My Unknown Friend Questions & Answers

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My Unknown Friend Questions & Answers

Word Galaxy

  • Suffered – tolerate
  • Frequently – continuously
  • Suppose – assume
  • Circumstances – situation
  • Chuckle – laugh quietly
  • Employ – appoint
  • Evidently – doubtless, without fail
  • Ruined – destroyed
  • Pardon – forgiveness
  • Stupidity – foolishness

Question 1: Paragraphs 3 to 9 record the exchange between the two men. Which of these lines tell that something may not be quite right? what does it suggest?

Answer: The line in para 6 “Who, indeed,’ I thought to myself.” indicates that something may not be quite right. It suggests that the speaker may not be quite so pleased to see the other man or that he may not have recognised the other man.

Question 2: I know just how to deal with the situation. What kind of a situation was the speaker talking about and how was he going to deal with it?

Answer: The speaker was talking about the situation where he could not recognise or remember the other person, although the latter claimed to be an old friend. He was going to deal with it by staying calm and acting confidently, as if he did know the other man. He was going to talk to the man and find out who he really was.

Question 3: What plan did the speaker use in paragraphs 27 to 36? Did his plan work?

Answer: In paras 27 to 36, the speaker tried to ask questions to the other man instead of simply and briefly responding to his questions and comments. This was a bold plan as he could have asked something that would show that he could not recognise the man, but he felt confident that he could ask safe questions. With the help of this plan, he hoped to understand who the other man was. His plan did not work because although the other man answered his questions, the speaker still could not recognise him.

My Unknown Friend Questions & Answers

Question 4: “Pardon me,” I said, annoyed at my own stupidity. What stupidity is he referring to? Why could it be stupid?

Answer: The speaker is referring to his mistake in saying that the person who was supposed to have died used to smoke. It could be a stupid thing for him to say because he did not really know who the other man was referring to. He could have been referring to someone who would not smoke, like the speaker’s grandmother. By making such a mistake, the speaker almost revealed that he still could not recognise the other man.

Question 5: His face was agitated. Why was the stranger’s face agitated? What was the speaker’s reaction to the stranger’s problem?

Answer: The stranger’s face was agitated because he said that he had missed his stop. The train had arrived at the junction and he was supposed to have got down at the previous station. He needed to get down and send a telegram to someone saying that he had missed his stop. Yet he could not seem to open his suitcase to bring out the money. The train stopped at the junction for a very short time so he was in a hurry. The speaker did not feel very sympathetic towards the other man. He wanted the other man to go away, so he offered him some money to get down and send the telegram. He called him an idiot for forgetting to take his suitcase.

Question 6: Does the speaker blame himself for his loss? Why? What was the loss?

Answer: Yes, the speaker blames himself for his loss. He felt that since he had tried to be too clever and pretended to know the stranger instead of admitting that he could not recognise him, the stranger got the opportunity to take his money. The loss was of the money that the stranger took from him, pretending to be in a hurry to send a telegram.

Question 7: How does the writer show that he was treating the conversation as a game?

Answer: The writer shows us that he was treating the conversation as a game when he expresses his satisfaction by saying, ‘So far I had scored the first point.’

Question 8: Does the writer state whether the friend was known or unknown? Why?

Answer: The writer does not state in paras 1-9 whether the ‘friend’ was known or unknown because he wants to make the reader curious. The newcomer addresses the speaker as an old friend and the speaker responds suitably, yet the title of the story says ‘My Unknown Friend’, so we as readers feel curious to know who the friend really was.

Question 9: Why does the writer describe his state in a single word?

Answer: The writer describes his state in a single word—stung— because here, this single word is more expressive and appropriate than a lengthier description. It is more effective than providing an entire sentence or even a paragraph to describe the shock the writer felt.

So, these were My Unknown Friend Questions & Answers.

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