Two Gentlemen of Verona - Important Questions

1.      Appearances are deceptive. Discuss with reference to the two boys.
2.      Justify the title “Two Gentlemen of Verona”.
Although Nicola and Jacopo are young boys, the author refers to them as gentlemen. Why does he do so?
3.      Write a note on the character of Nicola and Jacopo.
4.      How does the story of the Two Gentlemen of Verona give promise of greater hope for human society?
5.      Where did the author meet the two boys for the first time? What were they doing?
6.      What attracted the visitors towards the boys?
7.      Why were the narrator and his companion impressed by the two boys?
8.      Why did the author say that what struck one most was their willingness to work?
9.      When did the author’s companion find out that the boys were brothers?
10.    Why was the author surprised to see Nicola and Jacopo working as shoeshine boys?
11.    What were the jobs the boys did to earn money?
12.    Were the boys quite happy to work? Which sentence tells you this? What made the author think that they were earning much?
13.    How can you say that the boys worked quite hard?
14.    Why didn't Luigi, the driver, approve of the two boys?
Why did the driver not approve of their buying fruit from the boys?
15.    How were the boys useful to the author?
16.    Why were the boys in the deserted square at night? What character traits do they exhibit?
17.    The narrator asks the boys, "Must you work so hard? You both look rather tired." The boys reply, "We are not complaining, sir." What do you learn about the boys from their reply?
18.  When the narrator asks the boys about their plans, they are evasive. Why don't they disclose their problems?
19.    Why did Nicola say “just plans” when the author asked them what their plans were?
20.    Who asked the author to drive them to Poleta? Did the other brother approve of the request? Why?
21.    Did the boys try to prevent the author from finding out the real purpose of their visit to Poleta? Did they succeed?
22.    Write a paragraph on the early life of the two boys.
23.    How did the war affect the boys’ family?
24.    How did the boys react to the Lucia’s suffering from the tuberculosis of the spine?
25.    How did the boys take care of their sister?
26.    Do you think the boys looked after Lucia willingly? Give reasons for your answer.
27.    Write a paragraph in about 120 words about the boys’ lifestyle and the need for it.
28.    Narrate the story of Two Gentlemen of Verona beginning with their experience during the war in about 200 words.
29.    What happened when the boys rejoined the narrator?
30.   What do you understand by the statement “We do many things, sir," Nicola answered seriously. He glanced at us hopefully.”
31.    What do you understand by the statement “He coloured deeply under his sunburn, then grew pale.”
32.    What do you understand by the statement “He smiled uncomfortably. ”Just plans, sir," he answered in a low voice.”
33.    What do you understand by the statement “Yet in both these boyish faces there was a seriousness which was far beyond their years.”

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