Rbse Solutions for Class 11 English Snapshots Chapter 5 Mother’s Day

NCERT Solutions for Class 11 English Snapshots Chapter 5 Mother’s Day (updated)

Class11
SubjectEnglish
BookSnapshot
Chapter Number5
Chapter NameMother’s Day

Mother’s Day NCERT Solutions for Class 11 English Snapshots Chapter 5 (upda)

Mother’s Day NCERT Text Book Questions and Answers

Mother’s Day Reading with insight

Question 1.
This play written in the 1950s, is a humorous and satirical depiction of the status of the mother in a family.
(i) What are the issues it raises ?
Answer:
As this play depicts the old status of mother that’s why it conveys that in those times
(1) mothers were treated like a slave or we can saw a home appliance just a care latest nothing else.
(2) mother were always take for granted as if they did not have any like or dislike or what would made them happy or sad. In short she was thought to be the worst-part for due best use in household jobs.

(ii) Do you think it caricatures these issues or do you think that the problems it raises are genuine ? How does the play resolve the issues? Do you agree with the resolution?
Answer:
It caricatures the character of Mrs Fitzgerland put not the issues but her char¬acter suits because whatever she enacts that all is for betterment of Mrs. Pearson. The problem raised are genuine because it gives the genuine picture and condition of the family in 50’s.

The play resolves the issues very dramatically as whenever some one in problem he wishes to be some one mightier to face and solve his problem skilfully. The same happened in the play and issues are resolved. I do agree because true realization can only eradicate the civil issues for over.

Question 2.
If you were to write about these issues today what are some of the incidents, examples and problems that you would think of as relevant ?
Answer:
Doris Pearson, the daughter of the family was willing to go out with Charlie Spence a mature person not that good and could even ruin her life. But she whs mad about him. The same is happening today’s era. The girls want to be out even late at night for their fun and frolic. Their companion should be mad about them and rich. If a fellow qualifies these two condition the girls would also go crazy.

Today’s woman is independent and think of her identity not like the women of 1950, totally devoted to the family. As too much of everything is bad same is the case with women. Too much of negligency or suppression leads to depressing and demoralization. On the other hand too much of liberty would also ruin the house. There are no parameters for conduct and behaviour because where our liberty ends other’s liberty start.

Question 3.
Is drama a good medium for conveying a social message ? Discuss.
Answer:
Drama is an effective medium for conveying a social message because it gives the sugarcoated bitterpill easy to swallow and removes the disease as well. Drama stages the actions and situations. When a person watches, imagines himself in those shoes and realizes because a wearer, only best knows where the shoe pinches. Such dramas are very effective because it conveys the message to the literate or illiterate, elder or younger and urban or rural society undubiously.

Question 4.
Read the play out in parts. Enact the play on a suitable occasion.
Answer:
Enact in Classroom.

Question 5.
Discuss in group, plays or films with a strong message of social reform that you have watched.
Answer:
Teachers can help the students by dividing the students into four groups e.g. A, B, C, D. Each group should be given separate topic to enact within a week time.

Questions On Appreciation

Question 1.
Write about the relationship between Mrs. F and Mrs. P which forced Mrs. F to help Mrs. P.
Answer:
Mrs. F and Mrs. P were neighbours and good friends too. Like other ladies they share their joys and sorrows. This sharing made Mrs F about Mrs. P sorrows and weaknesses which pinched Mrs. F a lot Mrs. F makes up her mind to help Mrs. P in family affairs. It was not possible to set the things right, therefore both of them exchanged their bodies and it was a child’s play for Mrs. F. Later Mrs. F as Mrs. P sets Mrs. P’s family affairs in her own way.

Question 2.
Comment on the contrast characters of Mrs. F and Mrs. P.
Answer:
Mrs F is older, heavier and strong and sinister personality. On the other hand Mrs. P is a pleasant but worried looking woman in forties. Both are working opposite personality and they are different in their behaviour too. That’s why when Mrs. F settles Mrs P family affairs in an unpleasant way, it’ seems to be ironical and unbearable to Mrs. P. Though they are opposite in every respect but good friends indeed may be because opposites attract each others.

Question 3.
Detail any situation from the drama when Mrs F call a spade a spade and comment as well.
Answer:
Mrs. F as Mrs P straight way tells Mr. George Pearson that why he is going to club always and not spending time with his wife though his wife always concerns for him. She also discloses that people at club are naming you Pompy-ompy Pearson because they think you’re slow and pompous. George gets upset and calls Cyril to clarify but Cyril hesitatingly tells that it is true. George gets staggered and Cyril indignantly turns to Mrs. F as Mrs. P for unpolished behaviour. She call a spade a spade very ironically hurting the feelings of the George.

Question 4.
Express Doris and Cyril thinking and assumption about Mrs. F as Mrs. P.
Answer:
Both of them faced a real set back when there was not even a tea for them. Moreover Mom was planning to go out for squal meal. They thought their Mom might have got hurt and became insane. That’s why she was doing such activities. They got annoyed when she carried on the same behaviour with their father too. They were in tears when actual Mrs P the real Mom entered their house. She was welcomed as never before as a saviour.

