From the Diary of Anne Frank Comprehension Passages

Comprehension – I

Question 1:

1What makes writing in a diary a strange experience for Anne Frank?


2. Why does Anne want to keep a diary?


3. Why did Anne think she could confide more in her diary than in people?




1.    She mentioned that writing a diary is a strange experience for her because firstly she had never written anything like this before and secondly she though t that nobody is going to read or would be interested in her diary.


2.    The 13-year-old girl was all alone in this world. She didn’t have friend. Therefore she wanted to keep a diary unless she would have found a real friend.


3. Anne did not have any friends. She could confide in her close friend but she didn’t have one, the friends she had there were to have more fun and good times rather than the ones on whom she could confide. She believed that a paper has more patience than people, so she decided to write and confide in a diary.

Comprehension  –   II

  Question 1:

1. Why does Anne provide a brief sketch of her life? 2. What tells you that Anne loved her grandmother?

Answer 1:

1.    Anne thought that no one would understand a word of her stories if she was to plunge right in, therefore she provides a brief sketch of her own life.


2.    While giving brief sketch of her life she made a statement that no one knows how often she still misses her grandmother and still loves her grandma. One more touching gesture where they light up one candle for grandmother during Anne’s birthday is also a poignant reminder of her love for grandma.

Comprehension – III

 Question 1:

1. Why was Mr. Keesing annoyed with Anne? What did he ask her to do? 2. How did Anne justify her being a chatterbox in her essay?

3.    Do you think Mr. Keesing was a strict teacher?

4.    What made Mr. Keesing allow Anne to talk in class?


1.    Mr. Keesing was an old fogey who taught Anne at school. He was annoyed with Anne because she talked so much in the class. After several warnings he assigned her extra homework, asking her to write an essay on the subject, ‘A Chatterbox’.


2.    At first she was confused from where to start. She began thinking and wrote. Anne though that she would come up with convincing arguments prove that talking is a necessity. She justified her argument by writing two things, one that chatting in student’s traits and other reason that nothing can be done about someone’s inherited traits.

3.    Mr. Keesing was a strict teacher. He was a disciplined man and liked the same in his class while he was teaching. Anne was a talkative child. He punished Anne and asked her to write an essay on the topic ‘A Chatterbox’. Anne wrote convincing arguments in her essay. He had a good laugh at her arguments. However, Anne continued with her talking. Mr. Keesing punished her again by asking her to write another essay. This time the topic was ‘An Incorrigible Chatterbox’. Anne kept talking even after all of this. Mr. Keesing had enough and asked her to write on the topic ‘Quack Quack Quack, said Mistress Chatterbox”. He was trying to play a joke on her. She came up with a brilliant poem with help of her friend Sanne. He read this poem in the class, acknowledging its content. Therefore, after taking all these events into considerations we can say that Mr. Keesing was not entirely a strict teacher. He was fun-loving too.


4.    Anne was smart kid. She was able to give convincing arguments for her talkative nature every time she was punished. On all the three occasions he gave her topics to write essays on. In return Anne came up with something impressive. Eventually, Mr. Keesing accepted the fact that Anne would always be the way she is. Hence, he allowed her to talk in class.

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