NCERT Class 8 English Chapter 6 This is Jody’s Fawn

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This is Jody’s Fawn

Chapter: 6


Textbook Questions With Their Answers


Q. 1. What had happened to Jody’s father?

Ans. Jody’s father had been bitten by a rattle-snake.

Q. 2. How did the doe save Penny’s life? 

Ans. Jody’s father killed the doe or she- deer. He used her heart and liver to draw out the snake’s poison. In this way, the doe saved Penny’s life.

Q. 3. Why does Jody want to bring the fawn?

Ans. Jody wanted to bring the fawn home because his father had killed its mother-the doe to save his own life: The fawn was likely to starve to death in the forest if it was left alone. 

Q. 4. How does Jody know that the fawn is a male?

Ans. Jody knows that the spots on the fawn’s body were all in a line. This made him know that it was a male.


Q. 1. Jody didn’t want Mill-wheel with him for two reasons. What were they?

Ans. Jody didn’t want Mill-wheel with him because:

(a) He was not sure if he could find fawn alive. If the fawn could not be found or if it was found dead, Jody did not want Mill-wheel to see the disappointment on his face.

(b) Jody also didn’t want to share his excitement if the fawn was there. 

Q. 2. Why was Mill-wheel afraid to leave Jody alone?

Ans. Mill-wheel was afraid to leave Jody alone because he feared if he was lost or got bitten by the snake.


Q. 1. How did Jody bring the fawn back home?

Ans. Jody brought the fawn back home in his arms. He also rested for a while on his way. The fawn also walked a little distance and followed Jody.

Q. 2. Jody was filled with emotion after he found the fawn. Can you find at least three words or phrases which show he felt?

Ans. Three words or phrases which show Jody’s feelings are:

(a) The touch of the fawn made him delirious.

(b) He stroked its sides as gently as though the fawn were a China deer. 

(c) His heart thumped with the marvel of its acceptance of him. 

Q. 3. How did the deer drink milk from the gourd?

Ans. Jody poured the milk into a small gourd. The fawn first suddenly hit it with the head. Jody dipped his fingers in the milk. Then he let the fawn such his fingers. He did so several times. Finally, the fawn drank off all the milk from the gourd. 

Q. 4. Why didn’t the fawn follow Jody up the steps as he had thought it would?

Ans. The fawn didn’t follow Jody up the steps as he had thought it would because perhaps he didn’t climb the steps.


Q.1. Why did Penny Baxter allow Jody to go find the fawn and raise it?

Ans. Jody shared his feelings about his concern for the fawn who was left alone as its mother had been killed by his father. He further said that it would be ungrateful if they left the fawn in the forest to starve. Penny Baxter was commenced by Jody’s argument and he allowed Jody to go find the fawn and raise it.

Q. 2. What did Doe Wilson mean when he said, “Nothing in the world ever comes quite free”?

Ans. Doc Wilson meant that Penny must pay back to the doe whom he had killed for saving his own life by bringing up her fawn.

Q.3. How did Jody look after the fawn, after he accepted the responsibility for doing this?

Ans. Jody took the fawn gently in his arms. Jody made fawn drink milk with his fingers dipped in milk. Hence he looked after the fawn like a mother.

Q. 4. How does Jody’s mother react when she hears that he is going to bring the fawn home? Why does she react in this way? 

Ans. Jody’s mother was not pleased with the idea of bringing the fawn home. She also found it not feasible to feed it. She reacted in this way because either she didn’t want an animal in the house or she considered it an unnecessary burden.


I. Look at these pairs of sentences:

1. Penny said to Jody. “Will you be back before dinner?”. 

2. Penny asked Jody if he would be back before dinner.

1.”How are you feeling. Pa?” asked Jody.

2. Jody asked his father how he was feeling.

Here are some questions in direct speech. Put them into reported speech: 

1. Penny said, “Do you really want it son?” 

Ans.  Penny asked his son if he really wanted that.

2. Milk-,wheel said, “Will he ride back with me?”

Ans. Mill-wheel asked whether he would ride back with him.

3. He said to Mill wheel, “Do you think the fawn is still there?” 

Ans. He asked Mill-wheel if he thought the fawn was still there.

