MP Board Class 12th Special English Important Questions Chapter 10 On Umbrella Morals
I. Answer the following questions in about 50 – 60 words each:
How do people who pick things belonging to others satisfy their conscience?
People who pick things belonging to others satisfy their conscience by expressing an apology to themselves that they hadn’t done it deliberately but by mistake. Sometime they say ‘Ah! I was going just to retrun it. I don’t know how did it happened.’ Such people if not caught won’t bother to feel sorry.
What has the author to say about morals concerning books?
The author has a strong resentment for those who pick up other’s things. They do it deliberately. They don’t feel shy ‘If they are caught. They just say. I was surprized how did it happen?’ The author has the same dislike for those who take away books from library and never bother to retrun them. He advises us never to trust even our dearest friend. He has instances of even religious people who did not return books.
What does the author mean by ‘play hide and seek with our own conscience’? (M.P. 2017)
The author is very much annoyed with the people’s habit of picking up other’s things. Usually they do it deliberately. They know that they are picking up a better thing and leaving their own inferior thing. They don’t feel shy. They don’t bother to return it even if the owner’s name is written there.
If caught they will simply say ‘Ah! I don’t know how did it happen ?‘ They show their ignorance but they feel happy. In this way they play hide and seek with their own conscience.
II. Answer the following questions in about 75 – 100 words each:
What does the author say about “Umbrella conscience?” Mention some of its chief characteristics. Mention main four points. (M.P. 2012, 15)
This essay is a satire on the modem culture where people have abandoned their moral compulsions. They do wrong but despite of being aware of don’t accept it. They don’t care for other’s trouble. The author gives many examples. He says that such people take your umbrellas made of silk and leave their own cotton umbrella in exchange. They take your books and never return.
They are not only ordinary people but some religious and even high profile people. They don’t feel shy. They do it only to appease their conscience. Sometimes they may feel sorry and say to you that they were just going to return it. But it is not the fact. They only play hide and seek with their own conscience.
Describe how and why did the author return the umbrella belonging to some politician? (Imp.)
The author narrates a peculiar experience of his life. Once he got a silk umbrella in exchange somewhere. Later he found that there was a band with the owner and his address. It made him upset. It was a super umbrella. He was terrified. He thought that some day he may be caught in the charge of stealing an umbrella of a British empire. So he wrote letter of apology and went to dispatch it. Later he was invited.
When he went there he found a group of high profile people. Someone gave him a hat. Someone coat. Then he came to know that the silk umbrella had travelled a long series of exchange. He at last took a sigh of relief for he had not made any mistake.