Class 10 English Chapter 12 The Hundred Dresses – I

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Class 10 English Chapter 12 The Hundred Dresses – I

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Also, you can read the SCERT book online in these sections Solutions by Expert Teachers as per SCERT (CBSE) Book guidelines. These solutions are part of SCERT All Subject Solutions. Here we have given Assam Board Class 10 English Chapter 12 The Hundred Dresses – I Solutions for All Subjects, You can practice these here.

The Hundred Dresses – I

Chapter – 12


Oral comprehension check 

1. Where in the classroom does Wanda sit and why? 

Ans: Wanda sits in the seat next to the last seat in the last row in Room Thirteen. She sat in the corner because she was rough and noisy. She was very quiet and rarely said anything at all.

2. Where does Wanda live? What kind of a place do you think it is? 

Ans: Wanda lives in Boggins Heights. It is a rural area with muddy roads. 

3. When and why do Peggy and Maddie notice Wanda’s absence? 

Ans: Peggy and Maddie noticed wanda’s absence after three days, i.e. on wednesday because they wanted to be with her for a lot of fun. They waited for her for a long time but she didn’t come.

4. What do you think “to have fun with her” means? 

Ans: “To have fun with her” means to tease her. 

Oral comprehension check 

1. In what ways was Wanda different from the other children? 

Ans: Wanda, her name is quite different from others, she has no friends. She came alone and went home alone. She sat on the last bench. She always wore a faded blue dress that didn’t hang right. It was clean, but it looked as though it had never been ironed properly.

2. Did Wanda have a hundred dresses? Why do you think she said she did? 

Ans: Wanda did not have a hundred dresses. In order to hide the complex and impress the other girls, she always said that she had a hundred dresses.

3. Why is Maddie embarrassed by the questions Peggy asks Wanda? Is she also like Wanda, or is she different? 

Ans: Maddie is embarrassed by the questions Peggy asks Wanda because she is poor and she might be the next target. She wasn’t as poor as Wanda but she was poor. She would have more sense than to say she had a hundred dresses. Maddie wished Peggy would stop teasing Wanda.

Oral comprehension text:

1. Why didn’t Maddie ask Peggie to stop teasing Wanda?  What was she afraid of? 

Ans: Maddie didn’t ask Peggy to stop teasing Wanda because she had no courage to do so and was afraid of losing her friendship with Peggy. She also thought that she would become the next target. 

2. Who did Maddie think would win the drawing contest? Why? 

Ans: Maddie thought that Peggy would win the drawing contest. Because Peggy could draw more beautifully than anyone could in the room she could copy a picture in a magazine or some film star’s head so it is clear that she would win. 

3. Who won the drawing contest? What had the winner drawn? 

Ans: Jack Beagles won for the boys for drawing an outboard motor and Wanda Petronski won for the girls for drawing a hundred drawings, all beautiful. They were exquisite. 

Think about the Text:

1. How does Wanda feel about the dress game? Why does she say that she has a hundred dresses? 

Ans: Wanda feels very embarrassed and feels bad when the girls play the dress game with her. She is deeply hurt. She says that she has a hundred dresses to save herself from being insulted.

2. How does Maddie stand by and not do anything? How is she different from Peggy? (Was Peggy’s friendship important to Maddie? Why? Which lines in  the text tell you this?) 

Ans: Maddie stands by Peggy and does nothing because she thought that she would become the next target. She has no courage to speak to Peggy. She is different from Peggy; she never teased Wanda. Also Maddie didn’t want to lose the friendship of Peggy. She is the most popular girl in the class. She also wears Peggy’s used dresses.

3. What does Miss Mason think of Wanda’s drawings? What do the children think of them? How do you know? 

Ans: Miss Mason found Wanda’s drawing different and all beautiful. The children burst into applause and boys put their fingers in their mouths and whistled.

Thinking about Language:

1. Look at these sentences –

a) She sat in the corner of the room where the rough Boys who did not make good marks, sat, the corner of the room where there was most sniffing of feet,….. 

b) The time when they thought about Wanda was outside of school hours……. 