4. He asked Mill-wheel, “Will you help me find him?”

Ans. He asked Mill-wheel whether he would help him find him.

5. He said, “Was it up here that Pa got bitten by the snake?” 

Ans. He enquired if it had been up there that Pa had got bitten by the snake.

2. Look at these sentences:

1. He tumbled backward.

2. It turned its head.

The first sentence has an intransitive verb, a verb without an object.

The second sentence has a transitive verb. It has an object. We can ask: “What did it turn? You can answer. “Its head. It turned its head.”

Say whether the verb in each sentence below transitive or an intransitive. Ask yourself a ‘what’ question about the verb, as in the example above (For some verbs, the object is a person, so ask the question

‘who’ in istead of ‘what’.) 

(i) Jody then went to the kitchen.

Ans. Intransitive verb.

(ii) The fawn wobbled after him.

Ans. Intransitive verb.

(iii) You found him. 

Ans. Transitive verb.

(iv) He picked it up.

Ans. Transitive verb.

(v) He dipped his fingers in the milk.

Ans. Transitive verb.

(vi) It bleated frantically and butted him. 

Ans. Transitive verb.

(vii) The fawn sucked his fingers. 

Ans. Transitive verb.

(viii) He lowered his fingers slowly into the milk.

Ans. Transitive verb.

(ix) It stamped its small hoofs impatiently.

Ans. Transitive verb.

(x) He held his fingers below the level of the milk.

Ans. Transitive verb.

(xi) The fawn followed him.

Ans. Transitive verb.

(xii) He walked all day. 

Ans. Intransitive verb.

(xiii) He stroked its sides.

Ans. Transitive verb.

(xiv) The fawn lifted its nose.

Ans. Transitive verb.

(xv) Its legs hung limply. 

Ans. Intransitive verb.

3. Here are some words from the lesson. Working in groups, arrange them in the order in which they would appear in the dictionary. Write down some idioms and phrasal verbs connected to these words. Use the dictionary for more idioms and phrasal verbs.

close, draw, make, wonder, scrawny, parted, clearing, sweet, light, pick

Ans. The order of the words in the dictionary will be as follows: 

clearing, close, draw, light, make, parted, pick, scrawny, sweet, wonder.

Some other idioms and phrasal verbs connected to these words:

  • Make hay while the sun shines. 
  • To make castles in the air. 
  • According to one’s sweet-will. 
  • Close-up
  • Close-harmony
  • Draw-back 
  • Draw out
  • Wonder-land


Q.1. Do you think it is right to kill an animal to save a human life? Give reasons for your answer. 

Ans. Animals are also living beings. They have alea right to live as we humans have. So it is not at all right and justified to kill an animal to save a human life. How can one’s life be finished for the sake of another life? So killing animals is a crime.

Q.2. Imagine you wake up one morning and find a tiny animal on your doorstep. You want to keep it as a pet but your parents are not too happy about it. How would you persuade them to let you keep it? Discuss it in groups and present your arguments to the class.

Ans. Yesterday morning when I woke up, I found a puppy at our doorstep. It looked so miserable as it might have separated from its parents. I took pity on it. I touched it and picked it up in my arms. It started licking my hands and wagging its tail. I wanted to keep it as a pet but my parents were not ready for it. I convinced them that they would not have any problem with it. I would take care of it myself. After persuading them for a long time, they permitted me to keep it as a pet.


Q. 1. Imagine you have a new pet that keeps you busy. Write a paragraph describing your pet, the things it does, and the way it makes you feel. Here are some words and phrases that you could use.

frisky, smart, disobedient, loyal, happy, enthusiastic, companion, sharing, friend, rolls in mud, dirties the bed, naughty, lively, playful, eats up food, hides the newspaper, drinks up milk, runs away when called, floats on the water as if dead.

Ans. I have a pet puppy. It has become a good friend of mine within a short span of time. It is frisky, smart, loyal but disobedient. It runs away when I call it. It is playful and lively. We play together. It rolls in mud and then comes to the bedroom to dirty the bed. It is so mischievous that it hides the newspaper. It eats up food and drinks up milk greedily. Sometimes it floats on the water as if it is dead. I like its company very much.

Q. 2. Human life is dependent on nature (that’s why we call her Mother Nature). We take everything from nature to live our lives. Do we give back anything to nature?

