MCQ ( Multiple Choice Questions ) from Thank You Ma’am
- The woman referred to in the piece ‘Thank You Ma’am was –
- Of medium height
Ans) d. Large.
- Mrs. Jones was carrying a heavy –
- Duffle bag
Ans) b. Pocket book.
- The pocketbook of Mrs. Jones contained –
- Hammer and nails
- Everything but hammer and nails.
Ans) d. Everything but hammer and nails.
- Mrs. Bates was walking alone at –
- Eleven o’clock at night
- One o’clock at noon
- One o’clock at night
- Twelve o’clock at noon
Ans) a. Eleven o’clock at night.
- In ‘Thank You Ma’am the incident of snatching happened at –
- 11 p.m.
- 10 p.m.
- 9 p.m.
- 8 p.m.
Ans) a. 11 p.m.
- When and where did Roger and Mrs. Luella Bates Washington Jones meet?
- At Mrs. Luella Bates Washington Jones’ house, at nine in the morning.
- By the sidewalk at eleven o’clock at night.
- At a café, at eleven o’clock in the morning.
- At Roger’s house, at noon.
Ans) b. By the sidewalk at eleven o’clock in the morning.
- The boy could not run with the purse he snatched because of –
- His own weight
- The weight of the purse
- His own weight and the weight of the purse combined.
- The weight of the woman
Ans) c. His own weight and the weight of the purse combined.
- In her first encounter with the boy, you can tell that Mrs. Jones is very –
Ans) d. strong.
- The age of the boy who tried to snatch Mrs. Bates’ purse was –
- 14 or 15 years
- 12 years
- 15 or 16 years
- 17 or 18 years
Ans) a. 14 or 15 years.
- ‘Mrs. jones put a half-nelson about Roger’s neck.’ By the term ‘half-nelson’ –
- We understand a special pose in karate
- We understand a special hold by the neck in a rugby match
- We understand a special hold by the neck in a wrestling
- We understand a special pose in a wrestling match
Ans) c. We understand a special hold by the neck in wrestling.
- Bending over the sink the boy, Roger asked Mrs.Jones whether she –
- was going to take him to jail
- was going to punish him
- was going to reward him
- was going to take care of him
Ans) a. was going to take him to jail.
- The boy wanted to buy –
- blue suit shoes
- black suede shoes
- blue suede shoes
- black suit shoes
Ans. c. blue suede shoes.
- Roger did not run from the house of Mrs. Jones because he did not want to –
- Take the risk of being caught
- Lose the love and care of Mrs. Jones
- Hurt Mrs. Jones
- Lose the trust of Mrs. Jones
Ans) d. Lose the trust of Mrs. Jones.
- The lady wanted the boy to comb his hair because he would look –
Ans) b. Tidy.
- The boy wanted to help Mrs. Jones by –
- Going to the market
- Going to the store
- Washing dishes
- Washing clothes
Ans) b. Going to the store.
- Mrs. Jones was cautious as to not talk about Roger’s family because that would –
- Astonish him
- Annoy him
- Embarrass him
- Frighten him
Ans) c. Embarrass him.
- Mrs. Jones fed Roger –
- Pork and cocoa
- Lima beans ham and cocoa
- Lamb and beans
- Ham and cocoa
Ans) b. Lima beans ham and cocoa.
- Mrs. Jones worked at a –
- Hotel beauty-shop
- Medical store
- Garment shop
- Departmental store
Ans) a. Hotel beauty shop.
- Mrs. Jones gave the boy –
- Five cents
- Five dollars
- Ten cents
- Ten dollars
Ans) d. ten dollars.
- The boy wanted to thank the woman for –
- Being nice to him
- Understanding him and being kind towards him
- Not taking him to the police
- Making him realize that the path he was taking was not the right one.
Ans) d. Making him realize that the path he was taking was not the right one.
Short Answer Type Questions from Thank You Ma’am
- Give a description of Mrs. Jones.
Ans) Mrs. Jones was a large and strong woman who brought a change in Roger’s life.
- At what time and how was Mrs. Luella Bates returning home?
Ans) Mrs. Luella Bates was returning home at about eleven o’clock at night.
- What happened to Mrs. Jones when she was returning home at night?
Ans) When Mrs. Jones was returning home at night, a boy came running and tried to snatch her pocket book.
- What did Mrs. Luella Jones ask the boy to pick up?
Ans) Mrs. Jones asked Roger to pick up her pocket book.
- ‘And your face is dirty’. – When did the speaker say so?
Ans) The speaker, Mrs. Jones said the above quoted lines to Roger when Roger requested her to forgive him. Mrs. Jones also said that she wanted to clean Roger’s face.
6.According to Mrs. Jones, how old was the boy?
Ans) According to Mrs. Jones, the boy was fourteen or fifteen years old.
- Describe the appearance of Roger when Mrs. Bates caught him?
