English Class 7 – Chapter 6 – EXPERT DETECTIVES – NCERT Exercise Solution

Working with the Text

1. Answer the following questions.

Q1. What does Nishad find out about Mr. Nath from Ramesh?
Arrange the information as suggested below.
• What he eats
• When he eats
• What he drinks, and when
• How he pays
ANSWER: Nishad found out the following about Mr. Nath from Ramesh:
(1). He is not very specific about what he eats. He eats two chapattis, dal, and a vegetable.
(2). He eats in the morning and evening.
(3). He drinks two cups of tea, one in the morning and one in the evening.
(4). He pays in cash and also gives tips to Ramesh.

Q2. Why does Maya think Mr. Nath is a crook? Who does she say the Sunday visitor is?
ANSWER: Maya thinks Mr.Nath is a crook because he does have any friends even after living for more than a year at the place. Also, he doesn’t talk to anyone and does not have any visitors as well. Except for that Sunday visitor.
She says that the Sunday visitor is his partner in crime and visits him to give his share of the money.

Q3. Does Nishad agree with Maya about Mr. Nath? How does he feel about him?
ANSWER: No, Nishad does not agree with Maya about Mr.Nath. He feels that Mr.Nath is a poor and lonely person as he looks like he is starving. He also thinks that Mr.Nath is a very kind person because he gives tips to Ramesh despite of being poor.

Working with Language

  1. The word ‘tip’ has only three letters but many meanings.
    Match the word with its meanings below.
    (i) finger tips – be about to say something
    (ii) the tip of your nose – make the boat overturn
    (iii) tip the water out of – the ends of one’s fingers
    the bucket
    (iv) have something on – give a rupee to him,
    the tip of your tongue to thank him
    (v) tip the boat over – empty a bucket by tilting it
    (vi) tip him a rupee – the pointed end of your nose
    (vii) the tip of the bat – if you take this advice
    (viii) the police were – the bat lightly touched
    tipped off the ball
    (ix) if you take my tip – the end of the bat
    (x) the bat tipped the ball – the police were told, or warned

ANSWER:
(i) finger tips – the ends of one’s fingers
(ii) the tip of your nose – the pointed end of your nose
(iii) tip the water out of – empty a bucket by tilting it
the bucket
(iv) have something on – be about to say something
the tip of your tongue
(v) tip the boat over – make the boat overturn
(vi) tip him a rupee – give a rupee to him, to thank him
(vii) the tip of the bat – the end of the bat
(viii) the police were – the police were told, or warned
tipped off
(ix) if you take my tip – if you take this advice
(x) the bat tipped the ball – the bat lightly touched the ball

  1. The words helper, companion, partner and accomplice have very similar meanings, but each word is typically used in certain phrases. Can you fill in the blanks below with the most commonly used words? A dictionary may help you.
    (i) business_________
    (ii) my on the journey
    (iii) I’m mother’s little __
    .
    (iv) a faithful ____such as a dog (v) the thief’s_______
    (vi) find a good___________
    (vii) tennis/ golf / bridge_________
    (viii) his __ in his criminal activities

ANSWER:
(i) business partner .
(ii) my companion on the journey
(iii) I’m mother’s little helper .
(iv) a faithful companion such as a dog
(v) the thief’s accomplice
(vi) find a good partner
(vii) tennis/ golf / bridge partner
(viii) his accomplice in his criminal activities

  1. Now let us look at the uses of the word break. Match the word with its meanings below. Try to find at least three other ways in which to use the word.
    (i) The storm broke – could not speak; was too
    sad to speak
    (ii) daybreak – this kind of weather ended
    (iii) His voice is beginning – it began or burst
    to break into activity
    (iv) Her voice broke and – the beginning of daylight
    she cried
    (v) The heat wave broke – changing as he grows up
    (vi) broke the bad news – end it by making the
    workers submit
    (vii) break a strike – gently told someone the bad
    news
    (viii)
    a. Break out -to escape from a place
    b. Break down -to start crying
    c. Break the ice -to break the silence

ANSWER:
(i) The storm broke – this kind of weather ended
(ii) daybreak – the beginning of daylight
(iii) His voice is beginning – changing as he grows up
to break
(iv) Her voice broke and – could not speak; was too
she cried sad to speak
(v) The heat wave broke – it began or burst into activity
(vi) broke the bad news – gently told someone the bad
news
(vii) break a strike – end it by making the workers submit
(viii) (Find your own expression. Give its meaning here.)

SPEAKING

  1. 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. Be careful to ask your questions in a polite and inoffensive way. Do not force the person to answer you. Then allow the person to ask you the same questions.
    (i) Name?
    (ii) What newspapers or magazines does the person read?
    (iii) How long has the person lived at the current address?
    (iv) What does she/he do during the day, i.e. the daily routine?
    (v) What do neighbours and friends say about the person?
    (vi) Who are his/her visitors and what are his/her eating
    habits? (You can ask a few others about this.)
    (vii) What do you think about the person?

ANSWER:
(i) Sunita Sen
(ii) She reads The Times of India newspaper.
(iii) She had been living on the current address for the past 19 years.
(iv) She is a student of class 7. She goes to her school during the day time.
(v) Her neighbour and friends say that she is a very disciplined, kind, and helpful girl.
(vi) Her visitors are generally her relatives and local friends. She is very selective in food, she usually loves to have food cooked by her mother. She usually takes 3-4 meals a day.
(vii) I think she is a very kind and genuine person. Also, she is my best friend, I love to share my bond with her.

WRITING

  1. Who do you think Mr Nath is? Write a paragraph or two about him.
    ANSWER: I think Mr.Nath is just a common person who is probably sick as he is a patent of Nishad and Maya’s mother. He is weak because he doesn’t take a proper meal. I think the reason that he doesn’t have any friends or he doesn’t talk to anyone is that he is sick and wanted to be alone or he might be an introvert as well.
    The scars might be of some accidents. And the Sunday visitor might be one of his family members.
  2. 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.
    ANSWER: I think Nishad and Maya will find out that Mr.Nath is a kind-hearted person. They might also come to know that Mr.Nath is working from home as he is not well.
    I think they will probably end up being friends. Especially Nishad will share a good friendship bond with Mr.Nath because from the beginning he was in his favour. Maya would somehow regret being suspicious of such a kind person.
  3. Conducting a Survey
    Have you ever
    conducted a survey?
    Say Yes, No, or I
    don’t know
    Yes, No, or I
    don’t know.

    Step I :Study the following questionnaire and discuss the points in small groups.

A home is a place where Yes No Don’t know

• you feel secure and happy.
• you can be alone.
• you can keep all your things.
• you can bring up a family.
• you can invite friends/relatives.
• you can make a noise if you want to.
• you can do whatever you like.
• you are at peace.
• you can look after your parents.
• you receive and give love.

Step II : Collect information. Contact people in the school/
your locality and put these questions to them.
Tick-mark (P) their answers in the relevant column.
Step III : Analyse the results in the group by asking
• How many people think that a home is a place
where you feel secure and happy?
• How many people think that a home isn’t a place
where you feel secure and happy?
• How many people don’t know about it?
Step IV: Present a brief oral report on the result of your
survey. Use phrases such as the following
• Most people think that…
• Few people think that…
• Hardly anyone thinks that…
• No one thinks that…
ANSWER: It is an activity.

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