NCERT Class 8 English Chapter 17 The Open Window

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NCERT Class 8 English Chapter 17 The Open Window

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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 17 The Open Window and After, NCERT Class 8 English Textbook of Honeydew and It So Happen. for All Chapters, You can practice these here.

The Open Window

Chapter: 17


Textbook Questions With Their Answers


Q. 1. Why had Framton Nuttel come to the ‘rural retreat’?

Ans. Framton Nuttel had come to a rural retreat as he had bad nerves. He was really ill. To cure his illness, he had come to the country.

Q. 2. Why had his sister given him letters of introduction to people living there?

Ans. When he was preparing to migrate to the rural retreat, his sister gave him letters of introduction as to who all she knew there. She did not want that Framton would buy himself as then, his nerves would be worse. 

Q. 3. What had happened in the Sappleton family as narrated by the niece?

Ans. Vera narrated a tragic anniversary of the sappleton family. She told incident that according to her it had unfortunately took place in the family. She explained how three years ago, her aunt’s husband and brothers had gone on to a hunting spree but never to return back. According to her, all three of them were engulfed in a dangerous bog in the wet summer where they succumbed to the elements. Their bodies were not discovered although.


Q. 1. What did Mrs. Sappleton say about the open window?

Ans. Mrs. Sappleton told that the French window had been kept open as her husband and brothers would be home directly from shooting and would come in through it.

Q. 2. The horror on the girl’s face made Framton swing around his seat. What did he see?

Ans. Mr. Framton saw that in the deepening light of the night, three men walked towards the open window with guns under their arms and one additionally had a white coat on him. A tired brown Spaniel was close at the heels while one sang a song. The incident could be related to the one narrated by Vera.


Q. 1. Why did Framton rush out wildly?

Ans. Framton Nuttel assumed the persons moving towards the French open window to be ghost as per the narration of the incident by Vera who told that Mrs. Sappleton’s husband and brothers had died when on a hunting spree. 

Q. 2. What was the girl’s explanation for his lightning exit?

Ans. The girl explained that it might have been the spaniel responsible for his lightning exit as he had a horror of dogs. Framton was once hunted into a country somewhere on the banks of the Gangers by a pack of dogs and had to spend the night in a newly dug grave. The right of the dog was the explanation of their lightning exit.


Discuss in small groups:

Q. 1. Is this a mystery story? Give a reason for your answer. 

Ans. Yes, this is a mystery story as the setting of the story is amazingly mysterious. The author talks of the deepening twilight where three figures walk towards the open window with the guns under their arms. Mr. Framton Nuttel’s supposition of them being ghosts adds to the mystery.

Q. 2. You are familiar with the ‘irony’ of a situation in a story. (Remember the Cop and the Anthem in class VII Supplementary Reader) Which situations in ‘The Open Window’ are good examples of the use of irony? 

Ans. Irony is an expression of one’s meaning by saying the direct opposite of what one is thinking. Most of the stories contain irony. To keep the window open for the arrival of the dead persons who were stuck in the mud is an example of irony in this story.

Q.3. Which phrases or sentences in the text do you find difficult to understand? Select a few a guess the meaning of each.

Ans. (a) imminent

Meaning: immediate

(b) spaniel

Meaning: a breed of dog

(c) snarling

Meaning: making noise


  • Chance usually plays a leading role in the drama of life.
  • It is always the best policy to speak the truth-unless, of course, you are an exceptionally good liar.
  • All truths are easy to understand once they are discovered; the point is to discover them.


Q. 1. What all did Framton Nuttel know about the whereabouts of the place? 

Ans. Framton Nuttel knew almost no one round there and practically he knew only the name and address of his aunt. 

Q. 2. How does Mrs. Sappleton inadvertently confirm Vera’s story?

Ans. Mrs. Sappleton comes down and tells Framton Nuttel that she was waiting for her husband and brother to come back home from their shooting. Assuming them to be dead, Framton thinks that she is in deep remembrance of the three of them which makes him believe that she is mentally ill.

Q. 3. What did Framton Nuttel tell about himself? 

Ans. Framton Nuttel told that the doctors had agreed in ordering him complete rest, an absence of mental excitement and avoidance of any physical exercise.

Q. 4. What was Framton Nuttel’s reaction when he saw three figures coming towards the window?

Ans. Framton had chills down his spine. He grabbed wildly at his stick and hat seeing the hall, the gravel drive and the front gate in one glance only to avoid any imminent collision with a cyclist.


Tick (✓) the correct option

1. Vera is ________________ years old.

(a) 13

(b) 14

(c) 15

(d) 16

Ans. (c) 15

2. Who was not on a hunting spree?

(a) Mrs. Sappleton.

(b) Mr. Sappleton.

(c) Ronnie.

(d) Mrs. Sappleton’s brother. 

Ans. (a) Mrs. Sappleton.

3. Mrs. Sappleton apologized because _____________.

(a) Vera had told the false story.

(b) she had come late. 

(c) her husband was not yet home.

(d) she could not cure Framton. 

Ans. (b) she had come late.

4. What did Framton talk about? 

(a) his illness.

(b) his doctor.

(c) the tragedy.

(d) his child.

Ans. (a) his illness.

5. According to Vera, whose sight horrified Framton?

(a) Mrs. Sappleton.

(b) Mr. Sappleton.

(c) the brown spaniel.

(d) None of these.

Ans. (c) the brown spaniel.

6. Framton Nuttel escaped an  imminent collision with _____________.

(a) driver.

(b) cyclist.

(c) rider.

(d) None of these.

Ans. (b) cyclist.

7. According to Vera all three of them were engulfed in the ____________.

(a) moor.

(b) hunting ground.

(c) marshes.

(d) bog.

Ans. (d) bog.


Use the following words in sentences of your own: 

(i) treacherous.

(ii) delusion.

(iii) ailments.

(iv) self-possessed. 

(v) endeavoured. 

(vi) flatter.

Ans. (i) treacherous: The path to the cave was treacherous and many tourists were injured along the stony path.

(ii) delusion: The poor old lady lived under a delusion that her son was very obedient and gentle.

(iii) ailments: The poor old man got sick of fast recurring ailments.

(iv) self-possessed: A self-possessed man can think and act positively.

(v) endeavoured: The young man endeavoured his best to come out of the difficult situation.

(vi) flatter: The clerk used to flatter his boss to gain promotion.

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