TEXT QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS:
Answer the following questions:-
Q 1. What is the secret that Meena shares with Mridu in the backyard?
Ans: Meena shared the secret that she had seen a kitten in the backyard inside a torn football lined with sacking and filled with sand. They found him outside the gate in the morning.
Q 2. How does Ravi get milk for the kitten?
Ans: Ravi took a glass of milk for the kitten. When Patti saw him with a glass of milk, he convinced her by saying that he was hungry. Patti got suspicious so Ravi had to drink most of the milk and told Patti that he would wash the glass by himself. After that Ravi ran and poured the milk into the coconut shell for the kitten and then ran back to wash the glass before Patti got really suspicious.
Q 3. Who does he say the kitten’s ancestors are? Do you believe him?
Ans : He said that the kitten’s ancestors were the Mahabalipuram Rishi-cat which was the emblem of the Pallava dynasty and the Mahabalipuram Rishi –cat was the descendant of the cat-goddess of Egypt. No, I do not believe him.
Q 4 Ravi has a lot to say about M.P.Poonai . This shows that
i) He is merely trying to impress Mridu.
ii) His knowledge of history is sound.
iii) He has a rich imagination.
iv) He is an intelligent child.
Which of these statements do you agree/disagree to?
Ans : I agree to these statements:-
ii) His knowledge of history is sound.
iii) He has a rich imagination.
Q 5. What was the noise that startled Mridu and frightened Mahendran?
Ans : The children were discussing about the cat, at that moment the sound of kreeching startled Mridu and frightened Mahendran. It was the sound of a violin that Lalli was learning to play as she was not able to play it properly ,it sounded awful.
Q 6. The music master is making lovely music. Read aloud the sentences in the text that expresses this idea.
Ans : “The music master’s notes seemed to float up and settle perfectly into the invisible tracks of the melody. It was like the wheels of a train fitting smoothly into the rails and whizzing along” This sentence in the text expresses the idea that the music master is making lovely music which is perfect and can be enjoyed by all.
Q 7. Had the beggar come to Rukku Manni’s house for the first time? Give reasons for your answer.
Ans : No, the beggar had not come to Rukku Manni’s house for the first time because Patti said to Ravi that he had been coming to their house every day for the past one week. She also said that it’s time to find him another house to beg from! This shows that she knew him.
Q 8. “ A sharp V-shaped line had formed between her eyebrows” What does it suggest to you about Rukku Manni’s mood?
Ans : V-shaped eyebrow is formed only when people are in anger. When Rukku Manni came to know about the missing of the chappal, her eyebrows turned V-shaped, This suggests that Rukku Manni was in a very angry mood when she came to know about the missing chappals of the music master.
WORKING WITH THE TEXT
- Complete the following sentences:-
i) Ravi compares Lalli’s playing the violin to —————–.
ii) Trying to hide beneath tray of chillies , Mahendran —–
iii) The teacher played a few notes on his violin, and Lalli——.
iv) The beggar said that the kind ladies of the household—.
v) After the lesson was over, the music teacher asked Lalli if ——–.
i) Ravi compares Lalli’s playing the violin to derailing of the train going completely off track.
ii) Trying to hide beneath a tray of chillies, Mahendran tipped a few chillies over himself .
iii) The teacher played a few notes on his violin, and Lalli stumbled behind him on her violin which looked quite helpless and unhappy in her hands.
iv) The beggar said that the kind ladies of the household kept his body and soul together on their generosity for a whole week.
v) After the lesson was over, the music teacher asked Lalli if she had seen his chappals.
Q 2. Describe the music teacher as seen from the window .
Ans : As seen from the window , the music teacher had a bony figure. He had a bald head with a fringe of oiled black hair falling around his ears and an old-fashioned tuft. A gold chain gleamed around his leathery neck and a diamond ring glittered on his hand as it glided up and down the stern of the violin. A large foot stuck out from beneath his gold-bordered vestry edge and he was beating time on the floor with his scrawny big toe.
Q 3. i) What makes Mridu conclude that the beggar has no money to buy chappals?
ii) What does she suggest to show her concern?
Ans : i) Mridu concludes that the beggar had no money to buy chappals because his feet were blistered as he moved on bare feet in hot summer also. The kids felt that the beggar should have a pair of slippers.
ii) She suggests to Mridu and Ravi about the pair of slippers so that they could give it to the beggar.
Q 4 “Have you children” she began and then, seeing they were curiously quiet, went on more slowly, “seen anyone lurking around the verandah?”
i) What do you think Rukku Manni really wanted to ask?
ii) Why did she change her question?
iii) What does she think had happened?
Ans : (i) Rukku Manni actually wanted to ask the children if they had seen the music master’s chappals.
(ii) She changed her question because children were curiously quiet and she suspected that children must have done something mischievous with the chappals.
iii) When she saw the expression of absolute quietness, she thought that the children must have given the music teacher’s chappals to the old beggar.
