The Novel Mr. Chips by James Hilton Summary, Theme, Important questions and Characters

In this article, I have discussed the most important question of the Novel Mr. Chips. The novel Mr. Chips is included in the course of F. A. The questions, I discussed in the novel are most important from the examination point of view. If a student can prepare these questions he or she can attempt easily all questions of this novel.


Goodbye Mr. Chips is a beautiful novel. It is written by James Hilton and Published in 1934. It is about the life of Mr. Chips. Mr. Chips was born in 1848 in England. He graduated from Cambridge. He started his professional career as a teacher at Melbury school. His beginning as a teacher was not a good one. he had a problem with discipline in that school. He left this school and joined Brookfield a better school.. Wetherby was the headmaster when he joined Brookfield. H encouraged Mr. Chips and helped him to become a good teacher.

Mr. Chips was a conventional man. He did like new ideas and modern writers like Ibsen and Barnard shah. He used to teach classical subjects. He used old pronunciation and old methods of teaching. Before his marriage, he was a dry type of teacher. 

In 1896 when Mr. Chips was an old man who met Katharine Bridges. The most interesting event of the novel is their meeting. Katherine was a beautiful young girl. She looked after Mr. Chipse for some days as his ankle was twisted while trying to save her. They started to love each other devotedly Mr. Chips married her but she died two years of their marriage. She changed Mr. Chips completely. He became a lenient kind and humorous teacher. The boys started to love him because of his teaching methods.

In 1908 Ralston, the new headmaster of Brookfield asked Mr. Chips to retire. He was a young and modern teacher. He did not like Mr. Chips as he was a lazy and old type of teacher. he blamed Mr. Chips used to old pronunciation and old methods of teaching. Mr. Chips refused to retire and obey him. Ralston left Brookfield in 1911. Unfortunately, Mr. Chips had to retire in 1913 owing to his chest problem.

Mr. Chips started to live across the road at Mrs. Wickett's from where he could easily remain in touch with boys and teachers of Brookfield. He used to invite every new boy and teacher and offer him tea and cake. He rejoined Brookfield in 1916 at the request of Chatteris, the new, Mr. Chips taught for almost forty-five years in Brookfield. At age of 85, he died in 1933.. He remained attached to the school till his death. The novel has beautifully described the dedication and love of Mr. Chips to Brookfield and the students.

The important questions of Mr. Chips

Good Bye Mr. Chips is a short novel Witten by James Hilton. James Hilton was born in 1900 and died in 1944. Good Bye Mr. Chips is an excellent novel. James Hilton plays a very important role in English Literature. He was a great journalist, Novelist, and critic. He wrote Mr. Chips in four days, but instead of writing this novel in four days, this novel gains a lot of popularity. His other famous novels are.

1. Catherine herself
2. And Now Good-Bye
3. Knight Without Armour
4. Lost Horizon
5. Random Harness
6. Time and Time Again.

1. Write a note on Brookfield.

Brookfield was a wonderful school in England. It was surrounded by elm trees. It has greenery and a playground. It saw many ups and downs. With reference to this school, Mr. Wetherby and Mr. Ralston gained great popularity in the educational circle. It was a good school for the second rate.

2. What contribution did Brookfield make to England?

Brookfield contributed a lot to England. It has creative people to the country such as bishops, judges, businessmen, professional men, and many others. During World War I, its teachers and students joined up the force and fought for their country also contributed during the general strike.

3. Draw a Character Sketch of Mr. Chips.

Mr. Chips is a remarkable character in the novel. He was a matchless old man. He was kind to everyone Hew was an excellent teacher. He was a humorist as well. He served his guests tea and cakes. He was popular in his school.

4. Write a note on Chips as a teacher.

Chips was a good and brilliant teacher. Earlier his method was old and undisciplined but he brought some changes in himself. He got famous as a teacher. His students loved him and adored him. He also changed the atmosphere with his jokes.

5. Write an account of Mr. chips’ married life.

Mr. Chips got married in the mid-age of his life. His marriage was successful. His married life brought many good changes in his life. He became disciplined, affectionate, and a good fellow. His wife broadened his ideas and views. On the whole of his married life. Was a good turn in his life.

6. What influence did Katherine Bridge’s exercise on Chips?

Katherine bridges brought up a new personality in Chips. She made him a new man. Before his marriage, Chips was a dry and harsh person but after his marriage, he became happy and affectionate. He improved his discipline.  He improved himself in every field of life.

7. Describe the first encounter between. Mr. Chips and Katherine Bridges.

One day, Mr. Chips was climbing on Great Gable. There he saw a girl on the mountain. He thought that she was in danger. He ran to help her. But he slipped and wrenched his ankle. The same girl whose name was Katherine helped him. This was their first meeting.

8. Discuss the quarrel between Ralston and Chips.

Ralston considered that Mr. Chips is an old person and his method of teaching is also old. He suggested that Mr. Chips would get retired but Chips did not want to leave the school. The students and their parents supported them. Mr. Chips Mr. Chips won. Mr. Ralston left Brookfield and joined another school.

9. Write a note on Chips ‘humor.

Chips was also known as a great jester. He started making jokes with the students. People waited for his new jokes. They all liked his hokes. After his marriage, his jokes became matured.
9. Can we look upon Mr. Chips as an institution of Brookfield?
Chips spent his life in Brookfield.  He had a deep affection for this institution. He was a teacher, a doyen, and an acting head in the school. He was Brookfield. Even after his retirement, he was linked with it.

10. Draw a character sketch of Katherine Bridges.

Katherine Bridges was a beautiful girl. She was a kind lady. She had radical views about politics and women. Her views were modern and broad. He was admired by all.

