English CBSE Class 12 NCERT Flamingo Chapter 7 The Interview Free Solution of Textbook Questions and Answers 


(Text Book Questions)


Think as you read

Answer: Interview has become a very common form of journalism. It is regarded the most acceptable form of communication. Many claim interview to be the source of truth and an art. It is possible to get insight about one’s thoughts and beliefs through interview. Thus interview is a powerful medium to have an impact on audience.


Answer: Several celebrities consider interview as an unwarranted intrusion into their person lives.  Some even feel that interview reduces their dignity thus consider themselves as victims of interview. Many celebrities feel puzzled and uneasy during interview. 

V. S. Naipaul and Lewis Carroll have gone through ‘horrors’ of interview. Lewis Carroll has even said that interview is immoral, crime and a personal assault. H.G. Wales has also referred to ‘interviewing ordeals’.


Answer: In some medieval cultures it was believed that taking photograph is same as stealing the soul of a person.


Answer: The expression implies ‘feeling uneasy or puzzled’. The person being interviewed feels puzzled because the questions being asked may have difficult answers or may pertain to his / her personal life.


Answer: The main source of information in this era is the person who takes interview. Through exact questions the interviewer tries to bring out that could be of interest to the audience. The interviewer thus commands a position of power and influence.


Understanding the text

Answer: In my opinion Umberto Eco likes being interviewed.

Umberto Eco has answered all questions politely and in a friendly manner. He, own his own, describes occurrences about dissertation of his first Ph.D. He laughs and shrugs during the interview which indicates that he is at ease during an interview.

He narrates his discussion with his U.S. publisher. Umberto Eco also talks about his preferred TV shows.

He clarifies that his preference is towards academics. He is quite polite is stating his preference for being a professor who writes on Sundays.

Above parts of interview support my opinion.


Answer: Umberto Eco seems to be utilizing any free time available to him for writing. Quite handsomely he had described ‘utilization of empty spaces’ or ‘duration of no activity’ for writing.

He does have liking for some TV serials but he has restricted duration of this activity.

He avoids activities that do not help him pursue his goals. Two such activities are meeting of Pen Clubs and writers.

He writes around his ethical and philosophical interests. So it is easier for him to write more.   

Through above means and methods Eco is able to write more in less duration.


Answer: His style has a tint of playfulness. His books revolve around non-violence, peace and his philosophical interests. He likes to write about the empty spaces and the time zone of no activity. While writing his dissertations, Eco writes in the form of story – he includes his trials as well as his errors. He writes novels to satisfy his urge to write narratives. His writings are set in the background of medieval history and include wisdom of ancient China.

Above are salient distinctive features about writing of Umberto Eco.


Answer: Umberto Eco has given a statement, “I am a professor who writes novels on Sundays”.

He would participate in academic conference and avoid meetings of Pen Clubs or writers.

Thus we can conclude that Umberto Eco considers himself an academic scholar first. 


Answer: The Name of the Rose is a serious novel. Some parts of this novel can be considered a detective novel.  But this novel also talks about reality, religious beliefs and middle age history.

Probably the novel reached the people who like to read such aspects. Though according to Umberto Eco success of this novel and any other book is a mystery.


Talking about the text

Discuss in pairs or small groups 

Answer: I recently watched an interview of Mitali Raj which was conducted by Gaurav Kapur under the banner of ‘Breakfast with Champions’.

Right at the beginning of the interview I visualized the power of interviewer. Gaurav made Mitali Raj accept that reading a book in dug out is unusual. She was very candid to say this to Gaurav.

We can see the facial expressions and movement of hands to understand emotions behind the words spoken.

They talk freely about the impact of social media and hacking of social media accounts. Several other challenges are spelt out.

Some of the personal family aspect and chit-chat among team members, discussion of the dressing room etc. were talked. Thus the strength of this medium to bring about the truth to audience was visible. 

Overall it gave a good understanding about the game, the players, playing conditions and improvement in infrastructure over a period of time.


Answer: I like television for an interview. This is the only media that allows to observe expressions of the interviewee as well as that of the interviewer. So we can observe not only the words and tone but also the intensity of emotions behind the words. This helps us to visualize the completeness of communication.

Since the communication is recorded there is no opportunity for any person to allege misquoting or wrong interpretation. The print media and the radio does not have this advantage.

Hence I prefer television over other media for an interview.


Answer: Privacy is a right of not only a common person but of a celebrity also. Every person likes to keep one’s family life close to oneself. The same holds good for the personal preferences about kind of clothing, food, customs and culture one relishes or abhors. Asking questions about these aspects can be difficult proposition for any person.

Sometimes interviewers ask questions pertaining to the aspects considered for taking a particular decision. They do not relaise that answering such question may not be in the interest of the team or it could even be against the nation.

If the person does not answer such questions or gets irritated, the interviewer is quick to label him as arrogant, reserved or with any other adjective.

In my opinion we must respect privacy of every person and refrain from labeling a person. We should restrict ourselves to the domain of public life and be courteous and humble while interviewing a person.




An Interview with Umberto Eco

By: Mukund Padmanabhan

Special Correspondent

The Hindu, Bengaluru

An interview with Umberto Eco, the famous academic and novelist, was conducted at Bengaluru on 18 Dec 20XX. Umberto Eco is a professor and a prolific writer. He has written novels, children’s books, essays, academic texts, fiction and non-fiction. This is an indicative spectrum of his versatility. If you ask him how he could do so much, he is very humble is his response. “I am always doing the same thing”. A lesson for many of us who would jump the bandwagon frequently.

All along he has been pursuing his philosophical interests be it his academic writing or other literary works. Hence his works have a joyfulness and personal quality built into it.

His writing style is like story telling. He did not wait for the right moment to start his literary works. He turned every moment of his life into right moment. He is considered a legend when it comes to semiotics.

Umberto Eco believes in utilizing ‘empty spaces’ or ‘no-activity time zones’. He values his time and avoids activities that would deviate his focus. Though he does indulge in selectively watching TV. Thus his time management skills are of very high order.

His novel The Name of the Rose has sold many million copies across the globe. His publishers had doubts about success of this book but eventually it turned out to be a huge success. He is polite in saying that success of a book is a mystery.

It was a nice interaction with a highly successful person who continues to believe in human values and humility.



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