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.