Jimmy Valentine Questions and Answers
1.Where did Jimmy Valentine work during the ten months of his imprisonment?
Ans. Jimmy Valentine worked in the prison shoe-shop during the ten months of his imprisonment?
2 .Where did Jimmy engage a room in Elmore?
Ans. Jimmy engaged a room in the Planter’s hotel of Elmore.
3 .What was the name of the guard in the prison?
Ans. The name of the guard in prison was Cronin.
4.What did Jimmy enjoy in the restaurant?
Ans. Jimmy enjoyed broiled chicken, a bottle of white wine in the restaurant.
6 Who had pardoned Jimmy Valentine?
Ans. The Governor of the state had pardoned Jimmy Valentine.
What did Jimmy’s suitcase contain?
Ans. Jimmy’s suitcase contained burgler’s tool like drill, punches, braces, jimmies, clamps etc.
Why was the clerk impressed by Jimmy?
Ans. The clerk was impressed by Jimmy’s style of dressing because he himself was fashion conscious.
What did the clerk at the prison give Jimmy Valentine?
Ans. The clerk gave Jimmy a railroad ticket and a five dollar bill.
10 Who is the investigator in the story Jimmy Valentine’?
Ans. The investigator in the story ‘Jimmy Valentine’ is Ben Price.
11 Who is the writer of the story, Jimmy valentine?’
Ans. The writer of the story ‘Jimmy Valentine’ is. O Henry.
12 What is an abriged version of the story ‘Jimmy Valentine’?
Ans. The abriged version of the story Jimmy Valentine is O. Henry’s ‘A Retrieved Reformation’.
13 When was the original story of O Henry published?
Ans. The original story of O Henry was published in 1909 in his collection of short stories, ‘Roads of Destiny.’
14 Whom did Jimmy Valentine rescue from the vault?
Ans. Jimmy rescued a girl named Agatha, the younger daughter of Annabel’s sister from the vault.
15 Where did the prison guard come?
Ans. The prison guard came to the prison shoe-shop where Jimmy Valentine was working.
16 Why did the prison guard come to the shoe-shop?
Ans. The prison guard came to call Jimmy Valentine into the front office to meet the warden.
What was Jimmy doing in the shoe-shop?
Jimmy was stitching shoe uppers boriously in the prison shoe-shop.
Where was Jimmy taken by the prison guard?
Ans. Jimmy was taken into the front office of the warden by the prison guard.
18 What was Jimmy given by the warden of the prison?
Ans. Jimmy was handed over the letter of pardon signed by the governor.
19 How long was Jimmy imprisoned for the Springfield case?
Ans. Jimmy was imprisoned for ten months for the Springfield case.
20 What was the prison number of Jimmy?
Ans. The prison number of Jimmy was 9762.
Where did Jimmy go after his release from the jail?
Ans. After his release from the jail Jimmy went straight to a restaurant.
How did Jimmy enjoy the sweet joys of liberty?
Ans. Jimmy enjoyed the sweet joys of liberty in the form of broiled chicken, a bottle of white wine and a better cigar in the restaurant.
Who was the owner of the cafe where Jimmy reached after his release?
Ans. The owner of the cafe where Jimmy went after his release was Mike Dolan.
What was there on the floor of the room of Jimmy in the cafe?
Ans. A torn button of the police detective Ben Price was there on the floor of the room in the cafe.
What was pulled out from the pannel in the wall by Jimmy?
Ans. A suitcase containing a burglar’s tools was pulled out from the pannel in the wall.
What did the suitcase contain? 26
Ans. The suitcase contained burglar’s tools like drills, pünches etc. to crack safes.
What price did Jimmy pay for his set of tools?
Ans. Jimmy paid nine hundred dollars for his complete set burglar’s tools.
How long after the release of Valentine was the burglary in Richmond reported?
Ans. The burglary in Richmond was reported one week after the release of Valentine from the jail.
What did Ben Price observe after comparing the burglaries in three places?
Ans. After comparing the three cases of burglaries Ben Price observed that it was the signature of Jimmy Valentine.
What, according to Ben Price, was the habit of Jimmy’s style of operating?
to Ben Price Jimmy’s style was long jumps, quick get always and no accomplice in the crime.
Where did Jimmy Valentine reach after committing three burglaries after his release?
Ans. Jimmy Valentine reached a little town named Elmore after committing three burglaries after his release.
What was Mr. Adams proud of?
Ans. Mr. Adams was very proud of the new safe and vault that he had installed in his Elmore bank.
