Thank You Madam Questions and Answers\
Q.1 In what sense is the expression ‘Thank You Ma’am’ used in the story ?
Ans The expression is of the gratitude of the boy Roger to Mrs Jones for her consideration, kindness and instruction to him.
Q.2 Can ‘Thank You Ma’am’ be taken as a short story ?
Ans Yes, this can be taken as a short story.
Q.3 Towhat did the author Langston Hughes belong ?
Ans Langston Hughes was an African-American writer.
Q. 4 Where did the author Langston Hughes live ?
Ans Langston Hughes lived in the United States of America.
Q.5 Who are the characters of the story ‘Thank You Ma’am’?
Ans There are only two characters in the story ‘Thank You Ma’am’— a boy of fourteen or fifteen, Roger and a large, aged but strong lady Mrs Luella Bates Washington Jones.
Q.6 Who did try to snatch and what?
Ans A boy, Roger, aged about fourteen or fifteen, tried to snatch a large purse, hanging from the shoulder of a large woman Mrs Washington Jones.
Q.7 Did the boy succeed in his effort to snatch the purse ?
Ans The boy did not succeed in his effort to snatch the purse.
Q.8 How did the large lady come to grip the boy firmly ?
Ans In his effort to snatch the large lady’s big purse, the boy had fallen down on his back and she got hold of him firmly.
[Q.9 What did the large lady say about the boy’s face ?
Ans The large lady said that the boy’s face was dirty enough and should be washed.
Q. 10 What did the lady do with the boy after getting him firmly in her grip?
Ans She sternly rebuked him for his effort to snatch her big purse and dragged him forcibly into her own house.
Q.11 What did the large lady ask the boy to remember?
Ans The large lady asked the boy to remember her name as Mrs Luella Bates Washington Jones.
Q.12 What was Mrs Jones’ profession? Or, Where did Mrs Jones work? [HS-2016]
Ans Mrs Jones possibly ran a beauty parlour where fashionable women used to come to dress up their faces and hair.
Q. 13 Why did the large lady ask Roger to go to the sink?
Ans She asked him to wash his face in the warm water there.
Q.14 Did the lady take Roger to the police station?
Ans The lady had no intention to make over Roger to the police and did not, therefore, take him to the police station.
Q. 15 What did the large lady say of herself to Roger?
Ans The large lady said to Roger that in her youth, too, she had wanted things that she could not get.
Q.16 How did the boy part from Mrs Jones?
Ans The boy parted from Mrs Jones with warm
gratitude for her kindness and advice to him to lead an honest life.
Q.17 Whatcould Roger manage to say before Mrs Jones shut the door.?
Ans Roger had much to say to Mrs Jones, but he could only manage to say, “Thank You Ma’am”.
Q.18 How was Roger impressed?
Ans Roger was impressed by the figure, personality, magnanimity and affectionate behaviour of Mrs Jones.
Q.19 What message does the story ‘Thank You Ma’am’ convey to us?
Ans The story ‘Thank You Ma’am’ conveys a message that if a child offender is properly guided with both authority and sincere affection, the offender must change into a good soul.
Q.20 Why could not the boy run away with the purse he hadsnatched?
Ans The boy could not run away with the purse he had snatched, because the purse was large and the boy lost his balance and fell down when the strap broke.
Q.21 What is the name of the snatcher boy ?
Ans The name of the snatcher boy is Roger.
Q.22 What did the woman do with the boy?
Ans The lady gave the boy food and money.
Q.23 “Nowain’t you ashamed of yourself?”-Who said this and to whom?
Ans Mrs Luella Bates Washington Jones said this to Roger.
Q.24 Why did Roger want to snatch away the purse of Mrs Jones?
Ans Roger wanted to snatch away the purse of Mrs Jones because he needed money to buy a pair of blue suede shoes.
Q.25 “He could run, run, run, run, run!”-Who is referred to here?
Ans Roger, the snatcher boy, is referred to here.
Q.26 Why did not Roger run?
Ans Roger underwent a remarkable change by the kind treatment of Mrs Jones and decided not to run away.
Q.27 What did Mrs Jones carry on her shoulder?
Ans Mrs Jones carried a large heavy purse on her shoulder.
10. 28 How did Mrs Jones carry her purse?
Ans Mrs Jones’s purse had a long strap and she carried it slung across her shoulder.