Ans. Roger was a boy of fourteen or fifteen years age dressed in blue jeans and tennis shoes, frail and willow wild.
- What was the full name of Mrs. Jones?
Ans) The full name of Mrs. Jones was Mrs. Luella Bates Washington Jones.
- How did the boy know that he and Mrs. Bates were not alone in the large house/
Ans) The boy came to know that he and Mrs. Jones were not alone in the house because when Mrs. Bates brought him in the house he could hear other room mates talking and some of their doors were open too.
9.What did Mrs. Bates ask the boy to do after she turned him lose?
Ans) After turning the boy lose, Mrs. Bates asked the boy to go to the sink and wash his face.
- ‘ You gonna take me to jail?’ –Who said this and why?
Ans) Roger told this to Mrs. Jones, as he feared that the lady might send him to jail for his crime.
- Why did Roger want to snatch the large purse of Mrs. Jones?
Ans) Roger wanted to snatch the purse of Mrs. Jones because he wanted to buy a pair of blue suede shoes.
- What were there behind the screen in Mrs. Jones’ room?
Ans) There was a gas plate and an icebox behind the screen in Mrs. Jones’ room.
- What did Mrs. Bates offer Roger to eat?
Ans) Mrs. Bates offered Roger to eat some lima beans, ham cocoa and some cake.
- What did Mrs. Bates talk about when she and Roger ate?
Ans) Mrs. Jones told Roger about her job in the hotel beauty shop, how was it like and how all kinds of women came to her, while eating with Roger.
- How much money did Mrs. Bates give Roger? Why?
Ans) Mrs. Bates told Roger ten dollars to buy a pair of blue suede shoes.
- What did Mrs. Bates warn Roger?
Ans) Mrs. Bates warned Roger not to steal things by dishonest means.
- What was the last instruction that the boy receives from the woman?
Ans) The last instruction that the boy receives from the woman was to behave himself.
- What did the boy want to say before leaving?
Ans) The boy wanted to say something other than ‘Thank You ma’am’ before leaving.
- What were the parting words of Roger to Mrs. Luella Bates?
Ans) Roger managed to say, ‘Thank You Ma’am’, to Mrs. Bates.
- Why did Roger want to thank the woman?
Ans) Roger wanted to thank the woman because she showed him love and care and taught him to differentiate between right from wrong. She brought a change in Roger’s life.
- What does the story, ‘Thank You ma’am’ suggest about sin and sinner?
Ans) The story ‘Thank You ma’am’ suggests to hate sin and not the sinner.
Descriptive/Analytical Questions from Thank You Ma’am
- Discuss the significance of the title of ‘Thank You Mam’.
Ans) The story ‘Thank You Ma’am ‘ revolves around a boy Roger who tries to steal the purse of a woman to buy a pair of shoes. But this attempt changes his life as he goes through a transformation and realization that to earn something one must work hard and in an honest way. The woman, Mrs. Jones whose purse Roger wanted to steal catches hold of him and instead of turning him to the police takes him home with her. There she cleans him and gives him food. She treats him with care and respect and advises him not to steal and to behave properly. She even gives him ten dollars to buy a pair of new shoes. The boy is really moved by such behaviour. His encounter with Mrs.Jones reveals to him a whole new side of motherly affection that he never got. This treatment changes Roger from the core of his heart and he deeply and honestly acknowledges the fact by saying ‘Thank You ma’am’. The story thus appropriately conveys the message of selfless service, humanity and gratitude.
- Sketch the character of Roger.
Ans) Roger was a fourteen or fifteen years old boy who had nobody to look after him. Being neglected for a while he looked willow-wild and shabby. He came in contact with Mrs. Jones when he tried to snatch her pocket book to buy a pair of blue suede shoes. But this brief encounter changed his life and his outlook. Roger was not a criminal but a boy whom circumstances had led to walk in the wrong way. Mrs. Jones love and care transformed him into an entire new being. His transformation is evident when he refrained from running away with the purse once he had the chance. Instead he stayed back and tried to win the trust of the lady and helping her with the chores. Mrs. Jones brought out his inner goodness that had been subdued for a while again. He was amazed by the kindness of the lady and was moved by the motherly affection shown towards him. Despite wanting to say many things he just managed to thank the lady from the core of his heart before their final departure.
- ‘ You ought to be my son. I would teach you right from wrong.’ – Who speaks to whom? Did the speaker manage to teach what he/she claimed to teach? Give reasons for your answer.
Ans) The speaker is Mrs. Luella Bates Washington Jones and the person spoken to is Roger.
Roger wanted to buy a pair of blue suede shoes and thus tried to snatch the pocketbook of Mrs. Jones. When Mrs. Jones came to know that he had nobody to take care of him she took the responsibility to wash Roger, feed him and teaching him manners. She took him home and took care of him like her son and even gave her ten dollars to buy a pair of blue suede shoes. Her motherly affection moved Roger so much that he did not try to run away from her even after getting the chance to do so. Instead, Roger wanted to help Mrs. Jones and win her trust. Mrs. Jones advised Roger never to take any unfair means to get anything. Roger took the advice by heart and Mrs. Jones successfully transformed Roger into a better human being teaching him what is right from wrong.
