Class 10 Footprints Without Feet Chapter 2 The Thiefs Story

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Class 10 Footprints Without Feet Chapter 2 The Thiefs Story

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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 Footprints Without Feet Chapter 2 The Thiefs Story Solutions for All Subjects, You can practice these here.

The Thief’s Story

Chapter – 2




Read and find out-

1. Who does ‘i’ refer to in the story?

Ans: In the story ‘I’ refers to Hari Singh, the thief.

2. What is he ” a fairly successful hand”in?

Ans: He is a fairly successful hand in stealing.

3. What does he get from Anil in return for his work?

Ans: In return for his work he gets food and shelter from anil.

4. How does the thief think Anil will react to the theft?

Ans: The thief thinks that when Anil discovers the theft his face will show a touch of sadness. The sadness would not be for the loss of money, but for the loss of trust.

5. What does he say about the different reactions of people when they are robbed?

Ans: According to the thief the greedy man showed fear, the rich man showed anger and the poor man showed acceptance when they were robbed.

6. Does Anil realise that he has been robbed?

Ans: Yes, Anil realises that he has been robbed. because of the dampness of the notes because of rain. He was a kind, careless man but wise.

Think about it –

1. What are Hari Singh’s reactions to the prospect of receiving an education? Do they change over time? (Hint; compare, for example, the thought:”I knew that once I could write like an educated man there would be no limit to what I could achieve” with  these later thoughts :” whole sentences, I knew, could one day bring me more than a few hundred rupees. It was a simple matter to steal – and sometimes just as simple to be caught. But to be a really big man, a clever and respected man, was something else”.) What makes him return to anil?

Ans: Hari Singh reactions to the prospect of receiving an education change over time. Hari Singh thought that without education he would remain a thief but if he was educated there were no limits to what he could achieve. So he came back to Anil.

But soon, Hari Singh’s reaction to the prospect of receiving education changed and there was a change in his heart. Probably because he gets influenced by the calm in Anil’s life. Now he also wants to earn respect and develop to be part of the civilised society.

2. Why doesn’t Anil hand the thief over to the police? Do you think most people would have done so? In what ways is anil different from such employers?

Ans: Anil does not hand the thief over to the police because he is a kind hearted person. He seems to be careless but he is a large hearted man. He knew that Hari had learnt his lesson and had changed for the better. For the sake of Anil’s trust he returned from the railway station and kept the money at the same place from where he had stolen it.

Most people would not have done so. Anil is different from most people. He succeeded in reframing a thief by his love, kindness. Hari Singh changed himself for the sake of Anil’s friendship and trust. 

Talk about it-

1. Do you think people like Anil and Hari Singh are found only in fiction, or are there such people in real life?

Ans: I think people like Anil and Hari can be found in both fiction and real life also. Many people change their behaviour for the sake of someone’s love, trust and kindness. 

2. Do you think it is a significant detail in the story that Anil is a struggling writer? Does this explain his behaviour in any way?

Ans: Certainly, it is a significant detail in the story that Anil is a struggling writer. He has no regular income. But he has a big heart  and wants to help the poor boy, so appoints him as domestic help. It certainly explains his behaviour and tells us that he is a kind man who could help people in any possible way.

3. Have you met anyone like Hari Singh? Can you think and imagine the circumstances that can turn a fifteen-year – old boy into a thief?

Ans: Boys like Hari Singh can be seen here and there. There are many instances where circumstances turn teenagers into thieves, like when parents do not give the full attention to the child. Besides, an orphan child has more chances to become a thief .

4. Where is the story set? (you can get clues from the names of the persons and places mentioned in it) which language or languages are spoken in these places? Do you think the characters in the story spoke to each other in English?

Ans: It seems that the story is set in Uttar Pradesh, an Indian state. We can get precise clues from the names of the persons and places mentioned in it. The name’ jumna sweet shop’ says that Hindi, English and other Indian languages are spoken here.

I think the  characters in the story do not use English when they speak to each other.

Addition Questions & Answers

1. Where did Hari meet Anil?

Ans:- Anil was watching the wrestling match. Hri meets Anil. He found Anil easy going, kind and simple enough to suit his purpose. Anil impressed and promised him that he would teach him how to write, add numbers and how to cook tasty food.

2. Why did Hari Singh decide to come back to Anil?

Ans:- Because he felt that when Anil would come to know about the theft, he would feel sad, not for the loss of money but for the loss of trust. He did not want to betray the faith of Anil. Moreover, Anil was teaching him how to write and add numbers that could transform his life.

3. Why did Hari singh change his name every month? How did the money get wet?

Ans:- Hari Singh changed his name every month to stay ahead of police and his former employers or others would have caught him. 

Hari crept to the bed and slipped his hand under the mattress. He got the notes and ran away from there. It was raining and Hari Singh was completely wet.

A. Choose the correct options for the following:-

1. According to the narrator, what is the age of Anil?

(i) 21

(ii) 22

(iii) 23

(iv) 25

Ans:- (iv) 25.

2. How old was the narrator when he met Anil?

(i) 12 years

(ii) 13 years 

(iii) 15 years

(iv) 16 years

Ans:- (iii) 15 years.

3. Anil was a…………

(i) Singer

(ii) Writer

(iii) Dancer

(iv) Businessman

Ans:- (ii) Writer.

4. After stealing the money, where did Hari Singh go……..

(i) In the market 

(ii) In the station to catch a train 

(iii) He Back to sleep

(iv) Try to run away

Ans:- (ii) In the station to catch a train.

5. Where did Anil keep his money?

(i) In the safe

(ii) In his bag

(iii) In his pocket

(iv) Under the mattress

Ans:- (iv) Under the mattress.

6. How, according to the narrator, would Anil feel upon finding out?

(i) Sad

(ii) Shocked 

(iii) Fear 

(iv) Angry

Ans:- (i) Sad.

7. How much money did he steal?

(i) 1000

(ii) 600

(iii) 800

(iv) 200

Ans:- (ii) 600.

8. How does the narrator introduce himself to Anil?

(i) Hari Laal

(ii) Anil singh 

(iii) Hari Singh 

(iv) None of the above

Ans:- (iii) Hari Singh.

9. How often does Hari Singh change his name?

(i) Every year 

(ii) Twice in a month 

(iii) Every month 

(iv) 3 times in a year

Ans:- (iii) Every month.

10. What is Hari Singh “fairly successful hand” at?

(i) Playing 

(ii) Writing 

(iii) Stealing 

(iv) Cooking

Ans:- (iii) Stealing.

1 thought on “Class 10 Footprints Without Feet Chapter 2 The Thiefs Story”

  1. You are doing a great job
    There is a silly mistake in read and find out ques 4 answer
    Anil’s ‘a’ should be positive

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