THE LAST LESSON -ALPHONSE DAUDET
FLAMINGO CLASS-12 PROSE- CHAPTER:1
1. The last lesson is set in the days of –
A. World War -1
B. World War-2
C. Franco-Prussian War
D. Cold War
*France was defeated by Prussia
2. Which two districts in the story have been passed into Prussian hands?
A. Normandy & Paris
B. Alsace & Lorraine
C. Lyon & Alpine
D. Aquitaine & Picardy
3. Why was Franz in great dread of scolding?
A. He was late for the school
B. He was absent from school the last day
C. He wasn’t prepared for M . Hamel’s question on participles
D. He had spent the day out of doors
4. “For a moment I thought running away” Who is I referred to here
A. M. Hamel
5. Which word in the chapter means ‘to be very afraid’?
6. What was much more tempting for Franz than the rule of participles –
A. Chirping birds
B. Warm, bright day outdoors
C. Prussian soldiers drilling
D. All of the above
7. Which term is used in the chapter which means ‘preparation of soldiers for performance of their duties in peace & war’?
8. When I passed the town hall there was a crowd in front of the ________
C. Tennis court
D. Bulletin board
*From the last two years, all bad news had come on bulletin board of lost battles
9. Who says “Don’t go so fast, bub; you’ll get to your school in plenty of time!”?
B. M. Hamel
C. Prussian soldiers
*Wachter – Blacksmith
*He was making fun of Franz
10. What unusual thing did Franz noticed when he reached the school?
A. Great bustle
B. Opening & closing of desks
C. Stillness & Silence
D. Lessons repeated in unison & ruler rapping on the table
Everything had to be as Quiet as Sunday Morning
11. Why was Franz feeling blushed & frightened when he entered the class?
A. He was late
B. Everyone was present there
C. He was asked to sit on the bench by his teacher
D. Both A & B
- Feeling everyone’s stare he felt embarrassed for being late.
- But nothing happened M.hamel asked him to go to his place
12. What type of dress was M .Hamel wearing in the school that day?
A. Green coat, frilled shirt , black silk cap
B. Red coat, frilled shirt , black silk cap
C. Black coat, white shirt, hat
D. Green coat, frilled shirt , white silk cap
*He never wore this dress except on inspection & prize days
* It was in honour of this last lesson
13. Which of the following is a synonym for ‘serious’ used in the chapter?
14. What thing surprised Franz the most?
A. M. Hamel wearing his ceremonial dress
B. No bustle in the school
C. Village people were sitting on the backbenches
D. Prussian soldiers were sitting on the backbenches
15. What was the expression on the face of villagers sitting on the backbenches?
A. Sad & Quiet
B. Joyful & Loud
C. Like pale winter’s moon
- Old Hauser
- Former Mayor
16. Thumbed at the edges means –
A. Thumb printed at the edges
B. Rapping of an iron ruler
C. Thumb held the edges
D. Worn out edges
* Hauser had brought an old primer (textbook)
17. Unison refers to –
A. Worn or soiled edges
C. Something happening or being done at the same time
D. To express disapproval
18. What were the words of M . Hamel when he mounted on the chair?
A. “My children, this is the first lesson I shall give you”
B. “My children , this is the first chapter I shall start today”
C. “My children, this is the last lesson I shall give you”
D. “My students & villagers , this is the last lesson I shall give you”
*He wanted children to be very attentive in the last lesson
19. Where has the order come from ?
*The order was to teach only German in schools of Alsace & Lorraine and the new master would come tomorrow
*This order was put up on the bulletin board at the town hall
20. “What a thunderclap these words were to me!”.Who is referred to as ‘me’ here –
A. M. Hamel
21. Which word has been used in the chapter for
22. Identify the incorrect statement
A. Franz knew how to write & learn
B. He felt sorry for not learning his lessons
C. Franz used to waste his time on seeing eggs & sliding on Saar
D. Franz’s parents wanted to put him to work on a farm or a mill for money
23. Which word has been used in the lesson for ‘a person or thing that annoys you or causes you trouble’ ?
* Franz’s books that had seemed a nuisance earlier , were now his old friends that he couldn’t give up
24. What made him (Franz) forget all about his (Hamel) ruler and how cranky he was?
A. The idea that M. Hamel was going on vacation
B. The idea that M Hamel was going away & Franz would never see him again
C. The idea that M Hamel had wore his ceremonial dress
D. The thought of warm, bright day outdoors
25. Why the old men were sitting there in the back of the room?
A. They were sorry that they had not gone to school
B. To thank master for his forty years of faithful service
C. Showing respect for the country that was theirs no more
D. All of the above
26. “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”? Why did Franz feel so?
