The Thief's Story The Thief's Story

Who does ‘I’ refer to in this story?
‘I” refers to Hari Singh, who is 15 years old.
What is he, ‘a fairly successful hand’ at?
What does he get from Anil in return for his work?
How does the thief think Anil will react to the theft?
What does he say about the different reactions of people the way they are robbed?
Does Anil realize that he has been robbed?
What are Hari Singh’s reactions to the prospect of receiving an education? Do they change over time?
Why does not Anil hand the thief over to the police? Do you think most people would have done so? In what ways is Anil different from such employers?
"What’s your name?" "Hari Singh", I lied. I took a new name every month. a. What did the narrator lie about? b. Why did the narrator lie? c. Give a synonym of the word 'lied'.
"You look a bit of a wrestler yourself". I said A little flattery helps in making friends. a. Who was the speaker? Who was he trying to flatter? b. Why did the speaker want to be friends with the listener? c. Find the antonym of 'criticism' in the extract.
Well, it's time I did some real work, I told myself; I'm out of practice. a. What 'real work' is the speaker talking about? b. Why does the speaker say 'I'm out of practice'? c. Give a synonym of 'practice'.
When the train had gone, I found myself standing alone on the deserted platform. I had no idea where to spend the night. I had no friends. a. Why was the speaker standing alone on the platform? b. Why did he not have any friends? c. Which word in the extract is an antonym of the word 'crowded'?
He knew. But neither his lips nor his eyes showed anything. a. Who is 'he' in the extract? What did he know? b. Why did he not show anything? c. Which word in the extract means the same as 'reveal'.
Why did Hari Singh approach Anil?
‘Anil walked away. I followed casually.’ Why do you think the narrator followed Anil?
Was Hari Singh successful in robbing Anil? Was Anil the only one who had to face the loss?
What did Hari Singh ask Anil?
What made Hari Singh go back to Anil's house?
Did Hari like working for Anil? Give reasons in support of your answer.
Why was it difficult for Hari to rob Anil?
State the events that took place on the night of the theft.
What followed the morning after the theft?
Had Anil really forgiven Hari Singh? Support your answer with evidence.
‘But neither his lips nor his eyes showed anything,’ Anil didn’t show that he knew about the theft. What kind of a person he was?
Hari Singh didn’t board the express and returned to Anil. Why did he return?

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