Engels Antwoorden bij Vragen “Heroes”


Engels, Heroes in literature

The Universe versus Alex Wood

  1. Why does Alex think you already know about his accident?

It was planetary news for several weeks.

  1. What does Alex remember about the accident?

Nothing, the last thing he remembers is a school trip to Bristol Zoo where he was reprimanded for trying to feed a Mars bar to a spider monkey, and that was at least two weeks before he was taken into hospital.

  1. Why does the fair angel swear?

Because Alex is bleeding and his cannula came out.

  1. Alex thinks that ‘’can you tell me your name?’’ is a strange question, why?

Because that is a very simple and obvious question everyone should know and because he remembers it so well.

  1. Why is Mrs Wood crying?

She was really worried because he didn’t wake up and now she’s happy that he woke up.

  1. Why is Alex disappointed that the grit and dust in is brain came from ceiling plaster?

Because he hoped it was a meteor, that would have sounded much cooler.

  1. What can you conclude from the many questions Alex asked the doctor?

That he is just a young child.

  1. Why does Alex frown when the doctor tells him he might have a scar?

He hoped he would have a scar because the thought that sounds tough.

  1. Why doesn’t Dr Patel tell anything interesting anymore when Mrs Wood is in the room?

She thinks the answers and questions are too straight forward.

  1. Why does Mr Stapleton say ‘’freezing’’?

He is extremely deaf, he thought Alex asked: ‘’what kind of cold?’’ So he answered: ‘’FREEZING!’’

  1. What kind of rock do you think it was?

A meteor.






The catcher in the Rye

  1. Why doesn’t the ‘’I’’ not tell anything about his personal history? Mention two reasons.
  • That stuff bores him.
  • His parents would have about two hemorrhages apiece if he told anything pretty personal about them.

  1. In what kind of place do you think the ‘’I’’ is?

In a closed institution.

  1. Why does the ‘’I’’ call his brother a prostitute, do you think?

Because he is selling his talents as a scriptwriter for money.

  1. Why were there hardly any girls at the football match?

Because only seniors were allowed to bring girls with them and it was a boy school.

  1. Why did the ‘’I’’ like Selma Thurmer?

Because she didn’t brag about being the headmaster’s daughter and about how great he was, and she was a pretty nice girl.

  1. Why is the fencing team angry with the ‘’I’’?

He left all the foils and equipment and stuff on the subway.

  1. Why was the ‘’I’’ kicked out of school?

Because he was flunking four subjects and not applying himself and all.

  1. Why does the ‘’I’’ tell about the time he was out playing football with Tichener and Campbell?

It was a good reminder of saying goodbye and a good memory.

  1. Why is he running do you think? Mention two reasons.

Running away from his problems.

To keep himself warm.

  1. Why didn’t the Spencer’s have a maid?

They couldn’t afford one: ‘’they didn’t have too much dough.’’


Lies of silence

  1. Where is the story set? How do you know?

In Belfast, this can be derived from the streets he’s driving through and he is approaching Queens University, settled in Belfast.


  1. The students remind Michael Dillon of himself at that age. What ‘’passport’’ is meant here? Did it bring Dillon what he had hoped for?

A degree. No it did not, he hoped it was a passport to freedom, but it was just the end of it.

  1. How come Dillon ended up in the hotel business?

He had not found the teaching job he wanted in England of in some faraway exotic place. His grandfather had run pubs and a hotel, his father ran a hotel and so he ended up like them

  1. Why would the writer describe Dillon’s drive to the Clarence hotel such in detail?

To build up suspense, to make you aware of the situation and like this the emotions come to their rights.

  1. Mention the reasons why Dillon decides against the bomb being found.
  2. It explodes when found
  3. His wife will die
  4. He is being watched


  1. Who is the ‘’tall, elderly figure’’ coming out from the tour bus?

Alun Pottinger, the ‘mad dog of Protestant Ulster’.

  1. Explain that the location of Dillon’s parking place is essential.

The bomb must hit it’s right target, so he has to park on his own parking lot, right under the Emerald Room.

  1. Why would Dillon stop to stare at the group of foreign guests?

Because he knew what was going to happen to all these ordinary, innocent people and he regrets it.

  1. Why does Dillon decide to call the police after all?

He regrets his choice.

