The Necklace Class 10 English Extra Questions

The Necklace Class 10 Extra Questions: Some extra questions from ‘The necklace’ are given below. These questions will help students in preparing for the Board exams.

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‘The Necklace’ Extra Questions

Short Questions and Answers

Q. What do you think of M. Loisel as a husband? Cite instances from the text to support your answer. [2019]

Ans. M. Loisel is shown as a caring and supportive husband. He adored his wife a lot. He wanted to see Matilda happy and made every effort to cheer her up. He did not lose his cool over the fantasies of her wife. He kept his wife before his wishes and his money.

He kept his wish aside and sacrificed four hundred francs that he had saved for himself to buy a hunting gun, to Matilda to buy a new dress. He spent all his savings and borrowed money to buy a similar necklace to return. He helped in repaying the debt by working in the evenings and night to earn extra money.

Q. What was Mme. Loisel shocked to know at the end of the story? (Foreign 2017)

Ans. Mme. Loisel was shocked to know that the necklace she and her husband had replaced with an expensive necklace, for which they had borrowed a huge amount of money and took ten years to pay off the debt, for which they had worked so hard was actually a low-priced imitation necklace. 

Q. How did Loisel and Matilda arrange the money to buy the necklace? (Delhi Com. 2017) 

OR. How did the Loisel replace the necklace? (Foreign 2015)  

Ans. The price they had to pay for the new necklace was thirty-six thousand. Loisel possessed eighteen thousand francs left by his father as inheritance, which he decided to use. To arrange for the rest of the money, M. Loisel borrowed 18,000 francs on higher rate of interest. 

Q. Why did Matilda not want to see her rich friends? [2016]  

Ans. [CBSE Marking Scheme 2016]  

Value Points: Her friends were rich and full of money power but she was married to a simple clerk, had inferiority complex.  

Detailed Answer: Matilda did not want to see her rich friends because she suffered from inferiority complex. She was married to a simple clerk; whereas her friends were rich and full of money power. 

Q. How did Loisel try to make his wife happy? [2016]

Ans. When Loisel told his wife about the invitation of party, she said that she had not have a dress to wear. Loisel was ready to sacrifice his own wishes for the happiness of her wife. He offered her to buy a new dress from his saved money of four hundred francs that he had kept to buy a gun to join some hunting parties the next summer. Seeing her wife not so happy, he suggested her to borrow a necklace from her friend to wear in the party.  Hearing this, she became satisfied and contended.

Q. Why did Matilda (Mme Loisel) leave the ball in a hurry? What does it show about her character? [2018]

Ans. Matilda left the ball in a hurry because she did not want to be seen with the ordinary wrap that she carried, as its poverty contrasted with the elegance of the other ladies, who were wrapping themselves in rich furs.  This shows that she only wants to keep up appearances just to flatter her pride without being in touch with the real truth of her life.

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Q. How did the Loisel’s react when they realised that the necklace had been lost? [Board 2015]  

Ans. As soon as they realised that the necklace had been lost, their short-lived happiness degenerated into shock of the worst nightmare. Matilda uttered a cry. Loisel, already half undressed, arose in dismay and went immediately on foot in search of the necklace. 

Q. Do you think M. Loisel had an enjoyable evening at the ball? Give reasons for your answer. [2015]

Ans. M. Loisel didn’t seem to enjoy much at the ball. In fact, he was not much interested in such parties. He had come there for the sake of his wife’s happiness. The story tells that when his wife was dancing with enthusiasm, intoxicated with pleasure, he waited for her (but without disturbing her) half asleep in one of the little salons since midnight with three other gentlemen whose wives were enjoying themselves very much.

Q. What was the cause of Matilda ‘s ruin? How could she have avoided it? [2015, Delhi-13]

Ans. What caused Matilda’s ruin was her that she got carried away by her vanity and later acted with utter foolishness because of her false pride. She borrowed a diamond necklace from her friend and lost it. The bad luck befell her as she lost it. She had to repay a big loan. Her life was ruined by working hard day in and out to cover the huge loan which her husband was forced to take.

She could have avoided her own ruin if she had not borrowed the necklace. But, since she lost it, she should have told her friend the truth and apologised to her. 

Q. How had Mme. Loisel’s sacrifice all been in vain? (Foreign 2014) 

Ans. Mme. Loisel was shocked to know that the necklace she and her husband had replaced with an expensive necklace, for which they had borrowed a huge amount of money and took ten years to pay off the debt, for which they had worked so hard was actually a low-priced imitation necklace. 

Q.  Comment on the use of irony in the text or how had sacrifice of Mme Loisel’s been in vain?

Ans. The irony in the story is based on the fact that the Loisel spend 10 years of toil and frugality paying for a necklace which turns out to be a cheap imitation. It was like a shock for Loisel as they had sacrificed their lives to return the necklace which was worthless.

Q. Do you think Mme Loisel had an enjoyable evening at the ball? Give reasons for your answer. [CBSE 2014]

Ans.  Mme Loisel was the centre of attraction at the ball. Her beauty, her grace, her joy and the gorgeous smile captivated all. Men sought to be presented to her.  She danced happily at her conquest of all.

Q. Why was Matilda sad after the ball? [2014]  

Ans. The Loisels were shocked to see the necklace gone from Mme. Loisel’s neck. They searched everywhere but found nothing. Therefore, they were dismayed, disappointed and bewildered out of their wits.

Q. Why was Matilda’s friend astonished to see her at the end of the story? [2012]

Ans. Jeanne, Matilda’s friend, could not recognise her as she seemed an old and worn out, poor woman. Matilda was no longer her former beautiful and joyous self. She had lost her charm and was living an unfortunate life.

Q. What would Matilda often dream off?

Ans. Matilda would often dream of all the delicacies, luxuries, elegant dinners, marvellous dishes, rich silver, beautiful dresses, jewels, adoration and a life of glory.  She would often escape into her dreams from the dullness of her very humble existence.

Q. Why did Matilda throw the invitation spitefully?

Ans. Matilda was simply displeased when her husband showed the invitation.  she felt humiliated and threw the invitation spitefully as she had nothing beautiful enough to wear to such a grand gathering.

Q. What excuse did Loisel put up to explain the delay in returning the necklace?

Ans: Loisels had lost the necklace and needed time to find an identical one. Thus, Loisels wrote a letter to Mme Forestier with an excuse that the clasp of the necklace was broken and they needed time to get it repaired.

Q. How did Mme Loisel now know the life of necessity?

Ans. To pay debt of eighteen thousand francs, Loisel let go of their decent living. They lived in impoverished (poor) neighbourhood. Matilda had to cook, clean, wash, mend, bring water and bargain with the butcher and grocer. Her husband worked day and night to save every sou.

Q.  Describe Mme Loisel after ten years.

Ans: Ten years of poverty and hardship steal away Matilda’s youth and beauty. She becomes strong and and hard woman, who is poorly dressed with untidy hair and reg ragged hands.  As she has to live a hard life after the lost necklace of Mme Forestier that she returned and it cost her a fortune.

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