Q.1. Who is Lomov?
Ans. Lomov is a young landowner.
Q.2. Why did Lomov come to Chubukov’s house?
Ans. Lomov came to Chubukov’s house with a marriage proposal for Natalya.
Q.3. How old were Lomov and Natalya?
Ans. Lomov was thirty-five years old and Natalya was twenty-five years old.
Q.4. Why is Lomov so eager to marry?
Ans. Lomov is so eager to marry because he is already over thirty-five.
Q.5. What disease does Lomov suffer from?
Ans. Lomov suffers from palpitations.
Q.6. What does Lomov quarrel over with Natalya for the first time?
Ans. Lomov quarrels over the ownership of Oxen Meadows.
Q.7. What documents does Lomov offer to show Natalya?
Ans. He wants to show her the documents related to the Oxen Meadows.
Q.8. Who has been using Oxen Meadows?
Ans. Peasants have been using Oxen Meadows.
Q.9. What do they quarrel over for the second time?
Ans. For the second time, they quarrel over the quality of their dogs.
Q.10. Who was Guess?
Ans. Guess was Lomov’s pet dog.
Q.11. Who appears to be dead to Chubukov?
Ans. To Chubukov, Lomov appears to be dead.
Q.12. Did Lomov and Natalya get married ultimately?
Ans. Yes, they got married ultimately.
Q.13. How does Natalya react when she learns that Lomov had come to propose to her?
Ans. She weeps and yells and asks her father to fetch him back.
Q.14. What do you think would have been Chubukov’s reaction on hearing the reason for which Lomov had come to his house?
Ans. When Chubukov came to know that the reason of Lomov’s coming to their house is to marry Natalya, he was overwhelmed with joy. He embraced and kissed Lomov and told him that he was hoping for it for a long time. He told Lomov that he had always loved him as if he was his own son.
Q.15. What justification did Lomov give to Natalya and Chubukov to prove that he is the rightful owner of Meadows?
Ans. Lomov told Natalya and Chubukov that his aunt’s grandmother gave the Meadows for the temporary and free use of Chubukov’s grandfather’s peasants. So he is the rightful owner of the open meadows.
Q.16. Lomov was a quarrelsome person. Justify.
Q.17. There is a certain way in which the characters speak in the play “The Proposal”. What does it tell us about the Russian men?
Q.18. Describe, in brief, the character of Natalya as sketched in the chapter the proposal.
Ans. Natalya was 25 years old, daughter of Chubukov. She was a good housekeeper, not bad looking and well educated. She secretly loved Lomov. She was greedy and short-sighted. She was short-tempered as well.
Q.19. Lomov went to Chubukov’s house and was seeking permission so that he could trouble him with a request. What is the trouble that he is talking about
Ans. Lomov went to Chubukov’s house to ask him to marry his daughter, Natalya. He asked Chubukov for Natalya’s hand. This is the trouble he was talking about.
Q.20. Natalya was not Lomov’s real love. But still, he wanted to marry her. Give two reasons for his decision.
Ans. Though Lomov was not in love with Natalya, he wanted to marry her because he was suffering due to a weak heart and sleep-sickness. He wanted a companion who could look after him.
Q.21. Lomov calls himself a ‘land grabber’. Justify the statement in about 20-25 words.
Ans. Lomov and Natalya argue over the ownership of Oxen Meadows. Natalya calls him a ‘land grabber’ as he claims his ownership over it. Lomov says that he is not a ‘land grabber’ as he has never done so and would never let anyone do so.
Q.22. How and why did Lomov come to meet the Chubukov family?
Ans. Lomov came in a formal evening dress — wearing a jacket and white gloves. He had come to meet the Chubukov family to put his proposal for Natalya. He wanted to marry her.
Q.23. How can you say that Natalya was not convinced that Oxen Meadows was owned by Lomov?
