NCERT Class 10 English Solutions: Chapter 4 – From The Diary of Anne Frank Part 2
Q. How does Anne feel about her father, her grandmother, Mrs. Kuperus and Mr. Keesing? What
do these tell you about her?
Anne thought that he father was most adorable.
Remembering her grandmother after her death. She wrote in her diary that she often missed and loved her.
In Montessori nursery school, her teacher and headmistress was Mrs Kuperus. She was fond of her and was in tears on bidding her farewell. Mrs Kuperus was also fond of her pupil.
She annoyed Mr Keesing, her Maths teacher by talking too much. Anne however, justified her talkativeness and impressed him by the manner in which she presented her arguments.
Q. Anne says teachers are most unpredictable. Is Mr Keesing unpredictable? How?
A. Anne felt that a quarter of her class was dumb and not fit to be promoted to the next class. She termed Mr Keesing as unpredictable. He lost temper and assigned her extra homework- write an essay on ‘A Chatterbox’. Thus, playing a joke on her. She wrote these essay’s very well countering his jokes.
To her surprice he took all her essays in the right spirit; he even accepted her talkative nature and allowed her to talk in class. Thus she thought that Mr Keesing was unpredictable.
Q. What do these statements tell you about Anne Frank as a person?
(i) 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.
A. Anne had no true friend whom to talk to. She thought it might be her fault.
(ii) I don’t want to jot down the facts in this diary the way most people would, but I want the diary to be
A. Anne really considered her diary to be her only friend and confided in it. She even named her “kitty”.
(iii) Margot went to Holland in December, and I followed in February, When I was plunked down on the
table as a birthday present for Margot.
Anne was a fun-loving, witty with a good sense of humor.
(iv) If you ask me, there are so many dummies that about a quarter of the class should be kept back,
But teachers are the most unpredictable creatures on earth.
This shows that Anne was good in studies, intelligent and cometetive. She also had a sense of fairness. She thought that it was not fair that “dumb” are promoted. Of course, she narrated with her usualy sense of humor.
(v) Anyone could ramble on and leave big spaces between the words, but the trick was to come up
with convincing arguments to prove the necessity of talking.
Anne was a born writer she had a natural talent. She took the task of writing essays with great enthusiasm. Not like others leaving big spaces to make the essay look larger. She made effort to come up with a convincing argument for talking. She also had a highest sense of honesty.
Oral Comprehension Check
Q. Why was Mr Keesing annoyed with Anne? What did he ask her to do?
A. Mr. Keesing was annoyed because Anne talked too much in the class and assigned her extra homework to write an essay on, ‘A Chatterbox’.
How did Anne justify her being a chatterbox in her essay?
A. In her essay, Anne made and argument for talking. Arguing that talking was a student’s natural trait and she would try her best to control it. She confessed that might never be “cured” as her mother was also very talkative. As an inherited trait it was not “fixable”.
Q. Do you think Mr Keesing was a strict teacher?
A. Mr. Keesing was not really a strict teacher but a very reasonable one. Just like other teachers he required silence in his class. However he did not given any severe punishment to Anne but only asked her to write an essay on ‘A Chatterbox’. He took the essay in good humor. When Anne continued with her talking, he asked her to write another essay on ‘An Incorrigible Chatterbox’. This continued, the next topic was ‘Quack Quack Quack, said Mistress Chatterbox”. He did all this in good humor without being vindictive. When she came up with a brilliant poem, he even read this poem in the class, and acknowledged its great content. He was fun-loving teacher who finally even permitted her to talk in class.
What made Mr Keesing allow Anne to talk in class?
A. Anne’s persuasive arguments in her three essays and poems convinced Mr. Keesing to accept her as it is and that she would always be that way. Hence, he allowed her to talk in class.