Goodbye Mr Chips Chapter 12 Questions
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- When and why did Ralston leave Brookfield?
- Ans. Ralston left Brookfield in 1911 as he got a better opportunity. He was offered the headship of a better public school.
- Who was the successor of Ralston and what kind of man was he?
- Ans. Chatteris was the successor of Ralston. He was a young brilliant man of 34. He was a science graduate, friendly, and sympathetic. He got along well with Chips.
- What is the significance of the year 1913 in the life of Chips? OR What happened to Chips in 1913?
- Ans. In 1913, Chips had bronchitis and was off duty for nearly the whole winter term. This made him decide to resign. He was 65 then. He thought it unfair to keep going if he could not do his duty well.
- Describe the farewell speech of Mr. Chips. OR What did Chips say in his farewell speech?
- Ans. Chips made jokes, shared Latin quotations, and revisited the past of Brookfield school during his farewell speech. He mentioned various nostalgic memories, such as the first bicycle, the lamp-boy, and other events.
- How much time did Chips spend in Brookfield?
- Ans. He spent forty-three years at Brookfield, and he expressed that he had been very happy there.
- Write a character sketch of Chatteris.
- Ans. Chatteris was a science graduate who became the Headmaster of Brookfield after Ralston. He was friendly and sympathetic and had a good relationship with Mr. Chips. Unfortunately, he died of bronchitis during World War I in April 1917.
- Why did Mr. Chips decide to retire?
- Ans. Mr. Chips decided to retire because he had bronchitis and was off duty during the winter term in 1913. This experience made him decide to retire during the summer of 1913 at the age of 65.
- What happened in 1880 in Brookfield?
- Ans. In 1880, an outbreak of German measles occurred at Brookfield, causing two-thirds of the school to fall ill. The Big Hall of the school was turned into a hospital ward.
- What is German measles?
- Ans. German measles, also known as rubella, is a highly contagious viral disease, especially in children, that causes swelling of the lymph nodes and reddish-pink rashes on the skin.
- How did Chips describe John Rivers in his farewell speech?
- Ans. Chips did not mince any words about John Rivers, the Chairman of the Governors who had been his student. He mentioned that during his school days, John Rivers had his hair sticking up on top and had no idea about the difference between a Gerund and a Gerundive.
- Where did Chips go in 1913?
- Ans. In 1913, Chips went to Wiesbaden for his treatment, where he stayed at the home of Herr Steafel, a German master at Brookfield who was thirty years his junior.
- What were the activities of Chips after his retirement? OR How did Chips spend his retired life?
- Ans. After retirement, Chips invited new boys and masters to tea, watched matches, dined with the Head and the masters, edited the new edition of the Brookfieldian Directory, wrote articles, and read newspapers and detective novels.