NCERT Solutions for Class 11 English Hornbill Chapter 7

The Browning Version Class 11

Chapter 7 The Browning Version Exercise Answers & Summary

The play presents a conversation between a lower fifth grade science student, Taplow and Frank, a teacher.

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Exercise : Solutions of Questions on Page Number : 50

Q1 :  

Notice these expressions in the text. Infer their meaning from the context.

  • Remove

  • slackers

  • muck

  • kept in

  • got carried away

  • cut

  • sadist

  • shrivelled up


Answer :

  • emove: a division in a school

  • slackers: unmotivated and lazy students

  • muck: useless, of no practical good

  • kept in: grounded, detained, work after the official school hours

  • got carried away: to get very excited or lose control of your feelings due to strong emotions.

  • cut: escape, go away without permission.

  • sadist: a person who gets pleasure out of inflicting pain to others

  • shrivelled up: having no feelings

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Understanding the texttalking about the textworkin : Solutions of Questions on Page Number : 56

Q1 :  

Comment on the attitude shown by Taplow towards Crocker-Harris.


Answer :

Taplow has a strange attitude towards Crocker Harris. Although he does not appreciate the teacher much, he tells Frank, "The funny thing is that in spite of everything, I do rather like him. I can't help it."
On one hand, Taplow feels that Crocker is a master who cannot appreciate the extra work done by the students. Taplow says that Crocker is "hardly human". He asserts that Crocker is no "sadist" as he has no feelings at all. He is "like a nut". Taplow believes that Crocker seems to hate people who like him. He is a teacher who a student can never disobey. And therefore, Taplow feels scared to escape meeting him and waits for him even when Crocker is late.
However, Taplow still likes Crocker. He laughs at his poor jokes to make a common gesture of politeness. He is respectful towards Crocker and dares not cut the extra work even after Millie Crocker-Harris suggests him to do that. He only moves out when she hands him a task related to Crocker himself.

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Q2 :  

Talking about teachers among friends.


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Q3 :  

A sadist is a person who gets pleasure out of giving pain to others. 

Given below are some dictionary definitions of certain kinds of persons. 

Find out the words that fit these descriptions. 

1. A person who considers it very important that things should be correct or genuine e.g. in the use of language or in the arts: P... 

2. A person who believes that war and violence are wrong and will not fight in a war: P... 

3.A person who believes that nothing really exists: N... 

4. A person who is always hopeful and expects the best in all things: O... 


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Q4 :   Based on the text enact your own version of the play. Work in pairs.


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Q5 :  

Does Frank seem to encourage Taplow's comments on Crocker-Harris?


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Q6 :  

The manner you adopt when you talk about a teacher to other teachers.


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Q7 :  

What do you gather about Crocker-Harris from the play?


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Q8 :  

Reading plays is more interesting than studying science.


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