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Q.1. Mrs. Hall felt that the room was haunted by spirits because 
(a) She could see evil spirits
(b) She heard a strange noise
(c) Uncanny things happened there
(d) The door slammed shut

Correct Answer is Option (c)


Q.2. The neighbors thought it was ‘witchcraft’. This tells us that neighbors were
(a) Suspicious
(b) Superstitious
(c) Nervous wrecks
(d) Gossip-mongers

Correct Answer is Option (b)


Q.3. Why did Griffin decide to slip into a big London store?

Griffin decided to slip into a big London store, because the season was mid-winter, due to which it became difficult to wander around without clothes in London.


Q.4. “Griffin was rather a lawless person”. Comment.

Griffin never thought twice before harming anybody. He put his landlord’s house on fire. Then his stealing acts at shops and later in the village indicate this. When he was encountered by the landlady of the inn, he threw a chair at her and her husband. Lawless persons never think about the safety and well-being of others. They are always preoccupied with their benefits only.


Q.5. How was Griffin a lawless man?

Griffin was lawless because he had committed many anti-social deeds for which he never felt guilty. He set fire to his landlord’s house and ran away, he stole ‘ foodstuffs and clothes from a London store, stole other goods from a theatrical company, and also stole money from a clergyman’s house to pay his bills.


Q.6. How did Griffin find himself invisible but naked in the chill January air for the second time?

As he had overslept in the big London store, when the store opened in the morning the store assistants came in. Griffin panicked and ran, chased by the assistants. He had to take off his newly found clothes to become invisible and escape so that he found himself invisible but naked in the chill January air for the second time.


Q.7. What did Halls see in the scientist’s room?

As the door was open and nobody appeared to be inside, Halls entered the scientist’s room. They saw that the bedclothes were cold, showing that the scientist must have been up for some time, and stranger still, the clothes and bandages that he always wore were lying about the room.


Q.8. Griffin was not a true scientist as he misused his scientific discovery. Illustrate this point by giving two incidents from the story.

A true scientist is a law-abiding person. A scientist is also called a ‘natural philosopher’. Griffin was not a true scientist as he did not use his discovery of how to make himself invisible for good uses. He lost control of himself and behaved like a criminal. First, he set fire to his landlord’s house and ran away. Then he stole food without paying for it in a London store. Besides, he robbed the owner of a theatrical company and stole money from a clergyman’s desk.


Q.9. What extraordinary things happen at the inn?

The landlord of the inn and his wife were surprised to see the doors of Griffin’s room open. They looked inside and found that nobody was inside the room and decided to investigate. They found it strange that his room’s door was open as he never liked anyone even trying to enter his room. All of a sudden, while investigating, Mrs. Hall heard a sniff next to her ear and was hit by Griffin’s hat on the face. Then the chair in the room charged toward Mrs. Hall and hit her in her legs. As they both turned in terror, the chair pushed both of them out of the room and the door was slammed and suddenly a locking sound was heard. Mrs. Hall was scared and felt that the furniture was haunted by spirits and it was the stranger’s work. The nearby people started talking that the work was that witchcraft.


Q.10. Describe the landlord’s and his wife’s experience with the strange scientist.

Both Mrs. Hall and her husband were surprised to find the scientist’s room door open because normally it was always locked. So they peeped in but found nobody there. The clothes and bandages that he always wore were lying about the room. Suddenly Mrs. Hall heard a sniff close to her ear and the hat on the bedpost leaped up and dashed itself into her face. Then the bedroom chair sprang into the air and pushed them both out of the room and then appeared to slam and lock the door after them. Mrs. Hall became hysterical and almost fell down the stairs. She thought that her furniture was haunted. They decided to confront the scientist the next time when they met him.

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