The Black Spot Questions & Answers

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The Black Spot Questions & Answers

Written by R.L. Stevenson, ‘The Black Spot’ begins with the death of Jim’s father. Jim had to manage the inn and arrange the funeral. As he was coming back from his father’s funeral, he came across a sinister blind man who requests that he should be taken to Bill, the captain who was staying at the inn. When Bill saw the blind man, he appeared sickened by the experience. The blind man handed Bill a black spot. As he read the black spot, Billy was shocked. He declared that he had only six hours left. Upon trying to spring into action, he fell down. He had another stroke and died.

 Word Galaxy

  • Stroke – an illness when a blood vessel in the brain bursts
  • Hunched – with the top part of his body bent forward and his shoulders and back raised very high
  • Deposition – the act of removing somebody from power or a position
  • Reeled – moved in an unsteady way

The Black Spot Questions & Answers

Question 1: Why did the narrator scarcely get time to think of the captain?

Answer: The narrator scarcely got time to think of the captain because he was busy arranging the funeral of his father and managing the work of the inn. There were also visits of the neighbour and their natural distress that kept him occupied.

Question 2: Read the line and answer the questions:

 (a) Whose deaths is the narrator talking about?

Answer: The narrator is talking about the deaths of his father and the captain.

(b) Why was the sorrow of the first death still fresh in the narrator’s heart?

Answer: The sorrow of the first death was still fresh in the narrator’s heart because his father had died just a day before the death of the captain. So he could not bear the second death in front of his eyes.

Question 3: How would the captain spend his time after the stroke?

Answer: The captain spent his time singing which was his favourite pass time. He climbed up and downstairs, walk to the parlour and back again. He sometimes put his nose out of the door to smell the sea.

Question 4: Read the line and answer the questions:

(a) Who is the speaker?

Answer: The narrator is the speaker.

(b) Who is ‘he’ mentioned in the above line?

Answer: ‘He’ mentioned in the above line is the captain.

(c) Why did ‘he’ eat little? What had happened to him?

Answer: ‘He’ ate little because he had a stroke. Finally, he was given a black spot by an unknown blind man. The Black spot was a severe punishment and after getting it, he became too shocked to keep himself alive.

The Black Spot Questions & Answers

Question 5: What did the blind beggar say he would do to the narrator if the latter didn’t take him to the captain?

Answer: The blind beggar said that he would break the narrator’s arm if he did not take him to the captain.

Question 6: Read the line and answer the questions:

“Lead me straight up………Bill.”

(a) Who said these words and to whom?

Answer: The beggar said these words to the narrator.

(b) Who was ‘Bill’?

Answer: ‘Bill’ was the captain.

(c) If not taken to Bill, what would the speaker have done?

Answer: The speaker would have broken the narrator’s arm if he were not taken to Bill.

Question 7: What was drawn and written on the card? Upon reading the card, how did the captain react?

Answer: On one side of the card there was a big black spot. It was a symbol which meant either deposition or death. On the other side, the card bore a message-‘10 o’clock’. The captain sprang to his feet upon reading the card. He reeled and fell on the floor. He was struck dead by apoplexy.

Question 8: Read the line and answer the questions:

“I was standing…………Along the road.”


Answer: The speaker was full of sad thoughts about his father because the death of his father was very recent.


Answer: The speaker was standing at the door of the Admiral Benbow, Black Hill Cove.


Answer: The person who was drawing slowly near was plainly blind, for he tapped before him with a stick and wore a great green shade over his eyes and nose. He was hunched as if with age or weakness and wore a huge old tattered sea-cloak with a hood that made him appear positively deformed.

So, these were The Black Spot Questions & Answers.

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