- ‘You gonna take me to jail?’ – who said this? Why did the speaker think so? Was the speaker eventually taken to jail? If not, why?
Ans) Roger asked this question to Mrs.Jones.
Roger was caught red-handed by Mrs. Jones while trying to snatch her pocketbook. So he thought now Mrs. Jones was going to take him to jail.
No, Roger was not taken to jail.
Mrs. Jones wanted to teach Roger a lesson so she did not want to hand him over to the police. She took the responsibility to transform Roger with her love and care. She realized that Roger was not a born thief and extended her helping hand towards him. She acted as his mentor and taking him home gave him food and money and advised him never to take any unfair means.
- ‘I have done things, too,’ – Who said this to whom? What do you think the speaker has done? Why did the speaker say this to the listener?
Ans) Mrs. Jones said this to Roger.
This may mean that Mrs. Jones was herself a transformed sinner. In her younger days she also might have fallen in to temptations and taken unfair means to get what she honestly could not afford.
She told this to Roger might be to assure him that it is possible for a person to transform oneself. She wanted to advise Roger not to take any unfair means to achieve anything. She wanted roger to follow the same path and reform himself as an honest and good human being.
- ‘Do you need somebody to go to the store…?’ – Who is the speaker? To whom did the speaker say this? Why did the speaker want to go to the store? What did they have in supper?
Ans) The speaker of the above-quoted line is Roger.
The speaker told this to Mrs. Luella Bates Washington Jones.
Mrs. Jones’ motherly affection and care moved Roger so much that he wanted to win her heart and trust by coming to some help. So Roger asked her if she needed something from the store when he saw Mrs. Jones preparing dinner for him.
Mrs. Jones made dinner for Roger. She heated some lima beans and ham for him and made cocoa out of canned milk. She even cut her ten-cent cake. They had all these for dinner.
- ‘ Now, here, take this ten dollars…’ – Who said this? Why did the speaker offer ten dollars? How did the speaker advise the person spoken to? What was the reaction of the person spoken to?
Ans) The above-mentioned lines are spoken by Mrs. Luella Bates Washington jones.
Mrs. Jones offered ten dollars to Roger for buying a pair of blue suede shoes.
Mrs. Jones advised Roger not to take any unfair means to get anything in life as things which are got by unfair means could burn ones peace.
Roger was amazed by this feat of the generosity of Mrs Jones. He was so moved that he wanted to say lot many more things to her but could only manage to say ‘Thank You Ma’am’ to Mrs. Jones.
- ‘…. because shoes come by devilish means like that will burn your feet.’ – Who is the speaker? Whom was it spoken to? When did the speaker say this? What attitude of the speaker has been enlightened here?
Ans) The speaker here is Mrs. Luella Bates Washington Jones.
Mrs. Jones told this to Roger.
After finishing dinner when it was time to say goodbye, Mrs.Jones gave Roger ten dollars and told him to buy a pair of blue suede shoes. She also told him never to take any unfair means to do anything because things bought with devilish means would never bring mental peace.
Mrs. Jones was a mature woman who had learnt her lesson in life from her mistakes. She understood Rogers’s problem and wanted to guide him into the right track in life. This showed that Mrs. Jones was a noble and virtuous woman who wanted to help Roger to lead an honest life.
- Describe the bag-snatching incident.
Ans) Mrs. Jones was walking alone one night after her work in the hotel beauty parlor. It was about eleven o’clock at night when suddenly a lean boy of fourteen or fifteen years suddenly ran up behind her and tried to snatch her pocket book. But the weight of the purse and the weight of the boy combined together made him lose his balance and he fell on the ground headlong. Immediately Mrs. Jones turned around and kicked the boy. She picked up the boy by his shirt collar and shook him until his teeth rattled. The lean boy was no match for Mrs.Jones. She made the boy pick up her pocket book and asked him the reason of trying to steal her purse. The boy shrank in fear but Mrs. Jones did not let him go neither did she hand him over to the police. Mrs. Jones held him tightly and dragged him to her home to teach him a lesson.
- What lesson can we learn from the story, ‘Thank You Ma’am’?
Ans) In Langston Hughes ‘Thank You Ma’am’ it is portrayed how a small boy turned into a thief out of need. But the other character Mrs.Jones made the boy aware of the fact that how things got through evil means can destroy ones peace. Roger would have remained like that, a helpless kid who didn’t have the knowledge of right from wrong if he did not have the chance to encounter with Mrs.Jones. Mrs. Jones’ motherly affection and sensitive nature touched Roger and brought a positive change in him. Roger got the lesson to discriminate between right from wrong. Thus from this story ‘Thank You Ma’am’ we learn how love can transform a person and bring that person to the right track.