English CBSE Class 11 NCERT Snapshot Chapter 5 Mother’s Day Extra Questions and Answers – Extract Based Questions Short Answer Questions Long Answer Questions and Value Based Questions


(Extra Questions)


Extract Based Questions

(i) What does Mrs. Pearson find so wonderful?

(a) having Fitzgerald at her house

(b) having Mrs. Fitzgerald as her friend

(c) having Mrs. Fitzgerald as her neighbour

(d) All the above

Answer: (c)

(ii) Where did Mrs. Fitzgerald learn the art of fortune telling?

(a) in the West

(b) in the South

(c) in the East

(d) in the North

Answer: (c)

(iii) To whom does ‘old man’ refer to in the above extract

(a) any person of old age

(b) husband of Mrs. Fitzgerald

(c) husband of Mrs. Pearson

(d) none of the above

Answer: (b)

(iv) The phrase ‘once for all’ has been used in the extract. Which of the following is in the incorrect use of this phrase.

(a) I have settled the dispute once for all

(b) I have sold my house once for all

(c) I have decided to study medicine once for all

(d) I have cooked my food once for all

Answer: (d)

(v) Which of the following is not advised by Mrs. Fitzgerald to Mrs. Pearson?

  1. make up your mind
  2. put your foot down
  3. put your hands up
  4. be mistress of your house
  5. be the boss of your house
  6. hold your head high

(a) 1 and 3

(b) 2 and 4

(c) 4 and 6

(d) 3 and 6

Answer: (d)



(i) To whom Mrs. Pearson is speaking to in the above extract?

(a) to Mrs. Fitzgerald

(b) to herself

(c) to her daughter

(d) to her husband

Answer: (a)

(ii) To whom does the word ‘them’ refer to in above extract?

(a) husband of Mrs. Pearson

(b) daughter of Mrs. Pearson

(c) son of Mrs. Pearson

(d) all the above

Answer: (d)

(iii) What does Mrs. Pearson express about ‘them’?

(a) nothing is ready for them

(b) they will be home very soon

(c) they would want to go out again

(d) all the above

Answer: (d)

(iv) Based on the extract please classify following as known and unknown to Mrs. Pearson.

  1. knows where to start from
  2. keep making up mind
  3. knows how to begin
  4. knows how to end
  5. wants to have it out with them

(a) K – 2,5 and U – 1,3,4

(b) K – 1,5 and U – 2,3,4

(c) K- 2,3 and U – 1,4,5

(d) K- 3,4 and U – 1,2,5

Answer: (a)


(i) Which of the following suggestion has not been made by Mrs. Pearson to Mrs. Fitzgerald?

(a) to go to her house

(b) to come back a little later

(c) to see how they are doing

(d) to not to enjoy it

Answer: (d)

(ii) While going, which of the following is not emotions of Mrs. Fitzgerald?

(a) she is nervous

(b) she doubts of it is the best way to deal with situation

(c) she feels happy about it

(d) she doubts if it will be right

Answer: (c)

(iii) Who is Doris?

(a) daughter of Mrs. Pearson

(b) daughter of Mrs. Fitzgerald

(c) a visitor to the house

(d) none of the above

Answer: (b)

(iv) What does Doris ask her mother to do?

(a) to stop doing what she had been doing

(b) to iron her yellow silk

(c) to move to the left

(d) none of the above

Answer: (b)


(i) Which of the following is not true about the yellow silk?

(a) Doris wants it ironed

(b) Doris likes this dress

(c) Doris is going to wear it tonight

(d) Pearson will iron it

Answer: (d)

(ii) Which of the following is not the response of Mrs. Pearson about ironing the yellow silk?

(a) Want it ironed?

(b) Is it going to iron itself?

(c) This time I am not going to iron it?

(d) This is the last time I will iron it?

Answer: (d)

(iii) Which of the following is not the response of Mrs. Pearson about working hard?

(a) Do not talk to me about working hard

(b) I know how much you work

(c) I work thrice the hours you do

(d) I do not get wages for working

Answer: (c)

(iv) Which of the following question is not asked by Mrs. Pearson to Doris?