Q 5. On getting Gopu Mama’s chappals , the music teacher tried not to look too happy? Why?
Ans : The music teacher tried not to look too happy because he did not want to reveal his happiness of getting new chappals of Gopu Mama to others. He wanted to show that his own chappals were more expensive and branded one. Actually, he was very happy after getting Gopu Mama’s chappals.
Q 6. On getting a gift of chappals, the beggar vanished in a minute. Why was he in such a hurry to leave?
Ans : On getting a gift of chappals , the beggar vanished in a minute because he needed them badly and he did not want to loose the gift of those chappals. His feet were blistered and he couldn’t have got anything better from that house.
Q 7 Walking towards the kitchen with Mridu and Meena, Rukku Manni began to laugh. What made her laugh?
Ans : Gopu Mannu was always in such a hurry to throw off his shoes and socks and get into his chappals as soon as he comes home. Rukku Manni began to laugh while thinking about the reaction of her husband after hearing this incident and when he came to know about that they had given his new chappals to the music teacher.
Working with languages:
Q1 Read the following sentences;
i) If she knows we have a cat, Patti will leave the house.
ii) She won’t be so upset if she knows about the poor beggar with sores on his feet.
iii) If the chappals do fit, will you really not mind?
Note that each sentence consists of two parts. The first part begin with if-clause.
Rewrite each of the following pairs of sentences as a single sentence. Use ‘if’ at the beginning of the sentence.
i) Walk fast. You’ll catch the bus.
ii) Don’t spit on the road. You’ll be fined.
iii) Don’t tire yourself now. You won’t be able to work in the evening.
iv) Study regularly. You’ll do well in the examination.
v) Be polite to people. They’ll also be polite to you.
vi) Don’t tease the dog. It’ll bite you.
i) If you walk fast you’ll catch the bus.
ii) If you spit on the road, you will be fined.
iii) If you tire yourself now, you won’t be able to work in the evening.
iv) If you study regularly, you’ll do well in the examination
v) If you be polite to people, they’ll also be polite to you.
vi) If you tease the dog, it will bite you.
Q 2 Fill in the blanks in the following paragraph:-
Q. Today is Sunday. I’m wondering whether I should stay at home or go out. If I —- (go) out , I ——- (miss) the lovely Sunday lunch at home. If I —- (stay) for lunch, I —–(miss) the Sunday film showing at Archana Theatre. I think I’ll go out and see the film, only to avoid getting too fat.
Ans : Today is Sunday. I’m wondering whether I should stay at home or go out. If I go out, I shall miss the lovely Sunday lunch at home. If I stay for lunch, I shall miss the Sunday film showing at Archana Theatre. I think I’ll go out and see the film, only to avoid getting too fat.
Q3. Complete each sentence below by appropriately using any one of the following:-
If you want to / if you don’t want to / if you want him to.
i) Don’t go to the theatre—–
ii) He’ll post your letter——.
iii) Please use my pen ——
vi) He’ll lend you his umbrella —-
v) My neighbor Ramesh will take you to the doctor—–
vi) Don’t eat it ——.
(i) If you don’t want to (ii) If you want him to
(iii) If you want to (iv) If you want him to
(v) If you want him to (vi) If you don’t want to
- Discuss in small groups:
- If you want to give away something of your own to the needy, would it be better to ask your elders first?
- Is there someone of your age in the family who is very talkative? Do you find her/him interesting and impressive or otherwise? Share your ideas with others in the group.
- Has Rukku Manni done exactly the same as the children? In your opinion, then, is it right for one party to blame the other?
Ans : Group discussion (Do yourself).
- Read the following:
- A group of children in your class are going to live in a hostel.
- They have been asked to choose a person in the group to share a room with.
- They are asking each other questions to decide who they would like to share a room with.
Ask one another questions about likes/ dislikes/ preferences/ habits/ personal characteristics. Use the following questions and sentence openings.
(i) What do you enjoy doing after school?
(ii) What do you like in general?
(iii) Do you play any game?
I don’t like…..
(iv) Would you mind if I listened to music after dinner?
(v) Will it be all right if I…?
It’s fine with me…..
(vi) Is there anything you dislike, particularly?
Well, I can’t share…..
(vii) Do you like to attend parties?
(viii) Would you say you are…?
Ans : (i) I enjoy listening music or playing cricket.
(ii) I like playing table – tennis in general.
(iii) I don’t like playing volleyball or kabaddi. (iv) I wouldn’t mind it at all.
(v) It’s fine with me to see a movie on the computer.
(vi) Well, I can’t share my handkerchief with anybody.
(vii) Oh, I love to attend parties.
(viii) I think I won’t be a fool to say so.
i) Don’t go to the theatre if you don’t want to.
ii) He’ll post your letter if you want him to.
iii) Please use my pen if you want to.
iv) He’ll lend you his umbrella if you want him to.
v) My neighbour, Ramesh will take you to the doctor if you want him to.
vi) Don’t eat it if you don’t want to.