Ans. Natalya was not convinced as she said that they owned Oxen Meadows for nearly 300 years. It was surprising and ridiculous if someone else claimed it to be his own. Chubukov also joined the quarrel.
Q.24. What did Natalya say about Guess?
Ans. Natalya said that Squeezer was superior to Guess —Lomov’s dog. Lomov said that his dog Guess was better than Squeezer. Natalya believed that Guess had become old and ought to be shot. She also claimed that Squeezer was a hundred times better dog than the Guess.
Q.25. What does Chubukov at first suspect that Lomov has come for?
Why was Stephan Chubukov not happy to welcome Lomov in his house?
Ans. Lomov arrives in a formal evening dress. On seeing him, Chubukov thinks that he has come to borrow money. He decides not to lend it to him but talks to him quite politely.
Q.26. What is the ailment that Lomov is suffering from?
Ans. Lomov is 35 years old. It is high time that he should settle for a quiet and regular life. He is suffering due to a weak heart and sleep-sickness. In need of a companion who may look after him, he wants to get married.
Q.27. What request did Lomov make to Chubukov?
Ans. Lomov went to Chubukov in a formal dress in order to propose marriage to his daughter, Natalya. Hesitatingly, he told Chubukov that he needed his help and had come to trouble him with a request. He told him that he wanted to marry Natalya.
Q.28. Describe Lomov’s first meeting with Natalya.
Ans. Lomov goes to his neighbour Chubukov’s house to ask for the hand of his daughter Natalya. He is in a fix on how to make a marriage proposal. He talks in a roundabout manner. He makes mention of his meadows which touch their birchwoods. At this, a quarrel ensues between them over the ownership rights of the meadows.
Q.29. What kind of a man is Lomov?
Ans. Lomov is a man of thirty-five years of age. He is really a very funny and comical character. He comes to make a proposal to Natalya. But he is so nervous and excitable that he continues quarrelling with the girl over trifles, and fails to make the proposal. He has no confidence and no self-control. He suffers from fits of epilepsy.
Q.30. Who is the heroine of the play?
Ans. Natalya is the heroine of the play 'The Proposal’. She is twenty-five years old. She is still unmarried. It causes great worry to her father. Natalya wishes that somebody should love her and proposes to her. Her father calls her ‘a love-sick cat’.
Q.31. Why does the proposal remain unmade during Lomov’s first visit?
Ans. The proposal remains unmade during Lomov’s fast visit because Lomov is very nervous and excitable. He beat about the bush. When Natalya comes Lomov begins to quarrel with her about a piece of land. He gets very excited and leaves the room, cursing and threatening the old man and his daughter, Natalya. He forgets all about the proposal.
Q.32. Why is Natalya is so anxious to marry Lomov?
Ans. Natalya is an ugly, middle-aged woman. She knows that only a fool like Lomov can marry her. So, the moment she comes to know that Lomov had come to propose for her hand, she cries and shouts and forces her father to bring Lomov back.
Q.33. How does Chubukov join the quarrel between Natalya and Lomov?
Ans. Chubukov comes in and finds Natalya and Lomov quarrelling. When he finds that they are quarrelling about the ownership of the Oxen Meadows, he also becomes angry. Instead of calming them down, he also starts quarrelling. He claims to be the owner of the Meadows. He insults not only Lomov but also his ancestors.
Q.34. What is the cause of the second quarrel between Natalya and Lomov?
Ans. Lomov starts praising the qualities of the dog Guess. But Natalya says that her dog which she purchased for 85 roubles is much better than Lomov’s dog Guess. Both of them praise the qualities of their dogs. Now they start quarrelling on this topic. They again started shouting at each other.
Q.35. What is Chubukov guess about the purpose of Lomov’s visit?
Ans. Lomov calms himself down and begins to tell him the purpose of his visit. He tells him that he came to him many times in the past also for his help but he did not help him. Chubukov thinks that perhaps he has come to ask for a loan. He makes up his mind not to help him in any way.
