I started for school very late that morning and was in great dread of a scolding, especially because M. Hamel had said that he would question us on participles, and I did not know the first word about them. For a moment I thought of running away and spending the day out of doors. 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.
I. Name the chapter? i. The Tiger King ii. The Third Level iii. Journey to the End of the Earth iv. The Last Lesson
II. What temptations did the speaker have? i. Chirping of birds and Sawmill ii. Sawmill and Prussian Soldiers drilling iii. Chirping of birds and Prussian soldiers drilling iv. Both I & ii
III. Explain ‘I had the strength to resist’. i. The narrator had the patience to fight with the Prussians ii. The narrator had the courage to learn his mother tongue iii. The narrator had the courage to overcome his temptations iv. Both i and ii
IV. What does the word ‘Dread’ mean? i. Fear ii. Apprehensiveness iii. Awe iv. All of these
I. The Last Lesson
II. Chirping of birds and Prussian soldiers drilling
III. The narrator had the courage to overcome his temptations.
IV. All of these
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?”
a. Why was there a huge crowd in front of the bulletin board? i. Due to bad news ii. Due to order from Berlin iii. Due to introduction of new language iv. All of these
b. What was the bulletin board famous for? i. Good News ii. Bad News iii. Neither good nor bad iv. None of these
c. Who is the author The Last Lesson? i. Selma Lagerlof ii. Stephen Spender iii. Alphonse Daudet iv. John Updike
d. What does the word ‘Draft’ mean here? i. Compulsory Military Service ii. Drawing iii. Designs of Alsace and Lorraine iv. Both i and ii
a. All of these
b. Bad News
c. Alphonse Daudet
d. Compulsory Military Service
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. Usually, when school began, there was a great bustle, which could be heard out in the street, the opening and closing of desks, lessons repeated in unison, very loud, with our hands over our ears to understand better, and the teacher’s great ruler rapping on the table.
a. What does ‘Out of breath’ mean? i. Breathless ii. Gasping iii. Short-winded iv. All of these
b. What is apprentice? i. Learner ii. Prentice iii. Novice iv. All of these
c. What was the motive of the blacksmith Wachter? i. To ridicule Franz ii. To boost the morale of Franz iii. To dominate little Franz iv. To make him realize the importance of his mother tongue
d. What does the phrasal verb ‘Call after‘ imply? i. Call someone by his name ii. Call someone by his gender iii. Call someone by his surname iv. None of these
But now it was all so still! I had counted on the commotion to get to my desk without being seen; but, of course, that day everything had to be as quiet as Sunday morning. Through the window I saw my classmates, already in their places, and M. Hamel walking up and down with his terrible iron ruler under his arm. I had to open the door and go in before everybody. You can imagine how I blushed and how frightened I was. But nothing happened.
b) What does the phrasal verb ‘Count on’ mean? i. Calculate ii. Reckon iii. Forecast iv. All of these
c) What is the mental state of the speaker here? i. Rejoiced ii. Ecstatic and reddened iii. Tiresome and Ecstatic iv. None of these
d) Explain ‘But nothing happened’. i. M.Hamel did not ask questions ii. M.Hamel did not appreciate him iii. M.Hamel made him stand outside the class iv. M.Hamel put him at ease.
a. The Last Lesson
b. All of these
c. None of these
d. M. Hamel put him at ease.
M. Hamel saw me and said very kindly, “Go to your place quickly, little Franz. We were beginning without you.” I jumped over the bench and sat down at my desk. Not till then, when I had got a little over my fright, did I see that our teacher had on his beautiful green coat, his frilled shirt, and the little black silk cap, all embroidered, that he never wore except on inspection and prize days. Besides, the whole school seemed so strange and solemn. But the thing that surprised me most was to see, on the back benches that were always empty, the village people sitting quietly like ourselves; old Hauser, with his three-cornered hat, the former mayor, the former postmaster, and several others besides. Everybody looked sad; and Hauser had brought an old primer, thumbed at the edges, and he held it open on his knees with his great spectacles lying across the pages.