These italicised clauses helps us to identify a set of boys, a place, and a time. They are answers to the questions ‘What king of rough boys?’  Which  corner did she sit in?   and ‘what particular time outside of school hours?’ They are ‘defining’ or ‘restrictive’ relative clauses. (Compare them with the ‘non-defining’ relative clauses discussed in unit -1.)

Combine the following to make sentences like those above

1. This is the bus (What kind of bus?). It goes to Agra. (use which or that

2. I would like to buy (a)  shirt (which shirt?). This shirt is in the shop window. (use which or that)

3. You must break your fast at a particular time (when). You see the moon in the sky. (use when

4. Find a word (what kind of word?). It begins with the letter Z. (use which or that

5. Now find a person (what kind of person). His or her name begins with the better Z. (use whose

6. Then go to place (what place?). There are no people whose name begins with Z in that place. (use where) 

Ans: 1. This is the bus that goes to Agra. 

2. I would like to buy the shirt that is in the shop window. 

3. You must break your fast when you see the moon in the sky. 

4. Find a word which begins with the letter Z. 

5. Now find a person whose name begins with the letter Z. 

6. Then go to a place where there are no people whose name begins with Z in that place. 

2. The Narrative Voice 

This story is the ‘third person’ , that is, the narrator is not a participant in the story. But the narrator often seems to tell the story from the point of view of one of the characters in the story. For, example, look at the italicised words in this sentence. 

Thank goodness, she did not live up on Boggins Heights or have a funny name. Whose thoughts do the words “Thank goodness ” express? Maddie’s, who is grateful that although she is poor, she is yet not as poor as Wanda, or as ‘different’. 

(So she does not get teased; she is thankful about that.) 

Ans: i) The italicised expressions are the writer’s point of view. 

ii) The italicised expressions are the writer’s point of view. 

Ans: Other such sentences are there in the second part of the story that reads: “Goodness! Wasn’t there anything she could do? If only she could tell Wanda she hadn’t meant to hurt her feelings. “

1. Here are two other sentences from the story. Can you say whose point of view the italicised words express? 

i)  But on Wednesday. Peggy and Maddie, who sat down front with other children who got good marks and who didn’t track in a whole lot of mud, did notice that Wanda wasn’t there. 

ii)  Wanda Petronski. Most of the children in Room thirteen didn’t have names like that. They had names easy to say, like Thomas, Smith or Allen. 

2. Can you find other such sentences in the story? You can do this after you read the second part of the story as well. 

Look at this sentence. The italicised adverb expresses an opinion or point of view. 

3. Obviously, the only dress Wanda had was the blue one she wore everyday. (This was obvious to the speaker.) 

Other such adverbs are apparently, evidently, surprisingly, possibly, hopefully, incredibly, luckily. Use these words appropriately in the blanks in the sentences below. (You may use a word more than once and more than one word may be appropriate for a given blank. 

1.  …………..,he finished his work on time. 

2.  ………….,it will not rain on the day of the match. 

3. …………..,he had been stealing money from his employer. 

4. Television is………… to blame for the increase in violence in society. 

5. The children will………… learn from their mistakes. 

6. I can’t……….. lend you that much money. 

7. The thief had………… been watching the house for many days. 

8. The thief I escaped by bribing the jailor. 

9. ………,no one had suggested this before. 

10. The water was………….  hot. 

Ans: 1. Luckily.    

2. Hopefully.  

3. Evidently. 

4. Apparently.

5. Evidently.

6. Apparently. 

7. Possibly.

8. Surprisingly.

9. Incredibly. 

10. Possibly. 

Additional Questions & Answers

1. Where did Wanda sit in the class and why?

Ans:- Wanda sat in the seat next to the last seat in the last row in Room Thirteen. She sat in the corner of the room where the rough boys who did not make good marks sat. She used to sit there because her feet were normally caked with dry mud and were very dirty. So in order to avoid being laughed at by her classmates, she always sits there to hide her dirty feet.

