The Last Lesson – Important Questions

1.      What was Franz expected to be prepared with for school that day?
2.      What tempted Franz to stay away from school?
3.      What had been put up on the bulletin-board?
4.      What did Franz notice that was unusual about the school that day?
How was the scene in the school in the morning of the last lesson different from that
on other days?
What changes did the narrator find in the school when the order from Berlin came?
What was the order from Berlin and what changes did it cause in the school?
What changes did the order from Berlin cause in school that day?
5.      What was unusual about M Hamel’s dress on his last day in the school?
6.      Mention two things about M Hamel that surprised Franz on his last day at school.
7.      Who were sitting on the back benches during M Hamel’s last lesson? Why?
Why had the villagers come to school on the day of the last lesson?
Why were the elders of the village sitting in the classroom?
8.      Why is the order from Berlin called a ‘thunderclap’ by Franz?
“What a thunderclap these words were to me!” What were the words that shocked and surprised the narrator?
How did Franz react to the declaration that it was their last French lesson?
What announcement did M Hamel make? What was the impact of this on Franz?
“This is your last French lesson.” How did Franz react to this declaration of M Hamel?
What changes came over little Franz after he heard M Hamel’s announcement?
9.      Franz thinks, “Will they make them sing in German, even the pigeons?” What could this mean?
10.    How did Franz’s feelings about M. Hamel and school change?
11.    The people in this story suddenly realise how precious their language is to them. What shows you this? Why does this happen?
12.    Why does M Hamel reproach himself for his students, unsatisfactory progress in Studies?
Who did M Hamel blame for the neglect of learning on the part of boys like Franz?
How did M Hamel react when Franz failed to recite rule for the participle?
13.    What shows M Hamel’s love for the French language?
14.    What did M Hamel tell the students about the French language? What did he ask them to do and why?
What did the French teacher tell his students in his last French lesson? What impact did it have on them?
15.    What words did M Hamel write on the blackboard before dismissing the last class? What did they mean?
16.    What made M Hamel cry towards the end of his last lesson?
17.    What was the mood in the classroom when M Hamel gave his last French lesson?
18.    How did M Hamel say farewell to his students and the people of the town?
19.    "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". Comment on the basis of the story "The last Lesson"?
20.    The story "The last lesson" is all about 'Linguistic Chauvinism'. Comment?
21.    What impression do you form of M Hamel on the basis of your study of the story “The Last Lesson”?
22.    What do you think is the theme of the story ‘The Last Lesson’? What is the reason behind its universal appeal?

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