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Extracts of the The Interview



Extract 1

Others, usually celebrities who see themselves as its victims, might despise the interview as an unwarranted intrusion into their lives, or feel that it somehow diminishes them, just as in some primitive cultures it is believed that if one takes a photographic portrait of somebody then one is stealing that person’s soul. V. S. Naipaul 1 ‘feels that some people are wounded by interviews and lose a part of themselves,’ Lewis Carroll, the creator of Alice in Wonderland, was said to have had ‘a just horror of the interviewer’ and he never consented to be interviewed.

a) Name the chapter.
1) Evans Tries an O Level
2) Memories of Childhood
3) The Interview
4) Journey to the End of the Earth

b) Who is the author of The Interview?
1) Christopher Silver
2) William Silvester
3) Christopher Silvester
4) None of these

c) What does the word ‘Intrusion’ mean?
1) Interference
2) Entrance by Force
3) Entrance without permission
4) All of these

d) Who of the following had the fear of interviewer?
1) V.S Naipaul
2) Rudyard Kipling
3) Lewis Carroll
4) Carlos Braithwate

a. The Interview b. Christopher Silvester c. All of these d. Lewis Carroll



Extract 2

Rudyard Kipling expressed an even more condemnatory attitude towards the interviewer. His wife, Caroline, writes in her diary for 14 October 1892 that their day was ‘wrecked by two reporters from Boston’. She reports her husband as saying to the reporters, “Why do I refuse to be interviewed? Because it is immoral! It is a crime, just as much of a crime as an offence against my person, as an assault, and just as much merits punishment. It is cowardly and vile.

a) How is Caroline associated with Rudyard Kipling.
1) Husband
2) Wife
3) Mother
4) Father

b) What was Caroline’s view about being interviewed?
1) She thought it is immoral
2) She thought it is crime
3) She thought it deserves punishment
4) All of these

c) What does the word ‘Vile’ mean?
1) Despicable
2) Slimy
3) Ugly
4) All of these

d) Who of the following ruined Caroline’s day?
1) News Anchors
2) News Reporters
3) News Readers
4) News Makers

a. Wife b. All of these c. All of these d. News Reporters

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Extract 3

Similarly, we have a lot of empty spaces in our lives. I call them interstices. Say you are coming over to my place. You are in an elevator and while you are coming up, I am waiting for you. This is an interstice, an empty space. I work in empty spaces. While waiting for your elevator to come up from the first to the third floor, I have already written an article!

a) What are interstices?
1) Open Spaces in our life
2) Closed Spaces in our life
3) Empty Spaces in our life
4) None of these

b) Who is ‘I’ in the above lines?
1) Christopher Silvester
2) Umberto Eco
3) Lewis Carroll
4) None of these

c) What does the word ‘Vile’ mean?
1) Despicable
2) Slimy
3) Ugly
4) All of these

d) Who of the following ruined Caroline’s day?
1) News Anchors
2) News Reporters
3) News Readers
4) News Makers

a. Wife b. All of these c. All of these d. News Reporters



Extract 4

Which brings me to my next question. The Name of the Rose is a very serious novel. It’s a detective yarn at one level but it also delves into metaphysics, theology, and medieval history. Yet it enjoyed a huge mass audience. Were you puzzled at all by this?

a) Who wrote ‘The Name of the Rose’?.
1) Christopher Silvester
2) Umberto Eco
3) Lewis Carroll
4) None of these

b) How many copies of ‘The Name of the Rose’ were sold?
1) 10 Million
2) Fewer than 10 million
3) More than 10 million
4) All of these

c) Who was taking Umberto Eco’s interview?
1) Lewis Carroll
2) Mukund
3) Rudyard Kipling
4) None of these

d) What does the word ‘Yarn’ mean?
1) Narration
2) Recital
3) Both 1 and 2
4) Neither 1 nor 2

a. Umberto Eco b. More than 10 million c. Mukund d. Both 1 and 2




Extract 5

That’s possible. But let me tell you another story, because I often tell stories like a Chinese wise man. My American publisher said while she loved my book, she didn’t expect to sell more than 3,000 copies in a country where nobody has seen a cathedral or studies Latin. So I was given an advance for 3,000 copies, but in the end it sold two or three million in the U.S

a) What were the expectation of American publisher?
1) she didn’t not sell fewer than 3000 copies
2) she didn’t not sell more than 3000 copies
3) she didn’t not sell fewer than 5000 copies
4) she didn’t not sell more than 5000 copies

b) How many copies were sold in U.S?
1) One or two million
2) Two or three million
3) Three or four million
4) Four or five million

c) What does the word ‘Cathedral’ mean?
1) Mosque
2) Temple
3) Church
4) None of these

d) Name the chapter.
1) The Rattrap
2) Lost Spring
3) Indigo
4) The Interview

a. She didn’t not sell more than 3000 copies b. Two or three million c. Church d. The Interview



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