Q. 29 Why did the boy fail to snatch away the purse?
Ans The boy failed to snatch away the purse because he lost his balance and fell on his back on the sidewalk.
Q.30 What did Jones do when the boy had fallen?
Ans When the boy had fallen on his back Mrs Jones kicked the boy in his blue-jeaned sitter.
Q.31 “Then I won’t turn you loose.”-Who said this and why?
Ans Mrs Luella Bates Washington Jones said this. She said this because Roger said that he would run if she turned him loose.
Q.32 How much did Jones give to Roger at the end of the story?
Ans At the end of the story Mrs Jones gave ten dollars to Roger.
Q.33 What was the impression of the boy about the woman at the end of the story?
ans The boy was very much impressed with the affectionate behaviour of the woman and wanted to express his gratitude to her by saying something else than thanking her.
Q.34 What did Mrs Jones advice the boy ?
Ans Mrs Jones advised the boy not to pickpocket again and to lead his life honestly.
Q.35 What type of customers did Mrs Jones handle at the hotel beauty shop?
Ans In the hotel beauty shop treating hair, Mrs Jones had to handle different types of female customers with different types of hair-blonder, red heads, Spanish etc..
Q.36 Was Mrs Jones alone in the house where Roger was brought ?
Ans No, Mrs Jones was not alone in the house where Roger was brought, because Roger heard other inmates laughing and talking in that house and some doors were opened also.
Q.37 How did Mrs Jones bring Roger to her house?
Ans Firmly gripping the front of his shirt Mrs Jones dragged Roger down the street and brought him to her house.
Q.38 How did Roger look when he was brought to Mrs Jones’s house?
Ans When Roger was brought to the house of Mrs Jones he looked as a dirty faced fourteen years old boy with a weak, thin body putting on tennis shoes and blue jeans.
Q.39 What were there behind the screen in Mrs Jones’s room?
Ans A gas plate and an icebox were behind the screen.
Q.40 Where did Mrs Jones work?
Ans Mrs Jones worked in a hotel beauty parlour that remained open late at night.
Q. 41 Why did Mrs Jones initially decide to take Rogar to her home?
Ans Looking at his face Mrs Jones noticed his face dirty and decided to take Roger with her to wash his face.
Q.42 How was the purse of Mrs Luella Bates?
Ans The purse of Mrs Luella Bates was a large one with a long strap and it had almost everything in it. It was too heavy for the boy to snatch away from her.
Q. 43 Why couldn’t the boy snatch the purse from the lady ?
Ans The boy could not snatch away the purse from the lady because the combined weight of the boy and bag caused the boy to loose his balance.
Q. 44 How did the lady react when her purse was snatched by a boy ?
Ans When the boy snatched the purse of the lady she turned and kicked the boy. Afterwards she picked him up by his shirt front and shook him until his teeth rattled.
Q.45 “You a lie”-Who said this and to whom? Why did the speaker say this?
Ans The lady in the story “Thank You Ma’am’ said this to the snatcher boy. She said that the boy was lying because the latter said that he had not intended to take her purse.
Q.46 “I got a great mind.” – Who is referred to as ‘I’? What did ‘I want to do with the boy ?
Ans Here ‘T’ refers to the lady in the story ‘Thank You Ma’am’. The lady wanted to wash the face of the young boy as it was very dirty.
10.47 How was the interior of the house of Mrs Bates?
Ans The house of Mrs Bates had a large hall and it was the back of the house. The house had a large kitchen in it.
Q.48 Why’d Why did Mrs Jones drag the boy inside her house?
Ans Mrs Jones did not like to be parted with the boy. So she dragged the boy inside her house so that he might not flee from her.
Q.49 What reason did the boy put behind his snatching the purse?
ns The boy said that he needed a pair of blue Swede shoes but he had no money to buy it. That was why he tried to collect money by snatching her purse.
Q.50 Why didn’t the boy want to be mistrusted?
Ans The boy did not want to be mistrusted because he realised that Mrs. Jones trusted him and he gradually understood the worth of keeping one’s trust and apppreciating one’s love.
Q.51 Where did Roger fall on losing his balance ?
Ans Roger fell on losing his balance on the sidewalk.
Q.52 What was the full name of Mrs. Jones ?
Ans The full name of Mrs. Jones was Luella Bates Washington Jones.
Q.53 According to Mrs. Jones, how old was the boy?
Ans According to Mrs. Jones, the boy was about fourteen or fifteen years old.