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Class 7 English An Alien Hand Question Answers - Short & Long Questions with Solutions: The Cop & The Anthem

Short Answer Type Questions

Ques 1: Why did Soapy move restlessly on his seat?
Ans:
 Soapy was a homeless and jobless man. Cold winter was approaching fast. He was lying on his seat in Madison Square. He had to find some way to face the cold. Therefore, he moved restlessly on his seat.

Ques 2: What were Soapy’s hopes for the winter?
Ans:
 Soapy did not have high hopes for the winter. He had no thought of sailing away on a ship. He was not thinking of southern skies or of the Bay of Naples. He hoped to spend three months in the prison on Blackwell’s Island.

Ques 3: Why did Soapy not like to go to his known persons?
Ans:
 Soapy didn’t want to go to his known persons because he thought that they would ask personal questions from him. And he was not ready to answer all their questions about his life.

Ques 4: Why did Soapy like to go to the prison?
Ans:
 Soapy was a man of ego. He thought that a gentleman’s own life was still his own life in prison. He considered the prison a better place than the houses of his known people. Therefore, he liked to go to the prison where he would get both food and shelter during the cold weather.

Ques 5: Why did Soapy hope to get food at a large and brightly lighted restaurant?
Ans: 
Soapy looked all right above his legs. His face was clean. His coat was good enough.The part of his body that would be seen above the table would look all right. So he hoped to get food at a large and brightly lighted restaurant.

Long Answer Type Questions

Ques 1: Which ways did Soapy try to reach the prison in vain?
Ans:
 Soapy put his foot inside a large and brightly lighted restaurant door. The waiters turned him outside. Then Soapy threw a stone at the glass window of a shop in Sixth Avenue. A cop came there but he ran after another person leaving Soapy at the place where he was standing. Then Soapy reached another restaurant. It was meant for the poor people. After eating to his full he declared that he had no money. Two waiters threw him outside. A cop was standing nearby. He simply laughed and walked away. Then he shouted and danced like a drunken person outside a posh theatre. The cops spared him thinking that he was a college boy. Last of all he saw a man buying a newspaper at a shop. His umbrella stood beside the door. Luckily it was a stolen umbrella. Soapy took it. The man could neither claim it nor send Soapy to prison.

Ques 2: Give the character sketch of Soapy.
Ans:
 Soapy was a homeless and jobless man. He needed a place to stay comfortably for three months during the approaching winter. He could get food and shelter at the houses of his known persons but he did not like to answer their odd questions and lose his freedom. He was a man of ego and considered himself a gentleman. He preferred to go to prison where he would follow the rules but live his own life. He made many attempts to get arrested. His luck failed at the restaurants. He was thrown outside but was not handed over to the police. He broke the glass of a window and stole an umbrella. He was arrested only after he had determined to lead an honourable life.

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1. What is the story "The Cop and The Anthem" about?
Ans. "The Cop and The Anthem" is a story about a homeless man named Soapy who desperately wants to spend the winter in jail to escape the harsh conditions on the streets. He tries various methods to get arrested but fails.
2. Why does Soapy want to go to jail?
Ans. Soapy wants to go to jail because he believes that it would provide him with food, shelter, and warmth during the harsh winter months. He sees it as a better alternative to living on the streets.
3. How does Soapy try to get arrested?
Ans. Soapy tries to get arrested by committing various minor crimes such as breaking windows, loitering, and trying to steal an umbrella. However, his attempts are unsuccessful as he is either interrupted or caught by the police.
4. Does Soapy succeed in his attempts to get arrested?
Ans. No, Soapy does not succeed in his attempts to get arrested. Despite his best efforts, he is always foiled by some external factor, such as a vigilant cop or an unexpected turn of events.
5. What is the irony in the story "The Cop and The Anthem"?
Ans. The irony in the story lies in the fact that Soapy, who desperately wants to go to jail, is unable to get arrested even when he tries to commit crimes. The story highlights the irony of his situation and the unexpected outcomes that occur.
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