a. What had been put up on the notice board? i. Notice abolishing German ii. Notice abolishing French iii. Notice abolishing Frenchmen iv. None of these
b. What does the word ‘solemn’ mean? i. Grave ii. Sedate iii. Sober iv. All of these
c. What is a primer? i. Introductory lesson ii. Introductory book iii. Introductory language iv. Introductory encroachment
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 has come 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 want you to be very attentive.” What a thunderclap these words were to me! Oh, the wretches; that was what they had put up at the town-hall! My last French lesson! Why, I hardly knew how to write! I should never learn anymore! 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!
a. Berlin is the capital of….. i. Germany ii. France iii. Netherlends iv. None of these
b. What does the word ‘wretches’ mean? i. People who perform good deeds ii. People who perform wicked deeds iii. People who perform neither good nor wicked deeds iv. People who perform either good or wicked deeds
c. Why was little Franz sorry? i. For not learning his lessons ii. For not learning the rules of participles iii. For taking his mother tongue seriously iv. For not taking his mother tongue seriously
d. What is ‘Saar’ in the above passage? i. River ii. Island iii. Mountain iv. Range of mountains
b. People who perform wicked deeds
c. For not taking his mother tongue seriously
Then, from one thing to another, he went on to talk of the French language, saying that it was the most beautiful language in the world the clearest, the most logical; that we must guard it among us and never forget it, because when a people are enslaved, as long as they hold fast to their language it is as if they had the key to their prison.
a. What does the word ‘Enslaved’ mean? i. Made a slave of ii. Be a slave of iii. Both of these iv. None of these
b. Who is ‘He’ in the above lines? i. M.Hamel ii. Little Franz iii. Old Hauser iv. Blacksmith Wachter
c. Hold fast means…… i. Adhere to ii. Stick to iii. Bind to iv. All of these
d. What piece of advice was given by the teacher to everyone? i. To respect their mother tongue ii. To bury their mother tongue iii. Both i and ii iv. Neither i nor ii
a. Made a slave of
b. M. Hamel
c. All of these
d. To respect their mother tongue
Then he opened a grammar and read us our lesson. I was amazed to see how well I understood it. All he said seemed so easy, so easy! I think, too, that I had never listened so carefully, and that he had never explained everything with so much patience. It seemed almost as if the poor man wanted to give us all he knew before going away, and to put it all into our heads at one stroke.
a. What did M.Hamel intend to do? i. Wanted to feed everything in our mind ii. Wanted to make them feel the importance of mother tongue iii. Wanted to teach them everything he could iv. All of these
b. Find out the antonym of ‘Haste’ from the passage. i. Patience ii. Seem iii. Go Away iv. None of these
c. Why do you think Franz understood his last lesson? i. Because he was serious that day ii. Because he was lethargic that day iii. Because he was energetic that day iv. Because he was pessimistic that day
d. Why was the poor man going away according to the narrator? i. He was getting retired ii. He was getting farewell iii. He was ordered to do so iv. He was thrown out of Germany
a. All of these
c. Because he was serious that day
d. He was ordered to do so
After the grammar, we had a lesson in writing. That day M. Hamel had new copies for us, written in a beautiful round hand France, Alsace, France, Alsace. They looked like little flags floating everywhere in the school-room, hung from the rod at the top of our desks. You ought to have seen how everyone set to work, and how quiet it was! The only sound was the scratching of the pens over the paper. Once some beetles flew in; but nobody paid any attention to them, not even the littlest ones, who worked right on tracing their fish-hooks, as if that was French, too.
a. What had M.Hamel brought for everyone? i. Flags ii. Questions papers iii. Newspapers iv. None of these
b. What does the word ‘Beetle’ mean? i. Mallet ii. Insect iii. Both i and ii iv. Neither i nor ii
c. What were the little one engaged with? i. Tracing ii. Drawing iii. Copying iv. All of these
d. Why did nobody pay attentions to the beetles? i. They were busy ii. They were inattentive iii. They were engaged iv. Both i and iii
a. None of these
b. Both i and ii
c. All of these
d. Both i and iii
On the roof the pigeons cooed very low, and I thought to myself, “Will they make them sing in German, even the pigeons?” Whenever I looked up from my writing I saw M. Hamel sitting motionless in his chair and gazing first at one thing, then at another, as if he wanted to fix in his mind just how everything looked in that little school-room. Fancy! For forty years he had been there in the same place, with his garden outside the window and his class in front of him, only the desks and benches had been worn smooth; the walnut-trees in the garden were taller, and the hopvine that he had planted himself twined about the windows to the roof.
