Long Questions and Answers
Question 1 : You are ‘Wanda’. You are deeply hurt by the behaviour of your classmates. Express your feelings in the form of a diary entry.
Tuesday, 30th March , 20xx
I am very much aggrieved and disturbed by the insulting words of my classmates: Peggy and Maddie, as both of them leave no stone unturned to look me down. And being a Polish girl having a long name, I feel helpless to revert them in the same coin. Peggy is vain; she teases me by asking about my dress. She asks me how many dresses, shoes, hats etc do I have. When I reply that I have a hundred dresses and sixty pair of shoes; they ask whether all of them are different colours and designs. Maddie always remains calm and thus supports Peggy in doing so; she lacks courage to state what is right and what is wrong.
I never react and try to smile at their irritating questions because I know, there will be no difference between me and them if I too turn the table to their side in the same way. Now that my father has come to know what I am going through, he has decided to shift to another city in order to avoid confrontation (conflict) and racism as such humiliating circumstances can neither be tolerated nor can be accepted.
Question 2 : How can you say that Maddie is an emotional girl? Compare and contrast Maddie and Peggy.
Answer : By a close reading of the lesson, it can be said that Mddie is an emotional girl. Being a close friend of Peggy, she remains by her side when Peggy teases Wanda but she feels bad for her. She decides to write a note to Peggy to stop teasing Wanda but tears it as she doesn’t want to be the next target of fun. In the end, she decided to stand against anyone who teases others, even if she has to lose her friend, which shows her emotional attribute.
As compared to Maddie, Peggy is an arrogant girl. She teases Wanda by asking her about dresses, but she is not cruel as she helps children from bullies and cried when she sees an animal being hurt. But she tries to make fun of Wanda every time and defends herself.
So, both the girls have different personalities and attributes which can be directed by their actions.
Question 3 : ‘The Hundred Dresses-II’ gives out a moral lesson of what a man should be like as Wanda displays herself in the given situation. Wanda by her behaviour towards Peggy and Maddie shows her exalted character as is seen in her letter. How far would you agree with her and justify such a behaviour in all persons as essential ? Write a paragraph on such an aspect.
Answer : Wand Petronski’s letter highlights her greatness which gives us a view of her nature as a simple, loving, caring and friendly human being. She gifts her drawings to Peggy and Maddie though they tease her a lot. It shows how great she is as it requires a lot of courage and patience to do so. An ordinary person cannot do that and would definitely hate them but Wanda shows polite and peaceful traits (quality) of her character.
In our society, it is very difficult to find such a character but such traits are a must to be a good human being. Here, in our society, people tease others with racist remarks, which is not a sign of good culture.
by answering in a polite and friendly manner, Wanda displays to be a humble person.
We all should try to have or acquire such traits in our character so that everyone could praise us and we can live peacefully.