ENGLISH HONEYDEW – CLASS 8 – CHAPTER 6: THIS IS JODY’S FAWN – NCERT Exercise Solution

WORKING WITH THE TEXT

1. Why did Penny Baxter allow Jody to go find the fawn and raise it?

ANSWER: Penny agreed to let Jody go find the fawn and raise it since he thought it would be unfair to let the fawn starve. He agreed with Jody that the doe had been killed for their benefit and that the fawn had become orphaned through no fault of its own. They couldn’t let the fawn starve to death. 

 2. What did Doc Wilson mean when he said, “Nothing in the world ever comes quite free”?

ANSWER: “Nothing in the world ever comes quite free” from this statement Doc Wilson means that, Penny had killed the doe to save his own life. The doe’s fawn needed to be cared for and saved from hunger as a result of the doe’s action. It would be unfair to leave it alone. 

3. How did Jody look after the fawn, after he accepted the responsibility for doing this?

ANSWER: When Jody decided to take on the responsibility of taking care of the fawn, he did so with great care. He’d gently massage its soft neck while putting his hands around it. He took up the little fawn and went through the thick shrubs of the forest, protecting its face from the sharp thorns, while taking it home. Jody stopped by on his way home when he was tired and took a break. When he got home, he let the small fawn follow him and carried it up the stairs. The deer first didn’t sure how to react when he offered it milk from the gourd. But when Jody placed his fingers in the milk and thrust them into the fawn’s soft, wet mouth, the deer gently began to suck milk from his hands.

4. How does Jody’s mother react when she hears that he is going to bring the fawn home? Why does she react in this way?

ANSWER: When Jody’s mother found that Jody wanted to bring the baby fawn home, she was shocked. But she was speechless when she learned that the doe who saved Penny’s life was the mother of the little fawn. She screamed in shock and threw the coffee pot into the air. She was opposed to bringing a wild animal inside the house. She notified Jody that the only thing they had to feed the fawn was milk, which he would have to sacrifice to feed the deer.

WORKING WITH LANGUAGE

1. Look at these pairs of sentences.

Penny said to Jody, “Will you be back before dinner?”

 Penny asked Jody if he would be back before dinner.

 “How are you feeling, Pa?” asked Jody.

Jody asked his father how he was feeling.

Here are some questions in direct speech. Put them into reported speech.

(i) Penny said, “Do you really want it son?”

(ii) Mill-wheel said, “Will he ride back with me?”

 (iii) He said to Mill-wheel, “Do you think the fawn is still there?”

 (iv) He asked Mill-wheel, “Will you help me find him?”

 (v) He said, “Was it up here that Pa got bitten by the snake?”

ANSWER:

(i) Penny asked his son if he really wanted the fawn.

(ii) Mill-wheel asked if Jody would ride back with him.

(iii) Jody asked Mill-wheel if he thought the fawn was still there.

(iv) Jody asked Mill-wheel if he would help him find the fawn.

(v) Jody asked Mill-wheel if it was up there that Pa got bitten by the snake.

 2. Look at these two sentences.

 He tumbled backward.

It turned its head.

The first sentence has an intransitive verb, a verb without an object.

 The second sentence has a transitive verb. It has a direct object. We can ask: “What did it turn?” You can answer: “Its head. It turned its head.”

 Say whether the verb in each sentence below transitive or intransitive. Ask yourself a ‘what’ question about the verb, as in the example above. (For some verbs, the object is a person, so ask the question ‘who’ instead of ‘what’).

 (i) Jody then went to the kitchen.

 (ii) The fawn wobbled after him.

(iii) You found him.

 (iv) He picked it up.

(v) He dipped his fingers in the milk.

 (vi) It bleated frantically and butted him.

 (vii) The fawn sucked his fingers.

 (viii) He lowered his fingers slowly into the milk.

 (ix) It stamped its small hoofs impatiently.

 (x) He held his fingers below the level of the milk.

 (xi) The fawn followed him.

 (xii) He walked all day.

 (xiii) He stroked its sides.

(xiv) The fawn lifted its nose.

 (xv) Its legs hung limply.

ANSWER:

(i) Intransitive

(ii) Intransitive

(iii) Transitive

(iv) Transitive

(v) Transitive

(vi) Intransitive, Transitive

(vii) Transitive

(viii) Transitive

(ix) Transitive

(x) Transitive

(xi) Transitive

(xii) Intransitive

(xiii) Transitive

(xiv) Transitive

(xv) Intransitive

3. Here are some words from the lesson. Working in groups, arrange them in the order in which they would appear in the dictionary. Write down some idioms and phrasal verbs connected to these words. Use the dictionary for more idioms and phrasal verbs.

