A Shady Plot - Important Questions

1.         What genre of stories does Jenkins want the narrator to write? Why?
2.         Does the narrator like writing ghost stories? Support your answer with evidence from the story.
3.         How does the writer rate himself as ghost story writer?
4.         What makes Helen, the ghost, and her other co-ghosts organize The Writer's Inspiration Bureau?
5.         When did Helen, the ghost appear before the narrator?

        What happened when Hallock sat down his desk and waited for getting ideas for his ghost story?

6.         How did the narrator react to the appearance of the ghost?
7.         How was this ghost different form the ghosts the narrator used to write about in his stories?
8.         What did the ghost tell about herself which didn’t sound that she was a ghost?
9.         What was the narrator’s fault as per the ghost? What for did the narrator blame the ghost?
10.     Why had Helen, the ghost been helping the narrator write ghost stories? Why was she going on strike? What condition did she place for providing continued help?
11.       How does the ghost undermine the narrator's faith in his ability to write ghost stories?
12.      Why does John want the ghost to disappear before his wife appears on the scene? What impression of his wife's character do you form from his words?
13.       What made Lavinia buy Ouija board? How did the narrator react to her doing so?
14.       “My wife is never so pretty as when she is doing something she knows I disapprove of “What did she do which he unapproved of?
15.       Why does the narrator hesitate to be a partner to Laura Hinkle during the Ouija Board Party?
16.       What happened when Laura Hinkle worked the Ouija board?
17.      How did the Ouija board make things easier to understand after Miss Hinkle asked it to explain itself more fully?
18.       What message does the ghost convey to the group that had assembled in the narrator's house? What is their reaction to the message?
19.       Do you agree with the narrator calling the assembly of women "manipulators?" Give reasons.
20.       Why is John's wife angry? What does she decide to do?
21.       Why does John wish he were dead?
22.       When confronted by Lavinia about his flirtations over the Ouija Board, John insists that 'the affair was quite above-board, I assure you, my love'. Bring out the pun in John's statement.
23.       Describe how Lavinia faced Helen, the ghost?
24.       John's apprehensions about his wife's reaction to her encounter with the ghost are unfounded. Justify.
25.       Describe the character of John Hallock.
26.       Justify the title of the lesson “A Shady Plot”?
27.       There are no scenes of horror or thrill but still the story is interesting. What are the elements that make the story interesting?
28.       A Shady Plot is a humourous ghost story Do you agree with this Justify you view.
29.       Describe the first meeting between the narrator ad the ghost of Helen. How does she materialize and how does the narrator react to it?
30.       Describe the meeting of the members of the Lavinia‘s Book Club at her house with Ouija boards.
31.       Describe the second meeting of the ghost of Helen with the narrator when Lavinia happens to be there.

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