(i) Write down some examples of the natural resources that we use.

Ans. We have been using forests, minerals and chemicals for his use and survival. Earth and Nature are our lifelines. We use many tree products for our use. We get fruits, flowers and fodder for nature. We also get water and air free from Nature.

(ii) Write a paragraph expressing your point of view regarding our relationship with nature.

Ans. The relationship between man and nature is very old and intimate. Nature is like our mother and it fulfills all the basic needs of mankind. We must not exploit nature for our own self-interests.

Q. 3. In This is Jody’s Fawn, Jody’s father uses a ‘home remedy’ for a snake bite. What should a person now do if he or she is bitten by a snake? Are all snakes poisonous? With the help of your teacher and others, find out answers to such questions. Then write a short paragraph on-What to do if a snake chooses to bite you.

Ans. Snakes are the most dreaded of wild creatures. No, not all snakes are poisonous. Green snakes or water snakes are not poisonous. Though the snake-bite is very dangerous but the victim can be saved with timely and proper first-aid. Snake bite can be cured only from snake’s poison.

In case I am bitten by a posionous snake, the first thing I would do is to put a band tightly over the bitten part. Then I shall use a blade or knife to made a small cut on the bitten part, and press the poisonous blood out. Then I shall go to hospital for medical help. I shall not go to sleep unitl I feel better and safe.



Jody allowed his thoughts to drift back to the fawn. He could not keep it out of his mind. He had held it, in his dreams, in his arms. He slipped from the table and went to his father’s bedside. Penny lay at rest. His eyes were open and clear, but the pupils were still dark and dilated.

Jody said, “How are you feeling, Pa?” “Just fine, son. Old Death has gone thieving elsewhere. But wasn’t it a close shave!”

“I agree.”

Penny said, “I’m proud of you, boy, the way you kept your head and did what was needed.”


“Yes, son.”

“Pa, do you recollect the doe and the fawn?” 

“I can never forget them. The poor doe saved me, that’s certain.”

“Pa, the fawn may be out there yet. It might be hungry and very scared.”

“I suppose so.”

“Pa, I’m a big boy now and don’t need to drink milk. Why don’t I go and see if I can find the fawn?”

“And bring it here ?”

“And raise it.”

Penny lay quiet, staring at the ceiling.

“Boy, you’ve got me hemmed in.”

“It won’t take much to raise it, Pa. It’ll soon start eating leaves and acorns.”

“You are smarter than boys of your age.” 


1. “I’m proud of you, boy, the way you kept your head and did what was needed. 

(a) Who said this to whom?

Ans. Penny said this to his son Jody. 

(b) When did he do what was needed?

Ans. Jody did what was needed to save his father’s life.

2. What adjectives have been used for the fawn?

Ans. hungry, scared.

3. Which word in the passage means “small brown nuts”?

Ans. acorns.

4. Why do you think Penny considered his son smarter than boys of his age? 

Ans. Penny considered his son smarter than the boys of his because:  

(a) He did the needful to save his father. 

(b) He was thoughtful about the safety of the little fawn.

(c) He knew about fawn’s eating habits.


Mill-wheel said, “Come on, boy. We’ve got to get riding.”

Ma Baxter asked anxiously, “You’ll not be gone long?” 

Jody said, “I’ll be back before dinner for sure.”

Mill-wheel mounted his horse and pulled Jody up behind him. 

He said to Mill-wheel, “Do you think the fawn’s still there? Will you help me find him?” 


1. You’ll not be gone long?

(a) Who said this to whom? 

Ans. Ma Baxter said this to Jody.

(b) What was the reply?

Ans. Jody replied that he would be back before dinner.

2. How did Mill-wheel and Jody go?

Ans. Mill-wheel and Jody went on a horse back.

3. “Do you think fawn is still there? 

(a) Who said this to whom?

Ans. Jody said this to Mill-wheel. 

(b) Name the lesson and the writer. 

Ans. The name of the lesson is-“This is Jody’s Fawn’-The name of the author is-Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings.


