NCERT Class 8 English Chapter 14 The Treasure Within

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NCERT Class 8 English Chapter 14 The Treasure Within

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Also, you can read the NCERT book online in these sections Solutions by Expert Teachers as per Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) Book guidelines. CBSE Class 8 English Solutions are part of All Subject Solutions. Here we have given NCERT Class 8 English Chapter 14 The Treasure Within and After, NCERT Class 8 English Textbook of Honeydew and It So Happen. for All Chapters, You can practice these here.

The Treasure Within

Chapter: 14


Textbook Questions With Their Answers


Q. 1. What did Hafeez Contractor have nightmares about? 

Ans. Hafeez Contractor had nightmares of appearing in a Maths Examination as he detested Mathematics.

Q.2. What did the Principal say to him, which influenced him deeply?

Ans. The principal told Hafeez that he had been seeing him from the first day. He realized that he was a good student but he never studied. He told him that he could no longer take care of him and he had to do so himself. Adding, he said that his mother had worked hard to bring him up, paid his fees but he only played. He told him to rise to the occasion and study.

Q. 3. ‘ …. that year I did not step out into the field.’ What was he busy doing that year?

Ans. He was busy studying that year. 

Q. 4. (i) What ‘distraction’ did Hafeez Contractor create one day?

Ans. He played ‘chor police’ for one whole hour.

(ii) Would you have liked to participate in the ‘distraction’ had you been with him?

Ans. Had I been with him, I would have only played if works of more priority, significant jobs, would have been complete.


Q. 1. Hafeez Contractor wanted to join the police force. Why didn’t he?

Ans. Hafeez Contractor did not join police force because his mother had told him not to and just graduate.

Q. 2. In the architect’s office, Hafeez Contractor was advised to drop everything and join architecture. Why?

Ans. Hafeez was asked to drop out on everything and join architecture due to an instance. He once pointed out the mistake of a person drawing a window detail and told him that his window would not open. They had a bet and the architect soon realized his fault. His cousin’s husband made him draw some sketches at which Hafeez was very proficient. So they gave him this advice.

Q. 3. (i) What was Mrs. Gupta’s advice to Hafeez Contractor?

Ans. Mrs. Gupta advised Hafeez to become an architect.

(ii) What made her advise him so? 

Ans. He was so advised because Mrs. Gupta realized that even though Hafeez was not academically bright, his sketches were good. 

Q. 4. How did he help fellow students who had lost a button?

Ans. Hafeez helped fellow students who had lost a button by cutting a button from a chalk.

Q. 5. Which rules did he break as a school boy?

Ans. As a school boy, Hafeez used to copy in his examinations. 

Q. 6. (i) What is Hafeez Contractor’s definition of mathematics? 

Ans. For Hafeez, mathematics was putting design, construction, sociology and psychology together to make a sketch.

(ii) How would you want to define mathematics? Do you like the subject? 

Ans. For me, Mathematics is a defined art of logical and analytical reasoning. It is questioning yourself and finding the answer to the question yourself through practice, learning and accurate interpretation. Yes, I do like the subject as I am logically versed.


Q. 1. Is it likely that someone who is original and intelligent does not do very well at school? Should such a learner be a failure? If not, why not?

Ans. Every child is a potential achiever. His score in academics does not prove his mettle. His intelligence, wisdom proves his worth. One should strive to discover his interests to become. well-versed in it. Hence, it is also true that such a learner is not a failure but an achiever in life though may or may not be at school.

Q. 2. Who, in your view is an ‘unusual’ learners?

Ans. The trend of life has it that one who learns from books, formal institutions is regarded as a good learner. For me, as ‘unusual’ learner is one who merges his studies with experiences and instances of life. Each person comes from different walks of life and each person who accepts his life optimistically learns from it unusually.

Q. 3. What can schools do to draw out the best in unusual learners? Suggest whatever seems reasonable to you.

Ans. School can do the following to draw out the best in unusual learners:

(a) They must have special counselling and career oriented sessions.

(b) They must not question the inabilities of the students but try enhancing the abilities. 

(c) They should have a wide approach that can help students of unusual abilities to scale heights.

(d) They should organize awards for them.


  • The only disability in life is a bad attitude.
  • Cooperation is doing with a smile what one anyhow has to do.


Hafeez Contractor was born in 1950. He did his Graduate Diploma in architecture from Mumbai in 1975 and completed his graduation from Columbia University, New York (USA) an a Tata Scholarship. Hafeez Contractor commenced his career in 1968 with T.


Q. 1. How does Hafeez decide what kind of structure to give to the client?

Ans. Hafeez looks at his client’s face, his clothes, the way he talks and pronounces, the way he eats and after relating to the person he sketched for him spontaneously.

Q. 2. Which subjects could Hafeez deal with?

Ans. Hafeez could deal with Science and Geography.

Q. 3. How was Hafeez punished? 

Ans. Hafeez used to receive a caning in school every week.

Q. 4. How did Hafeez use to remember things?

Ans. Hafeez used to see things as a photograph and remember the matter similarly.


Tick (✓) the correct option 

1. Which was the subject most detested by Hafeez?

(a) Science.

(b) Drawing.

(c) Mathematics.

Ans. (c) Mathematics.

2. How much percentage had Hafeez incurred?

(a) 50%

(b) 70%

(c) 90%

Ans. (a) 50%.

3. Which of the following did Hafeez want to do?

(a) Architecture.

(b) Civil services.

(c) Police force.

Ans. (c) Police force.

4. Hafeez did not have his ___________.

(a) father.

(b) mother.

(c) parents. 

Ans. (a) father.

5. Who is the interviewer? 

(a) Hafeez Contractor.

(b) Ms. Bela Raja.

(c) Hafeez’s Principal.

Ans. (b) Ms. Bela Raja.


Use the following words in sentences of your own:

(i) decided. 

(ii) cakewalk. 

(iii) in- fluence. 

Ans. (i) decided: I decided to hold a birthday party for my friend.

(ii) cakewalk: It would be a cakewalk to achieve my goal once I enter the prestigious institution.

(iii) influence: No one can influence my decision of studying abroad.

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