Going Places Think as you read
Q1. Where was it most likely that the two girls would find work after school?
Answer:- Sophie and Jansie belonged to lower middle class families. Though Sophie dreamt of big and beautiful things, Jansie was more practical and realistic. It was most likely that the two girls would find work in a biscuit factory.
Q2. What were the options that Sophie was dreaming of? Why does Jansie discourage her from having such dreams?
Answer:- Sophie had dreamt of having a boutique in the city. She dreamt of becoming a manager, a fashion designer or an actress. Jansie discouraged her from having such dreams as Sophie’s dreams were wild and impossible. She had neither the means nor the skills to achieve them.
Q3. Why did Sophie wriggle when Geoff told her father that she had met Danny Casey?
Answer:- Sophie had told Geoff not to tell about the meeting with Danny Casey to her father. She believed that her father would not believe it. He would rather scold her for telling such wild stories.
Q4. Does Geoff believe what Sophie says about her meeting with Danny Casey?
Answer:- Geoff finds it hard to believe when Sophie tells him about the meeting with Danny Casey. But he does not appear to disbelieve her either. If he did not believe her, he would not have told about it to his father and Jansie’s brother Frank.
Q5. Does her father believe her story?
Answer:- Her father does not believe her story at all. He knows her habit of indulging in fantasy. He thinks it to be another of her wild stories.
Q6. How does Sophie include her brother Geoff in her fantasy of her future?
Answer:- She does not know where her brother Geoff goes. But unknown world and people fascinate her. She wishes to be closer to Geoff. She hopes that someday he would take her there. She imagines herself in a yellow dress riding behind Geoff, and the world rising to greet them with an applause.
Q7. Which country did Danny Casey play for?
Answer:- Danny Casey played for United Kingdom.
Q8. Why didn’t Sophie want Jansie to know about her story with Danny?
Answer:- Sophie thought that Jansie was a stupid girl as she would not be able to keep a secret. She would tell the whole neighbourhood. People would come to Sophie and ask her what it was all about. Her father would be angry with her and there would be a row in their family.
Q9. Did Sophie really meet Danny Casey?
Answer:- Sophie had not met Casey. It was only her fantasy. She imagined having met him as she desired to meet him. She never meets him in reality.
Q10. Which was the only occasion when she got to see Danny Casey in person?
Answer:- The only occasion when she could have seen Danny Casey in person was on Saturday. The whole family went to watch the United Team play. She saw him in person in the stadium.
Going Places Understanding the Text
Q1. Sophie and Jansie were classmates and friends. What were the differences between them that show up in the story?
Answer:- Both Sophie and Jansie were classmates and friends belonging to middle class families. However, Sophie was much more ambitious than Jansie. Sophie tells Jansie that she wants to own a boutique. Jansie, who is more practical, advises Sophie that a lot of money is needed for a boutique. Sophie says that she would earn the money.
Then Jansie tells her that it takes a long time to save that much money. So Sophie says that initially, she would be a manager till she gets enough money. Jansie tries to explain to Sophie that they would not make Sophie a manager right away. Sophie still believes that she would have the most wonderful shop in the city. So Sophie, besides being impractical, had a wavering mind also.
Jansie felt sad thinking that both of them were likely to work in the biscuit factory after school. Jansie also tries to make Sophie understand that she should be sensible as they , do not pay well for the shop work. Sophie however, thought that she would become an actress and have a boutique. Besides that, she said that she might even be a fashion designer. So we see Sophie as an overambitious, impractical daydreamer. On the other hand, Jansie is more practical and has a firm mind.
Q2. How would you describe the character and temperament of Sophie’s father?
Answer:- Sophie’s father was an authoritarian, short-tempered person and a sports lover. He seemed to be a fun-loving person, as whenever the United team won, he went to the pub to celebrate. He had a plump face. When Geoff told his father that Sophie met Danny Casey, he looked at her with an expression of contempt. Later, he started discussing about the young, talented Irish, Danny Casey.
