English Class 11
Snapshot - Chapters (Literature)

Read the extract and answer the following questions.


‘Won’t you sit down?’ asked the girl. She held open the door of the living-room and I went inside past her. I stopped, horrified. I was in a room I knew and did not know. I found myself in the midst of things I did want to see again but which oppressed me in the strange atmosphere. Or because of the tasteless way everything was arranged, because of the ugly furniture or the muggy smell that hung there, I don’t know; but I scarcely dared to look around me. The girl moved a chair. I sat down and stared at the woollen table-cloth. I rubbed it. My fingers grew warm from rubbing.

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Question (i)

List any two sensory details present in this extract.


Answer as written by the student:

Two sensory details present in this extract are "the muggy smell that hung there" and "My fingers grew warm from rubbing".

Step-by-step explanation: 📝

  •  Sensory details are words or phrases that appeal to one or more of the five senses: sight, sound, smell, taste, and touch.
  •   To find sensory details in a text, we can look for words that describe how something looks, sounds, smells, tastes, or feels.
  •   In this extract, one sensory detail is " the muggy smell that hung there", which describes how the room smelled damp and stale. This appeals to the sense of smell and atmosphere.
  •   Another sensory detail is "My fingers grew warm from rubbing", which describes how the narrator felt a change in temperature and sensation in her fingers as she touched the table-cloth. This appeals to the sense of touch and movement.

Question (ii)

 Complete the sentence appropriately.

The phrase "I was in a room I knew and did not know" suggests that ____________.


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