Whom did Jimmy meet near the Elmore
Bank and fall in love?
Ans. Near the Elmore Bank Jimmy met Annabel Adams and instantly fell in love.
34 What did the young boy inform Jimmy about Annabel Adams?
Ans. The young boy informed Jimmy that Annabel Adams was the daughter of the owner of the Elmore Bank.
What name did Jimmy take after reaching Elmore?
Ans. Jimmy took the name Ralph D Spencer after reaching Elmore.
What business did Jimmy take in Elmore?
Ans. Jimmy took the shoe business after reaching Elmore.
Whom did Jimmy meet in Elmore?
Ans. Jimmy met Annabel Adams in Elmore.
Who was Ralph D Spencer?
Ans. Ralph D Spencer was actually the alias of Jimmy Valentine himself
30 What did the warden advise Jimmy?
Ans. The warden advised Jimmy to stop cracking safe and to live straight.
40 How long did Jimmy take to reach the town where he used to live?
Ans. It took three hours to reach the town where he used to live.
41 Where was Jimmy’s suitcase containing burglar’s tool kept?
Ans. Jimmi’s suitcase containing burglar’s tool was kept behind a panel in the wall.
42 When was the burglary
Ans. The burglary in Richmond was reported one week after the release of Jimmy Valentine from Jail.
in Richmond reported?
43 ‘He’s resumed business’— What ‘business’ is referred to here?
Ans. The business referred to here is that of burglary.
44 Why did clerk give Jimmy Valentine a railroad ticket and a five dollar bill after his release from the prison? Sample Question, WBCHSE )
. The clerk gave it to Jimmy because it was customary for the state to give these things to the released prisoners.
What did Ralph ask from Annabel before breaking the vault?
Ans. Ralph asked Annabel to give him the rose she was wearing on her dress.
46 How old were Agatha and May?
Ans. Agatha and May were five and nine years old respectively.
Whom did Jimmy write a letter to?
Ans. Jimmy wrote a letter to his friend Billy who used to live in Little Rock.
48 Where did Jimmy plan to go after his marriage?
Ans. Jimmy planned to go to the West after his marriage.
49 What present did Jimmy want to give to his friend Billy?
Ans. Jimmy wanted to give Billy his set of burglar’s tool.
50 Where did Jimmy first meet Miss Annabel Adams?
Ans. Jimmy first met Miss Annabel Adams in street before the Elmore Bank.
51 When did Ben Price come to Elmore?
Ans. Ben Price came to Elmore on Monday night.
52 What name did Jimmy register in Planter’s Hotel?
Ans. Jimmy registered the name Ralph D Spencer in the Planter’s Hotel.
Whom did Jimmy see on the door of the Bank?
Ans. Jimmy saw Ben Price on the door of the Bank
Why did Mr Adams insist everyone on visiting the Bank?
Ans. Mr Adams insisted everyone to visit the bank for inspecting the new vault of the Bank
How did O Henry describe the emergence of Ralph Spencer from Jimmy Valentine ?’
Ans. O Henry described the emergence of Ralph D Spencer as a phoenix from its ashes.
56 Where did Jimmy want to meet his friend Billy?
Ans. Jimmy wanted to meet his friend Billy at Sullivan’s place.
Where did Jimmy meet the boy who gave him information about Annabel?
Ans. Jimmy met the boy on the stair of the Elmore Bank.
What was the profession of Mr Adams?
Ans. Mr Adams was by profession a country banker who owned Elmore Bank.
59 How long did Jimmy take to open the vault?
Ans. Jimmy broke his own burglarious record and completed the job of opening the vault in ten minutes.
What did Ben Price tell him in the end?
Ans. Ben Price told him that he did not recognize
him and reminded him that his buggy was waiting for him.
Why did Ben decide not to arrest Jimmy Valentine?
Ans. Ben Price decided not to arrest Jimmy Valentine because he was convinced that Jimmy was now a thoroughly transformed honest personality.
Long Answer Type / Descriptive Type Mark-5
Mr. Ralph D Spencer. the phoenix that arose from Jimmy Valentine’s ashes…’- Who is Ralph D Spencer? What is Phoenix? Why has the comparison been made?
Ans. Mr. Ralph D. Spencer was the new name that Jimmy Valentine had taken before he entered a local hotel at Elmore.
