Q1)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. Anne's autobiography has been widely hailed by people as an eye-opener of the Hitler era and is one of the most read book in the world.
Q2) 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?
The diary was written in Dutch language. Anne's diary is different in a way that she considers it a real person and in fact a friend in whom she can confide everything. It was not just a journal for her to jot down facts like other people do.
Q3). Why does Anne need to give a brief sketch about her family? Does she treat ‘Kitty’ as an insider or an outsider?
Anne feels that no one would be able to understand a word of her stories to Kitty if she plunges right in so it would be better if she gives a brief sketch of her life and family beforehand. She treats ‘Kitty' as an insider, a real friend in whom she can confide anything.
Q4)How does Anne 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 known. Anne had confided in her diary that no one knew how often she thought of her grandmother even after her death and how much she loved her. In the sixth form at the Montessori nursery school, Anne's teacher was Mrs Kuperus who was also her headmistress. At the time of farewell, they were both in tears as they had grown very fond of each other. Mr Keesing was Anne's Math teacher. He was annoyed with her for talkative nature but Anne gave him witty and impressive arguments for her nature. This impressed Me Keesing greatly. All these incidents show that Anne was a loving and smart child. People were fond of her and she too loved them dearly.
Q5)What does Anne write in her first essay?
In her first essay, titled ‘Chatterbox', Anne wrote that talking is a student’s trait and in her case she can never cure herself totally of the habit as her mother is also very talkative. One can really not cure genetic traits but she would try her best to keep it under control.
Q6) Anne says teachers are most unpredictable. Is Mr Keesing unpredictable? How?
Mr Keesing was definitely an unpredictable teacher as he did not scold or punish Anne for talking even after several warnings and instead gave her an essay to write upon. Not just that, he also reviewed Anne’s essay, read it to the class and was impressed by her witty arguments. One can not expect a teacher to take a joke by a child in such a good spirit as Mr Keesing took Anne’s. Finally, he even allowed her to talk and did not assign her any more extra homework.
Q7)What do these statements tell you about Anne Frank as a person?
It shows that Anne had no true friend in whom she could confide everything. She felt that it could be her fault.
Anne did not treat her diary like other people. She actually considered it a friend whom she could narrate all her stories and feelings with trust.
She was born in February and her parents presented her as a gift to her elder sister, Margot. Anne writes this in a playful way. She was a witty girl with a way with words.
Anne felt that half of the students in her class were not mentally advanced to be promoted to the next grade. She could not understand why the teachers would still promote them. She found the teachers unpredictable.
Anne felt that the trick to writing a good essay was to supplement it with winning, convincing arguments. Anyone could write big words and long essays but not everyone could justify their reasoning which is actually more important in an essay.
Match the compound words under ‘A’ with their meanings under ‘B’. Use each in a sentence.
|1. Heartbreaking||producing great sadness|
|2. Homesick||missing home and family very much|
|3. Blockhead||an informal word which means a very stupid person|
|4. Law-abiding||obeying and respecting the law|
|5. Overdo||do something to an excessive degree|
|6. Daydream||think about pleasant things, forgetting about the present|
|7. Breakdown||an occasion when vehicles/machines stop working|
|8. Output||something produced by a person, machine or organisation|
1. 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 (under the entry for the italicised word).
2. Now find the sentences in the lesson that have the phrasal verbs given below. Match them with their meanings. (You have already found out the meanings of some of them.) Are their meanings the same as that of their parts? (Note that two parts of a phrasal verb may occur separated in the text.)
|Plunge in||Go straight to the topic|
|Kept back||not promoted|
|Move up||go to the next grade|
|Ramble on||Speak or write without focus|
|Get along with||have a good relationship with|
|Calm down||make (them) remain quiet|
|Stay in||Stay indoors|
|Make up for||compensate|
|Hand in||give an assignment (homework) to a person in authority (the teacher)|
1. Here are a few sentences from the text which have idiomatic expressions. Can you say what each means? (You might want to consult a dictionary first.)
2. Here are a few more idiomatic expressions that occur in the text. Try to use them in sentences of your own.
You have read the expression ‘not to lose heart’ in this text. Now find out the meanings of the following expressions using the word ‘heart’.Use each of them in a sentence of your own.