The Open Window Questions & Answers

Hi Everyone!! This article will share The Open Window Questions & Answers.

In my previous posts, I have shared the questions and answers of Friends and Flatterers, Wandering Singers, The New Blue Dress and Dear March Come In so, you can check these posts as well.

The Open Window Questions & Answers

Words Galaxy

  • Self-possessed – Confident
  • Discounting – Disregarding
  • Unduly – Undeservedly
  • Retreat – A quiet and private place that you go to for getting away from your usual life
  • Silent communion – Sharing of thoughts
  • Bury – (here) Hide
  • Engulfed – Swallowed up; surrounded
  • Rectory – A house where the priest of the local church lives
  • Snipe-shooting – Hunting of long-billed game birds
  • Bog – Wet, spongy ground
  • Treacherous – (here) Having insecure footing
  • Delusion – A false idea
  • Falteringly – Hesitatingly
  • Headlong – Without waiting to think about one’s actions
  • Bolted – made a sudden escape

Question 1: Why did Mr Nuttel come down to the rural retreat?

Answer: Mr Nuttel was suffering from some ailment of the nerves and he had come to the ‘rural retreat’ to recover from his ailment.

Question 2: What help did Mr Nuttel’s sister extend to him?

Answer: Mr Nuttel’s sister had lived at the rectory, in that village four years ago. Hence, she gave him letters of recommendation to all the people she knew there, so that he might befriend someone and have a comfortable stay.

Question 3: According to Vera, what tragedy had befallen Mrs Sappleton three years ago? Write in your own words.

Answer: According to Vera, exactly three years ago from that day, Mrs Sappleton’s husband and her two brothers, along with their dog, had gone out for shooting. On their way to the hunting ground, they were swamped in the bog and never came back. Vera went on to say that this tragedy had mentally disturbed Mrs. Sappleton and she believed that they would come back through the window, they had left through. So, she kept the window open every evening till it was dusk. Vera added that while leaving, Mr Sappleton was carrying his white waterproof coat over his arm, and Ronnie, her aunt’s youngest brother, was singing ‘Bertie’, why do you bound?’

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Question 4: Read the line and answer the questions:

‘That is why the window is kept open every evening till it is quite dusk.’

(a) Who made this statement and to whom?

Answer: Vera, Mrs. Sappleton’s niece, made this statement to Mr. Nuttel, who had come to meet Mrs. Sappleton.

(b) Why did the speaker say this?

Answer: Vera was good at making up stories and wanted to have some fun at short notice. So she told Mr.Nuttel about how Mrs. Sappleton had lost her husband and her brothers, including the dog, when they had been out for hunting and how their bodies were not found.

Question 5: What explanation did Mrs Sappleton offer for the open window when she met Mr Nuttel?

Answer: Mrs Sappleton informed Mr Nuttel that her husband and her brothers along with the dog had been out for shooting, and she was expecting them anytime soon to come in through the window, which they always did, and hence, the window was open.

Question 6:

Answer: Mr. Nuttel saw three figures and a tired dog walking across the lawn towards the window ; they all carried guns under their arms, and one of them had a white coat hung over his shoulders. A tired brown spaniel kept close at their heels. He also heard one of them singing; ‘I said, Bertie, why do you bound?’ The description of Mr. Sappleton and the young boys by Vera matched with the sight outside the open window. This scared Mr. Nuttel and he quickly left that place.

Question 7: Read the line and answer the questions:

(a) Who is the speaker here?

Answer: Vera, Mrs. Sappleton’s niece, is the speaker here.

(b) Whom is the speaker addressing? Who is being referred to here?

Answer: Vera is addressing Mr. Nuttel, who has come to meet Mrs Sappleton. She is referring to her aunt’s husband and her two young brothers, who had been out for hunting.

(c) When was this statement made?

Answer: Vera made this statement while Mr. Nuttel and she were waiting for Mrs. Sappleton to meet Mr. Nuttel.

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Question 8: What topic did Mr Nuttel’s conversation centre on?

Answer: Mr Nuttel attempted to turn the topic of conversation away from Mrs Sappleton’s husband and brothers on to a less frightening topic. As Mrs. Sappleton kept on talking about the shooting and the scarcity of birds, and the prospects for duck in the winter, he told her that the doctors had advised him rest, to avoid mental excitement and also any kind of physical exercise and the kind of food that he must have.

Question 9: Read the line and answer the questions:

‘One would think he had seen a ghost.’

(a) Who makes this statement and to whom?

Answer: Mrs. Sappleton says this to Mr.Sappleton.

(b) Why did the speaker say this?

Answer: Mr. Nuttel’s reaction on seeing Mr. Sappleton and the young fellows made Mrs. Sappleton make this remark. As soon as Mr. Nuttel saw them coming, he grabbed his stick, and rushed out of the house. He was so scared as if he had been frightened by a ghost.

(c) Who is ‘he’? Had he really seen a ghost?

Answer: ‘He’ here is Mr. Nuttel. No, he had not really seen a ghost because Mr. Sappleton and his brother-in-law were alive.

Question 10: Read the line and answer the questions:

‘Enough to make anyone lose their nerve.’

(a) Who is the speaker here?

Answer: Vera, Mrs. Sappleton’s niece, is the speaker here.

(b) Whom is the speaker speaking to and about whom?

Answer: The speaker is speaking to Mrs and Mr Sappleton about Mr. Nuttel.

(c) Why did the speaker say this?

Answer: Here, Vera was trying to justify Mr. Nuttel’s reaction on seeing Mr. Sappleton, the young boys and especially the spaniel. She fabricated a story and told her aunt and the others that Mr. Nuttel had once been chased by a pack of dogs into a cemetery, and he accidentally had fallen into an open grave with the dogs snarling at him from above. This had developed in him a fear of dogs.

(d) What does this tell us about the speaker?

Answer: This tells us that Vera is very good at concocting stories and having fun at others’ expense. She seems to be a habitual liar.

So, these were The Open Window Questions & Answers.

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