(a) Where are you going?

(b) When are you going?

(c) Why are you going to wear yellow silk?

(d) Don’t you like it now?

Answer: (b)

(v) What does Mrs. Pearson get for working for long hours?

(a) Many thanks

(b) High wages

(c) Both (a) and (b)

(d) None of the above

Answer: (d)


(i) “Listen to the man!” Who is being referred to as ‘man’ in this sentence?

(a) George

(b) Cyril

(c) Husband of Mrs. Pearson

(d) Both (a) and (d)

Answer: (d)

(ii) George was annoyed because

(a) tea was not ready

(b) he did not want to have tea

(c) he did not want to go to club

(d) he was forced to take some tea

Answer: (a)

(iii) Who is laughed at the club?

(a) Pearson

(b) Doris

(c) George

(d) None of the above

Answer: (c)

(iv) What according to Mrs. Pearson, would happen if George tried to get annoyed at the bar?

(a) People will start respecting George

(b) People will start laughing more at George

(c) No change will occur

(d) George will be served tea at the bar

Answer: (b)

(v) Based on the above extract, please classify following as facts and opinion?

  1. George was annoyed at Mrs. Pearson
  2. Pearson believed that George might do similar act in the bar
  3. George thought that nobody laughed at him in the club
  4. George could not understand what Mrs. Pearson was talking.

(a) F – 1, 2 and O – 3,4

(b) F – 1,4 and O- 2,3

(c) F – 3,4 and O- 1,2

(d) F – 2,4 and O – 1,3

Answer: (b)


(i) Which of the following is not told by Mrs. Pearson to her husband?

(a) Why should you spend so much of time at the club

(b) People are always laughing at you in the club

(c) Why do you leave your wife at home night after night

(d) You wife makes you look like a fool

Answer: (d)


(ii) How often Cyril has been going to club with his father?

(a) regularly

(b) sometimes

(c) once or twice

(d) rarely

Answer: (c)


(iii) When George asked Cyril if people ay club laughed at him, Cyril was

(a) embarrassed

(b) hesitated

(c) cheered

(d) Both (a) and (b)

Answer (d)


(iv)  Based on the extract, please classify following as opinion and facts

  1. Pearson was aware that people at club laughed at George
  2. George used to regularly go to the club
  3. George believed that people at club respected him
  4. Cyril was aware that his father was a laughing stock at the club
  5. I do not think Mrs. Pearson wanted to hurt feelings of George

(a) F – 2,3,5 and O – 1,4

(b) F – 1,2,4 and O – 3,5

(c) F – 3,5 and O – 1,2,4

(d) F – 1,5 and O – 2,3,4

Answer: (b)

(v)A phrase ‘night after night’ has been used in the extract. Which of the following is not a correct phrase of similar construction?

(a) day after day

(b) work after work

(c) mile after mile

(d) water after water

Answer: (d)


(i) Why is George angry at Mrs. Fitzgerald?

(a) She addresses him as George

(b) There is no reason for him to get angry

(c) Fitzgerald says that she should have known about Doris

(d) Both (a) and (c)

Answer: (d)

(ii) In the line ‘What’s he got to do with it?’, who is referred as ‘he’?

(a) George

(b) Cyril

(c) Duke of Edinburgh

(d) None of the above

Answer: (c)

(iii) Which of the following reason cannot be attributed to George being angry at Mrs. Peason?

  1. Pearson calls him Duke of Edinburgh
  2. Pearson refused to go the club
  3. Pearson calls him Pompy-ompy Pearson
  4. Pearson did not prepare tea.
  5. Pearson did not notice Cyril
  6. Pearson did not exhibit patience

(a) 1,2 and 4

(b) 2,3 and 5

(c) 3,4 and 5

(d) 2,5 and 6

Answer: (d)

(v) What is the meaning of phrase ‘we’re at sixes and sevens’?

(a) We are fighting

(b) We are in a difficult situation

(c) We are very happy

(d) We are getting bored

Answer: (b)


(i) Which of the following is not spoken to by Mrs. Pearson for George?

