A Respectable Woman by Kate Chopin
Question Answers/Exam Oriented Short Answers: 2*5=10
Answer the Following Questions:
a) Why was Mrs.Baroda unhappy with the information about Gouvernail’s visit to their farm?
Ans: Mrs.Baroda becomes unhappy with the information about Gouvernail’s visit to their farm because she was planning to spend some time with her husband.
b) How was Gouvernail different from Mrs.Baroda’s expectation?
Ans: She thought that he was boring, dull, thin and tall. But she finds him very interesting after meeting with him.
c) How does Mrs.Baroda compare Gouvernail with her husband?
Ans: She finds him unsocial in comparison to her husband.
d) Why and how did Mrs.Baroda try to change Gouvernail’s solitary habits?
Ans: She finds him more interesting. So, she tries to adopt herself according to the situation to change him solitary habits.
e) How does Gaston disagree with his wife on Gouvernail’s character?
Ans: They disagree about Gouvernail’s character.
f) Why is Gaston surprised with his wife’s expression towards the end of the story?
Ans: She expects that Gouvernail should visit them again.
Long Question Answers: 5*2=10
a) What is the cause of conflict in Mrs. Baroda’s mind? What role does Mrs. Baroda ‘ being a respectable woman’ play in the story?
Ans: She is attracted towards Gouvernail, her husband’s friend. But she has to hide her feelings to maintain her position as a respectable woman in the society.
b) Sketch the character of Gouvernail and contrast it with Gaston.
Ans: Gouvernail is a college friend of Gaston. He is journalist too. He is known as ‘man about town’. Gouvernail is husband of Mrs. Baroda. He is busy man.
c) Why does Mrs.Baroda not disclose her feelings towards Gouvernail to her husband?
Ans: She is conscious about her position in her society as a respectable woman. She doesn’t want lose her position in her society.