【⚠️】Unit 7 Humour Why do We Laugh Inappropriately Exercise Questions and Answers

Unit 7 Humour Why do We Laugh Inappropriately Exercise Questions and Answers Classs 12

Working with Words

 B. Match the following emotions with their definitions.

a. fear                                    i. a feeling of strong disapproval aroused by something unpleasant

b. anger                                 ii. affected with grief or unhappiness

c. surprise                             iii. a pleasurable or satisfying experience

d. disgust                              iv. a great victory or achievement

e. sadness                              v. a strong feeling of displeasure

f. happiness                           vi. an unpleasant emotion caused by the threat of danger, pain or harm

g. relief                                  vii. the quality or state of being satisfied

h. triumph                              viii. removal or lightening of something oppressive, painful, or distressing

i. contentment                         ix. an unexpected event, fact, etc.

C. The author writes, “. . . the contagious nature of laughter means that waves of mirth can catch on more easily when there are more people.” Find out the situations in which the following types of laughter are found.

a. etiquette laughter                                            b. snorting laughter

c. stress-relieving laughter                                 d. silent laughter

e. nervous laughter                                             f. cruel laughter

D. A unit of pronunciation at least with one vowel is called a syllable. Listen to your teacher saying the words and say the number of syllables. 

charge, duty, laughter, commission, undertaking, responsibility, hilarity, persistent, infectious, ephemeral


A. Complete the following sentences with words/ phrases from the text.

a. According to Sophie Scott, laughter is one of the important and misunderstood...........

b. After her study in Namibia, Scott came to the realization that................

c. Studies have shown that there are ..............based on facial expressions.

d. Scott found out that most of the laughs have nothing ................

e. The couples who laugh at each other are likely to ..................

f. The primary way of communication of grown up people is ............... .

g. Comedians usually find it easier to work in larger places due to .............. .

B. Answer the following questions.

a. Why do people giggle at someone’s pain or suffering?

b. What did Scott’s study in Namibia come up with?

c. How is laughter a social bonding?

d. According to the author, what role does laughter play in husband-wife relationship?

e. How does laughter work as a painkiller?

f. What did the study find about the relation between laughter and brain?

g. What are two emotions that the author associates with infants and adults?

h. How does a stand-up comedian take the audience’s laughter?

i. Show the relation between laughter and crowd.

j. What does the author mean when he says “there is always a meaning to it?”

Critical thinking

a. Do you agree that ‘the couples, who laugh together, stay together?’ Is it important for married couples to have the same sense of humour? Why?

b. Some people believe that sometimes crying is good for health. Do you believe it? Give your reasons.


A. Write a paragraph narrating an event from your life when you were involved in contagious laughter.

B. Write a description of your favourite comedian explaining his/her personality, acting, performance and uniqueness.



A. Study the following sentences from the text. The words in bold are called 'frequency adverbs'.

a. Belly laughs never come through the nose.

b. There is always a meaning to it.

c. She found that the less authentic tones are often more nasal.

d. Scott occasionally takes up the microphone herself at comedy nights in London.

e. She tells me about an acquaintance who had frequently irritated her with a persistent, fluting, laugh.

B. Put the frequency adverbs in appropriate place and rewrite the following sentences.

a. I forget to do my homework. (sometimes)

b. My father has touched an alcoholic drink in his life. (never)

c. My father goes for a walk on Saturdays. (often)

d. We go to the movie theatre. (occasionally)

e. My brother is in America. He telephones us. (from time to time)

f. My mother gets up at five o’clock. (always)

g. He does not like alcoholic drinks but takes some wine. (now and then)

h. I drink my tea with milk. (generally)

i. Have you been to Agra? (ever)

j. The restaurant hours vary as it is booked for special events. (frequently)

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