(a) To go to club

(b) People at club will be waiting for George

(c) Not to disappoint people at the club

(d) To remain at the club for long hours

Answer: (d)

(ii) Pearson is

(a) Scolding George

(b) Taunting George

(c) Pleasing George

(d) Exonerating George

Answer: (b)

(iii) Which of the following complaints George does not make against Mrs. Pearson?

(a) Make me look silly

(b) Poor Doris is crying

(c) Getting the neighbour to support Doris

(d) Getting neighbours to see the fun

Answer: (c)

(iv) In the expression ‘let her hear it’ to whom does ‘her’ refer to?

(a) Pearson

(b) Fitzgerald

(c) Doris

(d) Cyril

Answer: (b)


(i) In the expression ‘Seeing that you don’t want to go out’, to whom does the word ‘you’ refer to

(a) George

(b) Doris

(c) Cyril

(d) All the above

Answer: (d)

(ii) What does Mrs. Pearson tell her family to do?

(a) To have family game of rummy

(b) Kids should prepare supper

(c) She will have a talk with George

(d) All the above

Answer: (d)

(iii) Who gives a warning to Mrs. Pearson?

(a) George

(b) Fitzgerald

(c) Doris

(d) Cyril

Answer: (b)

(iv) Which of the emotions has not been used in the extract?

(a) Smiling

(b) Giving warning

(c) Speaking humbly

(d) Speaking loudly

Answer: (d)


Short Answer Questions (30-40 words)

Answer: Mrs. Pearson was at pains because of behaviour of family members towards her. She wanted to know her future. Mrs. Fitzgerald was her neighbour who could foretell future using cards. So she had called her neighbour to her home.




Answer: Mrs. Fitzgerald advised Mrs. Pearson to stop accepting rude behaviour of her family members. She told that if Mrs. Pearson put her foot down, she would be regarded as mistress of her own house.


Answer: She was emotionally weak. Even when they were thoughtless and selfish, she loved them. She did want to create any unpleasantness in the house. Actually she did not how to start demanding good behaviour.




Answer: Mrs. Fitzgerald advised that they should change their spirits, keeping their bodies same. Thus Mrs. Fitzgerald would deal with family of Mrs. Pearson. Once things get corrected, they will change their spirits.

This method was suggested because Mrs. Pearson was hesitant to change her own behaviour.


Answer: Doris was surprised because she saw that her mother was smoking and playing cards.

Doris wanted her mother to iron out her yellow silk dress. She wanted Mrs. Pearson to serve her tea.




Answer: Doris wanted to go out with her friend Charlie Spence.

Her mother told Doris that Charlie Spence was buck teeth and half witted. She further told that she would have found somebody better than Charlie or would have given up as a bad job.


Answer: Mrs. Pearson told Doris that she would not iron her yellow dress. Mrs. Pearson insulted Doris’s friend Charlie.

More than the words, Doris was affected by the way Mrs. Pearson said those things and the way she looked. Hence she started crying.




Answer: Doris thought that Mrs. Pearson might have got hit by something on her head. So she might be having concussions. Cyril thought that her mother might have become barmy.

They anticipated an interesting scene when their father comes home.


Answer: she informed her siblings that she may change to 8 hours working per day for five days in a week. She may take off on every Saturday and Sunday. She may go out on weekend.




Answer: George was surprised to see that his wife Mrs. Pearson was drinking stout. He had never never seen his wife drinking stout. He was further surprised to learn that Mrs. Pearson had not prepared tea.


Answer: Mrs. Pearson sarcastically replied George about his annoyance for not getting tea ready. She told him that people at club laughed behind his back. They call him pompy-omphy Pearson because they thought he was slow and pompous.




Answer: Doris had been crying her eyes out. Tea had not been prepared. Mrs. Pearson had questioned the way Cyril spent his time and money. Mrs. Pearson had informed George that he was called a pompy-omphy Pearson at the club.


Answer: George was annoyed because he thought his wife had called Mrs. Fitzgerald to watch the situation of their home. So she shouted at Mrs. Pearson.

Mrs. Pearson threatened to slap George on his big fit silly face.




