Expert Detectives NCERT Solutions for Class 7 English Honeycomb Chapter 6
Expert Detectives NCERT Text Book Questions and Answers
Expert Detectives Comprehension check
What did Nishad give Mr Nath ? Why?
Nishad gives Mr Nath a bar of chocolate because he thinks that Mr Nath is starving, and should eat something.
What is “strange” about Mr Nath’s Sundays?
On Sundays, Ramesh carries two lunches to Mr Nath’s room and the same man is with him each time. He’s tall, fair, stout and wears spectacles. This visitor talks a lot, unlike Mr Nath who hardly speaks.
Why did Nishad and Maya get a holiday?
Nishad and Maya got an unexpected holiday because of rains. The roads were flooded, and no traffic could move through them.
Expert Detectives Working with the text
What does Nishadfind out about Mr Nath from Ramesh?
- What he eats: two chapattis, some dal and a vegetable
- When he eats: once in the morning, and once in the evening
- What he drinks, and when: two cups of tea, one in the morning and one ih the afternoon
- How he pays: by cash
Why does Maya think Mr Nath is a crook? Who does she say the Sunday visitor is?
Maya thought Mr Nath was a crook because he did not talk to anyone, and had no friends. She thought that he had a scar on his face because he was involved in a scuffle or shootout against policemen. She was suspicious of him because he did not work, but still had money to pay for food and other things. She thought that the Sunday visitor is his accomplice, who keeps all the loot and comes now and then to give part of it to his partner, Mr Nath, for expenses.
Does Nishad agree with Maya about Mr Nath? How does he feel about him?
No, Nishad does not agree with Maya about Mr Nath. He feels sympathetic towards for him and wants to try and make friends with him. He likes him, and wants to know his story.
Expert Detectives Working with language
Match the word with its meanings below. Solved
- finger tips – the ends of one’s fingers
- the tip of your nose – the pointed end of your nose
- tip the water out of the bucket – empty a bucket by tilting it
- have something on the tip of your tongue – be about to say something
- tip the boat over – make the boat overturn
- tip him a rupee – give a rupee to him, to thank him
- the tip of the bat – the end of the bat
- the police were tipped off-the police were told, or warned
- if you take my tip – if you take this advice
- the bat tipped the ball – the bat lightly touched the ball
Can you fill in the blanks below with the most commonly used words? A dictionary may help you.
- business partner
- my companion on the journey
- I’m mother’s little helper.
- a faithful companion such as a dog activities
- the thief’s accomplice.
- find a good partner.
- his accomplice in his criminal
Match the word with its meanings below. Try to find at least three other ways in which to use the word.
- The storm broke – it began or burst to break into activity
- daybreak – the beginning of daylight
- His voice is beginning to break – changing as he grows up
- Her voice broke and she cried – could not speak; was too sad to speak
- The heat wave broke – this kind of weather ended
- broke the bad news – gently told someone the bad news
- break a strike – end it by making the workers submit
8. break one’s back – put great effort into achieving something
9. break something open – open something forcibly
10. make a break for – make a sudden dash in the direction of, especially in a bid to escape
Expert Detectives Speaking
Play detectives with each other. Find a person in your class (or some other acquaintance) to speak to. Find out the answers to the questions given below.
(Encourage the students to complete this activity in pairs.)
i. Name? – Asraf Khan
ii. What newspapers or magazines does the person read? – The Indian Express; Lonely Planet Magazine; The Outlook; The Outdoor Journal; The Hindu; BBC Knowledge
iii. How long has the person lived at the current address? – For five years
iv. What does she/he do during the day, i.e. the daily routine? -1 get up and go to the school. I come back and take a nap. Then I wake up and complete my home work. In the evening, I go swimming with my family. When I return, I go out and play with my friends. We sometimes even play boardgames in my house. I often go out with my family to have dinner.
v. What do neighbours and friends say about the person? – The neighbours like me a lot.
vi. Who are his/her visitors and what are his/her eating habits? (You can ask a few others about this.) – My maternal grandparents visit me almost every week. And so do my aunts and uncles. My parents’ friends also come to our place regularly. We mostly eat Indian food.
vii. What do you think about the person? – I think Ashraf is a very thoughtful and considerate person. He often gets delicious food from home, and shares it with all of us. He is my best friend in the class. I could never find such a great friend.
Expert Detectives Writing
Who do you think Mr Nath is? Write a paragraph or two about him.
(Encourage the students to use their creativity to formulate their own answers.)
Mr Nath is probably suffering from an illness and has shifted to another place for treatment. Perhaps, he has no family and that is why he is living alone. He is sad and lonely. The man who visits him on Sundays might be his lawyer who is helping him . make a will.
Perhaps, he wants to do something good for the larger good of mankind, and is making plans with the man about how to do that. Mr Nath has come to a new neigbourhood where no one knows him. He probably wants to live in the same neighbourhood as his doctor.
What else do you think Nishad and Maya will find out about him? How? Will they ever be friends? Think about these questions and write a paragraph or two to continue the story. (Encourage the students to use their creativity to formulate their own answers.)
It is possible that Nishad and Maya will find out all about Mr Nath’s past life. Nishad might ask him directly as he wishes to be friends with him.
Yes, it is possible that they will all be friends after knowing Mr Nath’s story. They will feel guilty about misunderstanding him.
This is how the story can continue:
Nishad merely glared at me and quietly walked out of the room. My theories seemed to have made no impression on him at all.
He went directly to Mr Nath’s door and rang the doorbell. Mr Nath answered the door and seemed to be somewhat perturbed. He seemed busy, but Nishad persisted to stare at him with innocent eyes, and asked to be let inside. Mr Nath’s home was very simple and had little furniture. There were only basic things there. Nishad cleared his throat and said to him, “Mr Nath, how come you have no friends? Don’t you feel lonely?”
Mr Nath hesitated before answering, “I feel lonely, but nobody in the neighbourhood wants to talk to me. They think I am strange, and I think they are scared of me.”
“That’s not true,” protested Nishad. “In fact, I would like to invite you for a dinner tomorrow at my house. My mother will be very happy to have you. I would also introduce you to my sister.”
Saying this, Nishad quickly got up to leave without giving Mr Nath a chance to decline the invitation. He left his home with a lot of nervous energy. He did not know what would happen next. But he was happy that his curiosity will soon be satiated.
Conducting a Survey. Study the following questionnaire and discuss the points in small groups. (Encourage the students to complete the survey on their own.)
Most people think that a home is a place where you feel secure and happy. Few people think that a home isn’t a place where you feel secure and happy. Hardly anyone thinks that one cannot bring up a family in a home. No one thinks that you can do whatever you like at a home, because it is a shared space and one must follow rules and discipline of living together.
Everybody agrees to it that a home is a place where families are raised. Most children think that a home is a place where one can make as much noise as one wants. Everybody feels that it is a peaceful place.