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Richard Matheson

Q No. 1: Why did Norma consider the tone and attitude of Mr. Steward offensive? Ans: Norma considered the tone and attitude of Mr. Steward offensive because he was insistent like a salesperson and kept speaking even after Norma’s excuse of being busy at home. Moreover, Norma felt his expressive style very odd and disrespectful. Q No. 2: Why did Arthur disagree with his wife?

Ans: Arthur disagreed with his wife because he was not interested in the offer. He considered the death of some unidentified person a shameful and immoral act. His conscience could not allow him even to think of such heartlessness and selfishness. Q No. 3: Why did Norma try to persuade her husband to agree with her? Ans: Norma tried to persuade her husband to agree with her because she was a greedy and desirous lady who wanted to accomplish her materialistic desires with the valuable amount of $50000. She wanted to take a trip to Europe with her husband, buy a cottage on the Island and spend a luxurious life. Q No. 4: What were the reasons Norma gave to her husband to accept the offer? Ans: Norma gave many reasons to her husband to accept the offer. She said that it might be a psychological research in order to study human reactions or a game played by some eccentric millionaire. According to her they would not have any concern with the death of an unknown person and it was a golden chance for them to realize their dreams and improve their life style. Q No. 5: Why did Mr. Steward continue persuading Norma?

Ans: Mr. Steward continued persuading Norma because he had already perceived Norma’s greedy and selfish nature through her interest in the temptation of $50000. He had gathered that she could go to every extent of immorality for the sake of money. Q No. 6: What was the message Norma received on pushing the button? Ans: On pushing the button, Norma received a message from Lenox Hill Hospital about her husband’s death. A voice informed her of a...
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