THE LAST LESSON-FLAMINGO -By Alphonse Daudet(CLASS XII)
THEME; Linguistic Chauvinism and Procastination
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TOPIC – “THE LAST LESSON”
Read the following extracts and answer the questions that follow.
Q1. It was so warm, so bright! The birds were chirping at the edge of the woods; and in the open field back of the sawmill the Prussian soldiers were drilling. It was all much more tempting than the rule for participles, but I had the strength to resist, and hurried off to school. When I passed the town hall there was a crowd in front of the bulletin-board. For the last two years all our bad news had come from there— the lost battles, the draft, the orders of the commanding officer — and I thought to myself, without stopping, “What can be the matter now?” Then, as I hurried by as fast as I could go, the blacksmith, Wachter, who was there, with his apprentice, reading the bulletin, called after me, “Don’t go so fast, bub; you’ll get to your school in plenty of time!”
i. What does the extract say about the narrator’s attitude towards French?
a. French was equally appealing to him as the beauty of nature.
b. He attends the lesson out of compulsion.
c. He was eager to receive the French lesson
d. He lacked interest in the lesson.
Answer: He lacked interest in the lesson.
ii. What can be inferred about the living condition of the place?
a. Everybody lived in peace and harmony.
b. Natives are intimidated by the foreign presence
c. The inhabitants coexisted with external force without qualms
d. There is a sense of uneasiness looming around the environment.
Answer: There is a sense of uneasiness looming around the environment
iii. Identify the factor that does not serve the purpose of implying the theme.
a. The reference to the bulletin board.
b. The presence of Prussian soldiers
c. The description of nature.
d. The narrator’s stand on French lesson.
Answer: The description of nature.
Q2. How it must have broken his heart to leave it all, poor man; to hear his sister moving about in the
room above, packing their trunks! For they must leave the country next day.
(a) Who are ‘they’ here?
A. M. Hamel and his sister.
Answer: M. Hamel and his sister.
b) Why is M. Hamel’s heartbroken?
A. Because he has to leave the country the next day
B. Because of transfer
C. Because of retirement
D. Because of student’s misbehaviour.
Answer: Because he has to leave the country the next day
C) Why do they have to leave the country?
A. German would be taught in place of French.
B. French will be taught now.
C. New languages will be taught.
D. He has got a new job.
Answer: German would be taught in place of French.
d) Who is packing the trunks?
A. M. Hamel’s sister
B. M. Hamel’s wife
C. M. Hamel’s father
D.M. Hamel’s servant
Answer: M. Hamel’s sister
Q3. …reading the bulletin, called after me, “Don’t go so fast, bub; you’ll get to your school in plenty of
time!’’ I thought he was making fun of me and reached M. Hamel’s little garden all out of breath.
(a) Who was called ‘bub’?
(i) M. Hamel
(b) Identify the tone in which the speaker said the words , “Don’t go so fast, bub; you’ll get to your school in plenty of time!’’?
(c) M. Hamel taught the children………………………..
(d) Who advised him not to hurry?
(i) The teacher
(ii) The classmates
(iv) A villager
Answer: A villager
Q4. Then, as I hurried by as fast as I could go, the blacksmith, Wachter, who was there, with his apprentice, reading the bulletin, called after me, “Don’t go so fast, bub; you’ll get to your school in plenty of time!” I thought he was making fun of me, and reached M. Hamel’s little garden all out of breath.
(i)The phrase ‘called after me’ here refers to
a. tease someone.
b. shout at
c. Summon or request something
d. To cause embarrassment
Answer: shout at
(ii)Who was called ‘bub’ here ?
b. M. Hamel
(iii) What has M. Hamel’s little garden been referred to in the extract?
a. His country
b. His home
c. His garden
d. His school
Answer: His garden
(iv) Which word in the passage means same as ‘sufficient’?
Q5. Poor man! It was in honour of this last lesson that he had put on his fine Sunday clothes, and now
I understood why the old men of the village were sitting there in the back of the room. It was because
they were sorry, too, that they had not gone to school more.
i. Who was called ‘Poor man’?
(a) Old Hauser
(c) M. Hamel
Answer: M. Hamel
ii. What feelings were expressed by the villagers when they came to attend the last lesson?
(a) regret for not learning French
(b) thanking their master for his forty years of faithful service
(c) showing their respect for the country that was theirs no more.
(d) All of the above
Answer: All of the above
iii. Why did the country belong to them no more?
(a) Because they were leaving the country.
(b) Because Germans had taken over their country.
(c) Because it was destroyed in the war.
(d) Because their country was merging with Prussia.
