Diary of a Young Girl is the true diary written by a Jewish teenager girl during her two year long hiding during the Last World War.
Born on June 12, 1929, Anne Frank was a German-Jewish teenager who was forced to go into hiding during the Holocaust. She and her family, along with four others, spent 25 months during World War II in an annex of rooms above her father’s office in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.
After being betrayed to the Nazis, Anne, her family, and the others living with them were arrested and deported to Nazi concentration camps. In March of 1945, nine months after she was arrested, Anne Frank died of typhus at Bergen-Belsen. She was fifteen years old.
Her diary, saved during the war by one of the family’s helpers, Miep Gies, was first published in 1947. Today, her diary has been translated into 67 languages and is one of the most widely read books in the world.
Characters and Terms
- Anne Frank
- Oto Von Frank
- Miep Gies
- German Jewish – A person born or living in Germany with a Jewish religious background.
- Holocaust –
- Why did the Nazis kill the Jews in Germany and around?
- Bergen Belsen Concentration Camp
June 21, 1942, Sunday – Diary of Anne Frank – Mr. Keesing and the Chatterbox!
- Why was the class quaking in its boots?
The entire class was quaking in its boots because all the students were excited and scared about the final results. Students with bad results were liable to be kept back and only those who passed could be promoted to the next grade.
- Why does Anne say that teachers are the most unpredictable creatures on the earth?
In Anne’s opinion, teachers are the most unpredictable creatures because they are unpredictable about passing and failing students in the end of the session. They pass some dummies who are supposed to fail and they fail some very bright students.
- “Maybe this time they’ll be unpredictable in the right direction for a change.” What does Anne mean by this?
By this Anne means that the teachers would neither pass any failed students nor they will fail any deserving students.
- Why was Anne not worried about her friends?
Anne was not scared of her friends because those girls were really going to pass.
- What was the only subject Anne was uncertain about?
The only subject Anne was uncertain about was maths.
- Why was Mr. Keesing mad with Anne?
Mr. Keesing was Anne’s maths teacher. He was mad with Anne because Anne was habitually talkative. In spite of all his warnings, Anne kept on talking and disturbing the class. This made Mr. Keesing mad with her.
- Why was Anne punished? What was the first extra homework that Mr. Keesing assigned to Anne?
Anne was a disturbance in the class. Due to her continuous chattering, Mr. Keesing, her maths teacher, was greatly annoyed with her. Although he warned her several times, Anne did not listen. Finally Mr. Keesing assigned her extra homework which was an essay on the subject “A Chatterbox.”
- How did Anne justify being a chatterbox in her essay?
In her essay, Anne argued that talking is a female trait. She admitted that she had to do her best to keep it under control. Unfortunately she was never able to do so since it was an inherited trait.
- What was the second extra homework assigned to Anne?
The second extra homework assigned to Anne was another article on “An Incorrigible Chatterbox.”
- Why did Mr. Keesing assign a third extra homework to Anne?
After the second extra homework, Mr. Keesing had nothing to complain against Anne for two more whole classes. However, during the third class he lost his patience and asked Anne to write an essay entitled “‘Quack, Quack, Quack,’ ‘said Mistress Chatterback.'”
- Why did Anne get help from her friend Sanne to write the third extra homework?
After writing the first two extra homework, Anne felt her head empty. She could not write anything new about chatterboxes and she did not want repetition. So, to make her extra homework more creative, Anne got help from her poet friend Sanne.
- How was the third extra homework finally completed?
The third extra homework was a poem composed by Anne and her friend Sanne. It was about a mother duck and a father swan with three baby ducklings who were bitten to death by the father because they quacked too much.
- Keesing was trying to play a joke on me with this ridiculous subject, but I’d make sure the joke was on him.
- How was Keesing trying to play jokes on Anne?
- What is this ridiculous subject Anne is referring to?
- What was Anne’s idea of playing the joke on Mr. Keesing?
- What was the result of the third and the last extra homework?
The last extra homework was a great success. Written in verse (poetry), it caught everyone’s attention. Mr. Keesing was so much pleased that he took the poem to other classes and read it to them and made new comments on the poem. Besides, he allowed Anne to be talkative in the class and he himself became talkative with his jokes.
- What do you think made Mr. Keesing allow Anne to talk in class?
Mr. Keesing allowd Anne to talk in class because he was amused/delighted to read her essays. He found her creative and innovative.
- What makes you think that Mr. Keesing didn’t take Anne’s jokes seriously?
Mr. Keesing too played a joke on her, read (past) her poem to several classes and added his own comments.
Some General Questions
- How did Anne Influence Me?
Anne’s diary has influenced me and it will always inspire me. She makes me think that I should be more grateful for what I have and find more happiness in my life. I am amazed at how Anne was able to live in the Secret Annex for 2 years without any fresh air and her best friends. Also, Anne’s opinions about her family and the world in general in her diary are so honest and true that I can really get an understanding of how Anne was like. Many of her beliefs, such as believing that everybody in the world is good at heart, are similar to mine. I wish she was still alive so that I can meet her and see what else we have in common. It saddens me that Anne died at such a young age in a concentration camp, but I honor her for being brave and having courage under oppression. Anne Frank’s diary is not only a thing for inspiration, it is also a piece of literature. The horror of capture and the psychological implications of such stress could not have been better shown, and although the story is rather grim and quite sad, it has a dark beauty to it as well. The beauty I refer to is Anne. Through thin and thick, she, being the youngest of the lot, managed to remain cheerful, even making presents for the whole Annex during the Holidays. She shows a different strength that no one else was quite able to maintain. She stayed happy. All in all, the Diary of Anne Frank was amazing and certainly a gripping tale. Although an unfortunate and somber ending, it is a story like no other.
- Bring out Hanneli’s influence upon Anne’s life.
Hanneli is one of Anne’s close friends who appears in Anne’s dreams several times as a symbol of guilt. Hanneli appears sad and dressed in rags, and she wishes that Anne could stop Hanneli’s suffering. A young Jewish girl, Hanneli has presumably already been arrested and deported to a concentration camp. For Anne, Hanneli represents the fate of her friends and companions and the millions of Jews—many of whom were children like herself—who were tortured and murdered by the Nazis. Anne questions why her friend has to suffer while she survives in hiding. Anne continually struggles with the guilt that her friend is dead while she is still alive. Hanneli’s appearance in Anne’s dreams makes Anne turn to God for answers and comfort, since there is no one else who can explain why she lives while her friend does not.
- What was grandmother’s importance in Anne’s life?
Anne’s grandmother appears to Anne in her dreams. To Anne, she symbolizes unconditional love and support, as well as regret and nostalgia for the life Anne lived before being forced into hiding. Anne wishes she could tell her grandmother how much they all love her, just as she wishes she had appreciated her own life before she was confined in the annex. Anne misses living a life in which she did not have to worry about her future. She imagines that her grandmother is her guardian angel and will protect her, and she returns to this image to sustain her when she feels particularly afraid or insecure.