Crime and Punishment (Story) by R. K. Narayan

Crime and punishment is a thought provoking short story which keeps its suspense and twist from the beginning to the end. In this story, R. K. Narayan describes humorously how the surroundings, the parent’s mentality and the teacher’s attitude influence the personality of a child.

Sample Questions

  1. Identify the prepositional phrase used in the following sentences:
    • I know I’m late, but am I still in time for dinner?
    • He was on the verge of leaving the house when the phone rang.
  2. Compare and contrast the education system you are in with the one that is depicted in the story ‘Crime and Punishment’.
  3. It has been decided by your class to dramatize the story ‘Crime and Punishment’. You are asked to introduce the play to the audience. Prepare a script for compering, including all relevant details like theme, duration, cast and credit, etc.
  4. ‘A teacher is a friend, philosopher, guide, and a mentor to the student’. Analyse the character of the teacher in the story ‘Crime and Punishment’ in the light of this statement.
  5. ‘Spare the rod and spoil the child’ was a dictum prevalent in the past. What is your opinion about it? Should there be any type of corporal punishment in a learning environment? If so what should be the mode? Prepare an essay expressing your views.
  6. A panel discussion on corporal punishment “Corporal Punishment : Is it Justifiable?” was conducted in your schooL The panellist who spoke first remarked, “Corporal punishment is not altogether bad. Children need some negative reinforcement when they behave in an undesirable way. Spare the rod and spoil the child is the dictum.”
    Now, prepare a brief script for the next panellist who wants to counter this argumem and highlight the ill-effects of corporal punishment.
  7. Read the following passage and answer the questions given below:

    He has already made up his mind that he would confess and take the consequence, rather than stand the blackmail of this boy. It seemed less forbidding to throw himself at the mercy of the elders. (taken from ‘Crime and Punishment’)

    • Who is the ‘he’ mentioned in the passage?
    • What is the meaning of the phrase ‘made up his mind’?
    • The sentences in the passage are a bit long. Transform those sentences into four simple sentences.
    • Comment on the torture undergone by the teacher due to blackmail.

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