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NCERT Solutions for Class 7 English - The Cop and The Anthem

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Chapter 4 -  The Cop and the Anthem 
Q1 : What are some of the signs of approaching winter referred to in the text?
Answer :

The signs of the approaching winter are the movement of birds to warm south, the woollens needed by people and the dead leaves covering the ground. 
Q2 : Suppose no cop came at the end. What would Soapy's life be like through the winter?
Answer :

In case Soapy was not arrested and sent to prison he would have started a new life. He might have taken up some job and lived like a normal gentleman. But through the winter he might have faced the icy winds. 
Q3 :  Write 'True' or 'False' against each of the following.
(i) Soapy did not want to go to prison. _______
(ii) Soapy had been to prison several times. ________
(iii) It was not possible for Soapy to survive in the city through the winter. _________ 

(iv) Soapy hated to answer questions of a personal nature. _________
Answer :

(i)False, Soapy wanted to go to prison.
(ii)True
(iii)False, There were places in the city where he could go and ask for food and a bed. These would be given to him. 

(iv)True
Q4 : Retell an episode in the story which is a good example of irony in a situation.
Answer :

Soapy was keen to be sent to prison for the three cold months. He made several attempts to get arrested. But none of his plans worked. Finally, when he decided to live a decent life honestly, he was arrested. Such an episode is ironical. 

Q5 : What was Soapy’s first plan? Why did it not work? 
Answer :

He would go to eat at restaurant and would then tell them he had no money. They would immediately call a cop who would arrest him. But as soon as he put his foot inside the restaurant, the waiters blocked his entry. Thus his first plan did not work. 
Q6 : "But the cop's mind would not consider Soapy". What did the cop not consider, and why?
Answer :

The policeman did not believe that Soapy had broken the window glass. The reason was that no such criminal would stop and talk to a policeman. 
Q7 : “We have orders to let them shout.” What is the policeman referring to? 
 Answer :

The policeman means to say that he had got orders not to arrest the unruly and shouting college students. 
Q8 :  Write 'True' or 'False' against each of the following.
 (i) Soapy stole a man's umbrella. _______
 (ii) The owner of the umbrella offered to give it to Soapy. _______
 (iii) The man had stolen the umbrella that was now Soapy's. _______
 (iv) Soapy threw away the umbrella. _______
 Answer :

(i)True
(ii) False, The owner of the umbrella followed Soapy saying thatit was his umbrella. On seeing a cop, he said that he had found it in a restaurant, and that if it belonged to Soapy, he was free to take it. He never offered to give it to Soapy.

 (iii)True
(iv)True
Q9 :  “There was a sudden and wonderful change in his soul”. What brought about the change on Soapy? 
Answer :

The sight of the home where Soapy had spent his childhood suddenly changed his outlook. The old memories of his mother and the sweet music revived his love for a decent life. He decided to work and become somebody in 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 tries to get arrested in order to have a warm place to stay during the winter season.
2. Who is the main character in the story "The Cop and The Anthem"?
Ans. The main character in the story is Soapy, a homeless man who is determined to get arrested.
3. How does Soapy try to get arrested?
Ans. Soapy tries various methods to get arrested, such as making a scene in a restaurant, breaking windows, and pretending to be a drunkard. However, all his attempts fail.
4. What is the theme of the story "The Cop and The Anthem"?
Ans. The theme of the story is the desire for freedom and the struggle to find a place in society. It explores the challenges faced by a homeless person and the desperation to escape the harsh realities of life.
5. Does Soapy succeed in getting arrested in the end?
Ans. No, Soapy does not succeed in getting arrested in the end. Despite his efforts, he is unable to find a warm place to stay and is left out in the cold.
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