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Karnataka State Syllabus Class 8 English Prose Chapter 6 The Model Millionaire
The Model Millionaire Questions and Answers, Summary, Notes
Textbook Questions And Answers
Answer the following questions in two or three sentences each:
What sort of man was Hughie Erskine?
Hughie Erskine was a good looking young man, admired by both men and women. He was a kind man and never said an unkind word about anyone.
What were the various jobs he took up? Why?
He worked on the stock exchange, later as a tea merchant, then he tried selling sherry. All this lasted for six months or a little more. He was not clever in earning money.
What was the condition laid down for Hughie to marry Laura?
Laura’s father, Mr colonel laid down a condition that he wanted Hughie to earn ten thousand pounds.
Who was Alan Trevor? What was Trevor doing when Hughie called on him?
Alan Trevor was a friend of Hughie, he was a painter and a clever artist. Trevor was almost finishing the full-size picture of a beggar – man.
How was the model beggar dressed?
The model beggar was an old man, bent and his face was wrinkled. He wore a brown coat that was all torn and dirty. His boats were patched.
What did Hughie feel the model should get? Why?
Hughie felt that the model should get some part of Trevor’s earning that he gets for the picture. Because the beggar stood so still that it was very hard to stay in the same position.
Why did Hughie feel sorry for the beggar-man?
Hughie felt sorry for the beggar because he looked lonely and sad. He was an old man, bent and had a piteous look on his face.
What did Hughie give the old beggar-man?
Hughie out of pity for old beggar slipped a sovereign into the beggar’s hand.
What did Alan Trevor tell Hughie when he met him at the Palette Club?
Alan Trevor told Hughie that the beggar man showed great interest in Hughie. The beggar man also inquired about his job, where he lives, his earning, and what Hughie was going to do in future.
Alan says, “He’ll invest your sovereign for you Hughie,” How do you think the Baron could have invested the sovereign for Hughie?
The beggar man was none other than Baron Hausberg one of the richest men in Europe. He repaid Hughie’s kind gesture by presenting him a cheque for ten thousand pounds.
II. Answer the following questions in five or six sentences each:
‘That old beggar, as you call him, is one of the richest men in Europe.’ Name the richest man referred to. How is he described to Hughie?
The richest man is Baron Hausberg one of the richest men in Europe. He could buy all London if he wished. He had a house in every capital city. He dined in golden plates. He could also prevent Russia going to war whenever he wanted. Baron was Trevor’s great friend. He bought all his pictures. He had asked Trevor to paint him as a beggar and would pay him two thousand pounds for his work.
Describe how Hughie Erskine was able to marry Laura Merton.
Once when Hughie went to meet his friend Trevor, he found that he was painting the full size of a beggar – man. In the corner stood the beggar – man who was old bent and had a piteous face. Out of sympathy for him Hughie slipped a sovereign into his hands when Trevor went out. And later went away.
The beggar man was moved by his kind gestures and enquired about Hughie. Trevor told him everything. The beggar man was Mr. Baron Haunsberg one of the richest men in Europe. He had sent word through a messenger a letter that read A wedding present to Hughie and Laura, from an old beggar.’ And inside was a cheque for ten thousand pounds. Thereby Hughie was able to marry Laura.
Bring out the subtle humor in the story “The Model Millionaire.”
This story brings out how a gesture of kindness repays one in multiples. Hughie was compassionate and did not worry much about his earnings. When he sees the beggar man posing for the full-size picture that his friend Trevor was painting. He was moved by the beggar man’s attire and the piteous face and slips a sovereign into his hands, who was none other than Baron Hausberg one of the richest men in Europe. This ignorance of Hughie creates humor. Also when the messenger of Baron comes to his place to give him the envelope in a fit of anxiety Hughie tries to seek apology for slipping a sovereign to one of the richest man. All these create subtle humor in the story.
“I have got heaps of old clothes at home. Do you think he would like any of them? Why his rags were falling to bits,’ said Hughie. ‘But he looks so wonderful in them,” said Trevor. “I wouldn’t paint him in a good suit for anything. However, I’ll tell him of your offer.” The above instance is an example for subtle humor. Pick out other incidents of humor from the story.
(Please refer answer to question number 3)
A. Compound words – When two different words are put together to form a new word, that word is called a compound word, eg: beggar-man
1. Fill in the blanks given below with the help of the compound words.
- ________ picture (full – size)
- ________ young man (good – looking)
- The old _________ (beggar – man)
- The _________ wanted to speak to Trevor, (frame – maker)
- full size
- good looking
- frame maker
2) Match the words in column A with the words in column B to make more compound words:
B. Affix = Prefix + Suffix
1) Prefix – a word which does not have meaning by itself, but when added to the beginning of a word, it forms a new word. The new word is very often the opposite of the root word, eg: un – He never said an unkind word to anyone, opposite in meaning _______ (dis, mis, un)
do, honour, broken, comfort, clean, honest, respect, obey, regard, appear, like, agree, wanted, content
2) Suffix – a word which does not have a meaning by itself, but when added to the end of a word forms a new word.
eg : ful – i. What a wonderful model! ii. I think it’s dreadful.
Use appropriate suffixes to the words given below to form new words:
(ly, ness, ish, ful, less) easy, child, hope, use, fool, beauty, brown, doubt, calm, slow, help, cheer, pain, colour.
- doubtful (or) doubtless
- calmly (or) painless.
3) Homonym – a word which has the same sound, same spelling but two different meanings.