Answer: Mrs. Fitzgerald advised Mrs. Pearson not to be soft to her family members. She should not explain or apologise for what she had done. Occasionally tone of her voice should indicate that she can be tough with them.


Answer: Mrs. Pearson asked them to play a nice family game of ruummy. Later children should prepare dinner for the family. During this time she would have a discussion with her husband.


Answer: Mrs Fitzgerald is a bold lady. She thinks that woman needs to exert herself to claim her rights.

Mrs. Pearson has a week personality. She is not able to demand respect for herself. She keeps dancing to the tune of her family members.


Answer: Mrs. Pearson has a soft nature. She loved her family members. She could not tolerate their difficulties. She always wanted to make them comfortable. She did not have the courage to discuss her situation with her family.

Thus she could make any changes.

Answer: She had addressed him by his first name. This was not liked by George.

When George mentioned abut Doris crying, Mrs. Fitzgerald responded that she should have known about it. He considered this as interference in their family matters.

Hence George got angry.

Answer; Doris is daughter of Mrs. Pearson. Her behavior to her mother is arrogant and demanding. She takes her mother for granted hence has no hesitation in asking to do many routine activities. Doris easily breaks down when Mrs. Pearson wields her authority.


Long Answer questions (120-150 words)

Answer: Mrs. Pearson refused to iron clothes of Doris. She informed Doris that she had no intention of preparing tea. She called Charlie Spence a buck teeth and half-witted person. She did not bother when Doris cried her eyes out.

Mrs. Pearson informed Cyril that she had would not mend his dress. She declared that this is similar to Cyril refusing to do work of home. Then she starts consuming stout.

She informed Doris and Cyril that she would be working 8 hrs a day and forty hours per week. She would take two days off on weekend.

Mrs. Pearson teased George by saying that people at the club called him pomphy-omphy Pearson.

She ordered Cyril, Doris and George to behave properly with Mrs. Fitzgerald. She threatened George to slap him on his big fat silly face.

In nutshell she refused to take orders and asserted her right of equality. Thus attitude of all family members got changed.


Answer: In my opinion the title of the play is very much justified.

The play starts with Mrs. Pearson seeking advice from an astrologer about her future.

The play takes us through a typical day in the house. First Doris comes home. She orders her mother to do ironing of clothes. She also expects that she would be served tea by her mother.

Next comes Cyril. He enquires if his dress has been mended. He too expects that he would be served tea.

Cyril and Doris both are not worried about the work mother might have done. They are surprised when mother expresses her desire to enjoy her weekend.

George too is equally demanding. He does not care for the needs of his wife nor does he respect her friends.

Thus the play describes a typical day and struggle of a mother. Thus the title is justified.

Other possible title could have been ‘Struggle of a Mother’.


Answer: Mrs. Fitzgerald had realised that Mrs. Pearson had a weak personality. She was pained at the treatment meted out to her by her family members. She loved her family members. She did not have the willingness to be assertive in demanding her right dues. Owing to these aspects Mrs. Fitzgerald had a doubt if Mrs. Pearson would be able to correct behaviour of family members. Thus Mrs. Fitzgerald proposed to exchange her spirit with that of Mrs. Pearson for some time.

Alternatively, Mrs. Pearson could have spoken to each of the family members. She could have explained her physical limitations and emotional needs. Kids would generally understand need of their mother and start co-operating quickly and regularly. This prompts father to fall in line. The whole family thus becomes happy.



Mrs. Pearson was a timid person. She did not have the courage to stand up for herself. She could not speak to her family members about the improvements she wanted.

She was able to identify her own emotional needs. She too needed some rest during the day. But she continued to sacrifice her own needs on the altar of family.

She definitely loved her family. She could not tolerate that Doris was crying. Nor could she align with insults inflicted on Cyril and George.

She lacked confidence in herself and her deeds. She took assistance of a fortune teller to predict her future. She had doubts on herself about implementing it. They had to change their spirits for implementing solution.

She was a friendly lady. Her friends were ready to go to any extent to help her.

Thus Mrs. Pearson lacked confidence, loved her family and was ready to sacrifice her own needs for the sake of family.



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