What purpose did the question paper and the correction slip serve? How did they help both the criminal and the Governor?

Question: What purpose did the question paper and the correction slip serve? How did they help both the criminal and the Governor? [CBSE (AI) 2012]

Answer: The real purpose of the cleverly superimposed photocopied sheet on the question paper was to give the final details of the escape plan to Evans. It was also meant to make the authorities believe that the wounded man was actually 'McLeery' and that he wanted to help them rearrest the escaped prisoner.

At am. the Governor got a call from the Assistant Secretary with special responsibility for modern languages regarding a correction in the question paper. Presumably, it was an accomplice of Evans in the office of the Secretary of the Examinations Board, who wanted to tell Evans that after his escape from the prison, he should go to Hotel Golden Lions. The information was meant for the Governor also.

The Governor thought about the six-digit reference (index number and centre no. 313/271), but the two together and with the help of 'Ordnance Survey Map for Oxfordshire' reached the hotel. Leaving the question paper behind was certainly not a careless blunder. Everything was a part of the master plan to confound the prison authorities, particularly the Governor. He was allowed to trace Evans because the planners knew that they had a cover for every eventuality and in the long run Evans leaves the Governor wringing his hands and runs away.


What purpose did the question paper and the correction slip serve? How did they help both the criminal and the Governor?


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