  1. Pottinger is described as a ‘’tall, scarecrow figure’’. Why would that be?

He is old and probably grumpy, his nickname is nevertheless ‘mag dog of Protestant Ulster’.



  1. What is the reason Winston doesn’t use the lift when going to his flat?

The lift was seldomly working and at that time the electric current was cut off during daylight hours.

  1. Why did Winston keep his back turned to the telescreen?

He thought it was safer.

  1. Winston tries to remember things from his childhood, why?

He tries to remember if London had always looked like the way it does now.

  1. War is peace: freedom is slavery; ignorance is strength.

Explain these slogans used by the party.

War is peace: only when people are at war they stand up for themselves and for what they believe in. They fight for what they feel is right. Only when you have fought for your believes you’ve peace with yourself. This is because you did something to make a difference. à the party says this so people think war is good.

Freedom is slavery: the Party says this so people are okay with their watched life. When people notice it’s the opposite of what the party wants they will uprise against the party.

Ignorance is strength: accept what is happening and do not speak about things you see that should not have been seen. That makes you strong (according to the Party) and being strong is good.

  1. Why had Winston never been near the Ministry of truth?

It was a place impossible to enter.

  1. Which two reasons does Winston have for writing his diary?

For the future and for the unborn.

  1. Why did Winston feel guilty after buying his diary?

Members of the party were not supposed to go into ordinary shops.

  1. Why was it so difficult for Winston to actually start writing his diary?

He merrily lost the power of expressing himself and he has forgotten what he intended to say.

  1. Why does Winston describe the scenes in the film he has seen as ‘amusing’ and ‘wonderful shots’?

The people are brainwashed by the government. The government wants you to think this is funny and good so the people won’t uprise.


Decline and fall

  1. Why are ‘’the others’’ in the first paragraph really not in college?

They didn’t want to be at college and they were afraid of the Bollingers.

  1. What is the tone of the sentence ‘’what an evening that had been’’?


  1. What kind of people are members of the Bollinger Club?

Epileptic royalty, uncouth peers, smooth young men, illiterate lairds, ambitious young barristers and Conservative candidates (upper class)


  1. Why does Mr Sniggs suggest they turn off the light?

He’s afraid that the Bollinger would see him.

  1. Why does Mr Sniggs want the Bollingers to attack the Chapel?

So they get more money, more port for them.

  1. Why are some undergraduates unpopular?

Because they are outcasts, for example: they have money but they do not spend it, another one possesses a painting or a piano.

  1. What kind of student is Paul Pennyfeather?

Intelligent, smart and motivated

  1. Why do Mr Sniggs and Postletwaite not intervene?

Because they don’t want an outrage.

  1. What have the members of the Bollinger Club done to Paul?

They made him run the whole length of the quadrangle without his trousers.

  1. Why did Paul not get fined like the members of the Bollinger Club?

Because it’s to be doubted whether he can              pay because he is not very well off and running around without trousers is not tolerated.


Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde

  1. What does Mr Utterson refer to when he says ‘’I incline to Cain’s heresy, I let my brother go to the devil in his own way’’?

To God, Cain murders Abel.

  1. What can you say about Mr Utterson’s friends?

They are his family or he knows them for a long time.

  1. In what way does the street mentioned in the last paragraph of page 1 differ from the rest of the neighbourhood?

The street shone out in contrast to its clingy neighbourhood (cleaner, wealthier and calmer).

  1. What exactly had Mr Enfield witnessed on this street?

A man trampled over a girl and left her screaming.

  1. When he saw what had happened, what did Mr Enfield do?

He gave a view halloa, took to his heels, collared his gentleman, and brought out to the group around the girl.

  1. Why do Mr Enfield, the little girl’s family and the doctor feel so strongly about the man who ran over the girl?

he ran over the girl without calling, his appearance was cool and mean.


  1. ‘’killing being out of the question, we did the next best’’. What was that next best thing?

Burn his reputation to the ground, make him the most hated man in town.

  1. Why did Mr Enfield, think the cheque was a forgery?

Because he didn’t trust the man (Dr Jekyll).

  1. Who lives in ‘’some square or other’’?

The man who ran over the little girl (drawer of the cheque).

  1. Why has Mr Enfield never asked questions about the place with the door?

He could bring someone into trouble, he had no intention to do that.

