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WB Board Class XII English/ Thank You Ma'am Notes

WBCHSE class 12 English Notes

Thank You Ma’am



McQ Questions & Answers
1. Than You Ma’am is a story  written by –
a. Langston Hughes b. Leo Tolstoy c. APJ Abdul Kalam
2. “Thank You Ma’am” is a/ an-
a. Story, b. biography, c. essay
3. Mrs. Jones met Roger-
a. In his house, b. in her friend’s house, c. on the street.
4. How was the figure of Jones-
a. Large, b. thin c. slim
5. The physique of the boy was –
a. Strong, b. large, c. frail
6. The boy looked ‘frail’. What does the word ‘frail’ mean ?
a. Weak, b. strong c. dirty
7. What was the name of the boy-
a. Rover, b. Rakesh c. Roger
8. Roger tried to snatch Mrs. Jone’s –
a. Diary, b. pocketbook, c. Purse
9. Roger was a – 
a. Boy of a middle-class family b. boy of a very poor family c. boy of a aristocratic family
10. Mrs. Jones was walking along the street-
a. At noon, b. at dawn c. at night
11. The purse Mrs. Jones was carrying contained –
a. everything except hammer and hails    b. Hammer and nails c. nothing
12. The large purse was –
a. Hanging across the shoulder of Jones b. in the back of Jones c. on the table of a shop
13. The incident took place around-
a. 11 o’clock at night, b. 12 o’clock at night c. 11 o’clock at daytime.
14. What did the boy wear-
a. Blue jeans and tennis shoes, b. blue jeans c. tennis shoes
15. The boy, losing his balance , fell on –
a. The lady, b. the road c. the sidewalk
16.   When Roger fell down-
a. Kicked him right square in his sitter b. Mrs Jones lifted him up c. shouted for help.
17. Mrs. Jones was  able to catch Roger because-
a. he fell down on the ground b. He could not run c. people came to help
18. Roger tried to snatch the purse of Mrs Jones-
a. To buy a pair of blue suede shoes, b. to buy some food, c. out of fun 
19. The lady gripped the boy by holding his –
a. Arm, b. shoulder c. shirt
20. Roger’s face was –
a. Ugly, b. fair, c. dirty
21. Roger told Mrs Jones that there  was / were-
a. Only his mother at home. b. nobody at home, c. only his parents at home.
22. The begged the lady to –
a. give food, b. give money c. turn him loose
23. When Roger was being dragged along the street by Mrs. Jones he was –
a. Sorry, b. frightened, c. glad
24. The age of the boy was nearly –
a. Thirteen or fourteen b. fourteen or fifteen c. fifteen or sixteen
25. The name of the woman was –
a. Mrs. Luella Bates Washington Jones. b. Mrs Luella Washington c. Mrs Luella Jones 
26. The woman worked in a –
a. Hotel, b. hotel beauty –shop c. shop
27. Mrs. Jones would like to teach Roger-
a. Right from wrong b. how to cook c. how to behave well
28. Mrs Jones lived in a –
a. A rented house, b. a govt. apartment, c. a mess
29. The boy heard other roomers laughing  and talking which told him that-
a. Mrs Jones was not alone in the house, b. Mrs Jones had a big family c. a hotel
30. Mrs. Jones told Roger to wash his face because-
a. His face was dirty, b. he was sweating, c. he has to eat
31. Roger was highly afraid of-
a. Police, b. jail c. his parents
32. When Mrs Jones was coming back home Roger tried to-
a. Kill her, b. snatch her purse c. bite her
33. The boy washed his face in a –
a. Towel, b. wash room c. sink
34. After Roger had dried his face, he –
a. Did not know what to do, b. wanted to escape from there c. wanted to tell a story
35. Mrs. Jones confessed her guilt to-
a. Roger, b.  God c. nobody
36. The kitchen of Mrs. Jones was –
a. In the same room where she lived b. in a separate room, c. in the hall
37. The lima beans and ham were-
a. A flax, b. in a an ice-box, c. a bowl
38. While cooking  Mrs. Jones did not look at her purse because-
a. She did not disbelieve Roger then, b. Roger was a changed man. c. She knew Roger
39. The purse of Mrs. Jones was kept-
a. On the sofa, b. on the table c. on the chair.
40. Mrs. Jones heated-
a. Some curry, b. lima beans and ham c. cocoa
41. The only thing Mrs Jones made  while cooking was-
a. Ham b. cocoa, c. ice-cream
42. While taking supper-
a. Mrs. Jones was speaking b. only Roger was spaking, c. none  was speaking
43. Mr. Jones could not ask Roger  anything about him because she thought that it would –
a. Frighten him b. embarass him c. surprise him
44. Mrs. Jones worked in –
a. Restaurant, b. a beauty-shop of a hotel c. a man’s house.
45. Mrs. Jones cut a half of her ten-cent cake-
a. To offer it to the boy b. . to request the boy to  throw it c. to eat himself
46. The price of the cake was –
a. Twenty cent. b. twelve cent c. ten cent
47. After supper Mrs. Jones told Roger to leave her room because-
a. She was afraid of Roger, b. she was very tired, c. she wanted to  sleep.
48. Mrs. Jones advised Roger to –
a. Snatch other people’s purse, b. stop snatching c. meet the police 
49. Roger wanted to say  to Mrs. Jones-
a.   Other than ‘Thank You Ma’am’ b. ‘Good night’ c. ‘Than You Ma’am’
50. Mrs. Jones wuld meet Roger-
a. Many times in life, b. only once c. daily
51. What was the intention of the woman ?
a. She wanted to teach him right from wrong b. to punish the boy c. she wanted to clean his dirty face.
52. The boy Roger could not run with the prize he snatched because –
a. He felt guilty, b. the purse was too heavy, c. the purse was large and the boy lost his balance and fell down when the strap
53. The woman dragged the boy to her house to –
a. clean him up and cook him a meal b. Punish him, c. care for him
54. The woman was sorry for boy because-
a. He was unwashed, b. he had no one at home c. she had been in a similar situation when she  was young and she could understand what he was going through
55. The boy wanted to thank the woman for –
a. Being nice to him, b not taking him to the police c. making him realize that the path he was taking was not the right one.
56. What was the parting advice of the woman to the boy ?
a. To behave properly from then b. to study more, c. to surrender

