NCERT Class 8 English Chapter 12 Children At Work

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NCERT Class 8 English Chapter 12 Children At Work

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Children At Work

Chapter: 12


Textbook Questions With Their Answers


Q. 1. Velu stood on the platform but he felt “as if he was still on a moving train”. Why?

Ans. Velu was a small boy who had run away from home as he was upset with the rude behaviour of his alcoholic father. Tired and aghast, he stood on the platform, his legs felt wobbly as if he was still on a moving train. 

Q. 2. What made him feel miserable?

Ans. Velu had boycotted his family. His lonesomeness and hunger might have made him feel miserable. He was tired after a long train journey, his legs felt wobbly. He hence felt agonized and miserable.

Q.3. (i) Velu travelled without a ticket. Why? 

Ans. Velu did not have the money to buy a ticket.

(ii) How did he escape the ticket collector’s attention? 

Ans. He escaped from the ticket collector’s attention as he did not come to check on the unreserved compartment.

Q. 4. Why had Velu run away from home?

Ans. Velu had run away from his home because he was quite upset with his alcoholic father. He was so much given to drinking that he used to snatch all the money of the hard-working children and even used to beat them. 

Q. 5. Why did he decide to follow the strange girl?

Ans. He decided to follow the ‘strange’ girl because he had no other option left. He felt hungry and the little girl promised to get him food.


Q. 1. Can Velu read Tamil and English? How do you know? 

Ans. Velu is efficient in reading Tamil but not English. He could not read any words written in English language.

Q. 2. ‘If you are not careful, you will soon be counting bars there,’ the girl said.

(i) What is she referring to?

Ans. She is referring to “Central Jail’ there. 

(ii) What does she mean when she days ‘If you are not careful _______’? (She says something a little later which means the same. Find that sentence.)

Ans. She means to say that primarily he does not have to indulge in wrong doing and even if he does so, he should be careful and not get caught by the police. 

The sentence is: “You don’t have to don’t anything, Just don’t get caught _______”.

Q.3. (i) Where did the girl lead Velu to?

Ans. The girl led Velu behind a huge  marriage hall to a big garbage bin overflowing with rubbish.

(ii) What did they get to eat?

Ans. They got to eat some leftover food. While Velu ate a banana and a vada, the girl just had a banana.

Q. 4. What work did she do? (Think of a one word answer).

Ans. Ragpicking.


Q.1. (i) What materials are the ‘strange’ huts made out of?

Ans. (i) The strange huts are made out of tin sheets, bricks, wood and plastic.

(ii) Why does Velu find them strange? 

Ans. He found the huts different from the huts in his own village and hence strange. Huts in his villages are made of mud and palm leaves. 

Q. 2. What sort of things did Jaya and children like her collect and what did they do with those things? 

Ans. Jaya and children like her collected paper, plastics, glass bottles and sold them to the junk dealer to earn money.

Q. 3. Is Velu happy or unhappy to find work? Give a reason for your answer.

Ans. No, Velu is not happy to find work as for him it is a menial and dirty job. In his village, he used to work on the farm.


Discuss the following questions in small groups. Write their answers afterwards.

Q. 1. Is Velu a smart boy? Which instances is the text show that he is or isn’t?

Ans. I don’t perceive Velu as a smart by as he runs away from his home but does not face his alcoholic father and not the situation. In order to escape the wrath of his father, he ends up working as a ragpicker in another village and living a more miserable life sans his family.

Q. 2. Do you think Jaya is a brave and sensitive child with a sense of humour? Find instances of her courage, kind nature and humour in the text.

Ans. Yes, Jaya indeed is a brave and sensitive child. She with her fortitude marked by goodwill and cheer is able to win the heart of Velu by getting her a banana and a vada. To overcome her poverty, she even ragpicks, collects thrown away things in her sack. She does a menial job but does maintain her dignity of work in front of Velu.

She has a kind nature because of the following reasons: 

(a) She pondered upon the bad condition of Velu. 

(b) She got him food to ate. 

(c) She gave him appropriate advice, of not being caught by the police.

(d) She gave him her old shoes. 

We know that Jaya is humorous because of the following instances from the story:

(i) What do you think you’re doing here? Grazing cows. 

She says this to sarcastically remark of Velu’s profession in his native village.

(ii) Don’t think I’ve the money to buy food for you? 

(iii) Don’t just stand there, posing like a big hero. 

She says so because she thinks Velu is acting like one. 

(iv) If you stand around in the middle of road like that you’ll be chutney.

Q. 3. What one throws away as waste may be valuable to others. Do you find this sentence meaningful in the context of the story? How? 

Ans. Yes, the sentence is quite meaningful in the context of the story as what is thrown away by people is picked up by rag-pickers, small children, Velu and Jaya for whom it was their hard-earned job. The junk-dealer also made profit through it.The waste had become a source of livelihood for many.


Q. 1. What did Velu do in his village?

Ans. Velu worked on a landowner’s farm, knew weeding and took cows out to graze. 

Q. 2. Why was Velu feeling miserable?

Ans Velu had walked for most of day to Karur, had a disturbed sleep on the floor and nothing to eat. He had no place to go in Chennai.

Q. 3. Who recognized Velu’s dis-pleasure?

Ans. Jaya, a little girl, recognized Velu’s displeasure.

Q. 4. How had Velu reached Chennai?

Ans. Velu had reached Chennai after for walking for most of the first day to Karur. Then he got on an unreserved compartment of Chennai Central. He travelled all right by train. 

Q. 5. Describe the scene of the railway station.

Ans. Velu was trying to sleep near the door of the railway station. 

To him, it seemed like a village fair wherein:

(a) Announcements were made on a loudspeaker.

(b) Some people watched television.

(c) Porters moved in and out with loaded trolley.

(d) People were playing cards.

Q. 6. Why didn’t Velu want to work as a ragpicker?

Ans. Velu didn’t want to work as a ragpicker because he found that the job was a bit too menial for him. He used to work on the farm and not go about picking rags, and other person’s wastes.


Tick (✔) the correct option

1. Who is not the part of Velu’s family?

(a) His father.

(b) His sister.

(c) His brother.

Ans. (c) His brother.

2. Velu walked for most of his first day to

(a) Chennai.

(b) Karur.

(c) Jaya’s house. 

Ans. Karur.

3. Which of the following things did Velu carry with him?

(a) Tiffin.

(b) Ropes.

(c) Towel.

Ans. (c) Towel.

4. Velu’s father was a _________ person.

(a) drunkard.

(b) meagre.

(c) kind.

Ans. (a) drunkard.

5. What is Velu’s age?

(a) 10 years.

(b) 11 years.

(c) 12 years.

Ans. (b) 11 years


Frame sentences of your own:

(a) prosecuted.

(b) cloak.

(c) blossoms.

Ans. (a) prosecuted: You’ll be pro-secuted in the court if you park your vehicles in front of my gate.

(b) cloak: I wore a cloak today because it was very cold.

(c) blossoms: I found the garden covered with white and pink blossoms.

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