Answer: Because Germans had taken over their country.
iv. M. Hamel says, “…that’s the great trouble with Alsace; she puts off _________ till tomorrow.
Q6 Franz saw a huge crowd assembled in front of the bulletin board, but did not stop. How would you evaluate his reaction?
a) Franz was too little to care about the news of lost battles.
b) Nobody in Franz’s family was in the army, so it did not matter.
c) Bad news had become very normal, so he went about his task.
d) It was too crowded for Franz to find out what news was up on the board.
Answer: Bad news had become very normal, so he went about his task.
Q7. All at once the church-clock struck twelve. Then the Angelus. At the same moment the trumpets of the Prussians, returning from drill, sounded under our windows. M. Hamel stood up, very pale, in his chair. I never saw him look so tall. “My friends,” said he, “I—I—” But something choked him. He could not go on. Then he turned to the blackboard, took a piece of chalk, and, bearing on with all his might, he wrote as large as he could — “Vive La France!” Then he stopped and leaned his head against the wall, and, without a word, he made a gesture to us with his hand — “School is dismissed — you may go.”
i. What does ‘Angelus’ refer to?
(a) Sound of church bell ringing.
(b) Roman catholic prayer.
(c) Sound of thanks giving.
(d) A prayer sung in a group.
Answer: Roman catholic prayer.
ii. What does the trumpets of the Prussians imply?
(a) Igniting patriotic fervour
(b) Playing the band to reduce war stress
(c) People of Alsace are now enslaved
(d) Prussians cheering up the victory over France
Answer: Prussians cheering up the victory over France
iii. Why is M. Hamel pale?
(a) He feels emotional and heart-broken.
(b) He is unwell.
(c) He is annoyed.
(d) He doesn’t like the sound of the trumpets.
Answer: He feels emotional and heart-broken.
iv. What does Franz mean when he says , ‘”I never saw him look so tall.”
(a) M. Hamel had grown physically taller.
(b) M. Hamel seemed very confident.
(c) Franz had developed a lot of respect for M. Hamel.
(d) Franz looked at his teacher in a different way that day.
Answer :. Franz had developed a lot of respect for M. Hamel.
Q 8. While I was wondering about it all, M. Hamel mounted his chair, and, in the same grave and gentle tone which he had used to me, said, “My children, this is the last lesson I shall give you. The order hascome from Berlin to teach only German in the schools of Alsace and Lorraine. The new master comes tomorrow. This is your last French lesson…”
i. What was the tone of M. Hamel when he was addressing his students?
ii. The grave and gentle tone in which M. Hamel spoke after getting the order from Berlin was due to:
(a) his patriotic feeling for his country
(b) his love for his mother tongue
(c) the grief of not being able to teach French in future
(d) All of these
Answer: the grief of not being able to teach French in future
iii. When would M. Hamel leave?
(a) the same day
(b) the next day
(c) after one week
(d) after two weeks
Answer: the next day
iv. What did M. Hamel want from the students on the last day of French lesson?
(a) To give him a farewell.
(b) To oppose the order from Berlin.
(c) To be very attentive.
(d) To guard their language.
Answer: To be very attentive.
Q9 What a thunderclap these words were to me! Oh, the wretches; that was what they had put up at he town-hall! My last French lesson! Why, I hardly knew how to write! I should never learn any more! I must stop there, then! Oh, how sorry I was for not learning my lessons, for seeking birds’ eggs, or going sliding on the Saar! My books, that had seemed such a nuisance a while ago, so heavy to carry, my grammar, and my history of the saints, were old friends now that I couldn’t give up. And M. Hamel, too; the idea that he was going away, that I should never see him again, made me forget all about his ruler and how cranky he was.
i. “What a thunderclap these words were to me!”. The words were:
(a) loud and clear.
(b) startling and unexpected.
(c) pleasant and welcome.
(d) None of these
Answer: startling and unexpected.
ii. Who are called as ‘Wretches’?
(a) People of France
(d) None of these
iii. What regret did Franz have?
(a) that he could never play in the school.
(b) that he did not learn French.
(c) that he would miss his old friends and M. Hamel.
(d) None of these
Answer: that he did not learn French
iv. What had been put up on the bulletin-board at the town-hall?
(a) The news of the lost battles
(b) The draft of the commanding officer
(c) The order from Berlin to teach only German in the schools of Alsace and Lorraine.
(d) All of these
Answer: all of these.
Q10. What do the marching soldiers under the windows represent?
(a) The Dawn of Prussia in defeat of French people
(b) The defeat of Prussia
(c) The victory of French
(d) None of these
Answer: The Dawn of Prussia in defeat of French people
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