Mr. Know AllBagrut Questions and AnswersWinter 2016 F examBRIDGING"Our job on earth isn't to criticize, reject or judge. Our purpose is to offer a helping handand mercy." – Dana Acruri, Harvest of HopeMake a connection between the above quote and the story. Give information from thestory to support your answer.Answer: The story seems to have the same message as the quote does. The narratorcriticizes, rejects and judges Mr. Kelada even before he meets him. He doesn't like his name,possessions (luggage, brush ), character traits and behavior. On the other hand, he regardsMrs. Ramsay as the symbol of modesty. He is wrong in both cases. Mr. Kelada, on the otherhand, offers a helping hand and mercy. He loses his bet with Mr. Ramsay and becomes thelaughing stock of the whole ship because he doesn't want to ruin Mrs. Ramsay's marriage.Even the narrator changes his mind about Mr. Kelada who is revealed as a true gentleman.Mr. Kelada seems to carry out the idea expressed in this quote.Moed Bet 2015 F ExamLOTS1. Mr. Kelada tries to make friends with the narrator by (–).(i) telling the narrator about his family(ii) unpacking the narrator's luggage(iii) telling the narrator he is British(iv) agreeing with everything the narrator saysAnswer: (i) telling the narrator he is British2. The narrator thought Mr. Kelada was (–).(i) talkative(ii) unfriendly(iii) prejudiced(iv) unpatrioticAnswer:(i) talkativeHOTSAfter seeing Mrs. Ramsay's reaction to the discussion about the pearls, Mr. Kelada "stoppedwith his mouth open. He flushed deeply. You could almost see the effort he was makingover himself." Why does Mr. Kelada react this way? Explain1

Answer: Mr. Kelada understands that Mrs. Ramsay has a secret, which will be revealed if hesays the pearls are real. He realizes she probably had a lover who bought her real pearls.Once he understands it, he is embarrassed and flushes deeply. His conflict is whether toreveal the truth and justify his reputation as a "Mr. Know All" or to protect Mrs. Ramsay'smarriage and say that the pearls are fake. This is a difficult decision for him and that is whythe narrator sees the effort Mr. Kelada is making over himselfExplain why the narrator judges Mr. Kelada in one way at the beginning of the story and whyhe judges him differently at the end. Give information from the story to support youranswer.Answer: Explaining cause and effect. The narrator changes his judgement of Mr. Keladabecause of what Mr. Keladadoes for Mrs. Ramsay. The narrator sees how hard it is for Mr.Kelada to say that he has been mistaken, and realizes that Mr. Kelada is, after all, a trueEnglish gentleman who wants to protect a lady's honor. As a result, the narrator does notentirely dislike Mr. Kelada anymore and judges him differently.Winter 2015 F ExamLOTS1)Why is the narrator not happy about sharing a cabin with Mr. Kelada?a)He doesn’t like his accentb)He doesn’t like his namec)He doesn’t like Americansd)He doesn’t like diplomats.Answer: b) He doesn't like his name.2)What annoys the narrator about Mr. Kelada? (5 points)a)Mr. Kelada doesn’t talk to him at dinnerb)Mr. Kelada doesn’t know how to play cards.c)Mr. Kelada spends a lot of time with him.d)Mr. Kelada likes to talk to Ms. Ramsay.Answer: C) Mr. Kelada spends a lot of time with him.3) Why does Mr. Ramsay challenge Mr. Kelada’s knowledge of pearls? Give information from thestory to support you answer. (10 points)Answer:Answer: Mr. Ramsay is an opinionated man who has to show that he is alwaysright. In addition he doesn't like Mr. Kelada and thinks like many people on the shipthat he is Mr. Know All. Therefore he challenges Mr. Kelada in order to fail him andshow than he doesn't really know everything. He wants to humiliate him.(Uncovering motives, Explaining Cause and effect)2