 Close                        draw                   make                    wonder                  scrawny

 parted                     clearing              sweet                     light                        pick

ANSWER:

 The words would appear in the following sequential order when arranged properly:

Clearing               close                   draw                     light                            make

parted                    pick                    scrawny              sweet                        wonder

Some idioms and phrasal verbs connected to these words are:

Clearing: clearing out, clearing the air

Close: close shave, close up, close quarters

Draw: draw a line, draw interest

Light: a light heart, bring to light

Make: make the most of, make up

Parted: part with, parting of the ways

Pick: pick out, pick at, pick up

Scrawny: scrawny thin, scrawny neck

Sweet: sweet seventeen, sweet tongued

Wonder:  wonder world, wonder about, do wonders.

SPEAKING

1. Do you think it is right to kill an animal to save a human life? Give reasons for your answer. 

ANSWER: Animals are kind and speechless creatures. There are numerous animals that we use to fulfill our daily needs. We need cows, goats, buffalos for dairy products, and sheep for wool. There are uncountable ways in which animals are fulfilling the needs of human beings.

And according to me, killing an animal to save a human life is not at all fair. They have their own life and loved ones. We as a human have no right to kill them as per our need.

2. Imagine you wake up one morning and find a tiny animal on your doorstep. You want to keep it as a pet but your parents are not too happy about it. How would you persuade them to let you keep it? Discuss it in groups and present your arguments to the class.

ANSWER: As a kid, I always wanted to have a pet. But I was never allowed to keep any kind of animals in my home. But one day, when I opened my house door in the morning two rabbits were sitting quietly in the corner. I was overjoyed and straight way went to my parents to inform them about the rabbits. They decide to give the rabbits to the animal care, but I wanted to keep them in my home. I started to plead my parents to let the rabbit stay in our home and I even stand out to take whole responsibility of the rabbits. The rabbit also started to walk around my mother legs and she was so touched by the rabbit’s cuteness that she allowed me to keep them as a pet.

WRITING

1. Imagine you have a new pet that keeps you busy. Write a paragraph describing your pet, the things it does, and the way it makes you feel. Here are some words and phrases that you could use.

frisky, smart, disobedient, loyal, happy, enthusiastic, companion, sharing, friend, rolls in mud, dirties the bed, naughty, lively, playful, eats up food, hides the newspaper, drinks up milk, runs away when called, floats on the water as if dead

ANSWER:

I recently adopted a baby parrot, all of her care is being done by me. In starting days, I was really shocked as a baby parrot needs lot of care. I have to feed her for five to six times in a day and that took a lot of time. But she is a very smart parrot as she learns the things quickly. Looking at her makes me happy but she is also naughty something she would make my bed dirty, or would run away when I call her name to feed her. But I am really enojying my new journey with my baby parrot.

 2. Human life is dependent on nature (that’s why we call her Mother Nature). We take everything from nature to live our lives. Do we give back anything to nature?

 (i) Write down some examples of the natural resources that we use.

ANSWER: Some of the natural resources that we use are water, coal, mineral oil, soil, air, plants, etc.

(ii) Write a paragraph expressing your point of view regarding our relationship with nature.

ANSWER: Humans are directly or indirectly always dependent on nature. From the clothes that we wear, the food we eat, the paper we use, the air that we breathe, etc we are depended on nature. Although nature does not need anything from us but we should always try to save of nature. Cutting the trees for our use and not planting any new plants is harming the nature. As our relationship with nature is not good, as we humans always try to take and give nothing whereas, nature has always given us. To maintain a good relationship with nature, we should always try to use the natural resources in limits and always try to save aur nature.

3. In This is Jody’s Fawn, Jody’s father uses a ‘home remedy’ for a snake bite. What should a person now do if he or she is bitten by a snake? Are all snakes poisonous? With the help of your teacher and others, find out answers to such questions. Then write a short paragraph on — What to do if a snake chooses to bite you.

ANSWER:

We all know that snakes are very poisonous that they can kill a person in just a few minutes. But some snakes are not at all poisonous, but it is not at all easy for all human beings to identify poisonous and non-poisonous snakes. As a result, as soon as we see a snake we started to run away or try to beat the snake with sticks.

If a person is bitten by a snake, first he should first tighten the bitten area to stop the poison to flow to the other body parts. Then he should make a cut make on the bitten area and press on it to take out the poison. He should call for an ambulance or just run himself to the hospital for medical treatment.

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