Mr. Know All

A Post (in Hebrew) about Mr. Know All  הטעויות, המצחיקה והמביכות, שנפלו בבחינת הבגרות



 Summer 2015 F Exam

Lots

1.        Why is the narrator not happy about sharing a cabin with Mr. Kelada?

(i)     He doesn’t like his accent.

(ii) He doesn’t like his name.
(iii) He doesn’t like Americans.
(iv) He doesn’t like diplomats.

2.        What annoys the narrator about Mr. Kelada?

(i)       Mr. Kelada doesn’t talk to him at dinner.

(ii) Mr. Kelada doesn’t know how to play cards.
(iii) Mr. Kelada spends a lot of time with him.
(iv) Mr. Kelada likes to talk to Mrs. Ramsay,

3.        Why does Mr. Ramsay challenge Mr. Kelada’s knowledge of pearls?

Give information from the story to support your answer.

Winter 2015 F Exam

LOTS

1)      Why is the narrator not happy about sharing a cabin with Mr. Kelada?  (5 points)

a)      He doesn’t like his accent

b)      He doesn’t  like his name

c)      He doesn’t like Americans

d)      He doesn’t like diplomats.

2)      What annoys the narrator about Mr. Kelada? (5 points)

a)      Mr. Kelada doesn’t talk to him at dinner

b)      Mr. Kelada doesn’t know how to play cards.

c)      Mr. Kelada spends a lot of time with him.

d)      Mr. Kelada likes to talk to Ms. Ramsay.

3)       Why does Mr. Ramsay challenge Mr. Kelada’s knowledge of pearls? Give information from the story to support you answer. (10 points)

HOTS

1)      In the first half of the story, the narrator says clearly how he feels about Mr. Kelada. How does this relate to the narrator’s statement at the end of the  story? Give information from the story to support your answer. (15 points)

ALTERNATIVE QUESTIONS

1)      During the discussion at the dinner table, Mr. Kelada looked at the pearls closely and smiled. “He was about to speak. Suddenly he caught sight of Mrs. Ramsay’s face… You could almost see the effort he was making over himself.”  What  could be the result of the moral conflict Mr. Kelada is facing? (7 points)

2)      After the discussion about the pearls, “…Mrs. Ramsay retired to her stateroom with a headache.”  What is Mrs. Ramsay’s attitude towards Mr. Kelada at the end of the story? (8 points)



Moed Bet 2014 F Exam

 BRIDGING

  1. “Judgment prevents us from seeing the good that lies beyond appearances.” Wayne Dyer Make a connection between the above quote and the story. Give information from the story to support your answer.


Winter 2014 F Exam

 LOTS

 Which of the following adjectives did the narrator use to describe Mr. Kelada? (5 points)

(i) unfriendly

(ii) prejudiced

(iii) modest

(iv) chatty

  1. Some people at the dinner table admire Mrs. Ramsay’s pearls. How does she react? Give ONE answer. (5 points)
  2. How do the personalities of Mr. Ramsay and Mr. Kelada differ? Give information from the Story to support your answer. (10 points)

 HOTS

 After the discussion about the pearls at the dinner table, Mr. Kelada “took out his pocketbook and from it a hundred-dollar bill. He handed it to Ramsay without a word… Mr. Kelada’s hands were trembling.” Why do you think Mr. Kelada’s hands were trembling? Give information from the story to support your answer. (15 points)

 

ALTERNATIVE QUESTIONS

  1. The narrator thinks that Mr. Kelada “would not drop a subject, however unimportant, till he had brought you round to his way of thinking.” Make a connection between this quote and Mr. Kelada’s behavior at the end of the story. Give information from the story to support your answer. (8 points)
  2. At the end of the story Mr. Kelada says, “No one likes being made to look a perfect damned fool.” Explain what he means by this. (7 points)


Moed Bet 2013 F Exam

 BRIDGING

  1. “A person has to have time and patience, and to observe people carefully in order to learn their true secrets. Eventually, people say or do something that reveals who they really are.”– Adapted from A Writer’s Notebook by Somerset Maugham. Make a connection between the above quote and the story. Support your answer with information from the story.


Summer 2013 F Exam

 LOTS

  1. When the narrator enters his cabin for the first time, he sees Mr. Kelada’s possessions. Explain what the narrator thinks about one of these (5 points)
  2. After first talking to Mr. Kelada, the narrator says, “King George has many strange subjects.” What does he mean by this? (5 points)

 (i) Mr. Kelada doesn’t like England.

 (ii) Mr. Kelada doesn’t speak English.

(iii) Mr. Kelada doesn’t look British.

(iv) Mr. Kelada doesn’t have a British passport.

  1. How do the narrator’s feelings about Mr. Kelada change from the beginning to the end of the story? (10 points)

HOTS

  1. What do we learn about Mr. Ramsay’s character from the story? Give information from the story to support your answer. (15 points)

ALTERNATIVE QUESTIONS

  1. While Mr. Kelada is examining the pearls, Mrs. Ramsay’s face How does this affect Mr. Kelada? (7 points)
  2. How does our opinion of Mrs. Ramsay change at this point in the story? Give information from the story to support your answer. (8 points)


Winter 2013 F Exam

BRIDGING

  1. Somerset Maugham has an ability to see human weaknesses. He’s realistic about people and knows well that human beings are not all good or bad. For this reason he doesn’t praise or criticize them too much. – Adapted from The Collected Stories of Somerset Maugham

               Make a connection between the above quote and the story. Support your answer with information from the story.



Winter 2012 F Exam

 BRIDGING

  1. Somerset Maugham felt that his stories had to have a moral and teach people tolerance, wisdom and compassion. Explain how this statement is relevant to “Mr. Know-All”. Support your answer with examples from the story.


Moed Bet 2011 F Exam

LOTS

 1.    “I was prepared to dislike Max Kelada even before I knew him.” Give TWO reasons why the narrator dislikes Mr. Kelada even before he meets him. (5 points)

2.     How is Mr. Kelada’s profession relevant to the story? (5 points)

3.    What does the narrator understand when Mrs. Ramsay says she can’t undo the necklace? (10 points)

 HOTS

1.    If you had been on the ship with Mr. Kelada, would you have  disliked  him as much as the narrator did? Explain. (15 points)

 ALTERNATIVE QUESTIONS

1.    At the dinner table there is a discussion about cultured pearls and real pearls. How can the difference between cultured pearls and real pearls be seen as a metaphor in this story? Explain in connection to at least ONE of the characters.



Summer 2011 F Exam

 BRIDGING

1.    “… I had an acute power of observation and it seemed to me that I could see a great many things that other people missed. I could put down in clear terms what I saw.” – from The Summing Up by Somerset Maugham Relate this quote to Mr. Know-All. Support your answer with examples from the story.



Summer 2010 F Exam

 BRIDGING

1.      Maugham was famous for his unique talent for exploring the bitter realities of human relationships in tales of love, infidelity, passion and prejudice. Relate this information to one or more of the themes of love, infidelity, passion and prejudice in Mr. Know-All. Support your answer with examples from the story.

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