When Sophie told him that Danny Casey was going to buy a shop, he made an ugly face to show disgust. He told Sophie that it was another of her wild stories. He did not believe at all that Sophie might have met Danny. Sophie seems to be scared of her father. Sophie told Jansie that there would be a “right old row” if her father gets to hear about it. She even told Jansie about her father‘you know what a miser he is’.
Q3. Why did Sophie like her brother Geoff more than any other person? From her perspective, whalt did he symbolise?
Answer:- Sophie was quite fond of her elder brother, Geoff, who was an apprentice mechanic. He had to travel each day to the far side of the city for his work. He was almost grown up though he had left school only three years ago. Geoff did not speak much. Sophie felt that when he was not speaking, he was away somewhere out there in the world in those places she had never been to.
These places had a special fascination for Sophie as they were unknown to her and remained out of her reach. She believed that there were even exotic and interesting people, of whom Geoff never spoke. She longed to know about them. She wished that her brother some day might take her there. So from Sophie’s point of view, her brother symbolised a person, who could acquaint her with “the vast world out there”, which was totally unknown to her. Her love for her brother is evident from the fact that she told Geoff only about her meeting with Danny Casey.
Q4. What socio-economic background did Sophie belong to? What are the indicators of her family’s financial status?
Answer:- From the story ‘Going Places’, we realise that Sophie belonged to a poor socio-economic background. But she aspired to have a boutique, though she had no means or money to fulfil her dreams. After school, she was likely to work in a biscuit factory.
When she said that if ever she has money, she will buy a boutique. To this, her father says that if she ever has money, she would better buy them a decent house to live in. This showed that their house was in a shabby condition.
The small room of their house was steamy from the stove and dirty washing was piled up in the corner. Her brother Geoff had been an apprentice mechanic who travelled to his work each day to far side of the city. Her father had a bicycle as Sophie saw it propped against the wall of the pub. So Sophie belonged to a poor family. Their social life seemed to be confined to watching the matches played by the United team.
Going Places Extra Questions and Answers
Going Places Short Answer Questions
Q1. Why did Sophie wish to become an actress?
Answer:- Sophie was interested in a boutique. For this, she needed money. So, she thought that she should become an actress as there was real money in that. Then she could have a boutique too.
Q2. What was Geoff doing and how did he go to his work?
Answer:- Geoff was Sophie’s elder brother. He had been out of school for three years and was almost grown up. He was an apprentice mechanic. He used to travel to his work each day to the far side of the city on his motor bike.
Q3. “And she was jealous of his silence.” Why was Sophie jealous of Geoff’s silence?
Answer:- Sophie’s brother Geoff spoke very less. She was jealous of him as she thought that when he was not speaking it was as though he was away somewhere out there in the world in those places she had never been to.
Q4.What was the special fascination of the teenager Sophie?
Answer:- The unknown outlying districts of her city, unknown places beyond her country, and the world of places where she had never been were great fascination for Sophie. She wished to know about exotic places. She hoped to go there with her brother Geoff.
Q5.What did Geoff mean by saying, ‘Casey must have strings of girls’?
Answer:- Sophie wanted Geoff to promise not to tell daddy about her meeting with Danny Casey. He would get angry at her badly. Then Geoff told that Casey must be having a large number of girls in his contact, and she was still a schoolgirl. But Sophie pointed out that Casey was quiet. He did not have strings of girls.
Q6. What was the autograph riddle? Could it be solved?
Answer:- On first meeting, Danny Casey at Royce’s window, Sophie asked his autograph for little Derek. But neither had a paper nor a pen. In the second real meeting at the Royce’s, the same riddle stood unsolved—the autograph couldn’t be given neither had a pen.
Q7. What was Jansie’s attitude towards Sophie on hearing about her meeting Danny Casey?
Answer:- Geoff told Frank that Sophie met Danny Casey. Frank’s sister Jansie was nosey. She asked Sophie about the meeting. It surprised Sophie because she had termed it a secret. She felt at ease when she realised that Geoff had not let her down.
Q8. Write a character sketch of Jansie.
