English -Class 7 – Chapter 2 – A GIFT OF CHAPPALS – NCERT Exercise Solution

Working with the Text

1. Complete the following sentences.

(i) Ravi compares Lalli’s playing the violin to _______________________________________________

Answer: Ravi compares Lalli’s playing the violin to the derailing of a train going off track.

(ii) Trying to hide beneath the tray of chillies, Mahendran__________________________________

Answer: 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 _______________________________________

Answer: 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 ______________________________________

Answer: The beggar said that the kind ladies of the household have been very generous and helped him survive for a week.

(v) After the lesson was over, the music teacher asked Lalli if ___________________________________

Answer: After the lesson was over, the music teacher asked Lalli if she had seen his chappals.

2. Describe the music teacher, as seen from the window.

Answer: The music teacher was a bony figure. He was sitting in front of Lalli with his back toward the window. He was a bald-headed man with a fringe of oiled hair falling around his ears and had an old-fashioned tuft. He had a shining gold chain around his neck and a diamond ring. He was wearing a gold-boarded dhoti. His large foot was stuck on the floor and was beating the floor with his scrawny big toe.

3. (i) What makes Mridu conclude that the beggar has no money to buy chappals?

Answer: The beggar stretched his feet to show pink, peeling blisters on his bare feet to the children, which made Mridu conclude that the beggar has no money to buy chappals.

3. (ii) What does she suggest to show her concern?

Answer: Mirdu suggested Ravi and Meena give an old pair of chappals to the beggar.

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?
Answer: Rukku Manni wanted to ask the children what they have done with the music teacher’s chappals.
(ii) Why did she change her question?
Answer: She changed the question because she found the children serious and quiet to which she became sure that the children had done something with the chappals.
(iii) What did she think had happened?
Answer: She thought that children would have hidden the chappals somewhere.

5. On getting Gopu Mama’s chappals, the music teacher tried not to look too happy. Why?

Answer: The music teacher’s chappals were old, but he lied to Lalli that they were brand new. And Gopu Mama’s new chappals were hardly used. The music teacher was happy after getting them but was trying to hide his feeling. He tried to show that he was upset with his loss and with the children.

6. On getting a gift of chappals, the beggar vanished in a minute. Why was he in such a hurry to leave?

Answer: On getting a gift of chappals, the beggar vanished in a minute. He needed them badly because his feet were blistering, and did not want to lose the gift of chappals.

7. Walking towards the kitchen with Mridu and Meena, Rukku Manni began to laugh. What made her laugh?

Answer: The thought of answering Gopu Mama about his chappals made her laugh as he was always in a hurry to throw off his shoes and get into chappals as soon as possible.

Working with Language

1. Read the following sentences

(a) If she knows we have a cat, Paati will leave the house.
(b) She won’t be so upset if she knows about the poor beggar with sores on his fect.
(c) If the chappals do fit, will you really not mind?

Notice that each sentence consists of two parts. The first part begins with ‘if ’. It is known as if-clause. Rewrite each of the following pairs of sentences as a single sentence. Use ‘if ’ at the beginning of the sentence.

(a) Walk fast. You’ll catch the bus.
If you walk fast, you’ll catch the bus.
(b) Don’t spit on the road. You’ll be fined.
If you spit on the road, you’ll be fined.
(i) Don’t tire yourself now. You won’t be able to work in the evening.
Answer: If you tire yourself now you won’t be able to work in the evening.
(ii) Study regularly. You’ll do well in the examination.
Answer: If you study regularly, you’ll do well in the examinations
(iii) Work hard. You’ll pass the examination in the first division.
Answer: If you work hard, you’ll pass the examination in the first division.
(iv) Be polite to people. They’ll also be polite to you.
Answer: If you are polite to people, they’ll also be polite to you.
(v) Don’t tease the dog. It’ll bite you.
Answer: If you tease the dog, it’ll bite you.

2. 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 ______________(miss) the lovely Sunday lunch at home. If I ___________ (stay) for lunch, I _______ miss (miss) the Sunday film showing at Archana Theatre. I think I’ll go out and see the film, only to avoid getting too fat.

Answer: 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.

3. 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 _____________________________
(iv) He’ll lend you his umbrella ________________________________
(v) My neighbour, Ramesh, will take you to the doctor ________________________________
(vi) Don’t eat it ________________________________

Answer:

(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.

Speaking and Writing

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?
ANSWER: Yea, it would be better to ask our elders first and then give.

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.
ANSWER: Yes, I do have a very talkative sister. I find her interesting and impressive because I love the way she speaks with no fear on her face.

Has Rukku Manni done exactly the same as the children? In your opinion, then, is it right for one party to blame the other?
ANSWER: No, it’s not the same. The children gave the slippers out of pity were as Rukku Manni gave the slippers out of courtesy. No, it is not right to blame each other.

2. 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/hobbies/personal characteristics. Use the
following questions and sentence openings.

(i) What do you enjoy doing after school?
I enjoy…
ANSWER: I enjoy playing badminton after school.
(ii) What do you like in general?
I like…
ANSWER: I like painting in general.
(iii) Do you play any game?
I don’t like…
ANSWER: I don’t like to play games.
(iv) Would you mind if I listened to music after dinner?
I wouldn’t…
ANSWER: I wouldn’t mind if you listened to music after dinner.
(v) Will it be all right if I stay with you?
It’s fine with me…
ANSWER: It’s fine with me if you stay with me.
(vi) Is there anything you dislike, particularly?
Well, I can’t share…
ANSWER: Well, I can’t share my dislikes particularly.
(vii) Do you like to attend parties?
Oh, I…
ANSWER: Oh, I do like to attend parties.
(viii) Would you say you are sure of staying with me?
I think…
ANSWER: I think I cannot say that I am sure I can stay with you.

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