Phoenix is a kind of mythical bird. It lives for several hundred years before burning itself and then is born again
completely renewed from its ashes. When Jimmy saw the lovey young daughter of Mr Adams, everything for him changed instantly. He was determined to give up his old business of safe cracking and started an honest living. He was no more Jimmy Valentine. He had burnt his past memories. A sudden attack of love changed Jimmy completely and for the emergence of a new person, it has been compared with phoenix.
“The frightened child unharmed, fell into her mother’s arms’- Who was the child referred to here? Why was the child frightened? How did the child fall into her mother’s arm unharmed?
Ans. The child referred to here was Agatha, the younger daughter of Annabel’s elder sister. The child was frightened because she was accidentally trapped inside the new vault of Elmore Bank by her sister, May.
The girl was trapped playfully inside the vault. Then Mr Adams fearfully informed that the vault could not be opened as the combination had not been set. She could not survive there long as there was not enough air inside. At that time Annabel pleaded to Ralph, who was the alias of Jimmy to do something. In spite of knowing that his activity might jeopardize his future, he took out his burglar’s instruments. He broke open the door within ten minutes. In this way the frightened child was rescued. She gathered in her mothers arm safely.
How did Jimmy prove his nobility towards the end of the story ‘Jimmy Valentine’?
Ans. When Annabel requested Jimmy to do something for saving the child, Agatha who was accidentally locked inside the vault, Jimmy was in a fix. He had with him the tools for burgling. But if he would open door to save the child, his real identity would be revealed to all, specially to Annabel whom he loved
so well. In this situation he showed his nobility by cracking open the door to save the child. Even when he was aware that this action would ruin his prospect of marrying Annabel and might send him back to jail.
‘He opened this and gazed fondly.’-What was opened? What did the person gaze fondly at? Why did he gaze at it fondly? [1 + 2 + 2 = 5]
Ans. The suitcase which belonged to Jimmy Valentine and was kept hidden in his room was opened. The suitcase contained Jimmy’s burglary tools. It was an assortment of specially tempered steel implements like drills, punches, braces and bits, Jimmies, clamps and augers along with one or two special tools innovated by Jimmy himself. → Jimmy got these tools specially made at a secret place where these were manufactured. It cost him over nine hundred dollars for the complete set. Jimmy felt proud of them and so looked fondly at his prized
What did Jimmy write to his old friend in St. Louis? Why did he write so?
Ans. After his year-long stay in Elmore Jimmy wrote a letter to his friend Billy in Little Rock. He to meet him at Sullivan’s place on the next night. He wrote that he wanted to give him his burglars tool as gift. He had given up his old profession wanted to lead an honest life. wanted Wednesday and
most He wrote so because he was in love with the beautiful woman whom he was going to marry. He added that he did not want to touch other people’s money. He felt that this straight life was the real life.
What did Jimmy Valentine do from the time he got out of jail till he met Mike Dolan?
Ans. After his release from the jail Jimmy headed straight towards the restaurant ignoring the natural sights like bird’s chirping, waving trees and fragrance of flowers. In the restaurant he ate broiled chicken and drank a bottle of wine to his heart’s content. Then lighting a cigar he reached the railway station. Before boarding the train he dropped a quarter-cent into the hat of a blind beggar. After three hours of train journey he reached the town where his friend Mike Dolan had his cafe.
7 What new name did Jimmy Valentine assume at Elmore? What business did he open there? How did Jimmy fare at Elmore?
Ans. At Elmore Jimmy Valentine assumed the new name Ralph D Spencer.
Valentine opened a shoe-store at Elmore. At Elmore Jimmy started a shoe store and prospered quite well. There was no exclusive shoe-store in that city. Socially he also fared well and was accepted by one and all. But above all he fell in love with a beautiful girl named Annabel Adams. Her father owned the Elmore Bank. He was accepted by the Adams family. His marriage with Annabel was to be arranged in a short while.
8 That child-she can’t stand it long in there’-Who is referred to here? Why was she in danger? How was she saved? [1 + 2 + 2 = 5]
Ans. The ‘child’ referred to in the line is Agatha, the younger daughter of Annabel’s elder sister. The family of Adams along with Jimmy alias Ralph D Spencer went to visit new vault in the Elmore Bank. While the adults were busy in their talks, May, the elder sister of Agatha trapped her younger sister inside the vault. The girl was in danger because the vault could not be unlocked by Mr Adams. There was not enough air inside.
At this hour of crisis Annabel asked Ralph to do something. Ralph could not deny the request of his lady-love. He knew his action would reveal his true identity. He took up his instruments and broke the lock of the door within ten minutes to save the child.
