NCERT Class 8 English Chapter 18 Jalebis

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NCERT Class 8 English Chapter 18 Jalebis

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Chapter: 18


Textbook Questions With Their Answers


Q. 1 . Why didn’t he pay the school fees on the day he brought money to school? 

Ans. He didn’t pay the school fees on the day he brought money to school because Master Ghulam Mohammed who collected fees was on leave that day. 

Q. 2. (i) What were the coins ‘saying’ to him?

Ans. (i) The coins were urging him to spend his fees money to buy jalebis. 

(ii) Do you think they were misguiding him?

Ans. Yes, they were misguiding him because the money was in fact, meant for paying school fees and it was dishonest on his part to misuse the money.

Q. 3. Why didn’t he take the coin’s advice? Give two or three reasons.

Ans. He didn’t take the coin’s advice in the beginning because: 

(i) He thought that he could not spend the money meant for fees on eating jalebis. 

(ii) The boy knew that his teacher was very strict and could punish him. 

Q. 4. (i) What did the oldest coin tell him?

Ans. The oldest coin convinced him that they were telling him for his own good. He could pay his school fees the next day with his scholarship money. So he should not suppress his desire for jalebis.

(ii) Did he follow his advice? If not, why not?

Ans. He did not follow his advice. He belonged to a family of good repute. It wasn’t right for a promising student like him to do such a job.

Q. 5. He reached home with the coins in his pocket. What happened then?

Ans. After he reached home, the coins began to shriek again. This time, he couldn’t suppress his temptation for fresh jalebis. He rushed to the shop of halwai. He bought jalebis and ate them to his full.


Q. 1. (i) Why didn’t he eat all the jalebis he had bought? 

Ans. He didn’t eat all the jalebis he had bought because the quantity of jalebis was too much for him to be eaten full.

(ii) What did he do with the remaining jalebis?

Ans. He distributed the remaining jalebis to the children who had assembled in the street.

2. “The fear was killing me.” What was the fear? 

Ans. He had eaten so many jalebis that there was the problem of digesting them. The fear he had in mind was if one or two jalebis would burp out. 

Q. 3. Children’s stomachs are like digestion machines. What do you understand by that? Do you agree?

Ans. Children’s stomach are like digestion machines. Since they remain active every time, so they have great capacity to digest.

Q. 4. How did he plan to pay the fees the next day?

Ans. He hoped to get scholarship the next day. He planned to pay the fees the next day with the scholarship money.

Q. 5. When it is time to pay the fees, what does he do? How is he disobeying the elders by doing it?

Ans. When it is time to pay the fees, he ticks the bag under his arm and steps out of the school. He is disobeying his elders by crossing the railway track.  


Q. 1. What was the consequence of buying jalebis with the fees money? 

Ans. As a result of buying jalebis with the fee maney, he had to be absent from school for the first time. He could not pay his fees on time.

Q.2. His prayer to God is like a lawyer’s defence of a bad case. Does he argue his case well? What are the points he makes? 

Ans. He argues his case well. He tells Allah Miyan that he has been religious and the most devoted student. He would not have spent his money on jalebis if he had known the consequences. He promised that he would not repeat such act in future. He also offered namaz, recited ten surahs.

Q. 3. He offers to play a game with Allah Miyan. What is the game?

Ans. He plays game with Allah Miyan that he would go from a spot to a signal. God must place four rupees under the big rock. It would be fun if he would pick up the rock and find four rupees there.

Q. 4. Did he get four rupees by playing the game? What did he get to see under the rock?

Ans. No, he did not, get four rupees by playing the game. Instead, he got to see Mr. Worm coiled on the rock staring at him.

Q. 5. If God had granted his wish that day, what harm would it have caused him in later life?

Ans. If God had granted his wish that day, he wouldn’t have learnt a lesson. He would have repeated his folly.


Work in small groups:

Q. 1. Select and read sentences that show:

(a) that the boy is tempted to eat jalebis. 

Ans. (i) But then, these jalebis are no common sort of jalebis either. They’re crisp, fresh and full of sweet syrup.

(ii) My mouth watered.

(b) that he is feeling guilty.

Ans. (i) My head started to spin.

(ii) The elders had also warned me that one must never eat sweets with one’s fees money. How had this instruction escape my mind that day?

(c) that he is justifying a wrong deed. 

Ans. (i) I didn’t eat them all by myself and I fed them to a whole lot of children.

(ii) If I’d known the scholarship money would be given next month, I would neither have eaten them nor fed them to the others. 

Q. 2. Discuss the following points:

(i) Is the boy intelligent? If so, what is the evidence of it?

Ans. Yes, the boy is intelligent. The evidence is that he has won the scholarship. He tries his best not to be tempted towards jalebis. He also argues his case before God like a lawyer.

