6. The Man Who Was A Hospital By J.K.Jerome

6. THE MAN WHO WAS A HOSPITAL (Jerome Klapka Jerome)

Questions & Answers (Based on Exercise)

Q.No.1: How did Jerome K. Jerome come to suspect that his liver was out of order? What were the diseases he thought he was suffering from on reading a book on the treatment of disease?

Answer: When the writer was reading the treatment for liver trouble, he read the symptoms of all the diseases and found that he was suffering from all the diseases except Housemaid’s knee.

Q.No. 2,3 and 4: What was the disease he discovered he didn’t have? OR Was he pleased to find he didn’t have House maid’s knee?  OR What was his first reaction?              

Answer: The writer discovered that he did not have “Housemaid’s knee.”He was not happy at it. He found himself to be in listless horror. He wanted to have this disease also. 

Q.No.5: Why should he be an acquisition to the medical class?

Answer: The writer thinks that he has almost all the diseases. The students will not have to examine so many patients in a hospital. They will examine him and get their diploma. 

Q.No.6: Describe his visit to the medical man?          

Answer: The medical man examined the writer thoroughly. Then, he wrote out a prescription for the writer. He folded it up and gave it to the writer.

Q.No.7: He thought he was doing the good turn by going to him. Why?

Answer:  He thought that he was doing the good turn by going to the doctor because he would remove the doctor’s trouble of examining so many patients in the hospital.

Q.No.8: What was the prescription given to him by the doctor?

Answer: The doctor wrote the following prescription.

“1 lb. beefsteak, every 6 hours.                  

Ten miles walk every morning,                  

Bed at 11 sharp every night.                      

And don’t stuff your head with the things 

You don’t understand.”                                

Q.No.9: Describe his visit to the chemist.                  

Answer: When the writer handed the prescription to the chemist, the chemist returned the prescription telling that he was not running a co-operative store and a family store combined.

Q.No.10: What is the significance of the doctor’s advice: “Don’t stuff your head with things you don’t understand.”

Answer: Actually, the writer wants to advise whimsical persons not to fill their minds with the things they don’t understand. It would keep them away from confusion of mind.

                                MORE IMPORTANT QUESTIONS (PAST PAPERS)

Q.No.1: Why did the writer call himself a hospital? (FB-2008)    

Answer: When the writer read the symptoms of all the diseases and found that he was suffering from all the diseases except Housemaid’s knee, he called himself a hospital.

Q.No.2: How had the writer walked into the reading room of the British Museum and how had he returned? (FB-2009(   

Answer: The writer went into the British Museum as a happy and healthy man but came out as a decrepit wreck who was suffering from almost all the diseases except House maid’s knee

Q.No.3: What is the moral lesson of the essay “The Man Who Was a Hospital?                (FB-2011)      

Answer: The moral lesson of the essay is that we should not fill our minds with the things we cannot understand because it would cause confusion of mind.

Q.No.4: How did the writer feel his pulse and what was its beat rate? (FB-13)

Answer: At first, the writer could not realize where his pulse was. Then he realized that his pulse was running with a speed of 147 per minute.                       

Q.No.5: How did the doctor examine the writer? (FB-11,16,17) 

Answer: The doctor asked him to open his mouth and looked down him. Then, he hit him with the side of his head and his chest. Then he wrote a prescription and handed it over to the writer without speaking about it.

Q.No.6: Why did the medical man talk about the weather and not about the disease of the writer? (FB-2015)  

Answer: Actually, the writer had known that there was nothing wrong with the writer. That’s why, the doctor started talking about the weather to divert his attention.