Example – Model – a person or thing that is an excellent example of a quality.
Gandhiji is the model of sacrifice. Model- a copy of something.
There is a model of the Taj Mahal made of marble.
Construct sentences with the following homonyms to bring out two different meanings of each word:
trip, stamp, plant, right.
Write any four homonyms which have different meanings, with the help of a dictionary.
1. a. trip (n) – journey.
There was a trip organized in our school to Nandi hills.
b. trip (v) – stumble.
I tripped on a stone and fell down.
a. Stamp (n): Collecting stamps is my hobby.
b. Stamp(V) – I stamped the cow dung and my shoe was dirty.
a. Plant(n): One can find different kinds of plants in Lalbagh.
b. plant(v): Children should be taught the need for planting trees/plants.
a. right (n): Above eighteen years everyone has got the right to vote.
b. right (v): My friend gave the right answer to the question.
4) Pun – Do you know what a pun is? A pun is a type of wordplay. In a pun, a homonym is used in the same sentence to mean two different things. Great writers like William Shakespeare, Oscar Wilde, and others often used a pun to add fun and flavor to their writing. Look at the last line of the lesson. Explain the pun.
IV. Make five pairs of pun words with the help of a dictionary.
- Time flies like an arrow. Fruit flies like a banana.
- Why are fish so smart? Because they live in schools.
V. Colour In Language:
Study this sentence:
‘You told that old beggar all my private affairs?’ cried Hughie, looking very red and angry.
The word “red” is used to describe a feeling of anger. Colors are often associated with various types of emotions.
Select a color from the box to describe the feelings associated with them and then fill in the blanks: green, red, blue, black, grey, white, pink.
1. The old lady seemed to be in the _____of health.
2. John was ____ with envy when
he hears that his friend would be meeting the Prime Minister in person.
3. Shalini became _____ with anger when Anjali shared her secret with other girls.
4. We must cheer him up. He was feeling _______ all day.
5. The cop beat him up _______ and _________.
6. The stallion (breed) was as pure as ______ in colour.
c) Identify the following characters from the lesson:
1. I am a very good looking young man, liked and admired by both men and women.
2. I am a girl, daughter of a retired Colonel.
3. I am a strange man, with a red beard, a very clever artist.
4. I am an old man, bent and wrinkled with a piteous look on my face.
5. I am the richest man in Europe, who could buy all London. I have a house in every’ capital city.
The Model Millionaire Additional Questions and Answers
I. Read the following extracts and answer the questions that follow :
1. “I shall probably find him at home waiting for me’.
Who is ‘I’ referred to?
Who does you refer to?
The model beggar.
Why does he think that he would be waiting?
He thinks that the model beggar may come to get more help from Hughie.
2. “What a duffer he must think me”.
Who is the speaker?
b. Who does ‘he’ refer to?
The model beggar
c. What is the meaning of duffer?
a clumsy (or) awkward person.
3. “I have come from Baron Hausberg”.
Who does ‘I’ refer to?
The messenger of Baron Hausberg
Who had he come to meet?
Why had he come to meet him?
To give an envelope that Baron had sent to Hughie.
The Model Millionaire Summary in English
Hughie Erskine was a good looking man admired by all. His gesture of kindness gave him a big bonus. He was charming and was of good nature. But he did not have the cleverness to earn money. He did not stick to any one particular job. He always changed his job finally he gave up trying to work and lived on two hundred pounds a year, given by an old aunt.
He loved a girl Laura Merton, daughter of a retired colonel. Both loved each other. But even though the colonel liked Hughie he laid a condition to Hughie, that he had to earn ten thousand pounds and later would see about the marriage. Hughie was very miserable.
Once Hughie went to see his friend Alan Trevor, who was a painter. Hughie went in and found Trevor finishing the full-size picture of a beggar man. In the corner he found the beggar himself standing on a raised platform. The beggar looked so miserable that he felt sorry for him. When Trevor went out of the room to attend to the frame-maker he slipped a sovereign that he had into the beggar man’s hand. The old man smiled faintly and thanked Hughie. Before leaving Hughie requested Trevor to pay him (beggar) suitably for being his model beggar.
That night he found Trevor in Palette club. Trevor informed him that the model beggar was pleased at the behavior of Hughie and said the model beggar was none other than Baron Hausberg, one of the richest men in Europe. Hughie felt embarrassed for his act of giving him a sovereign. He also told Trevor that he had given a sovereign. Trevor laughed at the gesture, Hughie had shown and told him that Barbon would repay his kind gesture with interest.
The next morning as he was eating his breakfast a messenger from Baron. Mr. Gustave Naudin came with an envelope from Baron. It read that “A wedding present to Hughie Erskine and Laura Merton, from an old beggar. And inside was a cheque for ten thousand pounds. When they married, Alan Trevor was the best man and Baron made a speech at the wedding breakfast. A small gesture of kindness may change the destiny of that person.
- sherry: a kind of wine.
- wrinkle: small line on the skin of a person’s face or hands.
- sovereign: a gold coin worth one sterling.
- invest: to put money in a business to try to increase its value.
- admire: regard with respect, took at with pleasure.
- millionaire: a person whose assets are worth one million pounds or dollars or more.
- miserable: unhappy, uncomfortable.
- faint: slight.
- dreadful: extremely bad or serious.
- splendid: magnificent, very impressive, excellent.
- apology: regretful acknowledgment of an offense or failure.