(ii) Does his outlook on the jalebis episode change after Class VIII? Does he see that episode in a new light?

Ans. Yes, his outlook changed after Class VIII. He later realised that nothing comes without a price. If God were to grant all one’s wishes for the asking, man would not learn any skill. He would be no better than birds.

(iii) Why are coins made to ‘talk’ in this story? What purpose does it serve? 

Ans. Coins are made to ‘talk’ in this story because through their ‘talk’; the writer wants to put forward the conflict going on in the boy’s mind about the temptation to get jalebis.


I do not feel obliged to believe that the same God who has endowed us with senses, reason and intellect has intended us to forgo their use and by some other means to give us knowledge which we can attain by them.


Q. 1. Comment on the significance of the title ‘Jalebis’ of the story.

Ans. Jalebis are central to the story. The writer has made mention of hot, fresh and syrupy jalebis. The temptation of boy towards jalebis reflects the attraction of children towards little things. The boy, though conscious of the wrong act, buys jalebis with his fees money. He regrets his weakness later. ‘Jalebis’ have been used to reflect the attractions around us to which we all night be tempted. 

Q. 2. What kind of teacher was Master Ghulam Mohammed? 

Ans. Master Ghulam Mohammed was responsible for collecting fees and funds. He was very strict and made the boys stand on the bench till the last bell rang.

Q. 3. How did the boy snub the coins? 

Ans. The boy told the coins that he would be punished in school on spending his fee money. Even God would treat him as a sinner. Therefore, he snubbed the coins to stop chewing at his ears.

Q. 4. What prayers did the boy offer to God for putting forward his case?

Ans. The boy offered namaaz, recited ten surats, ayat-al-kursi, kalma-e-tayyab in fact everything that he remembered. 

Q. 5. What are surats?

Ans. Surats are verses from the Holy Quran.

Q. 6. Did God send four rupees for the boy? If not, why not?

Ans. No, God did not send four rupees for the boy. If God had sent four rupees; that would mean that Allah Miyan will provide all for the asking and the man would not have made any efforts.


Tick (✓) the correct option

1. What did the boy tell himself not to be swept away so easily?

(a) In school, I was among the most promising students. 

(b) In the fourth standard exams, I had even won a scholarship of four rupees a month. 

(c) I came from a particularly well-to-do family, so I enjoyed considerable prestige.

(d) All of these.

Ans. (d) All of these.

2. Very quickly, boys from the entire neighbourhood assembled in the __________________.

(a) school compound.

(b) gali.

(c) restaurant. 

(d) halwai shop.

Ans. (b) gali

3. What was the name of the railway station mentioned in the story?

(a) Amritsar railway station.

(b) Kambelpur railway station. 

(c) Lakhanpur railway station.

(d) None of these.

Ans. (b) Kambelpur railway station.

4. “Kyon bhai, shall I weigh a rupee’s worth ?” Who said this? 

(a) The school teacher said this.

(b) The boy said this.

(c) The coin said this.

(d) The halwai said this.

Ans. (d) The halwai said this.

5. “All right come, let’s play a game”. Who said this to whom? 

(a) The coins said this to the boy.

(b) The boy said this to the coins.

(c) God said this to the boy.

(d) The boy said this to God.

Ans. (d) The boy said this to God.

6. Who is the writer of the story?

(a) H.H. Munro.

(b) Ahmed Nadeem Qasmi.

(c) Ruskin Bond.

(d) Jayant Narlikar.

Ans. (d) Ahmed Nadeem Qasmi.

7. Which word means ‘good and noble’?

(a) crouching.

(b) virtuous.

(c) assault.

(d) muster.

Ans. (b) Virtuous.

8. Which of the following statements is incorrect?

(a) The boy ate only a few jalebis. 

(b) The boy ate many jalebis.

(c) The boy was the most promising student.

(d) The boy asked the halwai to weigh a whole rupee worth of jalebis. 

Ans. (a) The boy ate only a few jalebis.

9. How did the halwai react when the boy asked for jalebis worth one rupee?

(a) The halwai was very happy.

(b) The halwai got astonished.

(c) The halwai opened up a whole newspaper and opened a pile of jalebis.

(d) The halwai advised the boy not to buy so many jalebis.

Ans. (b) The halwai got astonished. 


Use the following words in sentences of your own:

(i) persuasion. 

(ii) prestige. 


(iv) clamour. 

(v) treasury. 

Ans. (i) persuasion: The constant persuasion by the friends forced Ramesh to start playing gambling.

(ii) prestige: Our school has earned a good prestige by excellent board results for last four years.

(iii) gobbled: The poor hungry boy gobbled up the whole sweets at one go. 

(iv) clamour: The clamour of the whistles blown by the children disturbed the sick in the hospital. 

(v) treasury: The king donated money liberally from his treasury for the poor people.

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