11. Write a short note on the views and ideas of Katherine Bridges?

Katherine Bridges was a girl of modern ideas and views. She liked to read Bernard Shaw and Ibsen. She was in favor of women’s admission to universities. And their right of voting. She had radical ideas about politics.

12. Write a brief note on Mr. Wetherby.

Mr. Wetherby was a remarkable headmaster of Brookfield. He was a kind and loving person. He had vivid eyes. He advised Chips to teach with enthusiasm. He was courteous and cooperative. He made Brookfield a good school during his period.

13. Write a brief note on Mr. Meldrum.

Mr. Meldrum was the second headmaster of Brookfield.. He was also a very kind person. He served Brookfield for three decades. He was a very kind person and died of pneumonia. Mr. Chips spent a happy time with him.

14. Write a note on Mr. Raltson.

Mr. Raltson was the headmaster of Brookfield. He was energetic, ruthless, and ambitious. He was a young man of thirty-seven Under his headship, Brookfield gained high status. He brought many changes to the school.

15. Write a brief note on Chatteris.

After Ralston, Chatteris was the headmaster of the school. He was kind and courteous. He was a modern man he was friendly and sympathetic to everyone. He worked hard for the progress of the school. But he died due to his bad health. He had good terms with Chips.

16. Write a brief note on Mr. Merivale.

Mr. Merivale was a doctor of Mr. Chips. He visited Chips every fortnight or so. He was a good friend of chips. He used to say to Mr. Chips that his Mr. Chips, health would die a natural death. He also called Chips remarkable. Old boy.

17. Write a note to Mrs. Wickett.

Mrs. Wickett was a kind lady. Chips stayed at her house after his retirement. She served Mr. chips in her house. She was also the in-charge of the linen room at Brookfield. 

Chapter-wise Short Questions and Answers

Chapter No 1

1. When and where Mr. Chips was born?

Mr. Chips was born in 1848 in England and his real name was Mr. Chippin. He was lovingly called Mr. Chips.

2. Who was the headmaster when Mr. Chips joined Brookfield?

Mr. Chips join Brookfield in 1870 at the age of twenty-two during the Franco-Prussian war, Whetherby was the headmaster at that time. He was very fatherly and courteous.

3. Where did Mr. Chips lodge after his retirement in 1913?

Mr. Chips lodged at Mrs, Wickett's just across the road from the school, after his retirement in1913.

4. Who was Mrs. Wicketts?

Mrs. Wicketts was an old lady in whose house Mr. Chips lodged after his retirement. She was the ex-in charge of the linen room of Brookfield.

5. What was Mrs. Wickett's job at Brookfield ?. 

Mrs. Wicketts was in charge of the Linen rook at Brookfield.

6. How did Mr. Chips measure time at Mrs. Wickett's?

Mr. Chips measured time according to the bells of Brookfield school. he could listen to the school bell sounding dinner, call-over, prep., and lights out. he used to do everything according to those bells.

7. Who was Merivale?

Merivale was the doctor who looked after Mr. Chips after his retirement. he came every fortnight at Mrs. Wickett's and checked Mr. chips.

8. What are the meanings of anno domini?

Anno domini means in the Lord. Its abbreviation is A.D. and it represents the beginning of the Christian era. In the novel, it means old age or advancing age..?

9.  Where was Mr. Chips taken as a toddling

 Mr. Chips was taken to the Great exhibition as a toddling child.

10. Which school Mr. Chips joined after his graduation and why did he leave it?

Mr. Chips joined Melbury school after his graduation from Cambridge University. He left it because he had a problem with discipline over there. He did not like that school. he had been ragged a great deal over there.

11. Describe the first meeting between Mr. Chips and Wetherby.

Wetherby was the headmaster of Brookfield when Mr. Chips appeared for an interview on a sunny July in 1870. he was very fatherly and courteous. He asked Mr. Chips to work hard and devotedly and never let any boy make mischief. 

12. How did Mr. Chips face his first-class Brookfield?

Mr. Chips took the prep class on the first day at Brookfield. It was a wonderful experience. The hall was filled with boys. He assumed an angry look to cover his nervousness. He punished one of the boys who made mischief. Mr. Chips was confident and strict.s He faced his first-class successfully.

13. Who was the first boy whom Mr. Chips punished and why?

Red-haired Colley was the first boy whom Mr. Chips punished because he made mischief during the class.

14. What did Chips say to the grandson of the first Colley?

Chips said to the grandson of the first Colley that his grandfather was the first boy whom the punished. he was a stupid fellow. His father was also a fool but he was the stupidest of all.

Chapter  no. 2

Write a note on Brookfield.

Brookfield was an old Grammar school. It was situated in the eastern fenlands of England.  its main structure was rebuilt during the reign of king George 1 in the 18 century. It had acres of playing grounds. it was surrounded by elms. 

2. What was the role of Brookfield in the history of England.

Brookfield had a great contribution to the history of England. It supplied many history-making men of the age. it produced judges, members of parliament, colonial, administrations, peers, merchants, and manufacturers. professional men, squires, and parsons. These people serve for England.

3. What was the ambition of  Mr. Chips in his early twenties?

Mr. Chips was very energetic in his early life. He wanted to be headmaster or at least a senior master in a first-class school.

4. Why could Mr. Chips not achieve his ambitions?

Mr. Chips could not achieve his ambitions because his degree was not good enough. he had a problem with discipline. he had no influence in society.

5. When was Mr. Chips became the doyen of the staff?

. When he was fifty years old he became the doyen of the staff.

6. When did Mr. Chips retire?

Mr. Chips retired in 1913  at the age of sixty-five. he was presented with a cheque, a writing desk, and a clock.

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