are evasive. Why don’t they disclose their problems?
g) They don’t like to disclose their secrets to anyone. They want to face the
ordeals themselves without letting other people know.
What do you understand by the following statements?
a) “We do many things, sir,” Nicola answered seriously. He glanced at us hopefully.
Nicola answered that they did many types of tasks and looked eagerly if the
narrator had some job for them.
b) He coloured deeply under his sunburn, then grew pale.
He blushed with embarrassment and did not know what to answer.c) He smiled uncomfortably. “Just plans, sir,” he answered in a low voice.
He smiled uncomfortably because he did not quite know whether he would
really be able to fulfill his desire.
d) Yet in both these boyish faces there was a seriousness which was far beyond their years.
Though they were young boys they had the seriousness of an adult and they
could think beyond their age.
7. Discuss the following questions and write the answers in your notebook.
a. Appearances are deceptive. Discuss with reference to the two boys.
a) The boys appeared to be shabbily dressed, one with a worn out jersey and cut
off khaki pants and the other, a shortened tunic. Yet, their faces looked
honest. When the narrator and his companion saw them again they were
shining shoes. They even took them site seeing, bought American cigarettes,
booked seats for the Opera, named a good restaurant and ran small errands
for them. Once when the author took them to see their sister, who was sick,
he was able to see their love, devotion, care and responsibility for the sister.
This clearly shows that appearances are deceptive. They actually turned out
to be such dignified responsible young gentlemen. The visit to see Lucia
answered many questions.
b. Do you think the boys looked after Lucia willingly? Give reasons for your answer.
b) Yes, ofcourse. They did take care of her willingly. The moment they came to
know that she was suffering from T.B., they immediately shifted her to a
hospital where she could be treated. They then did all sorts of jobs, worked
hard from selling fruits, shoe shining, running errands, acting as guides, to
selling newspapers. Whatever was earned by them was spent on the sister’s
treatment. Obviously they wanted to see her well again.
c. How does the story ‘Two Gentlemen of Verona’ promise hope for society?
c) When we read the story ’Two gentlemen of Verona’ , we still have hopes for
society, where people still care for one another, have dignity of labour, and
go to any extent and work hard in order to see their loved ones well again.
There is still love, care and devotion in the society, if people like the two boys
exist. It shows that love means making sacrifices for our kith and kin.
Match the following:
1. set up To start/ establish a company
2. break down To lose control of your feelings & start crying
3. set off To start on a journey
4. put up with To tolerate a situation// person
5. put off To postpone
6. put on To wear
7. come in To enter
8. come across To meet/find by chance
9. come up against To be faced with/opposed by
10. turn down To refuse/reject
11. turn in To inform on/deliver up
12. turn to To try to get help/advice