2. Who made fun of wanda?

Ans:- Peggy and Maddie made fun of Wanda. On behalf of her faded blue dress and her name . She used to wear the same dress every single day to school.

3. Give a character sketch of Wanda Petronski? 

Ans:- Wanda Petronski is a quiet and shy girl in Room Thirteen. She has no friends and sits in the last row of the class with some naughty boys so that nobody notices her.She comes from Boggins Heights and her feet are always covered in mud and dirt.She wears the same faded blue dress everyday which is not ironed but clean.She never laughs out loud, sometimes only twists her mouth to give a crooked smile.

4. Why does Maddie stand by Peggy’s side and do nothing?

Ans:- Because she does not have enough courage to stop them. Rather then Maddie didn’t want to lose Peggy’s friendship. She thinks that if she does so, She will become the next target. 

5. What contest was held in the school? Who won the contest?

Ans:- The contest was a drawing and colouring contest. For girls, this contest consisted of designing dresses and for boys, of designing motorboats.

Jack Beggles had won for the boys and Wanda Petronski, among the ladies, won the drawing contest. She had drawn a hundred dresses, which were dazzling with colours, and had brilliant and lavish designs. They were all drawn on great sheets of wrapping paper.

6. What kind of girls did Maddie and Peggy were? What did Wanda say when they made fun of her?

Ans:- Peggy was the most popular girl in school. She was pretty and she had many pretty clothes. Peggy and Maddie were not bad girls but they used to have some fun with Wanda Petronski. Maddie never said anything to Wanda; she just stayed by Peggy. She wanted to stop Peggy from teasing Wanda but she didn’t have enough courage.  

A. Choose the correct options for the following:-

1. Who makes fun of Wanda?

(i) Maddie

(ii) Peggy

(iii) All students

(iv) Maddie and peggy

Ans:- (iv) Maddie and peggy

2. Where did Wanda live?

(i) In the top hill

(ii) Near the market

(iii) Near the lake

(iv) Boggins heights

Ans:- (iv) Boggins heights

3. Did Maddie like to tease Wanda?

(i) No 

(ii) Yes

(iii) All of the above 

(iv) None of the above

Ans :- (i) No

4. Peggy’s nature proves that she was –

(i) Cruel 

(ii) Angry girl

(iii) Not cruel

(iv) Humble

Ans:- (iii) Not cruel

5. How did Maddie try to stop Peggy from teasing Wanda?

(i) She writes a note

(ii) She asked her politely

(iii) She ordered her

(iv) She requested her

Ans:- (i) She writes a note

6. Why was Maddie not send the note to peggy

(i) Because she thought she will lose peggy friendship

(ii) Because she has not have enough courage

(iii) Because she thinks she will be the next target

(iv) All of the above

Ans:- (iv) All of the above

7. Did Maddie was a poor girl, how did you know it?

(i) She came school by walking

(ii) She wears Peggy’s used dress

(iii) She wears same cloth everyday

(iv) She is not poor

Ans:- (ii) She wears Peggy’s used dress

8. Trimmings means

(i) Shape 

(ii) Designs

(iii) Stamp

(iv) Decorations

Ans:- (iv) Decorations

9. Why was Maddie happy?

(i) She won the the contest 

(ii) She will be the class captain

(iii) She never makes fun of Wanda

(iv) She get the new cloths 

Ans:- (iii) She had never makes fun of Wanda

10. Who won the contest?

(i) Peggy

(ii) Maddie

(iii) Wanda

(iv) Other

Ans:- (iii) Wanda

11. Maddie thinks that ___ will the contest

(i) Wanda 

(ii) Herself

(iii) Peggy

(iv) Other

Ans – Peggy

12. What did Wanda have drawn in the contest?

(i) A house 

(ii) A flower

(iii) A hundred beautiful dresses

(iv) A garden

Ans:- (iii) A hundred beautiful dresses. 

13. Who was the author of the hundred dresses – 1 ?

(i) Robert

(ii) James

(iii) William

(iv) El Bsor Ester

Ans:- (iv) El Bsor Ester

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