Answer:- Jansie belonged to a middle class family. Though she was sensible and practical, she was nosey. She loved to gossip. She did not have high ambitions in life like Sophie. She knew that she was earmarked to work in a biscuit factory.
Q9. What was going on in Sophie’s mind about people and places unknown to her?
What were Sophie’s views about the vast world around?
Answer:- The unknown far off places even beyond the surrounding country had a great attraction in Sophie’s mind. She wanted to see, meet exotic and interesting people of whom Geoff never spoke. She was impatient to know them. She thought the world was waiting to welcome her.
Q10. What did Sophie tell Geoff about Danny Casey?
Answer:- Danny Casey was a young Irish player of the United first squad. Sophie told Geoff of the meeting Danny Casey at Royce’s window. It surprised him and he wanted to know the truth. She told about Danny Casey’s gentle green eyes. She told him that she talked with him first and also asked for an autograph. But they had neither pen nor paper. So he promised to do it next week, if she cared.
Q11. Why did Sophie like Danny Casey?
Answer:- The young Irish Danny Casey was a sports icon. He was gentle and calm. He was handsome and always impressively dressed. He was tall and handsome with a strong dark face. She imagined him to be fit for her love.
Q12. What did Sophie imagine about her meeting with Danny Casey?
Write Sophie’s description about her first meeting with Danny Casey.
Answer:- Sophie told that she met Danny Casey at the Royce’s window. She was looking at her clothes there. He came and stood beside her. She spoke to him first and asked if he was Danny Casey. He confirmed, she asked for an autograph but neither had paper nor a pen. They talked a bit. He assured her of an autograph next week, if she cared.
Q13. What was the weekly pilgrimage in the story, ‘Going Places’?
Answer:- Their weekly pilgrimage on Saturday was to watch the United match. Actually she got interested in Danny Casey and wanted to see his game and watch him playing at the United on Saturday. Sophie with her lather and litde Derek sat near the goal, and Geoff went up with his friends. They boost up Danny’s morale and got thrilled at his scoring goal.
Q14. What did Sophie tell Jansie about her meeting with Danny Casey?
Answer:- Next week when Jansie met Sophie, she asked her about meeting Danny Casey. Though Sophie got surprised and damned her brother Geoff, yet she called it something special between them. Something secret but not a Jansie type. Jansie promised to keep it a secret. Sophie told it was a litde thing, she asked for an autograph but neither had a pen.
Q15. ‘It was a perfect place, she had always thought so.’ Which is the place described and what made it so perfect?
Answer:- For the fancy date, Sophie walked by the canal in the evening. She used to play there in her childhood. She reached the wooden bench beneath the solitary elm tree. She sat and waited there for Danny Casey. It was a perfect place for the lovers, who wished not to be observed.
Q16. What was Sophie’s ambition in life? How did she hope to achieve that?
Answer:- Sophie wanted to be a manager, like Mary Quaint and have the most amazing shop, or an actress, or have a boutique or a fashion designer. She wanted to make money and fulfil her sophisticated wish.
Q17. Sophie was dreaming of so many things in her life. What were they?
Answer:- Sophie was a dreamer as she wanted to be a manager till she had enough money to have a boutique or an actress as there was real money in it, or fashion designer, something a bit sophisticated.
Q18. Why did Jansie discourage Sophie from having dreams?
Answer:- Jansie discouraged Sophie from having dreams because the latter was unrealistic and had unattainable visions. Jansie knew that they were earmarked for the biscuit factory as she was practical, and she thought reasonably how tough and challenging life could be.
Q19. What did Sophie imagine about her brother, Geoff?
Answer:- Sophie imagined that when her brother Geoff is silent, his mind goes to all the new places that beyond the surrounding country. He meets new people, who are exotic and interesting.
Q20. What did Sophie tell Geoff about her ‘meeting’ with Danny Casey?
Answer:- Sophie told Geoff that she met Danny Casey while she was staring at the clothes in Royce’s window. She started the conversation and then asked for an autograph. But neither of them had any paper or pen, so Danny Casey asked Sophie if she would meet him again for an autograph.
Q21. Why did Sophie not want Jansie to know about her meeting with Danny?
