Saturday, 4 May 2019

The Gift of the Magi Short textual questions and answers.


1. How much did she save for Christmas?
She saved one dollar and eighty-seven cents in her careful buying of meat and other food. She was very economical. But, this amount of money was not enough to spend on Christmas. She was very poor and wanted to save as much money as possible to buy a suitable gift for Jim. It all showed her deep love and sincerity for Jim.
2. Why did she feel proud in the beauty of her hair?
Della had very beautiful hair. She was proud of their beauty. Even a queen did not possess such beautiful hair. She looked so charming with her long hair. But, now her hair was gone. She looked like a school boy. She lost her beauty and charm. Naturally she felt sad on losing her hair.
3. Why did she sell her hair?
Jim and Della loved each other. They could not celebrate Christmas without exchanging gifts. But, they were so poor that they could not buy suitable gifts for each other. Jim sold his precious gold watch to buy a gift for Della. She also sold her beautiful hair to buy a gift for him.
4. Why did Jim sell the gold watch?
Jim and Della loved each other. They could not celebrate Christmas without exchanging gifts. But, they were so poor that they could not buy suitable gifts for each other. Jim sold his precious gold watch to buy a gift for Della. She also sold her beautiful hair to buy a gift for him.
5. Why did they want to exchange the gifts?
They wanted to exchange the gifts out of love and respect for each other. They could not celebrate Christmas without exchanging the gifts. These gifts represented their depth of feelings for each other.
6. Why did she feel sad on losing her hair?
Della had very beautiful hair. She was proud of their beauty. She looked so charming with her long hair. But, now her hair was gone. She looked like a school boy. She lost her beauty and charm. Naturally she felt sad on losing her hair.
7. Why did Jim not welcome her when he stepped in?
Jim did not welcome her when he stepped in because he had purchased beautiful combs for her perfect hair. She had sold her hair to purchase a gift for him. Naturally he was shocked and surprised to see that her hair was gone.
8. What did he bring out of his coat?
Jim sold his precious watch to buy a gift for Della. He purchased beautiful combs for her. She liked these combs. He brought out an envelope from his coat. It contained beautiful combs for her perfect hair.
9. How beautiful was the gold watch chain?
The gold watch chain was very beautiful. It was simply made. Its value was in its rich and pure material. It had quietness and value. Della’s love and sincerity added to its value.
10. What was the wisdom in selling the most valuable things?
The selling of the most valuable things showed great spirit of love and sacrifice. It brought them more closer. By selling their most valuable things, they proved that they could do anything for each other. They sacrificed for each other and won hearts of each other.

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