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Q.1. Discuss the difference in Soapy's past and present life.

There is a great difference between the past and present life of Soapy as he looks at his past life with fond and happy memories. His past life was full of important relations. In his past life, he enjoyed flowers, pleasant music, high hopes, clean thoughts and clean clothes. He was a happy boy then.
But his present life is marked by an acute absence of all these happy things. He neither had family members nor friends, food nor shelter. He wears only dirty clothes as he does not have clean clothes. His mind is full of wrong desires and his hopes have died out. He used to imagine to have a big house but now he has a seat in a park instead of a house.


Q.2. Why did Soapy not like to go to his known persons?

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.


Q.3. What did Soapy do next after being turned down from the restaurant?

Soapy saw that at the corner of Sixth Avenue was a shop with a wide glass window, bright with electric lights. He picked up a big stone and threw it through the glass.


Q.4. What did Soapy believe he had enough for getting his desired outcome?
(a) He could get a table
(b) His coat was good
(c) That his face was clean
(d) All of these

Correct Options is (d) 
Soapy believed that above his legs he looked all right. His face was clean. His coat was good enough. If he could get to a table, he believed that success would be his.


Q.5. Soapy visited the prison ________.
(a) once

(b) several times
(c) twice
(d) none of these

Correct Options is (b) 
For several years, Blackwell’s Island (prison) had been Soapy's winter home. He also considered the prison a better place than the houses of his known people where he would get both food and shelter during the cold weather.


Q.6. Which ways did Soapy try to reach the prison in vain?

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 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.


Q.7. Where do other people plan to go during winters as compared to Soapy?

People of New York plans to go to Florida or to the shore of the Mediterranean Sea each winter whereas Soapy plans to go to Blackwell’s Island.


Q.8. Who moved Soapy outside the restaurant?
(a) The gatekeeper
(b) The owner

(c) The head waiter
(d) The peon

Correct Options is (b) 
As Soapy put his foot inside the restaurant door, the head waiter saw his broken old shoes and the torn clothes that covered his legs. He ordered and moved Soapy quietly and quickly outside.


Q.9. While going to Madison Square, Soapy stopped:
(a) for breakfast
(b) at the restaurant
(c) an umbrella thief
(d) imagining

Correct Options is (b) 
Soapy walked out of Madison Square and stopped at a large and brightly lighted restaurant.


Q.10. What did Soapy desire for initially in the plot, The Cop and the Anthem?
(a) To stay in his own house
(b) To stay in a luxurious hotel
(c) To stay in the prison

(d) To stay in a guest house

Correct Options is (c) 
Soapy intended to stay in the prison on Blackwell's island for at least three months in the plot. Soapy was an idle and homeless man who in order to protect himself from the approaching bitter cold planned to get himself arrested and stay behind the bars.

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