Answer:- Sophie did not want Jansie to know anything about her meeting with Danny Casey because she knew that Jansie would spread the news to the whole neighbourhood. Sophie did not want to be ridiculed before others.
Going Places Long Answer Questions
Q1. How did Geoff and Sophie’s father react when they came to know that Sophie had met Danny Casey?
Answer:- Sophie’s father and her brother, Geoff were very much fascinated with Danny Casey, whom they regarded a great player. When Sophie told Geoff that she had met Danny Casey, he did not seem to believe her. That is why, he inquired of her what Danny Casey looked like. She told him in detail how she happened to meet Danny Casey in the arcade. She even told him that Danny Casey’s eyes were green and gentle, and he was not so tall.
Perhaps that is why, Geoff told his father that Sophie had met Danny Casey and it was true.But when Geoff told his father about Sophie having met Danny Casey, he gave an expression of contempt. Her father did not believe it to be true. He told Sophie that it was another of her “wild stories”.
Q2. Compare and contrast Sophie and Jansie, highlighting their temperaments and aspirations.
Answer:- Sophie and Jansie are classmates. They belong to lower middle class families. Both of them are earmarked for biscuit factory. Jansie’s feet are firmly planted on the ground. But Sophie is totally blind to the harsh realities of life. She dreams of big and beautiful things. She wants to have a boutique. She thinks of becoming an actress as there is a lot of money in this profession. If need be, she can also be a fashion designer. In short, she loves to be grand and sophisticated.
All her dreams are beyond her reach and resources. Jansie advises her to be sensible, but she remains a romantic dreamer. Sophie and Jansie differ in thinking and temperament. Sophie is lost in her dream world. She shares her secret with only one person. It is her elder brother, Geoff. Jansie is ‘nosey’. She takes interest in learning new things about others.
She can spread the story in the whole neighbourhood; so Sophie does not want to share secrets with her. Sophie is an incurable dreamer and escapist. She adores young Irish footballer Danny Casey. She develops a fascination for him. She becomes sad and helpless, but she doesn’t become wiser. She remains a dreamer. Jansie is practical and a realist. She has no such unrealistic dreams.
Q3. Do you think Sophie is overambitious and Jansie is more practical? Discuss.
Answer:- Sophie and Jansie are class fellows and friends. They belong to lower middle class families. Jansie understands her limitations well. She knows that both of them are earmarked for the biscuit factory. But Sophie is totally blind to the harsh realities of life. She dreams of big and beautiful things. She wants to have a boutique. She also entertains the idea of becoming an actress. She loves to be nice, grand and sophisticated. All her dreams are beyond her reach and resources. Though Jansie advises her, Sophie refuses to be sensible. She is nothing more than a romantic dreamer and is in awe of the footballer Danny Casey. Sophie and Jansie are poles apart in their thinking and temperament. Sophie is all lost to herself and her dreamy world. She is an incurable escapist. She adores the young Irish footballer Danny Casey. She remains what she always is a dreamer.
Q4. Sophie lives in a world full of dreams which she does not know she cannot realise.Comment.
Attempt a character sketch of Sophie as a woman who lives in her dreams.
Answer:- Sophie is a young girl of a lower middle class family. Though she has been earmarked to work in the biscuit factory, she dreams of opening a boutique and also becoming an actress or a fashion designer or a manager. She dreams of coming out of her economic situation. She is an incurable dreamer and an escapist. All her dreams and disappointments are figments of her own imagination. Although she is warned against such dreams by her friend, Jansie and her father, but she ignores them. As no one believes her, she shares her dreams only with her brother, Geoff who is an introvert. She also worships the football player, Danny Casey. She fantasises about meeting Danny at the market place and later near the canal.
Q5. It is not unusual for a lower middle class girl to dream big. How unrealistic were Sophie’s dreams?
Answer:- Sophie is a young girl of a lower middle class family. She wants to open a boutique and also become an actress or a fashion designer or a manager. She is an incurable dreamer and an escapist. Although she was warned against such dreams by her friend, Jansie and her father but she ignores them.
