Diary of Anne Frank
1. Why does Anne provide a brief sketch of her life?
Answer: A good introduction helps drawing reader’s attention to the topic. Moreover, it gives background information about the topic. By providing brief sketch of her life, Anne gives an overview of her family, her relatives, and her age. This helps the reader to develop connect with the author.
2. What tells you that Anne loved her grandmother?
Answer: Her statement, that no one could understand her intensity of love for her grandma tells that she loved her grandmother. Moreover, the touching gesture of lighting up one candle for grandmother during Anne’s birthday is also a poignant reminder of the love for grandma.
3. Why was Mr Keesing annoyed with Anne? What did he ask her to do?
Answer: Anne was fond of talking too much. It can be assumed that like all strict teachers Mr. Keesing thought talkativeness as distraction for study. So he was annoyed with Anne. He asked Anne to write an essay on ‘chatterbox’, the person who talks too much.
4. How did Anne justify her being a chatterbox in her essay?
Answer: In her first essay Anne justified her talkativeness by explaining that it was in her genes, because her mother was also talkative.
Although detail about second essay is not given but it can be assumed that it was a good essay, because Mr. Keesing didn’t complain about Anne’s habit for a long time. In the last essay Anne made a humorous poem about a father duck and his ducklings. That essay amused and pleased Mr. Keesing so much that he stopped rebuking Anne for her talkativeness.
5. Do you think Mr Keesing was a strict teacher?
Answer: Whatever actions a teacher takes, that is done in good intention. Teachers always think about knowledge development of child. It is the differences in perspective of students vis-à-vis that of teachers which creates an image of a strict teacher.
Mr. Keesing was also trying to control a supposedly bad habit of Anne. When he was convinced that Anne was good at writing and her talkativeness was not coming in the way of her studies then he started behaving properly with Anne.
6. What made Mr Keesing allow Anne to talk in class?
Answer: Anne’s last essay was like an anecdote. This helped Mr. Keesing to see the lighter side of a natural bubbly behaviour of a teenager. This helped bridge the generation gap between the teacher and the student.
Don’t bite your nails, Amanda!
Don’t hunch your shoulders, Amanda!
Stop that slouching and sit up straight,
(There is a languid, emerald sea,
where the sole inhabitant is me—
a mermaid, drifting blissfully.)
While Amanda’s guardian is mouthing right behaviour lessons for her she is engrossed in her own world. She is dreaming of being a mermaid who is drifting blissfully in the sea. Drifting is different from swimming. While swimming amounts to controlled strokes, drifting is more careless. Swimming can be extraneous but drifting can be more pleasant.
Did you finish your homework, Amanda?
Did you tidy your room, Amanda?
I thought I told you to clean your shoes,
(I am an orphan, roaming the street.
I pattern soft dust with my hushed, bare feet.
The silence is golden, the freedom is sweet.)
Amanda is being asked if she has finished her homework, cleaned her room. But Amanda is feeling like an orphan who is roaming aimlessly in a street. Like carefree kid she is making patterns on soft dust with her bare feet. She has shut her ears to what is being told to her and in stead enjoying the golden silence of her inner world.
Don’t eat that chocolate, Amanda!
Remember your acne, Amanda!
Will you please look at me when I’m speaking to you,
(I am Rapunzel, I have not a care;
life in a tower is tranquil and rare;
I’ll certainly never let down my bright hair!)
Rapunzel was a princess with long golden hair. Her hair was so strong that she used to drop her hair from the watch tower she was living in and her prince charming used to climb by using her hair.
But Amanda wants to enjoy the tranquility of her tower and doesn’t want to let down her hair. She doesn’t want any prince to disturb her peace.
Stop that sulking at once, Amanda!
You’re always so moody, Amanda!
Anyone would think that I nagged at you,
Her gloomy face provokes her guardian to scold her for looking so gloomy. Because the guardian thinks everybody will come to know that Amanda had been scolded.
Amanda’s condition may be witnessed in every child’s life. When you are told a long list of dos and don’ts then you feel that everytime you are being made a target. A target of disciplined life, with strict moral code of conducts. Most of you feel like shutting off your mind from the outside world. It can be debatable if you should do that or not. But you should always remember that whatever you parents or teachers are telling are for your good only.
Biting nails can lead to worm infestation so stop doing if you are habituated to it. Cleaning up your room and other things will help you develop as a responsible individual. Doing homework develops a habit of accomplishing the task at hand.
These habits will help you in your adult life when you will be building your dream career.