A DOG NAMED DUKE
Q1 In 1953, Hooper was a favoured young man. Explain.
Q2 They said that they would create a desk job for Hooper at headquarters. (i) Who are 'they'?
(ii) Why did they decide to do this?
Q3 Duke was an extraordinary dog. What special qualities did he exhibit to justify this? Discuss. Q4 What problems did Chuck present when he returned to the company headquarters? Q5 Why do you think Charles Hooper's appointment as Assistant National Sales Manager is considered to be a tribute to Duke? ANSWERS
1 In 1953, Charles (Chuck) Hooper was a favoured young man. He had all that a man could aspire for. He was “a hard−charging zone sales manager for a chemical company”. A six-feet-one, who had played on the university football team, was now all settled with his little blonde wife, Marcy. His “big genuine grin” flashed his competitive nature and “everything was going for him”. 2 (i) The above sentence has been extracted from the story and “they” is referred to the personnel from Hooper’s office that visited him in the hospital. (ii) Hooper was hospitalised after he had subdural haemorrhage as he met with an accident. After the first critical month had passed, in the fifth week, few men from his company came to visit and told him to take a year off, after seeing his condition. They said they would create a desk job for Hooper at the company’s headquarters. They told Charles to take a year off and decided to assign him a desk job as his body’s left portion was paralysed. 3 Duke was a rough playing Doberman Pinscher. When Chuck met with the accident and was brought back home Duke also was brought back from the kennel. When the dog saw his master “he was a 23-killo missile of joy”. He jumped on Chuck above the belt in excitement. Chuck couldn’t balance, so fought to maintain it. That was it, Duke knew what had happened. From then on he never did the same. He took a post...
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