WBCHSE Class XII English notes

Thank You Ma’am

SA type  Questions with Answer  :
1. Name the characters found in the short story named, “Thank You Ma’am ?
Ans. There are two characters Roger and Mrs. Luella Bates Washington Jones.
2. Who is the writer of the short story , “Thank You Ma’am” ?
Ans. The story is written by Langston Hughes.
3. Who is ‘Ma’am’ in the story “Than You Ma’am”?
Ans. Ma’am is Mrs Luella Bates Washington Jones.
4. What was Mrs. Jones carrying ?
Ans. Mrs. Jones was carrying a large purse.
5. What did the purse  contain ?
Ans. The purse contained everything except hammer and nails.
6. Whose purse was snatched at ?
Ans. The purse of Mrs. Luella Bates Washington Jones, a worker in a beauty shop in hotel was snatched at.
7. When did Roger try to snatch the purse of Mrs.  Jones ?
Ans.  At about eleven o’clock at night, Roger tried to snatch the purse.
8. Where did the incident of snatching take place  ?
Ans. The incident of snatching  took place on a street.
9. Why did the boy fail to snatch the purse /
Ans. Because the combined weight of the boy and the bag caused the boy to lose his balance.
10. How did Mrs. Washington Jones look ?
Ans. Mrs. Washington Jones looked large. 
11. How did the boy look like ?
Ans. The boy was fourteen or fifteen years old and he seemed to be weak and ‘willow-wild’ .
12. How did Mrs. Washington Jones carry her purse ?
Ans. Mrs Washington Jones’s purse  had a long strag and she carried it slung across her shoulder.
13. Why did Roger fail to snatch  the purse away ?
Ans. Because  the strap of the purse broke and Roger losing his balance fell down.
14. What did Mrs. Jones do immediately after Roger’s attempt of snatching ?
Ans. Mrs Jones turned around and kicked Roger right square of his blue jeaned sitter.
15. Why was possible for Mrs. Jones to catch Roger ?
Ans. Mrs. Jones was able to catch Roger because he was a large woman but Roger was a weak boy and also he fell down on the ground.
16. What did Mrs Jones do Roger after kicking him down the ground ?
Ans. Mrs. Jones picked Roger up by his shirt and shook him vigorously till his teeth rattled.
17. Gripping his shirt firmly  what order did Mrs. Jones give to Roger ?
Ans. Mrs. Jones ordered Roger to pick up her pocketbook that fell on the ground.
18. Who picked up Mrs. Jones’s  pocketbook from the street ?
Ans. Roger picked up Mrs. Jones’s pocketbook from the street.
19. What did Roger put on ?
Ans. Roger put on blue jeans and tennis shoes.
20. Why did Roger actually want to snatch away the purse of Mrs. Washington Jones?
Ans. Roger wanted  to snatch away the purse to buy a pair of blue suede shoes.
21. What was the first question by Mrs. Jones to Roger ?
Ans. Mrs. Jones first asked Roger if he was not ashamed of himself.
22. How did Mrs Jones bring Roger to her home ?
Ans. Mrs. Jones dragged Roger down the street and brought him to her house.
23. Where did Mrs. Jones drag Roger to her house ?
Ans. Mrs. Jones dragged Roger down a hall and into a large kitchenette furnished room at the ear of her house.
24. Where did Mrs. Jones work ?
Ans. Mrs. Jones worked in a hotel beauty shop that stayed open late at night.
25. What did Mrs. Jones do when Roger struggled to escape her ?
Ans. She put a half-nelson about his neck.