Dreams are very important to go ahead in life. If there were no dreams, there would not be any progress anywhere. But being a mere dreamer is not enough. One should be realistic and practical as well. If our imagination has only wings, it will not take us anywhere unless and until we are firmly grounded also. Sophie’s dreams were just imagination, a flight of fancy which took her nowhere. She derived momentary delight from her dreams and that was all.
Q6. Do you think the title of the story ‘Going Places’ by A.R. Barton is appropriate? Discuss.
In the story ‘Going Places’, the author A.R. Burton has successfully taken the readers to places. Elaborate.
Answer:– The author A.R. Burton has taken the readers to places through his female character Sophie. She was a very sweet and beautiful teenager, who loved fantasising. In the first phase of the journey, she took the readers in search of work. She wanted to have a superb boutique of her own or become a shop manager. She wanted to become an actress to have real money. If not that, she wanted to become a fashion designer though it was a little sophisticated. Her such thinking made her friend Jansie sad as she knew that both of them were earmarked for the biscuit factory.
In the second phase of the journey, she suspected the areas of Geoff’s life about which she knew nothing. Geoff never spoke much. When Geoff kept silent, she thought him to be away somewhere out there in the world in those places she had never seen; the adjacent areas of the neighbouring country, its people and thus, she had developed a great fascination for them. Riding behind Geoff, she took us to the world that one can easily praise.
In the final phase, from the Royce’s window to Danny Casey, the United’s first squad player. In her excitement and dreaming, Sophie waited under the elm tree near the canal. She pictured Danny Casey outside Royce’s arcade again. But here, she really could not take an autograph because neither of them had a pen. Thus, throughout the story, the reader goes on from place to place, but there is no solid result. So the title ‘Going Places’ is appropriate.
Q7. “Sophie’s dream world clashes with the world of her family and friends”. Bring out the stark difference between the two worlds.
Answer:- Sophie belonged to a mediocre or rather poor socio-economic background. But she aspired to have a boutique, though she had no means or money to fulfil her dreams. After school, she was likely to work in a biscuit factory.
When she told her father that she wishes to buy a boutique if she ever has money, he asks her to be practical and to rather build a decent house to live in with that money. This showed that their house was in a shabby condition. Her friend Jansie was very much aware about their financial conditions and family background. She knew that both were earmarked for the biscuit and tries to make Sophie understand the same. ‘‘However, Sophie refused to understand and remained an impractical daydreamer.
Q8. Teachers always advise their students to dream big. Yet, the same teachers in your classrooms find fault with Sophie when she dreams. What is wrong with Sophie’s dreams?
Answer:- It is good to dream but one needs to be practical too. Sophie belonged to a mediocre family. She aspired to own a boutique, though she had no means or money to fulfil her dreams. After school she was likely to work in a biscuit factory. Her dreams are unrealistic. She loves to indulge herself without even thinking of how to achieve it. In her heart of hearts, she knows that her dreams have little possibility of coming true and are only a product of adult fantasising. She also dream dates Danny Casey, an Irish football player.
She gets so pulled into her date story told to her brother Geoff that she was supposed to meet Danny. Irrespective of all this, Sophie fantasises about her hero, unperturbed. Dreaming within limits is good. Unless one is impossibly ambitious, hardworking, and have loads of patience and perseverance, such dreams are best kept under lock and key, unless one likes to be disappointed.
Q9. Every teenager has a hero/heroine to admire. So many times they become role models for them. What is wrong if Sophie fantasises about Danny Casey and is ambitious in life?
Answer:- Teenager is the phase of life which constitutes major changes in the life of an individual. During this phase, a person learns many things, sets his career goals, and deals with poor pressure and the reprimands, demands and expectations of the adults. Hence, it is natural for the teenagers to fantasise and love in a world of dreams.
It would be wrong to ridicule dreaming and fantasising, it is based on realistic goals and the world around provides them the means of opportunities to achieve these aspirations and dreams. Desiring to move ahead in life and working towards this instills confidence, positivity and optimism. However, if there is a disparity between the goal, dream and one’s capabilities, the effect could be harmful and painful. Failure could lead to disappointment, depression and a complete drop in confidence.
