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1. How can you justify the importance of interview in modern journalism?

2. What was the attitude of Lewis Carroll towards interview? How would he
react to it?
3. Who is V.S Naipaul? What does he say about the interview?
4. Why did Rudiad Kipling refuse to be interviewed?
5. What disparity between Kipling’s attitudes towards the interviewer do you
notice in the chapter?
6. What drawbacks of interview have been pointed out by celebrities who
consented to be interviewed al times? What does this reveal?
7. What do you learn about Umbrerto Eco’s creative work from The Interview?
8. What is the general impression created by Umberto Eco’s out put? How does
he react to it?
9. “I am convinced I am always doing the same thing” Says UmbertoEco. How
does she explain it?
10. What secret does Umberto Eco reveal about his time management?
11. What do you learn about Umberto Eco’s writing style from the interview?
12. What problems did Roland Barthes face? Did Eco suffer form it?
13. How, according to Umberto Eco , did he become a novelist?
14. How does Umberto Eco react to the observation, “Oh, he’s the novelist” What
reasons does he offer?
15. What made Umberto Eco popular among the people and how?
16. What sort of novel is the name of the rose?
17. Who must have been puzzled at its success?
18. “Journalists are puzzled. And sometimes publishers”. Says Umberto. What
arguments does he offer to support his contention?
19. Why was U.E. Given an advance for 3000 copies only?
20. Why do you think the American publisher think that the novel ‘The name of
the Rose’ won’t sell well in America?
21. Umberto contradicts Mukund, his interviewer, by saying though he may
impress as doing many thing he is always doing the same thing. What is that
one thing he is always doing?
22. What secret did UE share with his interviewer Mukund?
23. Is Umbertto’s informal style consciously adopted or natural?
24. How was Umberto’s doctoral dissertation different from the papers of others?
How did his Professor show his appreciation for his works?
25. Why did Umberto take to writing novels?
26. What is the misconception of publishers with regard to readership?
27. What do you think the publisher did not except big sale for The Name of the
28. What comment did the interviewer Mukund make about Umberto’s writing

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29. How did Umberto react to being considered a novelist?
30. What is an interview? How has it developed?
31. What are the different views about interviews?
32. What do you know about V.S. Naipaul?
33. Who was Rudyard Kiplings? What were his views about interviews?
34. What does the writer feel about interview?
35. Who is Mukund Padmanabhan? Whom does he interview?
36. What are the specialties of Umberto Eco?
37. What is the range of Umberto’s writing?
38. What is the view of the interviewer about Umbeto’s writing?
39. What type of novel is Umberto’s The Name of the rose?
40. What class of men does Umberto associate himself with? Why?
41. What does Umberto feel about his novel” The name of the Rose”?
42. What are some of the positive news on interview?
43. Why do most celebrated writers despise being interviewed?
44. What is the belief in some primitive cultures about being photographed?
45. What do you understand by the expression “thumbprints on his windpipe?
46. Who, in today’s’ world, is our chief source of information on personalities?
47. Who is U.E. and is who interviewing him?
48. What did Eco mean when he said ‘in the end I am convinced I am always
doing the same thing”?
49. What is unique about Eco’s approach to writing?
50. How did the name of the Rose become a huge success?
51. Justify the title The Interview.
52. Was the medieval historical background the reason of the huge success of The
name of the rose? What according to UE , was the reason of its huge success?
53. “Yet despite the drawbacks of the interview, it is a supremely serviceable
medium of communication. Highlight the importance of interview, its
drawbacks and positive aspects and reactions of celebrity writers on the basis
of the chapter The Interview. (Long)
54. What impression do you form about Umberto Eco as a scholar and writer on
the basis of The Interview? (Long)
55. How does UE pursue his philosophical and academic interests? How does he
make use of interstices? What are the distinguishing features of his non-
fictional style? (Long)
56. How did UE start writing novels and when? What does he prefer to be called a
novelist or a scholar? What does Eco say about the huge success of his novel
the name of the Rose in spite of its being a difficult and a very serious novel?
57. Do you think Umberto Eco liked being interviewed? Give reasons for your
answer? (Long)
58. How did Eco find time to write so much? (Long)
59. What was distinctive about Eco’s academic writing style? ( Long)
60. Did Umberto Eco consider himself a novelist first or an academic scholar?
61. What is the reason for the huge success of the novel The Name of the Rose?