A Gift of Chappals NCERT Solutions for Class 7 English Honeycomb Chapter 2
A Gift of Chappals NCERT Text Book Questions and Answers
A Gift of Chappals Comprehension check-I
What is the secret that Meena shares with Mridu in the backyard?
The secret that Meena shares with Mridu in the backyard is that they have brought home a stray cat and have hidden her in their backyard. They wanted to keep the cat a secret from their grandmother.
How does Ravi get milk for the kitten?
Ravi brings milk from his kitchen secretly, but when his grandmother sees him, he tells her it is for him. He drinks some of it and insists that he would wash the tumbler himself after drinking the milk. Later he goes and feeds the cat milk in a coconut shell. He returns hurriedly to keep the tumbler back at its place after washing it.
Who does he say the kitten s ancestors are? Do you believe him?
He says that the kitten’s ancestors are the ancient Pallava kings, and it has descended from an Egyptian cat-goddess, Bastet. No, I do not believe him at all because it is a make-believe story that he creates using his imagination.
Ravi has a lot to say about M.P. Poonai. This shows that
i. he is merely trying to impress Mridu.
iii. he has a rich imagination.
ii. his knowledge of history is sound.
iv. he is an intelligent child.
Which of these statements do you agree/disagree to?
iii. he has a rich imagination.
I think that Ravi is intelligent and also quite imaginative. This is not to say that he does not have a sound knowledge of history, because he seems to know about the Pallava kings as well as the Egyptian gods. He is also trying to impress Mridu with his story about the cat.
What was the noise that startled Mridu and frightened Mahendran?
The noise that startled Mridu and frightened Mahendran was the sound of Lalli playing violin, but she was not playing very well.
A Gift of Chappals Comprehension check-II
The music master is making lovely music. Read aloud the sentence in the text that expresses this idea.
The following sentences from the text express this idea:
- The music-master just goes on playing like a train whizzing on and on
- 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, as Ravi said.
- Mridu stared at that huge, beringed hand moving effortlessly up the violin’s stem, making lovely music.
Had the beggar come to Rukku Manni’s house for the first time? Give reasons for your answer.
No, the beggar had been coming to Rukku Manni’s house for a week now. When he enters their home, he casually tries to take up a place under the tree. He is just ready to nap there and sits comfortably waiting for food. He also calls the women of Ravi’s house generous as they had been feeding him for a week.
“A sharp V-shaped line had formed between her eyebrows. ” What does it suggest to you about Rukku Manni s mood?
This suggests that Rukku Manni was upset and annoyed. She was full of rage and in no mood to spare the person who had caused her so much inconvenience.
A Gift of Chappals Working with the text
Complete the following sentences.
i. Ravi compares Lalli s playing the violin to ……………….
a derailed train.
ii. Trying to hide beneath the 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.
iv. The beggar said that the kind ladies of the household ……………..
have given him food for a whole week.
v. After the lesson was over, the music teacher asked Lalli if …………….
she had seen his chappals.
Describe the music teacher, as seen from the window.
From the window, the music teacher seemed like a bony figure. He had a mostly 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 stem of the violin. A large foot stuck out from beneath his gold-bordered veshti edge, and he was beating time on the floor with the scrawny big toe.
i. What makes Mridu conclude that the beggar has no money to buy chappals?
ii. What does she suggest to show her concern?
i. Mridu looks at the pink blisters that have formed on the beggar’s feet, and concludes that the beggar has no money to buy chappals.
ii. She suggests that they could give the beggar a pair if there was an old pair lying in the house somewhere.
“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 did she think had happened?
i. In my opinion, Rukku Manni really wanted to ask if the children had seen the music teacher’s chappals anywhere.
ii. She changed her question because she sensed that the children had something to do with the disappearance of the chappals. She understood this because the children were curiously quiet at that time.
iii. She thought that someone had stolen the chappals as a lot of vendors came to their door every day.
On getting Gopu Mama’s chappals, the music teacher tried not to look too happy. Why?
