“The Comedy Of Errors” Questions And Answers (L.A.Q.), Class XI, Rapid Reader, WBCHSE
The Comedy of Errors Long Question and Answers – L.A.Q ( Class XI ) Rapid Reader
Some important questions and answers from “The Comedy of Errors” have been provided below.
The Comedy of Errors LAQ
1) What was the law that prevailed in Ephesus? What did the Duke say to Aegeon when he became a victim of law? [2+3] [Class XI Annual Exam 2014, 2023]
Ans. In “The Comedy of Errors,” the law that was prevailed in Ephesus was that if any merchant of Syracuse was seen in Ephesus, he would be put to death unless he paid a thousand marks for the ransom of his life.
The Duke of Ephesus spoke to Aegeon, a merchant of Syracuse who had been captured. The Duke told Aegeon that he will be put to death according to the law unless he can pay the fine of a thousand marks. The Duke asked him to tell the story of his life and the reason for his coming to Ephesus. Hearing his miserable story, the Duke pitied Aegeon and gave him one more day to try to pay the fine by begging or borrowing from someone.
2) Who was Aegeon? How did he arrive at Ephesus? What happened when he was brought before the Duke? [1+2+2] [Class XI Annual Exam 2015]
Who was Aegeon? How did he arrive at Ephesus? What made the Duke pity on Aegeon? [1+1+3] [Class XI Annual Exam 2019]
Ans. In “The Comedy of Errors” Aegeon was an old merchant of Syracuse.
When Aegeon along with his wife, twin sons and twin slaves was returning home from Epidamnum, a violent storm arose. His wife, elder son and slave were separated from him and lost in the shipwreck. When his younger son Antipholus was eighteen years old, he went out in search for his mother and brother. Seven years had passed, but Antipholus and Dromio did not return. So, Aegeon searched for them throughout the world and at last, landed on Ephesus.
When Aegeon was brought before the Duke, the Duke asked him to tell the story of his life and the reason of his coming to Ephesus. Aegeon told the Duke his miserable story. The Duke was deeply moved to hear the story. He pitied Aegeon and gave him one more day to pay the ransom.
3) What made Aegeon landed at Ephesus? What danger did he face there? [3+2] [Class XI Annual Exam 2016]
Ans. In “The Comedy of Errors”, when Aegeon along with his wife, twin sons and twin slaves was returning home from Epidamnum, a violent storm arose. His wife, elder son and slave were separated from him and lost in the shipwreck. When his younger son Antipholus was eighteen years old, he went out in search for his mother and brother. Seven years had passed, but Antipholus and Dromio did not return. So, Aegeon searched for them throughout the world and at last, landed on Ephesus.
When Aegeon was seen in the street of Ephesus, he was brought before the Duke. He came to know that there was a cruel law existed in this state. He would be sentenced to death or he would pay a thousand marks for the ransom of his life. This was the danger he faced.
4) Why was the Elder Antipholus denied entry in his own house?  [Class XI Annual Exam 2015]
Ans. Elder Antipholus, the husband of Adriana returned home for dinner when Younger Antipholus was having dinner with his brother’s wife. But he was denied entry in his own house because Adriana told the servants not to allow any stranger in the house. Elder Antipholus kept knocking at the door and said that they were Antipholus and Dromio. The servants inside the house laughed at them and told them that Antipholus and Dromio were already present and having dinner in the house. Elder Antipholus got furious and left the house. This mistake took place due to the two sets of identical twins brothers.
5) How did Aegeon find out all his family members?  [Class XI Annual Exam 2018]
Ans. In “The Comedy of Errors”, Aegeon arrived at Ephesus in search of his younger son who had gone to search his lost mother and brother seven years ago. He was arrested and brought before the Duke. According to the cruel law of Ephesus, he accepted the death sentence as he had no money to pay the ransom of his life. The next day he was taken to the execution place near a convent. There he unexpectedly met his identical twin sons and twin slaves. Many confusions and errors were created due to the similarity of appearance of the pair of two twin brothers. The abbess of the convent disclosed her identity who was his long lost wife. Finally, Aegeon found out all his family members.
6) Give example of some errors in “The Comedy of Errors.” 
The Comedy of Errors is filled with errors and mistaken identities. One of the main errors in the play is the confusion between two sets of identical twin brothers, Antipholus and Dromio.
Thinking Antipholus of Syracuse as her real husband, Adriana dined with him and didn’t let her real husband inside the house. Antipholus of Syracuse received the gold chain that the Antipholus of Ephesus had ordered. This leads to confusion and chaos as the Antipholus of Ephesus is constantly mistaken for his twin brother and is arrested, beaten, and even accused of being a madman. Further misunderstanding took place when Antipholus of Syracuse denied knowing Adriana, she believed him to be unfaithful and accused Antipholus of being mad and having multiple wives.
Overall, the Comedy of Errors is filled with a variety of errors and mistaken identities that lead to comedic misunderstandings and chaos throughout the play.
7) Why did Antipholus Younger think Ephesus to be a land of sorcerers and witches? 
Antipholus Younger may have thought Ephesus to be a land of sorcerers and witches because of the events that occurred during his stay in the city. He was separated from his twin brother and experienced a series of strange and confusing events, including being mistaken for his brother, being arrested, and being pursued by an angry mob. Being mistaken for his twin brother, he was pursued by Adriana who claims to be his wife. The strange encounters with a goldsmith, unknown lady, a tailor led him to believe that there were supernatural forces at work in the city and that he had been the victim of witchcraft or sorcery.
8) How did Aegeon find all his family members? 
How were the riddling errors solved? 
Aegeon told the Duke about his miserable condition after being arrested. He got a day from the Duke to collect the ransom. He was in the same city with both of his sons and their slaves. When younger Antipholus took shelter at the nunnery, the problems began to get settled. Adriana requested the Duke’s help because the abbess forbade Younger Antipholus from returning to Adriana. Elder Antipholus arrived to the location at this time. The similarity between the two pairs of men confused Adriana. The duke, however, knew the answer because he had already heard Aegeon’s tale. Aegeon was overjoyed to discover his sons and the slaves. The abbess then disclosed that she was Aegeon’s long-lost wife. The family reunited again when the all the errors were resolved.
Written by Koushik Kumar Kundu
Koushik Kumar Kundu was among the toppers when he completed his Masters from Vidyasagar University after completing his Bachelors degree with Honours in English Literature from The University of Burdwan. He also completed B.Ed from the University of Burdwan.
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