26. What did Mrs. Jones give to Roger as dessert at the end of the dinner ?
Ans. Mrs. Jones cut a half of her ten cent cake and offered Roger as dessert at the end of the dinner.
27. What did Mrs. Jones want to teach Roger ?
Ans. Mrs. Jones wanted to teach Roger right from wrong.
28. What did Roger fear most /
Ans. Roger feared Jail most.
29. What did Roger do when Mrs. Jones released him ?
Ans. He first looked at the open door several times and also looked at her.
30. Why did Roger want to make himself free from the hands of Mrs. Jones ?
Ans. Because he feared  that she would send him to prison.
31. “Then we’ll eat.” – Who are ‘we’ ?
Ans. Here ‘we’ refers to Mrs. Jones and Roger.
32. Why was Roger unfed ?
Ans. Roger was unfed because there was none at his house to cook for him.
33. How did Roger try to help Mrs. Jones ?
Ans. Roger told Mrs. Jones that she could get something bought by him from the stores.
34. What was Mrs. Jones cooking /
Ans. Mrs. Jones was cooking some lima beans and ham  and making some cocoa.
35. Why did Mrs. Jones ask Roger anything about his life ?
Ans. Mrs. Jones did not ask Roger  anything about his life as it might embarrass him.
36. What did Roger  want to say to Mrs. Jones when he was leaving her house ?
Ans. Roger wanted to say Mrs. Jones  more than ‘Thank you, Ma’am’.
37. What did Roger manage to say to Mrs. Jones at the time of leaving her house ?
Ans. Roger was able to say ‘thank you, Ma’am’.
38. What as the profession of Mrs. Jones ?
Ans. Mrs. Jones worded in a hotel beauty shop.
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ESSAY TYPE QUESTION & ANSWERS
1. Why did Roger not try  to run away later although he had an opportunity to do so ?
Ans. “Thank You Ma’am” , a famous short story by Langston Hughes, is based on the transformation of a young boy. Mrs. Luella Bates Washington Jones did not tell anybody both at home and outside what had happened. She did not threaten him with police action either. Rather upon reaching home she let him loose and talked to him very softly. She forced him to wash his face and arranged for their supper. Like his mother she did not get angry with him to learn that he needed money to buy a pair of suede shoes. Instead she said that he would have asked her some money to get those shoes. Roger was then deeply moved by the hospitality of Mrs. Bates. He understood that he was not a thief in her eye. Her love and kindness changed his mind. Roger had many chances of escaping. But he preferred to honour the trust  of Mrs. Jones. 
“He could make a dash for it down the hall. He could run, run, run, run, run !” – Where do these lines occur ? Who is the speaker ? Who is ‘he’ ? Why didn’t he run ?
Ans. These lines occur in the short story ‘Thank  You Ma’am’ by Langston Hughes.
The speaker is Langston Hughes, the writer of the story.
‘He’ is Roger.
` See answer to Question No. 1
2. “The woman did not watch the boy to see if he was going  to run now.”- Why did not the woman watch the boy anymore?
Ans.  Mrs. Jones could understand  that Roger was ashamed of his misdeeds. She did not want to mistrust him any more. She felt that Roger would never break her trust. So she did not inform the police. She left her purse with him when she went to cook food for him. This is a new experience for Roger. Probably for the first time a man or a woman kept so much faith in him. The young boy seeking redemption  did not want to be mistrusted. Mrs. Jones could easily read the thought process of the boy and that is why she did not watch him while cooking.
3. How did Mrs. Jones bring Roger at her residence? What did Mrs. Jones do after taking  Roger at her residence ?
Ans. At first Mrs. Jones  picked the shirt of Roger and dragged him down the street. Stopping on the road, Mrs. Jones jerked him around in front of her, put a half nelson about his neck and continued to drag him .
Reaching her doorstep , she opened  the door and dragged Roger inside down a hall. There Roger was loosed .Then  Mrs. Jones  ordered him to wash his face. She went to kitchen to cook some food for the supper. At the dinner table she talked about her profession and the customers. After the dinner , she bade Roger good bye and shut the door. 
4. “Do you need somebody to go to the store,” asked the boy, “may be to get some milk or something?”
- What did the woman give to the boy to eat ? What did she say during their eating  ?
Ans. The woman made cocoa drink out of the canned milk and offered  it to the boy . She also heated some lima beans and ham she had in the icebox.Then she arranged the table and gave them to the boy to eat as supper.
During this supper the woman did not ask the boy anything abut his dwelling place and the folks at home.She told him about her job in a hotel beautyshop that stayed open late.Mrs. Jones briefly told him about her past life 
5. “ I would ;teach you right from wrong” – Who said this, to whom and when ? How did the speaker transform the person spoken to here ?
- Mrs. Luella Bates Washington Jones said  this to Roger, who tried to snatch  her bag when she was dragging him along the road towards her house.
Roger, after being caught by the strong woman, was afraid  that she would send him to the jail. But Mrs. Jones brought him home and took motherly care by cleaning him  up and cooking him a meal. Roger felt assured and when she offered him ten dollars for buying  suede shoes for which he had committed the crime, Roger was emotionally stirred and was  transformed from a thief to grateful lad. 
6. “Eat some more , son” – Who is the speaker ? What is offered by the speaker to the listener ? What picture of the speaker’s character is revealed in this line ?
- The speaker here is  Mrs. Luella Bates Washington Jones in the story “Thank You Ma’am.’
- Mrs. Jones offered Roger a supper of lima beans, ham, a piece of cake and cocoa milk.
- When Mrs. Jones caught  Roger snatching her bag, she was very strict with him but once she reached home she became quite tender with this young unfortunate boy. She told him to clean his face and to comb his hair. Then she cooked dinner for the boy, and like  a mother , urged him to eat some more. All these revealed the maternal affection  lying hidden beneath her apparently tough and strong  personality.