HOTS1) In the first half of the story, the narrator says clearly how he feels about Mr. Kelada. Howdoes this relate to the narrator’s statement at the end of the story? Give information fromthe story to support your answer. (15 points)Answer: Cause and EffectAt the beginning of the story the narrator describes why he dislikes Mr. K before he evenmeets him, by only hearing his name. He also describes small things that Mr. Kelada doesthat make the narrator dislike him. For example, the rhetorical questions Mr. Kelada asksabout magic tricks and his habit of arguing about everything all the time.By the end of the story, the narrator says that he doesn't completely dislike Mr. Kelada. Thatstatement shows how Mr. K’s gentlemanly behavior towards Mrs. Ramsay affected thenarrator’s judgment and perspective. He realizes appearances may be deceivingALTERNATIVE QUESTIONSDuring the discussion at the dinner table, Mr. Kelada looked at the pearls closely and smiled.“He was about to speak. Suddenly he caught sight of Mrs. Ramsay’s face You could almostsee the effort he was making over himself.” What could be the result of the moral conflictMr. Kelada is facing? (7 points)Answer: Mr. Kelada had a conflict he could either insist on the fact the pearls are real andthus, show his knowledge and prove he know all about pearl. Yet, showing this would revealthe acts of Mrs. Ramsay and will damage her good name. Therefore, Mr. Kelada chooses toshame himself rather than hurt Mrs. Ramsay.After the discussion about the pearls, “ Mrs. Ramsay retired to her stateroom with aheadache.” What is Mrs. Ramsay’s attitude towards Mr. Kelada at the end of the story?Answer: Mrs. Ramsay is grateful to Mr. Kelada. She convinces her husband to give the betmoney back and writes him a thank you note. She knows he saved her good name.Moed Bet 2014 F ExamBRIDGING“Judgment prevents us from seeing the good that lies beyond appearances.” Wayne DyerMake a connection between the above quote and the story. Give information from the storyto support your answer.Answer: Most of us are quick to judge others. But, as the quote says, judgment prevents usfrom really getting to know others and seeing the good in them. This is exactly what thenarrator does in the story. In the end, Kelada's helping Mrs. Ramsay by lying and losing hisreputation proves that he is really a good man and that the narrator has misjudged him.3

Supporting information: The narrator dislikes Mr. Kelada even before he meets him. // Hedislikes his name and the look of his luggage. // When he meets him, he dislikes him becauseof his appearance and the way he talks. He also thinks he is very loud and seems to knowabout everything. // The narrator says at the end, "I did not entirely dislike Mr. Kelada.Winter 2014 F ExamLOTSWhich of the following adjectives did the narrator use to describe Mr. Kelada? (5 points)(i) unfriendly(ii) prejudiced(iii) modest(iv) chattyAnswer:(iv) chattySome people at the dinner table admire Mrs. Ramsay’s pearls. How does she react? GiveONE answer. (5 points)Answer: Mrs. Ramsay turns red / blushes. Mrs. Ramsay is embarrassed / frightened. Mrs.Ramsay puts her pearls inside her dress / tries to hide her pearls. She is anxious / worried /afraid she will be found out.How do the personalities of Mr. Ramsay and Mr. Kelada differ? Give information from the Storyto support your answer. (10 points)Answer: Mr. Ramsay is not a sensitive person. He is arrogant and selfish. Supporting detail:He doesn't listen to what his wife says and doesn't even notice the look in her eyes when hegives the pearls to Mr. Kelada. On the other hand, Mr. Kelada is sensitive. Supporting details:He is aware of Mrs. Ramsay's feelings and tries to help her. He sees the look on her face andrealizes that she is hiding something from her husband. / He puts Mrs. Ramsay's reputationbefore his own. He keeps her secret. Mr. Kelada is a true gentleman. Supporting detail: Helies to protect Mrs. Ramsay's secret. Mr. Ramsay, on the other hand, is not a gentleman.Supporting detail: He is insensitive to his wife's feelings. He doesn't understand that shedoesn't want to take off the pearls and he doesn't see the look in her eyes when he gives thepearls to Mr. Kelada. Mr. Ramsay thinks he knows everything but is actually an ignorantman. Mr. Kelada is also a know-it-all but actually is knowledgeable. Supporting detail: Thenarrator tells us that Mr. Ramsay argued with Mr. Kelada about pearls although he had noidea about them, while Mr. Kelada did because he worked in the pearl businessHOTSAfter the discussion about the pearls at the dinner table, Mr. Kelada “took out hispocketbook and from it a hundred-dollar bill. He handed it to Ramsay without a word Mr. Kelada’s hands were trembling.” Why do you think Mr. Kelada’s hands weretrembling? Give information from the story to support your answer. (15 points)4

