Literature-In-English Paper 2, May/June 2013  
Questions: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Main
General Comments
Question 6

How significant is Major Petkoff’s coat in the development of the plot?


Major Petkoff’s coat serves as a means of escape for Bluntschli from Bulgaria.  It builds up the play’s suspense, more especially with Raina’s portrait in the pocket. Many complications arise when the coat is returned.  Major Petkoff’s reactions should be mentioned Raina’s portrait in the coat is of great significance and the culmination of the entire episode leading to Bluntschli marrying Raina at last should be established.  The whole conflict is resolved through Blunschil’s return of the coat. 

Few candidates attempted the question and their performance was poor
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