NCERT Solutions for Class 10 English First Flight Chapter 4
|Subject:||English – First Flight|
|Chapter 4:||From the Diary of Anne Frank|
10th English First Flight Chapter 4 Question – Answers
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Passages for Comprehension
I. READ THE FOLLOWING PASSAGE AND ANSWER THE QUESTIONS THAT FOLLOWS:
Let me put it more clearly, since no one will believe that a thirteen-year-old girl is completely alone in the world. And I’m not. I have loving parents and a sixteen-year-old sister, and there are about thirty people I can call friends. I have a family, loving aunts and a good home. No, on the surface I seem to have everything, except my one true friend. All I think about when I’m with friends is having a good time. I can’t bring myself to talk about anything but ordinary everyday things. We don’t seem to be able to get any closer, and that’s the problem. Maybe it’s my fault that we don’t confide in each other. In any case, that’s just how things are, and unfortunately they’re not liable to change. This is why I’ve started the diary.
1. Anne feels alone. Why?
2. What reasons does she give for writing the diary?
3. Which word in the passage means the same as ‘to trust someone’ or ‘to share a secret’?
II. READ THE FOLLOWING PASSAGE AND ANSWER THE QUESTIONS THAT FOLLOWS:
I get along pretty well with all my teachers. There are nine of them, seven men and two women. Mr Keesing, the old fogey who teaches maths, was annoyed with me for ages because I talked so much. After several warnings, he assigned me extra homework. An essay on the subject, ‘A Chatterbox’. A chatterbox — what can you write about that? I’d worry about that later, I decided. I jotted down the title in my notebook, tucked it in my bag and tried to keep quiet.
1. What are the speaker’s relations with her teachers?
2. Why does he issue warnings to the speaker?
3. Find a word which means ‘angry’.
III. READ THE FOLLOWING PASSAGE AND ANSWER THE QUESTIONS THAT FOLLOWS:
I finished my poem, and it was beautiful! It was about a mother duck and a father swan with three baby ducklings who were bitten to death by the father because they quacked too much. Luckily, Mr Keesing took the joke the right way. He read the poem to the class, adding his own comments, and to several other classes as well. Since then I’ve been allowed to talk and haven’t been assigned any extra homework. On the contrary, Mr Keesing’s always making jokes these days.
1. Why does Anne say that the poem was beautiful?
2. How does Mr. Keesing react to it?
3. Which word in the passage means the same as ‘given a particular job to somebody’?
Suggested Answers of Passages
Comprehension Passage I – Answers
1. In spite of having thirty people around Anne feels alone because she does not have one true friend.
2. She has started writing the diary because she is unable to get much closer to people.
3. To confide.
Comprehension Passage II – Answers
1. Her relations are amicable. She is getting on well with them.
2. He issues warnings to Anne for her talkative nature.
Comprehension Passage III – Answers
1. Anne calls the poem beautiful because it was about a mother duck and a father swan with three baby ducklings whom he had bitten to death because they quacked too much.
2. Mr. Keesing read the poem to the class and added his own comments and also read it to several other classes.
Class 10 English First Flight Chapter 4 – Important Questions
What makes writing in a diary a strange experience for Anne Frank?
She mentioned that writing a diary is a strange experience for her because firstly she had never written anything like this before and secondly she thought that nobody is going to read or would be interested in her diary.
Why does Anne want to keep a diary?
The 13-year-old girl was all alone in this world. She didn’t have friend. Therefore she wanted to keep a diary unless she would have found a real friend.
Why did Anne think she could confide more in her diary than in people?
Anne did not have any friends. She could confide in her close friend but she didn’t have one, the friends she had there were to have more fun and good times rather than the ones on whom she could confide. She believed that a paper has more patience than people, so she decided to write and confide in a diary.
Why does Anne provide a brief sketch of her life?
Anne thought that no one would understand a word of her stories if she was to plunge right in, therefore she provides a brief sketch of her own life.
What tells you that Anne loved her grandmother?
While giving brief sketch of her life she made a statement that no one knows how often she still misses her grandmother and still loves her grandma. One more touching gesture where they light up one candle for grandmother during Anne’s birthday is also a poignant reminder of her love for grandma.
Why was Mr Keesing annoyed with Anne? What did he ask her to do?
Mr. Keesing was an old fogey who taught Anne at school. He was annoyed with Anne because she talked so much in the class. After several warnings he assigned her extra homework, asking her to write an essay on the subject, ‘A Chatterbox’.
