【⚠️】Unit 1 Short Stories Neighbours By Tim Winton Exercise Questions and Answers

Unit 1 Short Stories Neighbours By Tim Winton Exercise Questions and Answers Class 12

Understanding the text

Answer the following questions.

a. Describe how the young couple’s house looked like.

The young couple's house was small, but its high ceilings and paned windows gave it the feel of an elegant cottage.


b. How did the young couple identify their neighbors at the beginning of their arrival?

➽ The young couple had a very bad experience with the neighbors at the beginning of their arrival. They heard the sound of spitting and washing and daybreak watering which made them shocked the Macedonian family shouted, ranted, screamed. It took six months for the newcomers to comprehend the fact that their neighbors were not murdering each other, merely talking.


c. How did the neighbors help the young couple in the kitchen garden?

➽ The neighbors helped the young couple in the kitchen garden by offering them advice about spacing, hilling, mulching, etc.


d. Why were the people in the neighborhood surprised at the role of the young man and his wife in their family?

➽ The neighbors are surprised at the role of the young man staying at home writing his thesis and doing the household tasks, whereas his wife doing jobs outside.

The people in the neighborhood were dissatisfied with the concept of males doing household things and females going out for work.


e. How did the neighbors respond to the woman’s pregnancy?

➽ People smiled tirelessly at the young man and his wife. The man from the deli gave them small presents of chocolates and packets of cigarettes. The Italian women began to offer names. The Greek woman stopped the young woman in the street, pulled her skirt up, and felt her belly, telling her it was bound to be a boy. The woman next door had knitted the baby a suit, complete with booties and a beanie. The young woman felt flattered, claustrophobic, grateful, and peeved toward his neighbors.

In this way, the neighbors responded to women's pregnancy.


f. Why did the young man begin to weep at the end of the story?

➽ The young man begins to weep at the end of the story because his neighbors look up with bleary faces, cheering while his wife as giving birth and feeding the baby.


g. Why do you think the author did not characterize the persons in the story with proper names?

➽ I think the author did not characterize the persons in the story with proper names because this story is all about neighbors of different ethnic groups, religions, and different countries. If the author gave the person a proper name then he could not show the unity between the people of different castes, religions, and nations.

Here, the author characterized the persons with their nations andethnicc group name. The main motive of the author was to show the feeling of humanity and promote it which he would not be successful if he had characterized the persons in the story with proper names.



Reference to the context


a. The story shows that linguistic and cultural barriers do not create any obstacle in human relationships. Cite some examples from the story where the neighbors have transcended such barriers.

➽ The story shows that linguistic and cultural barriers do not create any obstacle in human relationships.

Some examples from the story where the neighbors have transcended such barriers are:

  • The neighbors offered the young couple advice about spacing, hilling, mulching, etc. when the young couple were planting leeks, onions, cabbage, brussels sprouts, and broad beans.
  • A Polish window rebuilt the fallen hen house of the young couple without even being invited.
  • The Macedonian family showed the young couple how to slaughter to pluck and dress.
  • Neighbours gave the young couple various presents when it was known to them that the young woman was pregnant. Like; the man in the deli gave them chocolates and packets of cigarettes, Italian women began to offer names, the women next door had knitted the baby suit, complete with booties and beanie, and many other presents and surprises.
  • The neighbors gave the young man bleary faces looking up, cheering while his wife was giving birth and feeding the baby.
These were some examples in the story, which shows that linguistic and cultural barriers do not create any barriers in human relationship. This story is the best example of human mankind.

b. The last sentence of the story reads “The twentieth-century novel had not prepared him for this.” In your view, what differences did the young man find between twentieth-century novels and human relations?

➽ The young man found unexpected differences between the twentieth-century novel and the human relationship. He was writing a thesis on the twentieth-century novel about the European migrants. According to his twentieth-century novel, there are cultural and linguistic barriers between people, but it was proven to be wrong in the story. According to the story, culture, and linguistics are no barriers to the concept of humanity and human behaviors.

At the beginning of the story, he felt bad for these neighbors, but slowly and gradually neighbors treated him and his family as one of their own family. The neighbors used to be happy with the young couple's happiness and helped them and consulted them during their hard times. This made the young man change his thoughts about the theory of thetwentieth-centuryy novel as wrong theory and made him believe the human-relationship theory as true.


c. A Nepali proverb says “Neighbors are companions for wedding procession as well as for funeral procession.” Does this proverb apply to the story? Justify.

➽ Neighbors are the companions who play a very vital role in our lives. Besides family and relatives, neighbors are the ones with whom we can share our joys and sorrows.

I think the neighbors in the story apply the Nepali proverb “Neighbors are companions for wedding processions as well as for funeral procession.” Here, the neighbors of the young couple have helped them in their hard time; during their fall of hen house a polis window was rebuilt without even being invited, the neighbors gave them various surprises and presents when they knew that the young woman was pregnant, and also they were happy and celebrating during the birth of baby of the young couple with a bleary face looked up and by cheering. This made the young man emotional as they found such a caring, helping, and good treating neighbors.

Hence, this proves that the story applies the Nepali proverb “Neighbors are companions for wedding processions as for funeral procession,” as the characters in the story have proven to help each other in difficult time and celebrate in happy moments.


d. The author has dealt with an issue of multiculturalism in the story. Why do you think multiculturalism has become a major issue in the present world?

➽ Multiculturalism refers to the society where people of different caste, religion, ethnic group and culture live together.
Here, the author has dealt with an issue of multiculturalism in the story. I think that today, multiculturalism has become a major issue in the present world. Due to multiculturalism the cases of discrimination, bully, and violence is increasing day by day. Every day, we can hear the news that peoples are fighting with each other just for their religion. Due to the concept of multiculturalism terrorism is increasing rapidly due to which many innocents have to leave their lives, many innocent children have to lose their parents. Multiculturalism creates differences between the concept of humanity and human relations, which are nearly dead due to the concept of multiculturalism.

Hence, I think that if these concept goes on without mutual understanding between people, then the future will be dark. The fact is that multiculturalism is not a bad concept, but this concept is made bad due to politics and some peoples. We get to share our cultures and traditions in this concept and understand it. So, I think that there should be concept of multiculturalism with peace and tolerance.


Unit 1 Neighbours By Tim Winton Exercise Solution
Unit 1 Neighbours By Tim Winton Exercise Solution



Unit 1 Neighbours By Tim Winton Exercise Solution
Unit 1 Neighbours By Tim Winton Exercise Solution

Unit 1 Neighbours By Tim Winton Exercise Questions & Answers

Unit 1 Neighbours By Tim Winton Exercise Questions & Answers

Unit 1 Neighbours By Tim Winton Exercise Questions & Answers

Unit 1 Neighbours By Tim Winton Exercise Questions & Answers

Unit 1 Neighbours By Tim Winton Exercise Questions & Answers

Unit 1 Neighbours By Tim Winton Exercise Answers


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