The Proposal : Important Notes for HS Final Examination. Prepare and Score an Outstanding Result.
1. Describe the character of Lomov.
Ans: The central character of the play “The Proposal” is Lomov. Lomov is a neighbour of Chubukov. He himself is a landowner. He is 35 years old. Lomov does not want to delay to get married. He likes Chubukov’s daughter, Natalya. Natalia is a tolerable girl. But he is in dilemma how to make the proposal. Lomov likes to pick up quarrel for nothing. he thinks his family is esteemed. But he is always obsessed with his health. He thinks he will not live for a long time. Besides he has some absurdities. He is fanciful. Actually he likes to marry Natalya for some personal gain. a demands Oxen Meadows as their own. Ultimately, he makes a mess of the whole matter.
2. Describe the character of Natalya.
Ans: Natalya is a young and beautiful girl. She is the daughter of the landowner, Chubukov. Natalya is 25 years old. She is very efficient in managing household works. She also manages agricultural works. Natalya is well educated. Lomov like these qualities. So he decides to propose to her. Natalia is very about their family respect and possession. When Lomov demands the oxen Meadows to be their own, Nataliya argues with him. A caustic quarrel continues between them. Natalya seems to stand form in her arguments. But the moment Natalia comes to know that Lomov came to propose to her, she changes her mind. She also likes to accept Lomov as own husband. In such condition, the property is pushed into corner. She is also very conscious that the owner of her father’s property will automatically come to them. Ultimately Natalya gets married with Lomov and seems to be very happy.
3. Why did Lomov decide to get married? Whom did he want to marry and why?
Ans: Lomov took decision to get married for many reasons. He thought that he was 35 years old and that was a critical age as he thought he was at the very end of his youth. Till now he had found none for true love. So, further waiting would cause the loss of time, and thus he would cross the actual time for getting married. He had been suffering from nervous malfunctions. He realized the necessity of someone in his life. He needed a quiet and regular life. So he decided to get married.
Lomov wanted to marry Natalya Stepanovna because she was an excellent housekeeper and well-educated.
4. “Natalya Ivanovna, I don’t want the Meadows, but I am acting on principle.”-
Who is the speaker? Which meadows are referred to here? What did the speaker mean to say here?
Ans: Ivan Lomov is the speaker here.
Here the speaker Lomov refers to the ‘Oxen Meadows’. Actually, the Meadows are owned by the Chubukovs but the speaker demands that the Lomovs are the real owner of the meadows.
Lomov tries his best to establish that the Chubukovs are only the land-grabbers. The Oxen Meadows actually belong to the family of the Lomovs. He says that documents also support his claim. But Natalya, the daughter of Chubukov, does not accept this unjust claim. She firmly informs that they will not give up anything of their property. Now Lomov goes on arguing. At last he says that he does not want to have the meadows. But he can’t go against principle. He must expose the truth. According to him, the truth is that the Chubukovs have so far deprived the Lomovs of their real property.
5. Why does Lomov think Natalya will make an acceptable wife?
Ans: Lomov was very well aware of the fact that in the market of marriage lomov actually was not a very covetable groom. He was standing at a very critical age which was 35. This was too much for getting married. He had palpitations and many other ailments. Even he could not sleep peacefully at night.
On the other hand, Natalia was 25 years old. She was an excellent housekeeper, not bad-looking. She was also well-educated and Lomov desired a peaceful and quiet life in future. That is why, Lomov did not hesitate to marry Natalya.
6. “We’ve had the land for nearly three hundred years” – Who is the speaker ? Who is spoken to ? What is referred to as ‘the land’? What do you know of the land from their conversation ? 1+1+1+3 (H.S. 2018)
Ans. In the one-act play “The Proposal” by Anton Chekhov, Natalya Stepanovna is the speaker of the above mentioned remark.
Here the person spoken to is Lomov.
Oxen meadows are referred to as ‘the land’.
From their conversation it is very clear that Oxen meadows were a land of controversy. Both of the families were claiming that it was their own land. Lomov was claiming the land as their own based on his own logic and claim of documents. On the other hand, this claim was surprising to Natalya, as according to her, they were using the land for nearly three hundred years.