Ans: When Franz was requested to recite the participles, he wanted to give up everything to be able to understand the laws of participles and say them loudly and clearly in the class. This portrayed his regretfulness and grief for waiting to study participles.
27. “I won’t scold you , little Franz; you must feel bad enough’’. Who is ‘I’ here?
B. M. Hamel
28. “Ah, that’s the great trouble with Alsace; she puts off
learning till tomorrow”. This shows the quality of –
29. “ How is it; you pretend to be the Frenchmen, and yet you can neither speak nor write your own language”? Who will say such?
D. M. Hamel
30. “And I ? I’ve been to blame also”. Why M. Hamel was to be blamed?
A. He used to send Franz to water his plants instead of learning his lessons
B. M Hamel used to give him holiday when he went to fishing
C. He was not faithful in his service
D. Both A & B
31. According to M Hamel which language was the most beautiful in the world –
- It was the clearest , most logical
- One’s language is an important element of one’s identity. It paves the way for one’s independent existence, and if this element is taken away from one it is like taking away one’s identity and thereby, independence. This is why M. Hamel says that they must guard it among themselves
32. As long as they hold fast to their _________ it is as if they had the key to their prison.
No one can enslave a person who speaks his native language fluently. Knowing the mother tongue as a language is a weapon in the struggle against dominance.
33. Why was Franz amazed when M. Hamel opened a grammar & read a lesson ?
A. He very well understood the lesson
B. M. Hamel had never explained with so much patience
C. He was able to answer on participles
D. M. Hamel taught a lesson on freedom
* Everything seemed to be easy for Franz , as he listened very carefully & M. Hamel explained with so much patience
34. “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”. Who is referred to as poor man here?
B. M. Hamel
D. Instructor of William Douglas
35. What was written in the new copies ,M Hamel had bought for a lesson in writing?
A. France, Alsace , France , Alsace
B. France, Lorraine , France, Lorraine
C. Alsace, France, France, Lorraine
D. Language is the key to prison
*Looked like little flags floating everywhere in the school room
36. “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” What does these lines refer to ?
Ans: When several beetles flew into the classroom, no one was alarmed since everyone was focused on their work. The writer considered the pigeons on the roof of the class to be pupils as well, stating that the pigeons were scratching the ceiling with their claws and seemed to be writing the French language as well.
37. ____ used in the chapter, means a soft murmuring sound
38. On the roof the pigeons cooed very low, and I thought to myself, “Will they make them sing in German , even the pigeons?” Who is ‘they’ referred to here?
B. M. Hamel
*The author wishes to convey the idea that language comes naturally to a person and that it cannot be imposed upon anyone, be it pigeons or Frenchmen.
39. Why M. Hamel was gazing first at one thing then at another?
A. Before departing, he wanted to make a mental note of how everything looked in the schoolroom.
B. He wanted to take those things with him
C. Both A & B
*Gazing – looking intently
40. Who was packing the trunks of M. Hamel upstairs?
A. Prussian Soldier
C. His sister
D. His servant
41. On the last day M. Hamel gave lesson in –
D. All of the above
42. ‘the babies chanted their ba, be bi, bo, bu’. What does this line signify-
Ans: It signifies that even the babies were attentive on the last day and learnt everything religiously. Franz referred to the class as “babies” because although they were grown up, they were reciting the lesson of phonetics which is usually done by younger children. So, he calls himself and his class to be ‘babies’.
43. What was Hauser doing after M. Hamel gave lesson?
A. Hauser had put on his spectacles and holding the primer in both his hands, recited the letters with the class.
B. He left the classroom with other villagers
C. He bade a farewell to Hamel
D. He questioned M Hamel on participles
*He, too, was crying and his voice trembled with emotion.
