Short Questions and Answers
1. Why were the two boys in London surprised and fascinated?
Answer: The two boys in London were surprised and fascinated when they saw fresh muddy footprints of human being on the steps of a house, but no man was there making them! As they looked, a fresh footprint appeared from nowhere. The boys followed, fascinated until the footprints got disappeared.
2. Why did Griffin decide to slip into a big London store?
Answer: Griffin decided to slip into a big London store, because the reason was mid-winter, due to which it became difficult to wander around without clothes in London. He had chosen a bad time of the year to wander about London without clothes and he wanted to keep himself warm.
3. How was Griffin a lawless man?
Answer: Griffin was lawless because he had committed many anti-social deeds for which he never felt guilty. He set fire to his landlord’s house and ran away, he stole foodstuffs and clothes from a London store, stole other goods from a theatrical company and also stole money from a clergyman’s house to pay his bills.
4. What did Griffin do in the shop of a theatrical company?
Answer: The second time Griffin tried the stock of a theatrical company in the hope of finding not only clothes but also something like side whiskers, false nose, bandages, hat etc that would hide the empty space above his shoulders.
5. What did the Halls see in the scientist’s room?
Answer: As the door of the room was open and nobody appeared to be inside, the Halls entered the scientist’s room. They saw that the bedclothes were cold, showing that the scientist must have been up for sometime; and strange still, the clothes and bandages that he always wore were lying around the room.
6. How did the visible man become invisible? What did he do then?
Answer: The invisible man got angry with Mrs Hall and threw of all he was wearing on his head so that he became a man without a head. Soon the constable Jaffers arrived to arrest him, but the invisible man threw off all his clothes to become invisible and, in the ensuing scuffle, knocked Jaffers unconscious and escaped.
Long Questions and Answers
1. Describe the landlord’s and his wife experience with the strange scientist.
Answer: Both Mrs. Hall and her husband were surprised to find the scientist’s room open because it is always locked. So they peeped in but found nobody there. The clothes and bandages that he always wore were lying about the room. Suddenly Mrs. Hall heard a sniff close to her ear and the hat on the bedpost leapt up and dashed itself into her face. Then the bedroom chair sprang into the air and pushed both of them out of the room and then appeared to slam and lock the door after them.
Mrs. Hall became hysterical and almost fell down the stairs. She thought that her furniture was haunted. They decided to confront the scientist next time when they met him.
2. What impression do you form of Griffin after reading lesson “Footprints without Feet”?Answer: Griffin was a brilliant scientist as he discovered a drug due to which his body became transparent as a sheet of glass after swallowing it. This made him invisible. But he was a lawless person. Because of his misdeeds, he became a homeless wanderer without clothes and money.
He was an introvert with a desire for solitude. He was always seeking adventure, being found of mysterious things. However, he was unscrupulous (immoral) , as he robbed various people to finance his work, besides he got angry very quickly which caused him to become a fugitive (run away). He set fire to the landlord’s house as his landlord had ejected him from his house. He was a revengeful man. When he stole the clergyman’s money, he threatened his wife by swinging the chair on her. He was lawless person so he even hit a policeman to unconsciousness. So, it can be said that even he was a great scientist but a lawless and eccentric and did activities like a criminal.
3. If somehow you discover how to become invisible, how to use that opportunity?
Answer: If I discover how to become invisible, I would use this opportunity to punish all those people who cause trouble to others for their own selfish motives. I would catch them and hand them over to the police without letting them know that I was behind them. I will also help the law-enforcing agencies when they conduct raids on criminal hideouts, as I will be able to move in the open without fear of being seen. This will help the people of the country to become law-abiding citizens.
We all should also realise this that if we are bestowed with a power, We have to follow some duties and fulfil some responsibilities towards our society, our nation and the world. We have to use those powers in other’s welfare.
A misuse of power can make us devil, while it’s proper and good news will definitely make us angel or superhero in other’s eyes. So it is up to our senses to choose the right path.