Q. 1. Were the teachers interested in understanding Albert and bringing out his potential ?
Ans. The teachers were not interested in understanding Albert and bringing out his potential. They always thought that he was a constant menace and nuisance to them. The History teacher did not like his behaviour and said that he was an ungrateful boy and ought to be ashamed of himself. He even told him that he was a disgrace. On the other hand, he incites Albert to be rebel against him and the educational system. His Maths teacher, on the other hand, acknowledged his exceptional ability. He willingly gave him reference and wanted him to join the college or an institution. The head teacher told him that his presence in the classroom was not desirable because he was in constant rebellion, and no serious work could be done while he was in the classroom.
Q. 2. Comment on the role of Yuri in the story.
Ans. Yuri is the central figure in the story. Yuri was the only friend whom Einstein could rely upon in Munich. When he felt too miserable in school, he told his woes to him. One day he confided to him that if he could procure a medical certificate from a friendly doctor that he was suffering from nervous breakdown. Yuri ultimately enabled him to have the desired certificate that too without any charge. He advised and helped him from time to time.
Q. 3. Mention the root cause of conflict between the History teacher and Albert.
Ans. Albert Einstein was studying in a school at Munich. During the History period, the teacher wanted his students to learn the facts by heart. But Albert Einstein did not believe in learning facts. So he opposed the teacher. The teacher could do nothing but to feel personally offended whenever Albert raised a point. They had a definite point of conflict. Whenever the teacher asked Albert a question, he would say that he had forgotten it. He also said that learning facts was completely useless. These could be seen in the books. This irritated his teacher Mr. Braun. He attributed to Albert that he was a disgrace as he did not believe in education at all. He asked sarcastically what is meant by the Einstein theory of education. Albert replied that it meant ideas. It infuriated the teacher and he punished Albert for it. Albert did not like the prevailing system of education. To him learning facts was useless as they can be looked in a book up but to know the ideas behind the facts was the real source of knowledge.
Q. 4. Who was Yuri ? How did he help Albert in getting rid of the school ? [KVS Agra 2017]
Ans. Yuri was Albert’s friend living in Munich. He is Albert’s only friend. Albert tells him everything about his life. He tells Yuri that he doesn’t like to go to school. He asks Yuri if he has a doctor friend. He plans to get a medical certificate from a doctor, which shall certify that Albert suffers from a nervous breakdown. This will enable him to leave school for some period. Yuri tells him that he knows Dr. Ernest Weil who has qualified as a doctor last week. Yuri fixes an appointment with him and tells Albert to tell the doctor everything. So, Albert tells the doctor everything. Dr. Ernest Weil issues him a certificate. His fees is that Albert shall host a dinner to Yuri. While leaving the city, Yuri advises Albert to get a certificate from Maths teacher Mr. Koch so that he can get admission in same Italian college.
Q. 5. Why did the Headmaster summon Albert? What was the outcome ?
Ans. Albert was quite fed up with the present school and the technique of education. He could not tolerate the insult done by his History teacher Braun. Albert got a medical certificate from Dr. Ernest Weil. Dr. Weil certified that he had a nervous breakdown and must stay away from school. Albert didn’t need this certificate. The next day the head teacher called Albert to his office. He told Albert that his work was terrible. Therefore, he was not prepared to have him in the school. Albert asked if he should think he was to be expelled. The head teacher told him that if he left the school of his own accord, the question won’t arise. Albert asked what crime he had committed. The teacher told him that the teacher couldn’t teach the class when he was in it. Also due to his presence, the students couldn’t learn. Albert wanted to tell the head teacher what he thought of him and the school. But he didn’t say anything. The head teacher asked him to close the door behind him. But Albert didn’t do so. Nor did he have the last look at his school. He only met Yuri and saw Mr. Koch, got the certificate and left Munich.