A. Put these sentences from the story in the right order and write them out in a paragraph. Don’t refer to the text.
- I shall be so glad when today is over.
- Having a leg tied up and hopping about on a crutch is almost fun, I guess.
- I don’t think I’ll mind being deaf for a day —— at least not much.
- But being blind is so frightening.
- Only you must tell me about things.
- Let’s go for a little walk.
- The other bad days can’t be half as bad as this.
Let’s go for a little walk. Only you must tell me about things. I shall be glad when today is over. The other bad days can’t be half as bad as this. Having a leg tied up and hopping about on a crutch is almost fun, I guess. I don’t think I’ll mind being deaf for a day — at least not much. But being blind is so frightening.
Answer the following questions:-
1. Why do you think the writer visited Miss Beam’s school.
Ans: The writer visited Miss Beam’s school because he had heard a great deal about the school.
2. What were the ‘game’ that every child in the school had to play.
Ans: The ‘game’ that every child in the school had to play was that each term every child had one blind day, one lame day, one deaf day, one injured day and one dumb day.
3. “Each term every child has one blind day, one lame day…” Complete the line. Which day was the hardest/ Why was it the hardest .
Ans: “Each term every child has one blind day, one lame day, one deaf day, one injured day, and one dumb day.” The dumb day was the hardest because the children’s mouths could not be bandaged, so they really had to exercise their will power to remain silent
4. What was the purpose of these special days.
Ans: The purpose of these special days was to teach the children thoughtfulness , kindness to others and how to be responsible citizens. These days make the children appreciate and understand misfortune by making them share in the misfortune of others.
Match the words and phrases with their meanings in the box below:-
- Homesick Almost
- Practically It hurts me
- It pains me Terrible
- Appreciate Test the strength of
- Thoughtless Understanding the difficulties
- Exercise Wanting to be home.
- Relief A welcome change
- Ghastly Not very caring.
- Homesick —— Wanting to be home.
- Practically——– Almost
- It pains me —- It hurts me.
- Appreciate —– Understanding the difficulties.
- Thoughtless —– Not very caring.
- Exercise —– Test the strength of.
- Relief —– A welcome change.
- Ghastly —- Terrible.
Re-word these lines from the story:-
- I had heard a great deal about Miss Beam’s school.
- Miss Beam was all that I had expected — middle-aged , full of authority.
- I went to the window which overlooked a large garden
- “We cannot bandage the children’s mouth, so they really have to exercise their will power.”
- The writer had heard praises about the teaching methods of Miss Bema’s school .
- The writer found Miss Beam a middle aged and full of authority lady.
- The writer looked out of the window and saw a large garden.
- The children had to use their will power to keep quiet.
Given below is a page from a dictionary . Look at it carefully and
- Find a word which means the same as ghastly. Write down the word and its two meanings.
- Find a word meaning a part of the school year.
- Find a word that means examination.
Meaning — A fixed length of time.
Sentence — He was made captain of the football team for a term of one year.
Meaning —A part of the school year .
Sentence —There are three terms in a school year.
Terms — plural noun.
Meaning— The things you are asking for:
Sentence— If you agree to my terms – free meals and good wages – I will work for you.
Meanings — A level area cut out from the side of a hill
A flat area outside a house.
Sentence — We sat on the terrace in the evening
Meaning — a row of houses joined together.
Meaning — Causing fear. Sentence — We saw a terrible storm.
Meaning —- Very bad. Sentence — Your writing is terrible.
Sentence — It is terribly hot.
Terrify — verb: terrifying — present participle : terrified — past
Meaning —To fill with fear
Sentence — The animals were terrified by the storm.
Meaning — Great fear: a feeling of terror
Meaning — Land ruled by one government.
Sentence — This island is British territory.
Meaning — An area belonging to one person or animal.
Sentence— Wild animals will not allow other animals to enter their territory.
Meaning — To look at something to see if it is correct or will work properly.
Sentence– Before he brought the car, he drove to test it.
Meaning —- To ask someone questions.
Sentence— The teacher tested the children on their homework.
Meaning — An examination.
Sentence — I passed my driving test today.
Test tube noun
Meaning — Small thin glass tube.
Sentence— We put chemicals in test tubes in our chemistry class.
Meanings —- The words used in a book: a few words from a book.
Meaning — A text book is a book we use to learn about something.
Meaning — (used when we compare things, in sentences like these)
Sentences — My brother is older than me. Mary sings better than anyone else in the class.
Meaning — To say we are grateful to someone.
Sentences — I thanked her for the present she sent me.
Thank you for the present you sent me.
No, thank you, I don’t want any more tea.
Meaning — Very glad : grateful
Thanks plural noun
Meaning — Word used to show that we are grateful.
Sentence — Thanks for helping me.
It was thanks to John that we won the match.
Meaning — The one over there: the one further away than this one.
Sentence — This is my bowl that bowl is yours.
Meaning — Used to point out someone or something used to mean the one known or mentioned already.
Sentence — Did you bring that photograph.
We played football and after that we went home.
Meaning — Used instead of who, whom
(i) Find a word which means the same as ghastly. Write down the word and its two meanings.
Ans :- Terrible is that word. Its two meanings are causing fear and very bad.
(ii) Find a word meaning a part of the school year.
Ans:- A term is the word meaning a part of the school year.
(iii) Find a word that means examination.
Ans :- Test is the word that means examination.
2. Now make lists of
(i) All the words on the page ( plus any more that you can think of) that begin with terr—
Ans :- Terrace, terrible, terrify, territory, terrain, begin with terr—
(ii) Five words that may follow the last word on the page, that
Ans :- After, given, such, bring, before
(iv) Write down your own meaning of the word thank. Then write down the meaning given in the dictionary.
Ans:- Thank means to express gratitude to someone for their kindness or help
The meaning in the dictionary is that thanks means to be grateful to someone.
Speaking and writing
A. Make a short list of things you find difficult to do.
e.g turning a somersault , threading a needle.
Students to attempt this themselves.
B. Look at your hands carefully . Now, write down for each finger one action for which that finger is particularly important. For example the second ( or index) finger helps to hold the knife down firmly while cutting.
Ans: First finger —– To show the direction to a traveller.
Middle finger —- To hold the knife down firmly while cutting.
Third finger —- For putting the ring.
The little finger —- For making a list .