Vistas Evans Tries an O-Level - Test Papers


Class - 12 English Core (Evans Tries an O-Level)

General Instruction:

  • Question No. 1 to 7 carry three marks each.
  • Question No. 8 and 10 carry six marks each.

  1. What kind of a person was Evans?
  2. Do you think Evans’ statement, "I may surprise everybody,” has some special significance?
  3. Who were the two visitors Evans received in the morning of the day of his exam?
  4. What made Evans clip his hair short?
  5. Why did the Governor instruct Jackson to search Mc Leery?
  6. Why did Evans drape a blanket round his shoulder? What did Stephens think about it?
  7. Why was Evans particular about keeping his hat on his head during his exam? 
  8. What were the precautions taken for the smooth conduct of the examination?
  9. “I may surprise everybody” said Evans to his German teacher. Do you think he proved this statement right? Substantiate your answer.
  10. How did Evans escape from Detective Carter?

Class - 12 English Core (Evans Tries an O-Level)

  1. Evans was a ‘Kleptomaniac’ and had broken jail thrice. He was a master planner and was very sociable. He knew how to keep intimate contacts with people. In the words of the Governor, he was a pleasant sort of chap with no record of violence.
  2. Evans seems to tell his teacher that he may surprise everybody by doing well in the exam, but in reality, it is a forewarning that he is going to jolt everybody by his master-minded perfect escape plan.
  3. The two visitors whom Evans received were - Mr. Jackson, the senior prison officer of the prison’s D Wing and a man called Stephens, who had been only recently recruited.
  4. Evans’ plan to escape prison was the reason behind clipping his hair to impersonate Mc Leery (invigilator during the O-level German exam) who had short hair. In order to give a practical shape to their plan Evans’ hair had to look like Mc Leery, hence Evans clipped them short.
  5. The Governor asked Jackson to search Mc Leery, the invigilator to check whether he has brought something unwittingly which might prove to be a weapon that Evans could use and try for escaping from prison.
  6. In between intervals of Stephens’ peeping into the cell, Evans was changing into the Parson’s dress to look like Mc Leery. So, in order to conceal his effort to keep them in place, Evans draped a blanket round his shoulder. Stephens was misled into believing that Evans was feeling cold.
  7. Evans wore a bobble hat at the time of his examination. When he was asked to remove the hat, he pleaded to let stay it because he believed it was his lucky charm. In fact, he had hidden some of the makeup materials in his hat which was the reason he didn't want to remove it.
  8. Since Evans had already escaped from the jail on three earlier occasions, there was always a lurking fear that he might make another attempt to escape. Therefore, all possible precautions were taken to see that the O-level German examination arranged in the prison did not provide him with any means of escape. The Governor personally monitored all security arrangements and heavily guarded the Recreation Block from where he expected the prisoner to make another break. Evans' cell was thoroughly checked by Jackson to ward off the possibility of the presence of an incriminating material which might hamper the smooth conduct of the examination. His nail-scissors, nail-file and razor were taken away; and to keep a strict watch on the activities of the cell during the examination, the Governor got it bugged. A police officer Stephens was posted to keep a constant vigil on his activities. The invigilator, too, was frisked to make sure that he carried no objectionable material with him.
  9. Evans was a congenital kleptomaniac who was used to stealing things. He was known for his habit of escaping the prison which he had done thrice and was planning to go for the fourth time. In reality, he had hatched a plan to escape for the fourth time. The teacher who had been coming for the last nine months was his friend with whom he had laid a plan. Apart from that, the invigilator who had come to invigilate him was also one of his friends. He availed him clothes, blood and other necessary things which were required for his final escape. In fact, he cheated the Governor in the end. As a matter of fact, his friends had come to arrest him who released him later on. The fake call from the Board of Examination and the Magistrate Court by his friends also show that he was a real mastermind who executed his plans efficiently with the help of his trustworthy friends. So, overall, we can say that the statement - “I may surprise everybody” - delivered by him came true in the end when he escaped for the fourth time.
  10. Disguised as the invigilator, hit by the escaped Evans, Evans misguided Detective Carter on the pretext of helping the officer to trace the escaped Evans. When they reached Radcliff Hospital, Evans pretended to be most critical and told the detective to admit him in the hospital. Carter wanted to drive the wounded invigilator into the hospital but Evans advised him to call the ambulance and drop him on the roadside to be picked by the ambulance so that the detective could continue his chase after Evans had escaped.