NCERT Class 10 English Chapter 4 of the textbook First Flight “From the Diary of Anne Frank” and the only poem “Amanda!” all the in-text and end-text questions and answers. The solutions are updated for the academic session 2021-2022.
NCERT Class 10 English Chapter 4 Answers
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Class 10 English Chapter 4 “From the Diary of Anne Frank”
Get all NCERT class 10 English First Flight textbook’s chapter 4 “From the Diary of Anne Frank” complete in-text “Oral Comprehension Check” and end-text questions and answers.
Oral Comprehension Check – Page No. 51
What makes writing in a diary a strange experience for Anne Frank?
Writing in a diary was a strange experience for Anne Frank not only because she had never written anything before, but also because it seemed to her that later on, neither she nor anymore else would be interested in the musings of a thirteen-year-old schoolgirl.
Why does Anne want to keep a diary?
Anne wanted to keep a diary because she did not have a “real” friend. She thought that paper had more patience than people. She had loving parents, a sixteen-year-old sister, and about thirty people whom she could call her friends. However, she did not have that one true friend. She did not confide in any of her friends. She knew the situation would never change. That is why she decided to keep a diary.
Why did Anne think she could confide more in her diary than in people?
Anne did not have a true friend. She had many friends, but she only talked to them about ordinary everyday things. She did not seem to get any closer to them. She felt that maybe it was her fault that she could not confide in them. Kowing that situation would not change and believing a paper to have more patience than people, she decided to write and confide in a diary.
Oral Comprehension – Page No. 51
Why does Anne provide a brief sketch of her life?
Even though she disliked doing so, Anne provides a brief sketch of her life since no one would understand a word of her musings if she were to jump right in.
What tells you that Anne loved her grandmother?
Anne’s grandmother had fallen ill and had to be operated upon. Therefore, Anne’s birthday passed with a little celebration. Her grandmother died the next year. Anne wrote in her diary that no one knew how often she thought of her grandmother and still loved her.
Oral Comprehension Check – Page No. 54
Why was Mr. Keesing annoyed with Anne? What did he ask her to do?
Mr. Keesing was annoyed with Anne because she talked too much in the class. 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?
In her essay, Anne wanted to come up with convincing arguments to prove the necessity of talking. She argued 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. There was not much that one could do about inherited traits. This was she justified her being a chatterbox in the essay.
Do you think Mr. Keesing was a strict teacher?
Mr. Keesing was a strict teacher. However, he was not rigidly strict. He expected discipline and silence in his class while he was teaching, which is acceptable. He punished Anne by asking her to write an essay on ‘A Chatterbox’. When Anne wrote a convincing essay on it, he received it with a good laugh. However, when Anne continued with her talking, he punished her again by asking her to write another essay, this time topic was ‘An Incorrigible Chatterbox’.
Even after this when she kept talking, he asked her to write on the topic ‘Quack Quack Quack’ said Mistress Chatterbox. He was trying to play a joke on her. However she came up with a brilliant poem and he read this poem in the class, acknowledging its content. Therefore, in regard to these events, Mr. Keesing can not be entirely labeled as a strict teacher. He was fun-loving too.
What made Mr. Keesing allow Anne to talk in class?
Anne was able to justify her talkative nature every time she was punished by Mr. Keesing. On three occasions, as punishment, he gave her topics to write essays on. However, on each occasion, he was impressed by the manner in which she presented her arguments. Finally, Mr. Keesing accepted she was allowed to talk in class.
Thinking about the Text
Was Anne right when she said that the world was not interested in the musing 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.
There are some examples of diary or journal entries in the ‘Before You Read’ section. Compare these with what Anne writes in her diary. What language was the diary originally written in? In what way is Anne’s diary different?
Anne’s diary was originally written in Dutch. Her diary is different from others in many aspects. She had named her diary ‘Kitty’. She thought of it as her only true friend whom she could confide in. She treated it as another person who was listening to her diary accounts. She wrote all her stories in it. She started by writing ‘Dearest kitty’ and ended the account by writing ‘Your Anne’. Her diary was a lot more personal than other diaries.
Why does Anne need to give a brief sketch of her family? Does she treat ‘Kitty’ as an insider or an outsider?
Anne gave a brief sketch of her life since no one would understand a word of her stories to her diary if she were to plunge right in. She, therefore wrote a brief sketch of her life, even though she disliked doing so. She treated Kitty as an insider because she called it her best friend and was ready to confide in it.
How does Anne write feel about her father, her grandmother, Mrs. Kuperus and Mr. Keesing? What do these tell you about her?
Anne felt that her father was the most adorable father she had ever seen. Anne remembered her grandmother even after her death. She wrote in her diary that no one knew how often she thought of her grandmother and still loved her.
From the sixth at the Montessori nursery school, her teacher was Mrs. Kuperus, who was also the headmistress. At the end of the year, they were both in tears as they said a heartbreaking farewell.
Mr. Keesing was her Maths teacher. He was annoyed with her because she talked too much. However, Anne was able to justify her talkative nature every time she was punished by Mr. Keesing. On each occasion, he was impressed by the manner in which she presented her arguments.
All these incidents show 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 smart mind.
What does Anne write in her first essay?
