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a) Michael's father was fascinated by computers as he used to buy every new gadget. In fact, he could not resist any of the new gadgets or gizmos that came into the market. His father was obsessed with computers so he went to the computer fair also. He had a Pentium 150 Mhz processor with 256 RAM, 1.2 GB hard disk drive, 16 CD ROM which could do anything i.e. play music, paint etc. Michael’s father was fascinated about computers because they were having one of the most advance computer at their home which had big memory space and top speed. Later we come to know that they spent a whole day in the computer fair. Also his father allowed him to buy the psycho-driven games. By this we come to know that his father’s fascination about computers.

b) The author says that Louisa Mebbin had a protective elder sister attitude towards money because she would go to any lengths to earn extra money and protect the money earned in such a way that she could not lose it. She was a miserly, money-minded woman. Mrs. Packletide acquires a paid companion, Louisa Mebbin, a witness to her extraordinary feat. She managed to shoot an animal but it was the goat. The tiger died of heart-failure. However she got her pictures published in the newspaper. She buys a weekend cottage for Louisa Mebbin to prevent her from telling anybody that it was not the tiger but a goat she had shot. This proves the phrase that “pride goes before a fall”.

c) The Judgement Day is the imagined day at the end of the world when God will judge everyone who has lived. According to each human soul’s deeds, God will grant immortality or condemnation. The poet’s friend will achieve immortality through God on the Judgement Day. He will feel extremely elated and joyous. He will also feel grateful to Shakespeare, his friend for having preserved memory of his noble deeds in the rhyme from one generation to another, thus keeping his friend alive until the Judgement Day. On the day of Judgement, the poets 'friend will realise that he has become immortal through the verses of his friend. The forces of time, nature, war and man can destroy everything but not the written verse.

d)In the poem “Snake”, the poet says “I have something to expatiate.” Education and social conventions make the poet think that the golden brown poisonous snake must be killed and that as a brave man he must undertake the task of killing the snake. The poet questions himself and wonders whether his not daring to kill the snake proved that he was a coward and whether his desire to talk to the snake reflected his perversity. The voices of education inside the poet tell him that it was the fear for the snake that made him refrain from killing him. However, the poet feels that though he was quite afraid of the snake, he did actually feel honoured that a snake had come to seek his hospitality from the deep recesses of the earth. After drinking water to his satisfaction as the snake moved away and put his head into the hole to retreat into the earth, the poet was filled with a protest against the idea of the snake withdrawing into his hole. The poet put down his pitcher, picked up alog and hurled it at the snake. The snake twisted violently and with great alacrity vanished into the hole in the wall. The poet instantly felt sorry for his unrefined and contemptible act and cursed the voices of education and civilization that had shaped his thought processes and urged him to kill the snake. He wishes that the snake would come back. He thinks of the sanke as a king in exile who has to be crowned again. He is guilt-ridden and feels that he has to atone for the meanness of his action of throwing a log at the snake.

e) The “Writer’s inspiration Bureau” was formed by Helen and other co-ghosts in their afterlife to help out writers who lack new ideas for writing stories. Helen used to help the narrator to write ghost stories as he would often call on heaven and earth to help him for ideas. Helen was a ghost and it was her style of appearance. John would call on heaven to write a story all night long and Helen was completely tired doing so. Also, people used Ouija board to ask the ghosts silly questions and this way they could not get any sleep. Helen usually appeared in this manner also because she was tired and worn out.

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