NAME – Alexander Baron
Born – 4 December 1917
Died – 6 December 1999
Alexander Baron was a famous
British Author and screen writer.
Famous works – 1) Novels –
a)      From the city from the Plough (1948)
b)     There is no Home – (1950)
c) The Human
kind (1953)
                                                               2) Film Screen plays
a)      T he siege of Sidney Street.
b)      Robbery under Arms.
5.a)     What is a “nickname”? can you suggest
another one for private Quelch?
Ans:-    A nick name is usually a descriptive name
given instead of or in addition to the one belonging to a person, place or
            Considering the characteristics of Private Quelch as
portrayed in the story “The Man Who Knew Too Much” and his assay to know everything
and swank the same to  the commons he
should be called as “All-knower”.
b)         Private Quelch looked like a ‘professor’
when the author first met him at the training depot. Why?
Ans:-    The common notion of a professor has a great
resemblance with Private Quelch. He is blessed with the physical
characteristics of a professor. His being lanky, stooping and frowning through
his horn rimmed spectacles present him with the features of a professor.
Besides, his bookish knowledge satisfies anybody after having a five minutes’

c)         What does the dark, sun dried
appearance of the sergeant suggest about him?
Ans:-    A sergeant holds an honourable post in Army.
To acquire the rank one has to impart diligence and the ability to work in
harsh weather where one gets exposed to the sun. The sergeant, teaching them
the skill of musketry ,had been exposed to sun which  turned his skin like a sun dried raisin.
d)         How was Private Quelch’s knowledge exposed
even further as the sergeant’s classes went?
Ans:-    To teach Private Quelch a proper lesson for
his condescending attitude, the sergeant attacked Private Quelch deliberately
with many questions. But to sergeant’s bafflement private Quelch answered all
the question with excellence. Starting from technical definitions, the parts of
rifle to its use and care, every question enhanced the glory of “Professor”.
e)         What did the professor mean by
“intelligent reading”?
Ans:-    To acquire his target i.e. Commission,  Professor took help of intelligent reading. He
collected every material related to the training and got them by heart. In this
way he wanted to exert influence on fellow soldiers and instructors. His
intelligent reading’ included careful and diligent reading and proper

f)          What were the professor’s ambitions in
the army?
Ans:-    Professor was ambitions. He wanted to acquire
the rank of commission, a dream to him. To acquire this, he aimed at ‘stripe’,
the first step. He worked extraordinarily hard to ascertain his target.
g)         Did Private Quelch’s day to day
practices take him closer towards his goal? How can you make out?
Ans:-     Yes.
Private Quelch had been successful to some extent to reach towards his target
by day to day practices. To establish his merit, he borrowed training manuals
and read them hard. He was extraordinarily able in his physic. His salute at
the pay-table was a model to behold. He fulfilled every criterion to become a
successful soldier. He would have achieved his goal if he knew how to deal with
instructors, especially Corporal Turnbull.
h)         Describe corporal Turnbull.
Ans:-    Corporal Turnbull was a man with difference. He was complete as a
soldier. He was a young officer. He successfully came from Dunkirk with his
equipment correct. No one dares to mess with him. He is always with his kitten
in his pocket in whatever ways he is troubled by others. He was so strong that
one could hammer hails in his body without his noticing it.

i)          How did Private Quelch manage to angry
the corporal?
Ans:-    Once corporal Turnbull was delivering lecture
on hand grenade. When he started to talk about the fragments in a grenade,
Private Quelch interrupted him answering forty four. Corporal ignored and
continued his lecture. But he was again interrupted saying the way of his
teaching about grenade. At this corporal got angry and offered him to deliver
his lecture. Shameless professor went to deliver the lecture making corporal
angry to the utmost.
j)          Do you think Private Quelch learnt a
lesson when he was chosen for cook house duties? Give reasons for your answer.
Ans:-    Incorrigible was Private Quelch. Even after a
severe punishment of having permanent cookhouse duty, he did not learn a
lesson. His way of treating people did not change. He kept on behaving with
other with the same condescending attitude. When he was punished for cookhouse
duties, he continued to treat people in the same way giving lectures on the
vitamin values of potatoes. 

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