In short, dreaming or fantasising is not wrong, and therefore, Sophie was perfectly entitled to fantasise about her future or about her favourite footballer Danny Casey. The only problem or worry is that one should be realistic, sensible and prepared to face consequences whether good or bad with elegance.
Q10. Unrealistic dreams often lead to a great deal of unhappiness. Justify the statement on the basis of the story, ‘Going Places’.
Answer:- Unrealistic dreams lead to unhappiness. It is true as the world of dreams takes us away from reality. Dreams which are far away from reality put the person in difficult situation. In the story, Sophie always lived in a dream world, dreaming impossible things. She is not ready to accept the reality and always takes an imaginary flight. Only constructive dreams are like a guiding light.
They make us work harder. When dream becomes a fantasy, it does more harm than good. Just forgetting reality in the pursuit of dreams is harmful. Sophie, the protagonist in the story has been nurturing her dreams since childhood. She has taken a fancy for Danny Casey, the footballer as her hero. She refuses to accept that it is her fantasy. She is so lost in her dreams that she even imagines herself waiting for him by the canal. She goes to the extent and puts herself into load of troubles which leads to unhappiness.
Q11. In one’s approach to life one should be practical and not live in a world of dreams, flow is Jansie’s attitude different from that of Sophie?
Answer:- Sophie and Jansie were classmates and very good friends. Both of them belonged to a very poor socio-economic background. However, Sophie was very ambitious and had great plans of setting up a boutique of her own or be a manager in one. She would also speak of becoming an actress and would earn the requisite money to fulfil her dreams, whenever Jansie cautioned her.
According to her, working in the biscuit factory was absolutely not where she saw herself in the future. Jansie, on the other hand, was a very practical person. She advises her friend to come back to reality and out of her world of dreams. The down to earth and firm-minded Jansie knew that the castles Sophie built would only remain in the air. The attitude of the two friends very clearly shows that they were totally different in the approach to life.
Q12. What impression do you form of Sophie and Jansie after reading the story, ‘Going Places’?
Answer:- Sophie and Jansie, neighbours and schoolmates have opposite temperament while Sophie is imaginative, Jansie is practical. Sophie is a daydreamer and impractical. She wants to be in a glamorous career. She is an attention-seeker. She lives in a fantasy world and is always far from realty. She creates a story of her meeting Danny Casey to arouse everyone’s interest. Sophie is an escapist and gregarious, whereas Jansie’s views are grounded. She is individualistic and self-contained. She is contented, whereas Sophie is dissatisfied at her being a victim of lower middle class. She never accepts the reality that they are meant for biscuit factory.
Q13. In what way was Sophie’s hero worship and fantasising at odds with her socioeconomic background? Was she justified in dreaming the ‘impossible’?
Answer:- In many respects Sophie’s dreams were unrealistic. She wanted to buy a boutique, be a manager, an actress or a fashion designer. She hailed from a weak socio-economic background and did not even have a decent house. It seemed as Jansie said, that they were not made to work in a biscuit factory. Glamorous dreams about Danny Casey, the Irish soccer player and all her fantasies. Yet these dreams are justified perhaps because they take Sophie away, for some time, from the bitter reality that she cannot accept.
Q14. Maintaining a balance between one’s fantasies and the real world is the key to the survival. Give your opinion on Sophie’s character in the light of the above statement.
Answer:- Fantasy always takes one away from the real world. It is temporary refuge. Sophie an adolescent/teenager belongs to the poor socio-economic background. Her real world forces her to remain in the fantasy world. She always takes imaginary flight where she wants to remain. Her world is full of glamour and sophistication. Though this is a temporary refuge, but she is unable to balance both real and fantasy world. For her brother Geoff, she desires to be in his world, the places where he goes, the people he meets.
Not only this, she fantasises the famous footballer prodigy Danny Casey and tries to prove her meeting with him a real one. No one believes her but she suffers badly as it only gives her disappointments. So for survival, it is must for one to maintain balance between a fantasy and reality.
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