44. “It was so funny to hear him that we all wanted to laugh and cry” Why Franz did had this mixed feeling?
Ans: He found it funny to see how an old man like Hauser was crying and trembling and on the other hand, he also felt emotional like Hauser did.
45. Angelus in the chapter refers to –
A. Holy angel
B. Prayer song in the church
C. Trumpets of Prussians
D. Farewell song to M. Hamel
46. “I never saw him look so tall” symbolizes –
A. Increase in Hamel’s Height
B. Seemed very confident
C. Stood on the chair
*Shows pride of M. Hamel
47. “My friends,” said he, “I- I- ” But something choked him”. Why was M Hamel not able to continue?
A. He was unhappy with the attitude of villagers
B. He was disappointed with Franz
C. He was overpowered by his emotions
D. He had to leave the country
48. What words did M. Hamel write on the blackboard ?
A. Long Live France
B. Vive La France
C. May France live long
D. Que la France Vivre Longtemps
* Means “Long Live France”, shows his respect and love for the french language
49. What was the last gesture of M.Hamel ?
A. Wrote ‘Vive la France’ on blackboard
B. “I- I-” He couldn’t go on
C. Made a gesture with his hand “Last lesson is over –you may go now”
D. Made a gesture with his hand “School is dismissed – you may go”
50. “What a thunderclap these words were to me!” The words were
A. loud and clear.
B. startling and unexpected.
C. pleasant and welcome
D. Sounding like a thunderstorm
51. Identify the option that best explains the meaning of underlined phrase/words
“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”
It is as if they have the key to the prison as long as they –
A. do not lose their language.
B. are attached to their language.
C. quickly learn the conqueror’s language.
D. revolt the language of the conqueror
52. Identify the option that best explains the meaning of underlined phrase/words
Don’t go so fast, you will get to your school in plenty of time. You will get to your school –
A. very late.
B. too early.
C. early enough
53. What do the marching soldiers under the windows refers to?
A) The Rise of Prussia with defeat of French people
B) The defeat of Prussia
C) The victory of French
D) Soldiers marching towards school
54. Which of the following human trait is portrayed in ‘The Last Lesson’?
A. Loss of a dear one
C. Plight of childhood
55. The theme of ‘The Last Lesson’ is –
Ans: The pain imposed on individuals by their conquerors by denying them the chance to learn or speak their native language , in simple words loss of freedom & language
56. On his way to school, Franz says that he had the strength to resist and chose to hurry off to school. The underlined phrase suggests that Franz was
57. Concluding his last lesson by writing ‘Vive la France!’ on the blackboard shows that M. Hamel –
A. was overwhelmed with emotions.
B. wanted to distract all attending class that day.
C. was keen on not leaving the country.
D. wanted to teach French participles through it
58. M. Hamel blamed __and ____for not sending students to school
A. parents, himself
B. himself, villagers
C. villagers, parents
D. students, parents
59. According to Franz “Will they make them sing in German, even the pigeons, really means that –
a) everyone has right to freedom of speech.
b) what compels people in power to force a language on common people.
c) the pigeons will be taught how to sing.
d) birds have their own singing language.
Choose the most appropriate combination
A. a) and b)
B. a) and c)
C. a)and d)
D. b) and c)
60. Opposite of ‘enslaved’ means
A. losing one’s freedom
B. becoming liberated
C. forcing one to remain in a bad situation
D. making a slave of someone
61. The unexpected news which shook Franz was the announcement made by M. Hamel that he was.
A. going to teach old villagers
B. going for a fishing adventure
C. taking his last lesson
D. going to scold him
62. Franz perceives Mr. Hamel as a strict teacher but now realises that Mr. Hamel is a
A. concerned and genuine teacher
B. repentant and meek teacher
C. clever and repentant teacher
D. forgiving and genuine teacher
Q63. Franz was able to understand so well today because
A. he wanted to impress Mr Hamel.
B. he wanted to impress the respectable villagers sitting behind
C. he was really trying hard to understand.
D. he wanted to quickly finish his work.
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