In her first essay, titled ‘A Chatterbox’, Anne wanted to come up with convincing arguments to prove the necessity of talking. She began thinking about the subject. She wrote three pages and was satisfied. She argued 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. Mr. Keesing too had a good laugh reading her arguments.
Anne says teachers are most unpredictable. Is Mr. Keesing unpredictable? How?
Anne felt that a quarter of her class was climb and should be kept back and not promoted to the next class. However, she also felt that teachers were the most unpredictable creatures on earth. Mr. Keesing could be termed unpredictable. The way Anne always talked while the class was going on, any teacher would lose his temper. However, after several warnings all Mr. Keesing did was assign her extra homework.
She had to write an essay on ‘A Chatterbox’. In this way, he tried to play a joke on her. Each time that he asked her to write essays, she wrote very well. She kept counting his jokes. One could not have predicted that he would take all the jokes in the right spirit. Finally, he accepted her talkative nature and actually allowed her to talk in class.
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.
(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 my friend.
(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.
(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.
(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.
(i) These lines show that Anne had a true friend whom she could confide in. She even put the blame on herself that fault might be hers.
(ii) This line shows that Anne really considered her diary as a friend whom she could trust and narrate all her stories to. She did not want just a diary in which she could write down the facts as others did. She considered it as her friend and named her Kitty.
(iii) This line shows that Anne was a fun-loving person. She was witty and knew how to present things in a funny way. She narrated this incident with a lot of fun. The use of ‘plunked down’ shows her sense of humor.
(iv) This statement shows that she had an opinion on everything. She thought that a quarter of her class was full of dummies, signifying that she herself was intelligent enough to make it to the next class. She thought of teachers as the most unpredictable creatures on earth because nobody could say which students they would fail and which students would be passed on to the next class.
(v) This statement shows that Anne knew a lot about writing. She was given the task of writing an essay as a punishment. She took it on with full vigor.
Thinking about Language
I. Match the compound word under ‘A’ with their meanings under ‘B’. Use each in a sentence.
II. Phrasal Verbs
The text you’ve just read has a number of phrasal verbs commonly used in English. Look up the following in a dictionary for their meanings.
(i) plunge (right) in
(ii) kept back
(iii) ramble on
(iv) get along with
Now find the sentences in the lesson that have the phrasal verbs given below. Match them with their meanings.
Here are few sentences from the text which have idiomatic expressions. Can you say what each means?
(i) Our entire class is quaking in its boots. ———————-
(ii) Until then, we keep telling each other not to lose heart. —————
(iii) Mr. Keesing was annoyed with me for ages because I talked so much. —————
(iv) Mr. Keesing was trying to play a joke on me on this ridiculous subject, but I’d make sure the joke was on him. ——-
Class 10 English Chapter 4 Poem “Amanda!” Answers
Get NCERT class 10 English Chapter 4 First Flight the only poem “Amanda!” by the writer “Robin Klein” all the questions with a proper answer.
How old do you think Amanda is? How do you know this?
Amanda is a school-going girl, who must be about 9-10 years old. The things that her mother scolds her for all typical instructions given to a 9 to 10 years old girl.
Who do you think is speaking to her?
Her mother is speaking to her.
Why are Stanzas 2, 4, and 6 given in parenthesis?
Stanzas 2, 4, and 6 are given in parenthesis because they are the thoughts of the child in between the instructions that she is being given by her mother, which are given in stanzas 1, 3, and 5.
Who is the speaker in Stanzas 2, 4, and 6? Do you think this speaker is listening to the speaker in Stanzas 1, 3, 5, and 7?
In stanzas 2, 4, and 6 the speaker is the child. No, she is not listening to her mother who is the speaker in stanzas 1, 3, 5, and 7.
What could Amanda do if she were a mermaid?
If Amanda were a mermaid then she would drift slowly on a languid emerald sea. She would be the sole inhabitant of the relaxed green sea and would move slowly on it.
Is Amanda an orphan? Why does she say so?
No, Amanda is not an orphan. She says so because she wants to be alone. She wants to roam around in the street alone and pattern dust with her bare feet.
Do you know the story of Rapunzel? Why does she want to be Rapunzel?
She wants to be Rapunzel because she wants to live alone. Rapunzel lived alone in a tall tower and had long, beautiful hair. She was held captive by her grandmother, who came up to the tower by climbing her long hair. The girl also wants to live alone in a tower would not have to care about anything as life in a tower would be tranquil, peaceful, and rare. However, she also decided that she would never throw down her hair for anyone to come up as she wanted to live alone always.
What does the girl yearn for? What does this poem tell you about Amanda?
The girl yearns for solitude and peace. In all the things she dreams of she wants to stay alone. If she were a mermaid then she wanted to drift slowly on a calm sea where she would be the only inhabitant. She even goes on to imagine if she were an orphan.
In that case, she would roam about the street in silence and freedom. She also wishes to be Rapunzel though she would not let her hair down for anybody to climb up. This shows that she is fed up with the continuous scolding she receives from her mother. She wants to go away from her home to someplace where she would not be constantly nagged and would be able to live peacefully.
Read the last stanza. Do you think Amanda is sulking and is moody?
It does not seem that she is talking, though she could be moody. She is completely lost in her thoughts and is not even listening to her mother. Her mother perceives her to be sulking as she does not react to her instructions at all. As Amanda does not listen to her, she concludes that she is very moody and continues to nag her.
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