Class 9 English Chapter 1 The Fun They Had

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Class 9 English Chapter 1 The Fun They Had

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The Fun They Had

Chapter – 1



Thinking about the text:


Calculate how many years and months ahead from now Margie’s diary entry is:

Ans. Now is January 2018. Therefore, Margie’s diary entry is 139 years and 4 months ahead- (May 2157 – January 2013) from now.

I. Answer these questions in a few words or a couple of sentences each:

Q.1. How old are Margie and Tommy?

Ans. Margie is eleven and Tommy is thirteen years old respectively.

Q.2. What did Margie write in her diary?

Ans. Margie wrote in her diary about the very old book Tommy had found that day.

Q.3. Had Margie ever seen a book before?

Ans. No, Margie had never seen a book before.

Q.4. What things about the book did she find strange?

Ans. The strange things that Margie found about the book are:

(i) She found the words standing still instead of moving the way they were supposed to. and

(ii) Turning back to the page before she found the same words on it that it had had when they read it the first time.

Q.5. What do you think a telebook is?


What is telebook?

Ans. A telebook is not a printed book. It is the copy of a book that is shown in and relayed on a television screen.

Q.6. Where was Margie’s school? Did she have any classmates?

Ans. Margie’s school was in a room just next to her bedroom. 

No, she did not have any classmates as the class room was in her own home.

Q.7. What subject did Margie and Tommy learn?

Ans. Margie learnt geography and arithmetic and Tommy learnt history.

II. Answer the following with reference to the story.

Q.1. “I wouldn’t throw it away.”

(i) Who says these words?

Ans. Tommy says these words.

(ii) What does ‘it’ refer to?

Ans. ‘It’ refers to the old book that Tommy had found.

(iii) What is it being compared with by the speaker?

Ans. It is compared with books seen on the television screen.

Q.2. Sure they had a teacher, but it was not a regular teacher. It was a man.

(i) Who does ‘they’ refer to?

Ans. ‘They’ refer to the boys and girls who read in school hundreds and hundreds of years ago.

(ii) What does ‘regular’ mean here?

Ans. ‘Regular’ means or the usual kind’. Here it means the mechanical teacher of the days of Margie and Tommy.

(iii) What is it contrasted with?

Ans. It is contrasted with a human teacher.

(III) Answer each of these question in a short paragraph. (about 30 words)

Q.1. What kind of teachers did Margie and Tommy have?

Ans. Margie and Tommy have mechanical teachers. Such teachers were always on at the same time every day except Saturday and Sunday. The mechanical teachers have different slots and screen on which could be seen the lessons. They can examine homework’s and calculate marks.

Q.2. Why did Margie’s mother send for the County Inspector?

Ans. Margie’s mechanical teacher had been giving her test and after test in geography and she had been doing worse and worse. Then her mother had shaken her head sorrowfully. She thought that there might be some problem with the mechanical teacher. So, she sent for the county Inspector.

Q.3. What did he do?

Ans. The county Inspector came with a box of tools with dials and wires. He took apart the mechanical teacher. After some time he put the various parts together. After an hour or so the mechanical teacher was there again.

The county Inspector told Margie’s mother that the geography sector was geared a little too quick. He had slowed it up to an overage ten year level.

Q.4. Why was Margie doing badly in geography? What did the county Inspector do to help her?

Ans. Ans. The mechanical teacher was giving Margie test after test in geography and she was doing worse and worse. As reported by the county Inspect-tor the geography sector of the mechanical teacher was geared a little too quick. For this reason Margie was doing badly in geography.

The county Inspector slowed the geography section to an average ten-year level. This he did to help her.

5. What had once happened to Tommy’s teacher?

Ans. Once the history section had banked out completely. It had been taken away for nearly a month.

Q.6. Did Margie have regular days and hours for school? If so why?

Ans. Yes, Margie had regular days and hours for school. Her mechanical teacher was on at the same time every day except Saturday and Sunday.

This was because Margie’s mother had said that little girls learnt better if they learnt at regular hours.

Q.7. How does Tommy describe the old kind of school?

Ans. As described by Tommy the old kind of school was held in a building where gathered all the kids from the neighborhood. Such school had human teachers and the boys and girls learnt the same thing if they were same age. The human teacher was smart enough to teach the students.

Q.8. How does Tommy describe the old kind of teachers?

Ans. Tommy tells that the old kind of teachers were different from the mechanical teacher they have. The old kind of teachers were human beings. They used to teach the kids who gathered in a building. All the kids of same age were taught the same thing. The human teachers of olden time gave homework to the students and asked them questions. They were as smart as the mechanical teacher.

V. Answer each of these questions in two or three paragraphs: (100-150 words)

Q.1. What are the main features of the mechanical teachers and the schoolrooms that Margie and Tommy have in the story?

Ans. The mechanical teacher is not like a human teacher. It is a machine like a robbot. It has a screen on its body. Lessons and answers to questions given as homeworks appear on the screen. It has different slots or sections for various subjects. Lessons are shown and questions are asked through the screen. During the days of Margie and Tommy, around the year 2157 such teachers are called regular teachers. Home works are inserted in a particular slot through punch code.

The mechanical teachers some times developes some defects and they are repaired and restored by the county Inspector. For example once Margie’s mechanical teacher developed trouble in its geography section. The county Inspector was called in and he restored it. So was the case with Tommy’s teacher. It’s history section had blanked out fully and it was taken away for about a month or so.

The mechanical teachers are on always at the same time everyday except Saturday and Sunday. As for the classrooms of Tommy and Margie, they are in their house itself. Margie’s classroom is only next to her bed-room. In such classrooms one and single student is taught by a mechanical teacher.

Q.2. Why did Margie hate school? Why did she think the old kind of school must have been fun?

Ans. Margie always hated school. The mechanical teacher was giving her test after test in geography and she was doing worse and worse. She was displeased with it, so she hated school.

Margie thought that the old kind of school that was there during the time of her grandfather’s grandfather was better than the one of her time. In old school kids of the entire neighbourhood gathered together and read in the same classroom. They came to the school courtyard laughing and shout-ing. Because they were taught the same thing by the human teacher they could help one another with the homework and talk about it. For these things of the old school Margie thought that the old school must have been a fun.

Q.3. Do you agree with Margie that schools today are more fun than the school in the story? Give reasons for your answer.

Ans. Yes, I think that the schools today are more fun than the schools in the story. The following are the reasons that will justify why and how schools of today are more fun than the schools in the story.

The first reason is that schools today are held in building or buildings. Students gather and learn lessons together. Students of same age are taught the same things. In the schools of today students meet each other and enjoy company of fellow students. They are given same homework and they can talk about it and help each other. Besides, in today’s schools lessons are taught by human teachers. Students may talk to the teacher and get answers to questions given in speech and words.

On the other hand schools described in the story look strange. The classrooms are in the houses of the students. The mechanical teachers operated through punch code reflect the lessons and questions and answers in the screen on its body. It cannot talk like a human teacher. Besides the students are to learn alone in a small room and they miss the company of their fellow students. For these reasons schools of today are more fun than the schools in the story.

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