Understanding the text
Answer the following questions.
a. Why does Wasserkopf demand a refund of his tuition fees from the school?Wasserkopf demands a refund of his tuition fees from the school because he claims that he didn’t learn anything from the school and his 18 years education made him nothing but an incompetent ass.
b. Why does Wasserkopf consider himself good for nothing?Wasserkopf considers himself good for nothing because his school taught him nothing and he becomes failure many times in his life in the matter of getting a job too.
c. What did the teachers decide to do when Wasserkopf asked for a refund?The teachers approved Wasserkopf’s request for a re-examination and pass him in all subjects, even if his answers were incorrect. They agreed to prove Wasserkopf’s answers to their questions correct.
d. Why did Wasserkopf give ridiculous answers? Why did the teachers accept these answers?Wasserkopf gave ridiculous answers so that he could fail the exam by any means necessary and receive a refund. Teachers accepted his answers because they wanted him to pass the exam to preserve the school’s reputation.
e. How does the Mathematics Master describe Wasserkopf’s character?The Mathematics Master describe Wasserkopf’s character as a sly and crafty individual who intends to deliberately fail his exam in order to recoup his tuition fee. He is a unique individual who irritates all of the teachers with his abusive language.
f. How did the teachers outwit Wasserkopf?He gave wrong and ridiculous answers to fail the test. But the teachers were cleverer than him. After asking Wasserkopf the easy question, the mathematics teacher said that he failed the exam and asked him to calculate the amount the school had to refund. He did it very well. The mathematics teachers said that he solved the difficult question as he was a mathematical genius. The teachers declared that he passed the exam. In this way, they outwitted Wasserkopf.
g. What is the final judgment on Waserkopf’s demand of refund?At last, he gets nothing on his demand of refund. The principal declares that Wasserkopf has passed the re-examination with distinction in every subject, and has again shown that he is entitled to the certificate they awarded him on his graduation.
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Reference to the context
a. Read the extract from the play given below and answer the questions that follow:“It’s possible I’ve changed. What the hell…! Your class records will show I’ve got a right to come here.”
i. Who is the speaker? Who is he speaking to?Wasserkopf is the speaker. He’s speaking to the principal of his former school.
ii. Why is the speaker say these words?The speaker says these words because he is dissatisfied with his educational records from his previous school, which he obtained eighteen years ago.
iii. Where is the speaker at this moment?The speaker is in the Principal’s office at this moment.
b. Read the extract dialogue given below and answer the questions that follow:“THE STAFF: (bowing, heartily) How do you do?
WASSERKOPF: Who the hell are you? Sit down, you loafers! (He grins, waiting to be thrown out)
THE PRINCIPAL: How dare you –”
i. What is to be the response to ‘How do you do?’‘I am fine’ is to be the response to ‘How do you do’.
ii. Is Wasserkopf’s response polite enough to the staff?No, Wasserkopf’s response to the staff isn’t polite enough. He uses derogatory language against them.
iii. How does Wasserkopf rebuke the staff?Wasserkopf rebukes the staff, calling them "loafers" and asking, "Who the hell are you?"
iv. What does the principal mean by ‘How dare you -’?The Principal is referring to Wasserkopf’s dare to make abusive remarks about masters when he says, ‘How dare you?’
c. Explain the following line of the play:“Because I didn’t get my money’s worth, that’s why!”
This line was spoken by the main character of the play, Wasserkopf. In this line, Wasserkopf explains his reason for his arrival and demand a refund to the school’s principal. According to him, his education from school did provide him nothing. He is fired from the job and is in financial crisis. Wasserkopf is, therefore, justified in claiming for a refund. He adds that a re-examination will prove that his demand is valid.