Discussion

Question 1.
The way in which Mrs. F solved Mrs. P problem is humorous, realistic, ironical, imaginative or practical. Elaborate.
Answer:
The dramatic procedure followed for solving the problem is humorous to the reader only. It is non realistic as in real life we can’t exchange our bodies or spirit. It is purely imaginative as every one wishes to change himself and the situations with a magic chant but we know it is not possible but imaginations can go to any extent.

It is practically impossible to misbehave with the family members and to treat harshly to convince or make them realize. Through love and emotion everything can be made right. It is ironically because an outsider can only call a spade without carrying about the feeling of others. Therefore the way Mrs. F followed was completely unrealistic and ironical approach of solving the problem

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Question 1(i):

This play, written in the 1950s, is a humorous and satirical depiction of the status of the mother in the family.

 What are the issues it raises?

ANSWER:

Mother’s Day is a comical satire. The story is a simple one, yet it strongly condemns the position of women in society. Our mothers and wives work hard daily, turning our houses into homes. They receive no wages and have no weekends off and work all day long, round the clock. Little do we realise the hard work they put in to make it all perfect. We take them for granted and never appreciate them or stop by to drop a word of ‘thanks’. The story very clearly states that our mothers and wives have equal right to relax, enjoy their lives and deserve acknowledgement and appreciation. They sacrifice their whole lives building ours’. Husbands stay busy at work and kids are occupied in their own lives. Amidst all this women lose their self trying to contain our world.

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Question 1(ii):

This play, written in the 1950s, is a humorous and satirical depiction of the status of the mother in the family.

Do you think it caricatures these issues or do you think that the problems it raises are genuine? How does the play resolve the issues? Do you agree with the resolution?

ANSWER:

A model answer has been provided for students’ reference.

It is strongly recommended that students prepare the answer on their own.

The issues that the story raises are genuine and we must heed them. In the story the major complaint of Mrs. Pearson is that her family does not spend time with her. The author has tried to highlight the fact that how lonely can a woman feel when all the members of her family leave early morning to work and then return in the evening just to get the supper and then leave again to socialise outside home. They pay her no time or attention. She selflessly makes the home and asks nothing in return. However, little do we realise that they also yearn for company and wish to spend time with their loved ones.


In the play, Mrs. Fitzgerald, a determined lady who lives in the neighbourhood and a fortune teller, helped Mrs. Pearson by exchanging body with her and dealt with Mrs. Pearson’s family. She made the Pearsons understand that Mrs. Pearson is a human after all and that even after working 24×7 she receives no acknowledgement and appreciation from her family members. She did not prepare the supper and did not iron the clothes and made George, Doris and Cyril realise that how dependent they are actually on Mrs. Pearson. She is the sole pillar who keeps their lives in place and keeps everything ready for them before even they have asked for it. Finally when the three receive such harsh treatment and see Annie sitting back and not doing household chores, they feel helpless and find it all difficult to manage on their own. They realise that their lives are absolutely incomplete without Mrs. Pearson.

The resolution was perfect and very well decided. The Pearsons needed the harsh treatment after all else they would have never realised the blunder they were going on committing. After what all happened and when Mrs. Fitzgerald and Mrs. Pearson exchanged the bodies back to the original ones, Annie tells George, Doris and Cyril to stay back and play cards with her and proposed that kids would do cooking while she could sit back and relax while talking to her husband, to which the three approved merrily.

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Question 2:

If you were to write about these issues today what are some of the incidents, examples and problems that you would think of as relevant?

ANSWER:

A model answer has been provided for students’ reference.

It is strongly recommended that students prepare the answer on their own.

No matter that time has changed and women in today’s society have become confident and aware about their rights. However, they still continue to be dominated in conservative societies like ours. Even in western world, one may find many such families, like Pearsons, where the lady of the house alone manages all for the rest of the members. They work round the clock, doing the house hold chores all by themselves without complaining and do not even receive appreciation. Our mothers take little liberty to enjoy or have their own leisure time. A woman is accepted only in the avtar of a home maker, we never can accept our mothers or wives going out with her friends. We all stereotype a woman as a lady who is going to cook food for us, iron our clothes, sit back at home all day cleaning our room and anxiously waiting for us to return in the evening. We behave as if she can not have a life and is liable for our our work. We must always keep it in mind that that woman in our house needs our attention and appreciation and we must be greatful to her.

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Question 3:

Is drama a good medium for conveying a social message? Discuss.

ANSWER:

A model answer has been provided for students’ reference.

It is strongly recommended that students prepare the answer on their own.

Drama or theatre is a perfect media to deliver social messages to the society. Now that we are in the digital era, we have various kinds of media, print, electronic and cyber. However, in the times when there were no TVs, the only media was theatre. Media not just reflects the society but also revolutionises the society. Jean Genet has made it very clear from his plays that the society dwells on images. Hence, what we show affects the society largely. So, in Drama or Theatre, when the characters come alive and equivocally make their point in front of the whole society, they raise questions, very strong and vital issues are highlighted, which otherwise remain ignored. People heed to what is displayed and learn and not just relate and get emotional.


It is believed that in drama, comedy is best able to mark an effect on the audience. Comedy does not stimulate the audience emotionally; hence, there is no subsequent catharsis. Thus, the alienated audience is able to think rationally rather than getting emotional and is able to infer what the dramatist has been trying to convey. Thus, it opens the audience’s mind and they begin to think about what has been suggested or portrayed in the story rather than associating themselves with the characters and reaching a catharsis.

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