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What Made Mr Keesing Allow Anne to Talk in Class?

Last updated date: 23rd Apr 2024
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Hint: The context of the above question is given in the chapter ‘From the Diary of Anne Frank’ written by Anne Frank. She was a German born Jewish girl who wrote while in hiding with her family and friends in Amsterdam during World War II.

Complete answer:
Mr.Keesing was Anne’s maths teacher at school. Anne was not very good at maths and neither did her teacher like her. Mr. Keesing was frustrated with her, over her habit of talking too much. Despite his warnings when she didn’t curb her habit, he gave her an additional assignment of writing an essay on the topic ‘ A Chatterbox’. In order to prove the necessity of talking she elaborated in her essay that she will try to curb her habit of talking but she couldn’t do much about the inherited traits i.e. she said she developed this habit from her mother and it was a mistake of genes.

Mr. Keesing had a good laugh over the essay written by her. But the extra assignment didn’t help Mr. Keesing with his problem, therefore, Anne was given a second assignment to write on ‘An incorrigible chatterbox’. This time the assignment deterred Anne from talking, but only for two days. On the third day, Mr. Keesing was required to give an assignment again. This time the topic was ‘ Quack, Quack, Quack said Mistress Chatterbox’. This time Anne wanted to submit something that would ensure that the joke was on Mr. Keesing.

She wrote a poem which narrated about a mother duck and a father swan with three baby ducklings who were bitten to death by the father because they quacked too much. Mr. Keesing got the joke right away. Thereafter, he never interrupted her from talking in the class and never assigned any extra assignments either.

Note: The Diary of Anne Frank was originally written in dutch and translated in several languages. It was a record of all the events from 12 June 1942 until its final entry on 1 August 1944 as she died in February of 1945. She and her sister succumbed to typhus in the concentration camp.The diary was a gift on her thirteenth birthday. It became one of the most widely read literary works.
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