Q.36. Why is Lomov anxious to marry Natalya?
Ans. Lomov wants to settle the question of his marriage at once. He thinks that now he should not delay. He thinks about Natalya. She is a skilled housekeeper. She is educated and is not bad to look at. At this age, he should not expect a better girl than her. He is suffering from some serious diseases. Because of these reasons, he is anxious to marry Natalya.
Q.37. Why was Lomov brought back by Chubukov?
Ans. Chubukov wondered how Lomov dared to make a proposal of marriage. Natalya was startled to hear it. She forced her father to bring Lomov back. Chubukov rushed out most unwillingly to request Lomov to come back. Lomov agreed to come back.
Q.38. How does Lomov behave when he is excited?
Ans. When Lomov is excited his heart starts palpitating. His right eyebrow starts twitching. His foot goes to sleep. In the play, he becomes so excited that he falls unconscious.
Q.39. How does Natalya lay claim to a piece of land called the ‘Oxen Meadows’?
Ans. Natalya says that the land belonged to her family for the last three hundred years. Now suddenly Lomov lays his claim to that land. She says that the land is not worth much in terms of money. But as a principle, she won’t let Lomov claim it.
Q.40. Who are Lomov and Chubukov and how are they related to each other?
Q.41. Why does Lomov come to Chubukov? How does Chubukov react to his visit?
Q.42. Why is Chubukov surprised at Lomov’s wearing of a formal dress when he conies to meet him?
Q.43. How does Chubukov react when he comes to know that Lomov has come with a proposal of marrying his daughter Natalya?
Q.44. Why does Lomov think that he should not be alone but marry a suitable woman like Natalya?
Q.45. How does Lomov speak warmly of Chubukov’s family in the beginning? Why does he change his stand?
Q.46. Describe Oxen Meadows. How were they a bone of contention between Lornov’s and Natalya’s family?
Q.47. Why do both the families of Lomovs and Chubukovs claim the ownership of Oxen Meadows?
Q.48. Why does Natalya think that Lomov’s behaviour is strange and he is simply joking and making fun of her?
Ans. Natalya thinks that Lomov’s behaviour is quite strange. He is only joking and making fun of her. She claims that they have Oxen Meadows for nearly 300 years. She is suddenly told that it is not theirs. It is strange that Lomov is making a present of the Meadows to them which are not owned by him. It is unlike a good neighbour and a friend.
Q.49. Why does Lomov say that Chubukov is not a good neighbour but a land-grabber?
Ans. Lomov has his reasons to think that Chubukov is not a good neighbour but a land-grabber. His aunt’s grandmother gave the Meadows for ‘temporary’ and free use of
Chubukov’s grandfather’s peasants. He doesn’t intend to give up his claim over the Meadows. Good neighbours don’t behave like that. Only land grabbers behave in this fashion.
Q.50. How does Natalya react when she comes to know that Lomov has come to make a marriage proposal to her?
Ans. Chubukov and Natalya indulge in all sorts of abuses and insults for Lomov. However, Chubukov discloses the real purpose of Lomov’s visit. She comes to know that Lomov has come there with a proposal of marrying her. She grows hysterical. She blames her father for not telling it before. She tries to bring him back. She threatens to die if Lomov is not brought back.
Q.51. Besides Oxen Meadows what is the other important cause of quarrel between Lomov and Natalya?
Q.52. Describe the physical condition and health of Lomov.
Q.53. What happens when Lomov is thought to be almost dead?
Q.54. How does Chubukov react when Lomov comes to senses?
Q.55. Give in brief the character-sketch of Lomov.
Q56. What opinion of Chubukov do you form after reading ‘The Proposal’?
Q57. What opinion do you form of Natalya after reading the play, ‘The Proposal’?
Q58. Justify the title of the play. ‘The Proposal’ Or What is the theme or the message of ‘The Proposal’?