Book-1 (Flamingo) PROSE
The Last Lesson
- Why was Franz tempted to miss the school that day?
- What unusual sight met Franz’s eyes when he entered the classroom?
- How did the teacher describe the French language?
- What did M. Hamel announce at the start of the lesson?
- What does M. Hamel say about the importance of language to an ‘enslaved’ people?
- How did M. Hamel say farewell to his students and the people of the town?
- Give a detailed description of the scene of the classroom.
- Describe M. Hamel’s last day at school.
- Bring out the difference in the environment of the classroom before and after the announcement.
Lost Spring: Stories of Stolen childhood
- What makes the city of Firozabad famous?
- Is Saheb happy working at the tea stall?
- Bring out the irony in Saheb’s name.
- Why had people of Bangladesh left their own fields and come to settle in the slums in Seemapuri?
- How is Mukesh different from Saheb?
- Describe the miserable plight of the people working at the glass furnaces.
- How did Mukesh want to accomplish his dreams?
- Why don’t the people of Firozabad organize themselves into a cooperative?
- Describe the miserable plight of the people of Firozabad.
- Bring out the irony and pathos in the story of Anees Jung.
- What was the misadventure that William Douglas speaks about?
- What was the writer’s first reaction on being flung into the pool?
- Why did William Douglas hate the idea of getting into water?
- How did the instructor build a swimmer out of William Douglas?
- How did William Douglas make sure that he conquered the old terror?
- Which experience made the writer feel terrified of water?
- Explain in brief William Douglas’ attempt to come out of the pool.
- How did the instructor help the writer learn swimming?
The Rat Trap
- From where did the peddler get the idea of the world being a Rat trap?
- Did the peddler respect the confidence reposed in him by the Crofter?
- Why did the peddler decline the invitation?
- When did the ironmaster realize his mistake?
- Why was Edla happy to see the gift left by the peddler?
- What made the peddler finally change his ways?
- How does the metaphor of the Rattrap serve to highlight the human predicament?
- Why is the daughter’s decision to let the peddler stay a turning point in the story?
- How did Rajkumar Shukla decide to meet Gandhi?
- What episode in Patna showed Gandhi the existence of a rigid caste system?
- What was the problem of sharecroppers in Champaran?
- What was the deadlock? How did it end?
- Why did Gandhi say, “The battle of Champaran won”? Was it true?
- Why was Champaran episode a turning point in Gandhi’s life?
- Give a detailed account of the problem of sharecroppers in Champaran.
- Civil disobedience had triumphed for the first time in modern India. When was it?
- How did the British rulers lose their prestige?
Poets & Pancakes
- What is the example of national integration that the author refers to?
- What is the significance of the words ‘poet’ and ‘pancake’?
- Why was the Legal Advisor dismissed?
- What impact did Frank Buchman have on the Gemini Studio?
- Why did the book, The God That Failed assumed great importance for the writer?
- In what way Subbu better than the Office Boy?
- Describe the make up department in the Gemini Studio.
- The Gemini studio was the haunt of poets and it had its due effect on the employees of the Studio. Justify.
- Why do most celebrity writers despise being interviewed?
- Who, in today’s world, is our chief source of information about personalities?
- What according to Umberto Eco are the empty spaces? How did he deal with them?
- What was Kipling’s experience about being interviewed?
- What are the two facets of the interview as a form of reporting?
- What was Mukund’s opinion about Eco’s writing style?
- Interview, as a form of journalism are both loved and hated. Give reasons.
- Write a note on the literary genius of Umberto Eco.
- Why were the journalists and publisher puzzled at the success of the ‘Name of the Rose”?
- What were the options that Sophie was dreaming of? Why does Jansie discourage her from having such dreams?
- Why did Sophie feel a tightening in her throat?
- What did Geoff think of Danny Casey and his promise to Sophie?
- “And she saw it al again…” What did Sophie see?
- What did Geoff warn Sophie about Danny?
- Sophie is a middle class girl who longs like any other teenager to reach out to the horizons. Justify the statement.
- What did Sophie tell Geoff about her meeting with Danny? How did Geoff react?
My Mother at Sixty-six
- Why has the poetess brought the image of the merry children ‘splitting out of their homes’?
- What do you think is the pain and the ache that the poetess feels?
- Explain the statement: “ I saw my mother…. Her face ashen like that of a corpse”.
An Elementary School Classroom in a Slum
- How do the children of the elementary school classroom in a slum look?
- What does the poet mean in ‘Shakespeare is wicked and the map is a bad example…’?
- How does the poet draw out metaphorically the present condition of the slum school children indicating bleak and dreary features?
- How does the poet begin the poem with all the despair and end with hope?
- What will counting upto twelve and keeping still help us achieve?
- Do you think the poet advocates total inactivity and death?
- What is the sadness that the poet refers to in the poem?
- Central idea of the poem.
A Thing of Beauty
- How is a thing of beauty a joy for ever?
- List the thing of beauty mentioned in the poem.
- Why is grandeur associated with the mighty dead?
- What image does the poet use to describe the beautiful bounty of the earth?
- Central theme of the poem.
A Roadside Stand
- What was the plea of the folk who had put up the roadside stand?
- What did the farmers sell at their new sheds put up on the edges of the road?
- What was the plea of the folks who had put up the roadside stand?
- What ‘hope’ does the poet nurture about himself when he asks that these people should be put ‘at one stroke out of their pain’ ?
Aunt Jennifer’s Tigers
- How do ‘denizens’ and ‘chivalric’ add to our understanding of the tiger’s attitude?
- Interpret the symbols found in the poem.
- What is the present state of affairs of Aunt Jennifer’s life characterized by ‘ordeals’, ‘mastered by’ and ‘terrified hands’?
- What character of Aunt Jennifer does emerge from the poem?