7. “You are not a neighbor, you’re a grabber “- Who says this ? To whom? Why is this said ?
In the one-act play “The Proposal” by Anton Chekhov, this haughty and disrespectful utterance comes from Lomov towards Chubukov, the father of Natalya, whom he wants to marry.
Where it is expected that in conversation with Natalya, Lomov will be romantic and emotional, he enters into a controversy about the ownership of Oxen Meadows. Both of them start to claim Oxen Meadows to be their own. Hot debate continues, Chubukov takes the side of his daughter. Again and again Chubukov warns Lomov not to utter foul words against him as he is a very elder person. But who listens to! Lomov addresses him to be grabber, not a neighbour. The readers get a lot of fun from their gestures and hot talks.
8. “I’m the most unhappy of men!”-Who is the speaker? Why did he say so? How did the speaker get rid of his unhappiness ?
1+3+2 (H.S. 2019)
Ans: In the one-act play “The Proposal” by Anton Chekhov, Chubukov is the speaker of the above mentioned remark.
Chubukov felt the burden of an unmarried girl on his shoulder for a long time. Lomov came with a proposal for her. But both Natalya and Lomov entered into quarreling in such a manner that the proposed marriage was about to be ruined. In agitation Lomov lost his sense and it seemed that he had died. Then out of extreme frustration Chubukov said so.
When Lomov came to sense, without wasting a single moment Chubukov gave their marriage to get rid of his unhappiness.
9. “Forgive us Ivan Vassilevitch, we were all a little heated.”- Who is the speaker ? Who are referred to by us’ ? Why were the persons referred to ‘a little heated’? Why does the speaker ask for forgiveness ? 1+1+2+2 [H.S. 2016]
Ans: In the famous one-act play “The Proposal” by Anton Chekhov, Natalya Stepanovna is the speaker.
Natalaya refers to herself and Lomov mainly by ‘us’ as they two quarrelled a lot. Natalya’s father Chubukov also took part in the verbal fighting.
There was no question of quarrelling as Lomov came to propose Natalya where both the daughter and her father were willing. But in the midst of conversation Lomov mentioned
Oxen meadows as his own land. Natalya protested instantly and quarrel started because neither of them was willing to accept that the land was not, of their own.
Natalya asked for forgiveness not because she thought that the land was actually of Lomov but she wanted to forget that topic so that Lomov could place his proposal in front of Natalya. She was also eager to marry Lomov.
10. “She is like a love-sick cat”- Who says this and to whom? About whom is it said? Why does the speaker say so? (2+1+3)
Ans: In Anton Chekhov’s one-act play The Proposal” Chubukov says this to Lomov.
The above quoted line is said about the daughter of Chubukov, Natalya.
As soon as Chubukov comes to know about Lomov’s proposal, he wants to make the marriage happen as early as possible. He feels the pressure of being the father ot a grown-up daughter. He really wants to get his daughter married and his neighbour Lomov appears to him a prospective groom. He wants to enkindle the hope of marriage in the heart of Lomov. He wants to feel Lomov appreciated and honoured, so that Lomov will be quick footed in accepting Natalya as a perfect bride.
11. “If you like, I will make you a present of them”. – Who is the speaker? Who is the person spoken to? What would the speaker make a present of? Why did the speaker say so? (1+1+1+3) (2017 HS EXAM)
Ans: In the play “The Proposal” by Anton Chekhov, the speaker is Natalya Stepanovna.
Here the person spoken to is Lomov.
In the hot controversy between Natalya and Lomov, Natalya told that she could make a present of Oxen Meadows to lomov. Here Oxen Meadows is the land of controversy.
According to Natalya, Oxen Meadows belonged to them. On the other hand, Lomov claimed the land to be their own. But Natalya was reluctant to accept Lomov’s claim. She also informed Lomov that she was not much interested in the land. Even she could make a present of the land to Lomov, but she was not agreed with Lomov’s claim. That is why the speaker said this.
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