Answer:Inferring / Explaining cause and effectMr. Kelada's hands were trembling because it was very difficult for him to say that he waswrong about the pearls. Supporting detail: He knew that he was right but he was protectingMrs. Ramsay. He knew people would make fun of him and they did that evening.ALTERNATIVE QUESTIONSThe narrator thinks that Mr. Kelada “would not drop a subject, however unimportant,till he had brought you round to his way of thinking.” Make a connection between thisquote and Mr. Kelada’s behavior at the end of the story. Give information from thestory to support your answer. (8 points)Answer: This is not true at the end of the story because at the dinner table Mr. Kelada dropsthe subject of the pearl necklace the moment he sees Mrs. Ramsay's face.At the end of the story Mr. Kelada says, “No one likes being made to look a perfectdamned fool.” Explain what he means by this. (7 points)Answer: At the end of the story Mr. Kelada does not want to appear as a fool especiallywhen he is right. The title of the story is Mr. Know All. The people on the ship all thoughtthat Mr. Kelada really did know everything. Everyone on board now thinks that he does notknow everything.Moed Bet 2013 F ExamBRIDGING“A person has to have time and patience, and to observe people carefully in order to learn theirtrue secrets. Eventually, people say or do something that reveals who they really are.”– Adaptedfrom A Writer’s Notebook by Somerset Maugham. Make a connection between the above quoteand the story. Support your answer with information from the story.Answer: The quote says that to understand a person's character you must observe him for along time. Even though the people in Mr. Know All are on the ship for only fourteen days,they spend most of their time together. The narrator at first considers Mr. Kelada to be aself-centered showoff. Mrs. Ramsay he sees as charming and modest. But the narratorunderstands what both of them are really like after he sees the look on Mrs. Ramsay's faceduring the discussion about the pearls and after he hears Mr. Kelada lie about the pearls tosave her. He understands that Mr. Kelada cares about others and is not self-centered, andthat Mrs. Ramsay isn't honest, because she lied to her husband. Can relate to either Mr.Kelada or Mrs. Ramsay.5

Summer 2013 F ExamLOTSWhen the narrator enters his cabin for the first time, he sees Mr. Kelada’s possessions.Explain what the narrator thinks about one of these (5 points)Answer: At least one of the following: He thinks there are too many labels on his suitcases. /His brushes are dirty. / His brushes are too fancy. (ebony with his monogram in gold) / Hiswardrobe trunk is too big. / He owns expensive perfume (Monsieur Coty).After first talking to Mr. Kelada, the narrator says, “King George has many strange subjects.”What does he mean by this? (5 points)(i) Mr. Kelada doesn’t like England.(ii) Mr. Kelada doesn’t speak English.(iii) Mr. Kelada doesn’t look British.(iv) Mr. Kelada doesn’t have a British passport.Answer: iii) Mr. Kelada doesn't look British.How do the narrator’s feelings about Mr. Kelada change from the beginning to the end ofthe story? (10 points)Answer: At the beginning of the story he said that he did not like Mr. Kelada. He thought hewas a loud showoff. At the end he said that he did not entirely dislike him. His feelings abouthim changed because he saw that Mr. Kelada was a sensitive person who was ready to lose ahundred dollars and look like a fool to help Mrs. Ramsay.HOTSWhat do we learn about Mr. Ramsay’s character from the story? Give information from the storyto support your answer. (15 points)Answer: Inferring. Mr. Ramsay is really the ignorant showoff in the story. He is alsoinsensitive to the feelings of others, especially his wife's feeling. Answer should besupported by one or more of the following: He pretends to know about pearls but reallycouldn't tell that his wife's pearls weren't fake. / He doesn't notice that Mrs. Ramsay doesn'twant to take off her pearls. / He doesn't see how frightened she is. / He is not aware ofwhere she got the pearls fromALTERNATIVE QUESTIONSWhile Mr. Kelada is examining the pearls, Mrs. Ramsay’s face How does this affect Mr. Kelada?Answer: Mr. Kelada understands that Mrs. Ramsay knows her pearls are real. He realizes thatshe has kept a secret from her husband but he decides to protect her and pretends he hasmade a mistake about the pearls.6

How does our opinion of Mrs. Ramsay change at this point in the story? Give information fromthe story to support your answer. (8 points)Answer: In the beginning we think she is a nice, modest lady. Our opinion changes at thispoint in the story because we learn that she lied to her husband about her necklace. Wethink that she is not so innocent and that she is keeping something from her husband.Winter 2013 F ExamBRIDGINGSomerset Maugham has an ability to see human weaknesses. He’s realistic about people andknows well that human beings are not all good or bad. For this reason he doesn’t praise orcriticize them too much. – Adapted from The Collected Stories of Somerset MaughamMake a connection between the above quote and the story. Support your answer withinformation from the story.Answer:Mr. Kelada: Good qualities: He is sociable, generous, willing to s