The Cop and The Anthem – II Questions & Answers

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The Cop and The Anthem – II Questions & Answers

Question 1: What are some of the signs of approaching winter referred to in the text?

Answer: Birds beginning to fly south, people looking for new warm coats and dead leaves falling on the ground are some of the signs of approaching winter referred in the text.

Question 2: Write ‘True’ or ‘False’ against each of the following.

i. Soapy did not want to go to prison – False
ii. Soapy had been to prison several times -True
iii. It was not possible for Soapy to survive in the city through the winter – False
iv. Soapy hated to answer questions of a personal nature – True
v. Soapy stole a man’s umbrella – True
vi. The owner of the umbrella offered to give it to Soapy – True
vii. The man had stolen the umbrella that was now Soapy’s – True
viii. Soapy threw away the umbrella – True

Question 3: What was Soapy’s first plan? Why did it not work?

Answer: Soapy’s first plan was to go and have a good dinner at some fine restaurant. After having the dinner, he would say that he had no money to pay, and then a cop would be called. The cop would arrest him and he would be taken to a judge and the judge would sentence him three months prison on Blackwell’s Island.

However, his plan did not work when the head waiter saw his broken old shoes and the torn clothes. He turned Soapy around and made him leave the restaurant quietly and quickly.

Question 4: “But the cop’s mind would not consider Soapy”. What did the cop not consider, and why?

Answer: “But the cop’s mind would not consider Soapy”, this line refers to Soapy’s second plan, when he threw a stone at the window glass of a shop with an idea of getting arrested by the cop. However, the cop did not consider Soapy as the person who threw the stone, as according to him men who break windows do not stop there to talk to cops. They run away as fast as they can.

Question 5: “We have orders to let them shout”. What is the policeman referring to?

Answer: The policeman was referring to the orders for not arresting unruly and shouting college students as they won’t hurt anybody.

Question 6: “There was a sudden and wonderful change in his soul”. What brought about the change in Soapy?

Answer: The memory of his childhood home where he spent many happy peaceful moments. He can feel the music coming from his room, the beautiful life that had his mother, his friends, high hopes, all these made a sudden and wonderful change in his soul and thought of pulling himself up. He planned of finding work and be somebody in the world.

Question 7: Suppose no cop came at the end. What would Soapy’s life be like through the winter?

Answer: In case, no cop came at the end and Soapy was not arrested, his life would have been different. He might have tried to take up some odd jobs to start a new life. This start would have been difficult and the winters would have been tough as he had no home and good clothes. However, if he would have been determined, eventually the tough time would have passed and there would have been a decent life ahead.

Question 8: Retell an episode in the story which is a good example of irony in a situation.

Answer: Soapy had all the plans to commit a petty crime and get himself arrested, so that he could be sent to three months prison at Blackwell’s Island and he could spend the winters peacefully. Even after committing these crimes, he was not arrested and none of his plans worked.

However, at the end when he actually changed his mind, thought of leaving all the bad habits and planned of starting a decent life, he was arrested for doing nothing. Such an episode is ironical.

So, these were The Cop and The Anthem – II Questions & Answers.

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