HS English Notes (WBCHSE) - Answers, Projects, Suggestion

Textual Grammar

Do as directed :

1. The she reached down, picked the boy up by his shirt front and shook him until his teeth rattled. (Split)
2. The large woman simply turned round. She kicked him square in his blue-jeaned sitter. (Join into a simple)
3. He looked as if he were fourteen or fiteen, frail and willow wild. (Split)
4. She held him. She permitted him to stoop. ( Join into a compound sentence)
5. She led him down the hall. She opened the front door. (Join using a participle)
6. The woman’s purse was larger than anyone else’s.(Change into positive degree)
7. This towel is the cleanest of all.(Change into comparative) 
8. She left the door open. (Make it negative)
9. What an audacious boy you are !(Make it statement)
10. He did not trust the woman.(make it negative)
11. I don’t believe you.(make it positive)
12. She was a large woman with a large purse. (complex)
13. She had a large purse that had everything in it. (Simple)
14. When she got to her door, she dragged the boy inside. (Simple)
15. She switched on the light and left the door open. ( simple)
16. The strap broke  with the single tag that the boy gave it from behind. (Compound)
17. The boy did not tell a lie. (Positive)
18. Unless you just want sweet milk yourself, I was going to make  cocoa out of this canned milk I got her. (Use if )

Change the Narration :
1. The woman said, “Pick up my pocketbook, boy, and give it here.”
2. The woman said, “What did you want to do if for ?”
3. “Goodnight! Behave yourself yourself, boy!” she said looking out into the street.
4. “Was I bothering you when I turned that corner ?” asked the woman.
5. “I wanted a pair of blue suede shoes”. Said the boy.

Change the Voice :
1. Do you need somebody to go to the store ?
2. What did you want to do it for ?
3. The boy could not hear other roomers laughing and talking in the large house.
4. She heated some lima beans and ham she had in the ice box.
5. Then I won’t turn you loose.
6. Eat some more, son.


Write a letter to the editor of a newspaper about the necessity of planting more trees in the country/afforestation in the country/ social forestry programmes in the country.

Sub: Necessity of planting more trees


    We know there is an eternal bond between man and trees. Trees help us in many ways. They supply us fresh oxygen. Trees give us food, fruits, fuel, wood, timber, medicine and many other useful things. The trees check soil erosion. They are also the harbingers of rain to produce  crops. Moreover, they give us shelter and shade. They protect  the wild life. The absence of trees creates the desert. Trees help us fight against environmental pollution. It is interesting to note that  33.3%  land is required as forests in any country to maintain ecological balance. We cannot think of life without trees. Vacant lands are becoming more and more scarce because of growing population.So, we must all grow more trees and stop deforestation.

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