The Interview Class 12 | Chapter 7 | English | Flamingo | NCERT |

The Interview Class 12 | Chapter 7 | Class XII | English | Flamingo |

Summary of The Interview

This chapter begins with a brief introduction of an interview and the common place it has acquired in Journalism and one’s life. According to the author, it started almost 130 years ago. Christopher Silvester, the author sheds light on the opinion of the people regarding the concept and methods of an interview. Some people think ill of being interviewed and criticize its process whereas others enjoy being interviewed. 

In ancient time people did not like being interviewed for they thought it was like someone’s taking their soul away. They averted that intervention as much as possible. As a result many of the celebrities used to shun it away as much as possible in those times.

Further, he discusses how much Rudyard Kipling’s wife despised being interviewed. Once two reporters ruined her life completely during the interview. On the other hand, Kipling considered it as an assault and suggested that such crime should have a punishment. Apart from Kipling’s views about interview, the author elaborates the views of the other celebrities who hated or liked to be interviewed.

In the second part of the chapter, the author throws light on an excerpt taken from an interview between Mukund (From The Hindu) and Umberto Eco (A Professor at Bologna in Italy) wherein the former goes to take an interview of the latter. 

On being asked about how Umberto Eco spares time for writing since he has a hectic schedule at University, Eco replies that he uses interstices (Empty Spaces) to make the most of time. Besides, Mukund enquires about the success of Eco ‘The Name of the Rose’ which sold more than 10 million copies. Umberto classifies himself as an academic scholar writes the most on weekend.

Telling more about his novel, Eco states that The Name of the Rose is not a simple piece of writing. It contains a detective feature along with metaphysics, theology and medieval history. Likewise, he believes that if he had written the novel ten years back, it would not have been as popular as it was those days. 

Umberto answers all the questions put up Mukund without being hesitant or having a pessimistic approach.

Short Answer Type Questions of The Interview

Q1. What are some common beliefs about being interviewed?

Ans. The origin of interview dates back to 130 years ago. People have balanced reviews about being interviewed. Some people think ill of it and despise being interviewed whereas others enjoy replying to questions put up during an interviewed.

Q2. Why did people not like being photographed in ancient times?

Ans. In ancient time people did not like being photographed for they thought it was like someone’s taking their soul away without telling them. They averted that intervention as much as possible and shunned it as much as possible.

Q3. What were Rudyard Kipling wife’s views about being interviewed?

Ans. Rudyard Kipling’s wife despised being interviewed. Once two reporters came for her interview. During that, they raised personal and immoral questions which ruined her life completely. Therefore she had pessimistic approach towards interview and being interviewed.

Q4. Who was Umberto Eco? How did he spare time for writing despite being so busy?

Ans. Umberto Eco was a Professor at Bologna University in Italy. He hardly had any time for writing owing to his hectic schedule yet he spared time using interstices available in his life especially at weekends.

Q5. What would have happened had Umberto Eco written ‘The Name of the Rose’ ten years back according to him?

Ans. Umberto Eco had written a best-seller called ‘The Name of the Rose’ which sold more than 10 million copies around the world. He believed that if he had written the novel ten years back, it would not have been as popular as it was those days for it contained a detective feature along with metaphysics, theology and medieval history.

Q6. How would Umberto answer all the questions put up Mukund from The Hindu?

Ans. Umberto Eco was a Professor at Bologna University in Italy and had a great command over interviews. When Mukund, from The Hindu, came to interview him, he answered all the questions put up former without being hesitant or having a pessimistic approach. It shows that he loved being interviewed.

We would love you reading of The Last Lesson, Lost Spring, Deep Water, The Rattrap, Indigo, Poets and Pancakes, Going Places for better understanding of the chapters.

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