Q1. Why was Evans called ‘Evans the Break’?
Evans was called ‘Evans the Break’ because he had escaped from the prison thrice. Seeing his ability to deceive the prison officers, everybody called him by that name.
Q2. What was the unusual request made by Evans to the Governor of Oxford Prison?
Evans made a request that he wanted to appear in O-Level German Examination. Having a long deliberation with the Secretary, he approved his wish for appearing in the exam.
Q3. What confusion did the Secretary of Board Examination have in his mind?
The Secretary was confused about the behaviour of Evans. He called the Governor to make sure if he had serious charges against him. Governor told him that he was a pleasant sort of fellow who did not have any serious sections against him.
Q4. Why was Evans put behind the bars?
Evans was put behind the bars because he was a congenital kleptomaniac who was used to stealing. Though he did not have any serious charges against him yet he stayed behind the bars because of his habit.
Q5. Who were the two visitors that came to Evans’s cell in the morning? What did they want to do?
The two visitors that came to Evans’s cell were Jackson and Stephens. Jackson was a senior officer where Stephens was newly recruited to the profession. They wanted to take all the sharp objects out of Evans’s cell because he could blackmail or injure anyone during exam.
Q6. Why do you think Jackson did not take Evans’s hat off? Was it the turning point of the story?
When Jackson asked Evans to take his hat off, he requested Jackson that he should be allowed to put on that hat. Jackson knew that Evans was neither a dreaded criminal nor have any serious charges against him so he allowed him to keep wearing that. Yes, it was the turning point because he had hidden his identity under that hat of keeping cropped hair.
Q7. Who was Mc Leery? Where had he come from?
Mc Leery was the invigilator who had been appointed by the Governor to invigilate Evans throughout the exam. He had come from St. Mary Mags along with a briefcase in his hand.
Q8. What had Mc Leery brought in his briefcase? What was the unusual thing that was found in it?
Mc Leery had brought a briefcase which contained The Church, The Bible, a sealed envelope containing question paper and answer sheet, a paper cutter along with a semi inflated rubber ring. That semi inflated rubber ring puzzled Jackson. Mc Leery explained him the reason for bringing that he was a patient of Piles and could not sit at a particular position for a long time.
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