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.
- When the boy obstinately said the same he felt as if his finger were releasing the trigger. He reached across the table, and delivered a wholesome slap on the youngster’s cheek.
What is your opinion about the teacher’s behaviour? What could the teacher have done instead? Express your views in a paragraph. (Score:4)
- The teacher in the story ‘Crime and Punishment’ lives a life of utter travail. Imagine that he sends an e-mail to his friend describing his financial difficulties and the problems at the workplace. What will he write? Draft the e-mail for him. (Score: 5)
- Imagine that the teacher decides to confess his crime to the boy’s parents after the class. What will the teacher say? Draft a confession statement for the teacher. (Score:4)
- Imagine that a debate was held in your class on the topic ‘Corporal Punishment Hampers Child’s Growth.’ The following points were presented against the topic.
- Corporal punishment is necessary for maintaining discipline.
- Corporal punishment reinforces positive behaviour.
- Corporal punishment instils respect towards teachers.
- Corporal punishment is more effective than any other method.
Write four arguments for the topic. (Score:4)
- Read the following headlines.
58 percent children suffer from ailment due to heavy school bags
Heavy school bags lead to back pain in children
Thousands of small children are reeling physically under the pressure of studies and heavy bags like the boy in the story ‘Crime and Punishment’. Heavy school bags is a matter of great concern to parents and children. You decide to arouse a public opinion on this matter via a blog entry. How could it be? (Score: 5)
- Imagine that an extempore speech competition is conducted in your school. You are asked to speak on the topic ‘Indian Education System’. You are given three minutes for preparation. You decide to jot down a few points in your notepad. What will you write? List out the points. (Score: 4)
- A panel discussion on the topic ‘Student Rights and Responsibilities’ is conducted in your class. You are asked to initiate the discussion. How would you introduce the topic? Prepare an introductory speech. (Score:5)
- The teacher in the story ‘Crime and Punishment’ is very much excited after winning the faith of the small boy. He narrates the incident to one of his friends. What would he say? Prepare the narration for him. (Score: 5)
- Based on the story ‘Crime and Punishment’ write an expository essay on the topic ‘Role of Parents in Moulding the Character of Children.’ (Score: 8)
- The story ‘Crime and Punishment’ deals with the relationship between a teacher and a small boy. What impression do you get about the teacher? Sketch his character. (Score:5)
- (a) Do you think the title ‘Crime and Punishment’ is an apt one? Justify your views.
(b) Write an alternative title for the story. (Score: 4)
- In ‘Crime and Punishment’ problems start when the teacher slaps the boy. In your opinion, what are the impacts of that punishment on the boy? Write a paragraph. (Score:4)
- “Good night sir, we finished our lessons early and I was just playing about with the child something to keep up his spirits you know,” says the teacher in the story ‘Crime and Punishment’.
Here the teacher suggests playing as a mode of relaxation for his student. What are the other methods by means of which students can keep up their spirits? Prepare a write-up on the topic ‘Need for Relaxation and Recreation in Academics.’ (Score:5)
“He was their only child, they had abundant affection and ample money…….they filled up his cupboard with all kinds of sweets and biscuits, and left it to his good sense to devour them moderately. They believed a great deal in leaving things that way.”
What does the above excerpt tell us about the attitude of the boy’s parents? Are they right in the method of bringing up their only child? Express your opinion in a paragraph. (Score: 4)
- As part of a campaign conducted in connection with the ‘General Protection Mission’, an essay competition was conducted by the Education Department. The topic is ‘Modern Day Classrooms-Expectations and Realities’. Prepare an essay to be sent to the department. (Score:8)
- Read the following excerpt and answer the questions that follow.
They lectured to him every day on their theories, and he got more and more the feeling that they wanted him to deal with the boy as if he were made of thin glass. He had to pretend that he agreed with them, while his own private view was that he was in charge of a little gorilla.
- Who does ‘they ‘refer to in the passage?
- What mood does the expression ‘as if’ he were made of thin glass express?
a. indifference b. rudeness c. carefulness d. contempt
- Express your views on the attitude of the teacher.
- The interjection ‘as if’ means ‘in a manner suggesting’ or ‘in mimicry of’. Read the following passage from the story ‘Crime and Punishment’ and rewrite the sentences using ‘as if’.
The child’s parents lectured to the teacher everyday on their theories like experts in Psychology. They wanted the teacher to deal with the child like delicate glass. But, in truth, the boy behaved like a gorilla. (Score: 3)
- Imagine that your class is going to dramatise the story ‘Crime and Punishment’. You are asked to write a script for the extract given below which forms the beginning of the play.
What is sixteen and three multiplied?”asked the teacher… “Twenty four,” with, as it seemed to the teacher, a wicked smile on his lips. at the mention of “Twenty four, “the teacher felt his blood rushing to his head.: he reached across the table, and delivered a wholesome slap on the youngster’s cheek. “I will tell them,” sobbed the boy.
Prepare the script.
Hints: [characters-stage setting-dialogues-gestures etc.] (Score: 5)
- “How could this fellow be made to obtain fifty in the class test and go up by double promotion to the first form, as his parents fondly hoped?” Worries the teacher in the story Crime and Punishment.
Have you ever been compelled by your parents to perform beyond your ability and capacity? Write a short anecdote about that. (Score: 4)
- In the story ‘Crime and Punishment’ we come across the rift among the teacher, student and parents. Consider this story as a satire on the modern education system and prepare a write-up in about 100 words. (Score: 5)
- Imagine that a servant in the boy’s house is a silent witness to the troubles created by the boy in the class. He feels sad at the plight of the teacher who is helpless in disciplining the boy. One day, he meets the boy’s parents and describes what has been going on in the evening class. What would be his comments? Write a paragraph of about four sentences. (Score:4)
- The teacher – student relationship in Crime and Punishment is entirely different from the present day teacher-student relationship. Write your experience/ relationship, with one of your teachers to be published on Teacher’s Day in My Experience page of a Daily. (Score: 5)
- The little boy of ‘Crime and Punishment’ acts not as a student but as a bullying officer to the poor teacher. Prepare a character sketch of the boy. (Score: 5)
- 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.
- Compare and contrast the education system you are in with the one that is depicted in the story ‘Crime and Punishment’.
- 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.
- ‘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.
- ‘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.
- 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.
- 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.