a. Who said “Will the make them sing in German, even the pigeons”? i. Franz ii. M.Hamel iii. Old Hauser iv. Blacksmith Wachter
b. What changes had occurred ever since M.Hamel joined the school? i. People had realized the importance of their mother tongue ii. People had started reading the bulletin board for all the bad news iii. Benches had been smoother and walnut tree had been taller iv. All of these
c. Who had planted the hopvine? i. Old Hauser ii. Little Franz iii. M.Hamel iv. All of them
d. What is the tone of the speaker in the first line? i. Full of pleasure ii. Full of displeasure iii. Full of Rage iv. Full of contentment
b. Benches had been smoother and walnut tree had been taller
c. M. Hamel
d. Full of rage
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. But he had the courage to hear every lesson to the very last. After the writing, we had a lesson in history, and then the babies chanted their ba, be bi, bo, bu.
a. Whose heart was broken? i. Blacksmith Wachter ii. Little Franz iii. M.Hamel iv. Old Hauser
b. What does ‘packing their trunks’ mean? i. Getting ready to leave the school ii. Getting ready to leave the country iii. Getting ready to leave Alsace iv. All of these
c. What is the tone of the speaker in the first line? i. Inquisitive ii. Alert iii. Monotonous iv. Doleful
d. Who was going to leave his country? i. M.Hamel’s sister ii. M.Hamel’s family iii. M.Hamel iv. All of the above
b. All of these
d. All of the above
Down there at the back of the room old Hauser had put on his spectacles and, holding his primer in both hands, spelled the letters with them. You could see that he, too, was crying; his voice trembled with emotion, and it was so funny to hear him that we all wanted to laugh and cry.
a. What was the Hauser crying for? i. Because he had not taken his mother tongue seriously ii. Because M.Hamel was going to leave forever iii. Because he was neither able to speak nor write French iv. All of the above
b. What does the word ‘trembled’ mean? i. Move or jerk due to cold ii. Move or jerk due to shame iii. Move or jerk due to fear iv. Move or jerk due to insult
c. What was making Franz laugh? i. Leaving of his teacher ii. Uncle Hauser’s spelling the letters iii. Prussian soldiers drilling iv. Encroachment of Prussian soldiers drilling
d. What was Hauser doing the class? i. Ridiculing M.Hamel ii. Regretting of not learning his mother tongue seriously iii. Learning advanced French iv. Waiting for the dispersal of the students
a. All of these
b. Move or jerk due to fear
c. Uncle Hauser’s spelling the letters
d. Regretting of not learning his mother tongue seriously.
Ah, how well I remember it, that last lesson! 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.
a. What is Angelus? i. A prayer offered by Roman catholics ii. A prayer offered by Germans iii. A prayer offered by everyone iv. None of these
b. What made M.Hamel choked? i. His rejoining the school ii. His leaving the school iii. His last day at school iv. Both ii and iii
c. Find out the antonym of ‘Colourful’ from the above extract. i. Pale ii. Drill iii. Choked iv. None of these
d. Why did the narrator never forget his last lesson? i. Because M.Hamel was leaving ii. Because M.Hamel was crying iii. Because he was earnest in learning iv. All of these
a. A prayer offered by Roman Catholics
b. Both ii and iii
d. Because he was earnest in learning.