How did Anne justify her being a chatterbox in her essay?
At first she was confused from where to start. She began thinking and wrote. Anne though that she would come up with convincing arguments prove that talking is a necessity. She justified her argument by writing two things, one that chatting in student’s traits and other reason that nothing can be done about someone’s inherited traits.
Do you think Mr Keesing was a strict teacher?
Mr. Keesing was a strict teacher. He was a disciplined man and liked the same in his class while he was teaching. Anne was a talkative child. He punished Anne and asked her to write an essay on the topic ‘A Chatterbox’. Anne wrote convincing arguments in her essay. He had a good laugh at her arguments. However, Anne continued with her talking. Mr. Keesing punished her again by asking her to write another essay. This time the topic was ‘An Incorrigible Chatterbox’. Anne kept talking even after all of this. Mr. Keesing had enough and asked her to write on the topic ‘Quack Quack Quack, said Mistress Chatterbox”. He was trying to play a joke on her. She came up with a brilliant poem with help of her friend Sanne. He read this poem in the class, acknowledging its content. Therefore, after taking all these events into considerations we can say that Mr. Keesing was not entirely a strict teacher. He was fun-loving too.
What made Mr Keesing allow Anne to talk in class?
Anne was smart kid. She was able to give convincing arguments for her talkative nature every time she was punished. On all the three occasions he gave her topics to write essays on. In return Anne came up with something impressive. Eventually, Mr. Keesing accepted the fact that Anne would always be the way she is. Hence, he allowed her to talk in class.
Was Anne right when she said that the world would not be interested in the musings of a thirteen-year-old girl?
No, Anne was not right when she said that the world would not be interested in the musings of a thirteen-year-old girl.
Why does Anne need to give a brief sketch about her family? Does she treat ‘Kitty’ as an insider or an outsider?
Anne Frank was 13 years old. She had no friends. Anne said that paper is more patient than people. She was all alone as she had no real friend. Anne Frank gives the sketch of her adorable father, compassionate mother, kind grandmother, and loving sister no clears the reader’s perception that there is nobody to take care of Anne Frank. She had named her diary Kitty. She treated it as an insider because she called it her best friend and was ready to confide in it.
How does Anne feel about her father, her grandmother, Mrs Kuperus and Mr Keesing? What do these tell you about her?
Anne said that she had the most adorable father ever seen. She loved her grandmother so much that she remembered her even after her death. She wrote in her diary that no one knew how often she thought of her grandmother and still loved her. Mrs Kuperus was her teacher in the sixth form at the Montessori nursery school. She was also the headmistress. At the end of the year, they were both in tears as they had a heart-breaking farewell.
Mr Keesing was her Maths teacher. Anne used to talk too much which annoyed Mr. Keesing. Every time she was punished by Mr. Keesing Anne was able to justify her talkative nature by giving convincing arguments. He was impressed by the manner in which she presented her arguments.
All these events indicate how lovable and smart Anne was. Everybody was attached to her, and even Mr Keesing could not help but laugh at her essays and acknowledge her sharp mind.
What does Anne write in her first essay?
Anne was given to write essay as her a part of her punishment not once, not twice but three times by her maths teacher Mr. Keesing. The topic for first essay was ‘A Chatterbox’. Anne wanted came up with convincing arguments to prove the necessity of talking. She gave arguments that talking was a student’s trait and that she would do her best to keep it under control. She further wrote that she would never be able to cure herself of the habit since her mother talked as much as she did and it was an inherent trait. There was not much that one could do about inherited traits. Mr Keesing too had a good laugh reading her arguments.
Anne says teachers are most unpredictable. Is Mr Keesing unpredictable? How?
When it was time for the results all the students were making assumptions that who would pass and who out be asked to stay back. Anne felt that a quarter of her class was dumb, and should be kept back and not promoted to the next class. However, she also felt that the teachers were the most unpredictable creatures on earth. Same can be said for Mr. Keesing. Any teacher would lose temper the way Anne always talked while the class was going on. After several warnings, Mr. Keesing did gave Anne extra homework. She had to write an essay on ‘A Chatterbox’. In this way, he tried to play a joke on her. He had a good laugh when she gave her arguments in the essay.
Each and every time that she was asked to write such essays, she wrote very well. She kept countering his jokes. He took all the jokes in the right spirit. Eventually he accepted her talkative nature and actually allowed her to talk in class. He did not even assign her any more extra homework. That is why it can be said that Mr Keesing was unpredictable.