  1. Why does Mr Utterson ask the question about the key?

Because he knows something (he knows who the cheque signer is).


Great Expectations

  1. Why does the ‘’I’’ not dare to eat his slice of bread?

He felt that he must have something in reserve for his dreadful acquaintance, and his ally the still more dreadful young man.

  1. Why does the ‘’I’’ find it difficult not to eat his slice?

He wants to play the game with Joe.

  1. Why is Joe so surprised?

The I person made his bread disappear in a miracle way.

  1. What impression does the sister make on you on this first page?

Very strict and aggressive.

  1. Why are both Joe and Pip ‘’dosed’’ with tar-water?

So they would puke.

  1. Why does Pip steal from Mrs Joe even though he feels guilty about it?

Because he was afraid of the man with the iron on his leg.

  1. How can you tell that Pip is still a young boy?

He doesn’t understand words and sentences, he asks what they mean and he believes the criminal.



  1. Mrs Joe says she is bringing Pip up ‘’by hand’’. What can she mean by that and what does Dickens mean by that?

She: she raised him as if he was her own son.

Dickens: if you don’t listen you get hit ‘’by hand’’.

  1. Why doesn’t Pip steal the food in the middle of the night?

He has no light (no candle) and he doesn’t want to make a noise.

  1. Why do you think does Pip take a file from the tool shed?

So the criminals can file themselves free.


Questions on The day of the Triffids

  1. Why is William so frightened?

Nobody came to take off his bandages, planned that day, no nurse came when he rang the bell, medley voices shouted back at him and he couldn’t see a thing.

  1. Why does William hesitate to take of the bandages?

He was scared he endangered his sight.

  1. Why does he pull the blinds?

To darken the room a little bit more

  1. What else does he do to protect his sight?

He took a whole hour to get used to daylight, he put on dark glasses.

  1. Why was everything so clear outside?

the sky was clear, there were no cars driving and not a chimney was smoking, so no smoke in the air.

  1. Who is the single inhabitant in room 48?

William Mason.

  1. Why is the doctor crouching against the wall?

He is blind so he can feel his way along.

  1. Why does the doctor want to go to his room?

So he can make a call, and after all to commit suicide.

  1. What is wrong with the patients in the surgical ward?

They are all blind.

  1. What do you think has happened to the world and its people?

Alien invasion or a nuclear war, everyone was dead, blind or in the hospital.




  1. Alex Woods:
    • Conteporary hero: Omdat hij een held is uit onze tijd
    • Reluctant + Romantic hero: Alex zijn gedachten slaan op hol (en voelt zich als het ware een held) omdat hij denkt geraakt te zijn door een meteoriet. Maar eigenlijk in werkelijkheid krijgt hij een stuk plafond op zijn hoofd.
  2. Holden:
    • Contemporary hero: een held uit dit tijdsbestek
    • Reluctant hero:…
  3. Michael Dillon:
    • Contemporary hero: Ierse conflict is nog niet opgelost (de situatie is wel verbeterd), dus iemand van deze tijd
    • Reluctant hero: Hij heeft niet gevraagd om een held te zijn (hij wordt immers bedreigd), maar omdat hij de bom niet legt, en dus andere redt (waarbij zijn geliefden wel gevaar loopt), is hij een held
  4. Winston Smith
    • Tragic hero: Hij is vanaf het begin verdoemd
    • Romantic hero: hij schrijft al zijn gedachten op in zijn dagboek
  5. Mr Sniggs:
    • geen

Mr Postlethwaith

  • geen

Paul Pennyfeather

  • reluctant hero: slachtoffer v/d Ballanger Club. Hij kan er dus niks aan doen maar wordt met de gebeurtenis (zonder broek rondlopen) in aanraking gebracht.
  1. Mr Utterson
    • Geen

Mr Enfield

  • Anti-hero: hij doet wat hij moet doen om zijn normen en waarden na te streven, maar gebruikt hier geen superkrachten bij.
  1. Pip:
    • Reluctant hero: omstandigheden heeft hij zelf niet veroorzaakt. Hij wil alles goed doen maar dit kan niet omdat hij door een gevangenen wordt bedreigd.
  2. William/Bill Mason
    • Reluctant hero: hij kan op niemand anders dan zichzelf terugvallen en beland dus in deze situatie.


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