Chapter 15 University Days English Class 11 Notes

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Q.1) Compare Thurber’s approach to seeing the cell of the flower with that of his teacher and other students. Is he, in your view, making fun of himself, other students or of the teacher’s ways of instruction? Explain.

Answer:

Thurber is always witty in his writings. One can feel a sense of humour in his literary work. In this essay, Thurber’s approach to seeing the cell of flower with that of his teacher and other students is quite different. The reason behind is his disinterest in the subject of botany and some eyesight issues as well. Due to this, he never understands the botany lectures and he is also unable to see anything in the microscope. He is in one way or the other is making fun of fellow students and his teacher’s way of instruction as well. We come to know about this as his attitude always irritates the botany teacher and the way the teacher shows his frustration really becomes a source of amusement to Thurber.   

Q.2) James Thurber gives a great deal of descriptive detail in his essay “University Days”; what senses does the description appeal to? How does this detail make us feel and connect with the experience of the writer?

Answer:

In this essay, Thurber gives a great deal of descriptive detail that helps readers to visualize the whole scenario of the happenings that take place in the college premises. The readers really find his college experience interesting, exciting and amusing. He shares his college experience quite well through the effective use of the sense of sight and hearing. Every situation is explained so clearly that the readers can easily imagine the scene when a professor is in rage, or the students looking into the microscope and drawing plant cells in their notebooks.

What is the thesis of the ‘University Days’? Is it stated or implied?

Chapter 15 University Days English Class 11 Notes

The thesis statement of ‘University Days’ is:
“I passed all the other courses that I took at my university, but I could never pass botany. This was because all botany students had to spend several hours a week in a laboratory looking through a microscope at plant cells, and I could never see through a microscope.”

The thesis is implied in nature. Thurber has not stated anything directly, instead, he explains everything through his personal ideas and experiences in an indirect way.

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Q.4) What is the implied message of ‘University Days’?

Answer:

The implied message of ‘University Days’ is that it is the prime responsibility of students to pay attention to studies and follow teachers’ instructions properly. Apart from this, the teachers should know about the inabilities, and weaknesses of their students. The teacher should try to find the reasons for the disinterest of the student in the subject or studies. The teacher should try to probe into the matter why the student/s are not taking interest in studies or not following the instructions of the teacher.

Q.5) Why was the instructor irritated with Thurber?

Answer:

The instructor was irritated with Thurber because he was continuously guiding, instructing and helping Thurber to see something in the microscope but to vain. Thurber was unable to follow the instructions of his instructor and to see anything specific in the microscope and that act of him really became a source of irritation and frustration for the instructor.

Writing University Days English Class 11 Notes

B. Analyze James Thurber’s “University days” and highlight the features of personal narrative that you have learnt and are employed in this essay.

Grammar University Days English Class 11 Notes

A. Tell which of the sentences are in the usual correct order of adjective.

  1. She was wearing red beautiful shoes.
    She was wearing beautiful red shoes.
  2. He is just an old silly man.
    He is just a silly old man.
  3. She bought a new powerful computer.
    She bought a powerful new computer.
  4. They have just moved into a modern big house.
    They have just moved into a big modern house.
  5. Last night I watched an interesting German film.
    Last night I watched a German interesting film.
  6. I need a new electronic dictionary.
    I need an electronic new dictionary.
  7. My cellar is full of black big spiders.
    My cellar is full of big black spiders.
  8. She was carrying a new beautiful bag.
    She was carrying a beautiful new bag.
  9. I hate this awful wet weather.
    I hate this wet awful weather.
  10. I like that small glass coffee table.
    I like that glass small coffee table.
    I like that coffee glass small table.
  11. There is a red horrible insect on your back.
    There is a horrible red insect on your back.
  12. Sim City is a new exciting computer game.
    Sim City is a new computer exciting game.
    Sim City is an exciting new computer game.
  13. I ate hot delicious soup for lunch.
    I ate delicious hot soup for lunch.
  14. They live in a wonderful old wooden house.
    They live in an old wonderful wooden house.
    They live in a wooden wonderful old house.
  15. They are a heavy loud metal band.
    They are a loud heavy metal band.
    They are a metal heavy loud band.

Answer:

  1. She was wearing red beautiful shoes.
    She was wearing beautiful red shoes.
  2. He is just an old silly man.
    He is just a silly old man.
  3. She bought a new powerful computer.
    She bought a powerful new computer.
  4. They have just moved into a modern big house.
    They have just moved into a big modern house.
  5. Last night I watched an interesting German film.
    Last night I watched a German interesting film.
  6. I need a new electronic dictionary.
    I need an electronic new dictionary.
  7. My cellar is full of black big spiders.
    My cellar is full of big black spiders.
  8. She was carrying a new beautiful bag.
    She was carrying a beautiful new bag.
  9. I hate this awful wet weather.
    I hate this wet awful weather.
  10. I like that small glass coffee table.
    I like that glass small coffee table.
    I like that coffee glass small table.
  11. There is a red horrible insect on your back.
    There is a horrible red insect on your back.
  12. Sim City is a new exciting computer game.
    Sim City is a new computer exciting game.
    Sim City is an exciting new computer game.
  13. I ate hot delicious soup for lunch.
    I ate delicious hot soup for lunch.
  14. They live in a wonderful old wooden house.
    They live in an old wonderful wooden house.
    They live in a wooden wonderful old house.
  15. They are a heavy loud metal band.
    They are a loud heavy metal band.
    They are a metal heavy loud band.

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