Q.1. Why did Norma consider the tone and attitude of Mr. Steward offensive?
Ans: She told Mr. Steward that she was busy, but he insisted on having some time. That is why she did not like his attitude and was offended.
Q.2. Why did Arthur disagree with his wife?
Ans: Arthur was a reserved but sensible man. He disagreed with his wife because he considered it immoral to kill someone for the sake of money. He considered it a murder.
Q.3. Why did Norma try to persuade her husband to agree with her?
Ans: Norma was concerned about her finances. She wanted to have money to improve their lifestyle. She thought that Mr. Steward’s offer was a research activity. So, she tried to persuade her husband to agree with her.
Q.4. What were the reasons Norma giving to her husband to accept the offer?
Ans: Norma was willing to take this offer. She tried to convince her husband to take the offer. She told him that it would make no difference to kill someone unknown. She argued that the offer was a part of psychological research. She said that money will bring about a prosperous life for them.
Q.5. Why did Mr. Steward continue persuading Norma?
Ans: He continued persuading Norma because he wanted her to push the button. He believed that she was curious about his offer.
Q.6. What was the message Norma received on pushing the button?
Ans: She received a call from Lenox Hill Hospital. They told her about the death of her husband in an accident.
Q.7. What is the significance of Arthur’s life-insurance policy?
Ans: Arthur’s life insurance policy has great significance for Norma. She would get $ 50,000 in case of Arthur’s accidental death. This amount will be enough for her to live a better life.
Q.8. Did Norma remain normal on hearing the news of accident of her husband?
Ans: No, she did not remain normal. She could hardly walk and breathe. She felt as if her body had become lifeless.
Q.9. What moral lesson does the story ‘button, button’ teach?
Ans: This story teaches us a lesson that greed can only lead us to a terrible end. One who thinks evil for others must face the music.