‘Got my key?’ – Who said this and to whom? What did he do after getting the key? [2 + 3 = 5]
Ans. This was said by Jimmy Valentine to his friend Mike Dolan who owned the cafe, where Jimmy had a room.
After getting the key Jimmy went upstairs and unlocked a room at the rear. Once inside the room he pulled out a folding bed from the wall. Then after sliding a panel in the wall he dragged out a dust-laden suitcase from it. Then he opened the suitcase and sat there fondly looking at the fine set of burgler’s tool inside it.
Which burglaries were reported after the release of Jimmy Valentine from the jail?
Ans. After a week of Jimmy Valentine’s release from the jail a hundred dollar was burgled from a safe in Richmond, Indiana. In the next week of this incident fifteen hundred dollars was stolen from a burglar-proof safe in a place called Logansport. Then an old-fashioned bank safe in Jefferson city erupted five thousand dollars from its crater. These were the three consecutive burglaries reported after the release of Jimmy Valentine.
Draw a pen-picture on the character of Jimmy Valentine?
Ans. Jimmy Valentine is one of the very popular characters drawn by O Henry. Jimmy is a handsome, smart, well-dressed and fashionable young man. But his profession is not so elegant as his appearance. He is a notorious burglar, skilled in his profession. But at heart Jimmy is a great human being who does not forget to drop a dime into blind beggar’s hat from the five dollar he got at the time of his release. This broadness of his heart is witnessed in his sacrificial action in saving a helpless child. Besides, he had deep unconditional love for his lady-love Annabel. In a word, Jimmy, though a criminal is also a great human being whom a policeman Ben Price shows due honour.
12 How does O Henry use situational irony in the story ‘Jimmy Valentine‘?
Ans. O Henry was the master of situational irony in which a story ends quite unexpectedly. In the story ‘Jimmy Valentine’ we find that Jimmy Valentine was arrested by the police detective Ben Price. He was sent to jail for his crime. But after his release Jimmy did not mend his way and looted three safes. Again, Ben Price got into his trail and was about to nab him. But at that moment there came a twist in the story. Ben Price saw Jimmy to crack yet another vault in a bank but instead of arresting him he allowed him to go pretending that he could not recognise him.
There he tasted the sweet joys of liberty’- Who I was ‘he’? Where and how did he taste sweet joys of liberty? Why was it sweet to him? [1+2+2=5]
Ans. Here ‘he’ was Jimmy Valentine who was released from the jail.
After his release from the jail Jimmy headed straight to a restaurant. There he tasted his sweet liberty in the form of a broiled chicken and a bottle of white wine. After that he started smoking a cigar of superior quality. Jimmy had been imprisoned for ten long months. He had to eat whatever was given to him as a prisoner. Thus eating something after his release appeared sweet to him.
Make a short character sketch of Ben Price.
Ans. Ben Price is the efficient police officer who nabbed Jimmy. He sent him to jail for his crime in Springfield. But soon after his release Jimmy committed three consecutive burglaries. Ben Price was called in. Analysing the mode of operation he came to the conclusion that these were done by none other than Jimmy. He started to follow Jimmy’s trail and finally reached Elmore. There Jimmy was living with the false identity of Ralph D Spencer. But when he visited the Elmore Bank to arrest Jimmy he found that Jimmy had once again cracked the safe only to save the life of a child. Ben Price was a true hero at heart and he left that he had not recognised Jimmy.
15 Mr. Spencer was a success’-Who was Mr Spencer? Describe in brief the success he has achieved. [2 + 3 = 5]
Ans. Mr. Spencer was actually Jimmy Valentine. He changed his name as Ralph D Spencer after coming to Elmore and registered that name in the hotel record. Jimmy came to Elmore and met Annabel Adams. This meeting changed the course of his life. He decided to live honestly and opened a shoe-store. Before long his business flourished and socially also he gained the confidence of the community. Apart from this he was engaged to marry his sweetheart Annabel Adams
within a year of his stay in Elmore.
16 Justify the title of the story ‘Jimmy Valentine’.
Ans. The story ‘Jimmy Valentine’ was first published with the title ‘A Retrieved Reformation.’ The previous title stressed the reformation of a criminal after experiencing the superior feeling of love. But more than a moral message the story revolves round the adorable central character of Jimmy Valentine, a smart, handsome young thief with a golden heart. As it is entirely a character-centric story, the title ‘Jimmy Valentine ‘ is appropriate with its simplicity and directness.
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