On getting Gopu Mama’s chappals, the music teacher tried not to look too happy because his chappals were old and worn out, but in return, he got chappals that were new and hardly worn.
On getting a gift of chappals, the beggar vanished in a minute. Why was he in such a hurry to leave?
The beggar was in such a hurry to leave because he knew that the children had given him the chappals without asking permission from their elders. An elder could have easily intervened and took the chappals away from him. They would have also scolded the beggar for taking them from the children.
Walking towards the kitchen with Mridu and Meena, Rukku Manni began to laugh.What made her laugh?
The thought that her husband would be looking for his chappals the minute he would come home made Rukku Manni laugh. She must have been imagining the hilariousness of the situation when her husband finds out that the music-teacher took away his chappals.
A Gift of Chappals Working with language
Rewrite each of the following pairs of sentences as a single sentence. Use ‘if ’at the beginning of the sentence.
i. Don’t tire yourself now. You won’t be able to work in the evening.
ii. Study regularly. You ’ll do well in the examination.
iii. Work hard. You ’ll pass the examination in the first division.
iv. Be polite to people. They ’ll also be polite to you. ‘
v. Don’t tease the dog. It ’ll bite you.
i. If you tire yourself now, you won’t be able to work in the evening.
ii. If you study regularly, you’ll do well in the examination.
iii. If you work hard, you’ll pass the examination in the first division.
iv. If you are polite to people, they’ll also be polite to you.
v. If you tease the dog, it’ll bite you.
Fill in the blanks in the following paragraph.
Today is Sunday. I’m wondering whether I should stay at home or go out. If I go out,
I will miss the lovely Sunday lunch at home. If I stay for lunch, I will miss the Sunday film showing at Archana Theatre. I think I’ll go out and see the film, only to avoid getting too fat.
Complete each sentence below by appropriately using any one of the following:
if you want to/if you don i want to/if you want him to
- if you don’t want to.
- if you want him to.
- if you want to.
- if you want him to.
- if you want him to.
- if you don’t want to.
A Gift of Chappals Speaking and writing
Discuss in small groups:
(i) If you want to give away something of your own to the needy, would it be better to ask your elders first?
(ii) 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.
(iii) Has Rukku Manni done exactly the same as the children? In your opinion, then, is it right for one party to blame the other? (Encourage the students to express their opinions clearly in the class.)Sample answers
(i) Yes, I think it would be better to ask the elders first because the elders at my home do a lot of charity. They do not believe in having an excess of things. So mostly, we give away things every few months to the needy. I would never want to go behind their back and give away something that they think is still useful, or something for which they have another use in mind.
(ii) Yes. My cousin Kunal is the most talkative person in the family. He is five years elder to me, and tells us so many stories. He lives in Chennai, and tells us all about it. I find his stories to be very interesting, though sometimes I think he is making them up. He talks about magical places, fairies and wizards.
(iii) Yes, Rukku Manni has done exactly the same thing as the children. But she did not have any other choice. She is an adult, and she has the right to do whatever she pleases with the things at her home. She can easily explain the situation to her husband. In my opinion, she is right in chiding the children, because they put her in an embarrassing situation. But she takes it well. She is not furious with the children, but instead, she laughs it all off.
Ask one another questions about likes/dislikes/preferences/hobbies/personal characteristics.
(Encourage the students to ask each other the given questions.)Sample answers
- I enjoy taking a nap, playing with my sister, doing my home work, swimming, etc.
- I like to play hopscotch, tag, badminton and many other games. I also like cycling, running, doing yoga and reading.
- I don’t like to play cricket because it is a very slow game. I prefer to play football.
- I wouldn’t mind that at all. In fact, I have an ipod and you can borrow it from me whenever you want.
- It’s fine with me if you snore. I am a heavy sleeper. I wouldn’t even notice. Maybe, you can get earplugs for me if you snore too much.
- Well, I can’t share my teddy bear with anyone. His name is Andy, and he is very dear to me.
- Oh, I absolutely love attending parties.
- I think I am an easy-going person, who knows how to enjoy life and be a sport.