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.”
a. What does ‘Vive La France’ mean? i. Long live France ii. Long live Mother tongue iii. Long live Alsace iv. All of these
b. Why did the teacher lean his head against the wall? i. He was thankful to the school ii. He was thankful to his profession iii. He was thankful to his country and mother tongue iv. All of these
c. What does the word ‘might’ mean? i. Optimism ii. Power iii. Pessimism iv. None of these
d. Name the author of this chapter. i. Colin Dexter ii. William Saroyan iii. Asokamitran iv. None of these
a. Long live France
b. All of these
d. None of these
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. 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.
a. What does the word ‘cranky’ mean? i. Peevish ii. Easily irritated iii. Easily annoyed iv. All of these
b. Why does little Franz call his teacher ‘poor’? i. Because of his poverty ii. Because of his attitude iii. Because of his helplessness iv. All of these
c. What had been a trouble for Franz for a while? i. His books ii. His lessons iii. His school iv. All of these
d. Why had the villagers gathered there? i. To bid farewell to M.Hamel ii. To thank M.Hamel for his 40 years of meritorious service iii. To regret for not learning their mother tongue seriously iv. All of these
a. All of these
b. Because of helplessness
c. All of these
d. All of these
It was because they were sorry, too, that they had not gone to school more. It was their way of thanking our master for his forty years of faithful service and of showing their respect for the country that was theirs no more. While I was thinking of all this, I heard my name called. It was my turn to recite. What would I not have given to be able to say that dreadful rule for the participle all through, very loud and clear, and without one mistake?
a. Why were the villagers regretful? i. They had not gone to school more ii. They had not been able to learn their mother tongue iii. They had forgotten their primers iv. None of these
b. How long had M.Hamel been working there? i. 10 years ii. 30 years iii. 20 years iv. None of these
c. What does the word ‘Recite’ mean? i. Repeat ii. Narrate iii. Tell iv. All of these
d. How did Franz recite the rules of participles? i. Fluently ii. Hesitatingly iii. Nervously iv. None of these
a. They had not gone to school
b. None of these
c. All of these
But I got mixed up on the first words and stood there, holding on to my desk, my heart beating, and not daring to look up. I heard M. Hamel say to me, “I won’t scold you, little Franz; you must feel bad enough. See how it is! Every day we have said to ourselves, ‘Bah! I’ve plenty of time. I’ll learn it tomorrow.’ And now you see where we’ve come out.
a. Why did M.Hamel want Franz to feel bad? i. For learning his work ii. For not learning his work iii. For putting off his work tomorrow iv. Both ii and iii
b. What is the one word substitution of ‘Put off till tomorrow’? i. Procrastination ii. Renovation iii. Encroachment iv. Temperament
c. Why did M.Hamel not want to scold the narrator? i. For he had done his work on time ii. For he wanted him to feel bad for himself iii. For he had blamed his parents iv. For he had called up his parents and complained
d. The interjection ‘Bah!’ is expressive of ……. i. Contempt ii. Ecstasy iii. Optimism iv. Hopefulness
a. Both ii and iii
c. For he wanted him to feel bad for himself
Extract 18 of The Last Lesson
Ah, that’s the great trouble with Alsace; she puts off learning till tomorrow. Now those fellows out there will have the right to say to you, ‘How is it; you pretend to be Frenchmen, and yet you can neither speak nor write your own language?’ But you are not the worst, poor little Franz. We’ve all a great deal to reproach ourselves with.” “Your parents were not anxious enough to have you learn. They preferred to put you to work on a farm or at the mills, so as to have a little more money. And I? I’ve been to blame also. Have I not often sent you to water my flowers instead of learning your lessons? And when I wanted to go fishing, did I not just give you a holiday?”
a. Who have been referred to as ‘fellows’? i. Germans ii. Frenchmen iii. Students of Germany iv. Students of France
b. What does the word ‘reproach’ mean? i. Criticize ii. Praise iii. Humiliate iv. Regret
c. What was the preference of the parents? i. To send them for working on the farms ii. To send them for earning little amount iii. To prefer work to school iv. All of these
d. Why did M.Hamel often give students holiday? i. When he had to go for fishing ii. When he had to enjoy parties with his friends iii. When he had to water to plants iv. All of these
c. All of these
d. When he had to go for fishing.
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