His arms began to ache and he was forced to stop again. When he walked on, the fawn followed him at once. He allowed it to walk a little distance, then picked it up again. The distance home was nothing. He could have walked all day and into the night, carrying it and watching it follow. He was wet with sweat but a light breeze blew through the June morning, cooling him. The sky was as clear as spring water in a blue china cup. He came to the clearing. It was fresh and green after the night’s rain. He fumbled with the latch and was finally obliged to set down the fawn to manage it. Then, he had an idea-he would walk into the house, into Penny’s bedroom, with the fawn walking behind him. But at the steps, the fawn balked and refused to climb them. He picked it up and went to his father. Penny lay with closed eyes. 


1. Why did Jody’s arms begin to ache? 

Ans. Jody’s arms began to ache because he was carrying fawn in his arms. 

2. How could Jody feel cool even during that June morning? 

Ans. Jody could feel cool even during that June morning because a light breeze blew. 

3. Find from the passage:

(a) two common nouns.

Ans. fawn, arms.

(b) two pronouns.

Ans. his, it.

(c) two adjectives.

Ans. blue, light.

(d) two verbs.

Ans. balked, refused.

4. What is the sky compared to?

Ans. The sky was as clear as spring water in a blue china-cup.


Then a buzzard rose in front of him and flapped into the air. He came into the clearing under the oaks. Buzzards sat in a circle around the carcass of the doe. They turned their heads on their long scrawny necks and hissed at him. He threw his bough at them and they flew into an adjacent tree. The sand showed large cat prints but the big cats killed fresh, and they had left the doe to the carrion birds.


1. What is a buzzard?

Ans. ‘Buzzard’ is a large bird like the vulture that eats the flesh of dead animals. 

2. Where did buzzard sit? 

Ans. Buzzards sat in a circle around the carcass of the doc.

3. What was shown on the sand?

Ans. The sand showed large cat prints.

4. Did the cats surround the dead doe?

Ans. No, the cats did not surround the dead doe. The big cats killed fresh and they had left the doe to the carrion birds.


Q. 1. ‘She held the coffee pot in mid-air’.

(a) Who is ‘she’ here? 

Ans. ‘She’ is Jody’s mother.

(b) Why did she react so?

Ans. She reacted so because Jody expressed his wish to go and find fawn. She was not willing to bring the animal into the house.

Q. 2. What is a china deer? 

Ans. A china deer is a clay deer that is easily broken.

Q. 3. “I’m glad you found him.”

(a) Who said this to whom? 

Ans. Penny Baxter said this to Jody.

(b) Who was found?

Ans. The fawn was found. 

(c) What happened after that? 

Ans. After that, Jody went to the kitchen.

Q. 4. Write the character-sketch of Jody.

Ans. Jody was a sensitive boy. He remembered the fawn who was left alone after doe was killed. He was not ungrateful as he wanted to pay back doe by taking care of its fawn. Jody was smarter than boys of his own age. He had great convincing power. He was bold enough to go alone to find the fawn. He was loving and caring. When he found fawn, he put his arms around its body. He brought fawn home. He took its motherly care. He dipped his fingers in the milk and thrust them into fawn’s soft wet mouth.


Tick (✔) the correct option

1. What does ‘kept your head’ mean? 

(a) stayed calm in a difficult situation.

(b) stayed strong. 

(c) became angry.

(d) got enlarged. 

Ans. (a) stayed calm in a difficult situation

2. Which of the following phrases mean–’caught in a situation where one can’t say ‘no’?

(a) sidled back.

(c) drift back to.

(b) a close shave.

(d) hemmed in.

Ans. (d) hemmed in.

3. “I can never forget them.” Who are ‘them’ referred to here?

(a) Penny and Jody. 

(b) The doe and the fawn.

(c) Penny Baxter and Ma Baxter.

(d) All of these.

Ans. (b) The doe and the fawn

4. Who was the least willing to find fawn and bring it home?

(a) Jody.

(b) Penny Baxter.

(c) Ma Baxter.

(d) Mill-wheel.

Ans.(c) Ma Baxter.

5. Which of the following statements is not correct?

(a) Jody took Mill-wheel with him all the way long to find fawn.

(b) The fawn was found alive.

(c) Jody is a considerate and thoughtful boy.

(d) None of these.

Ans.(a) Jody took Mill-wheel with him all the way long to find fawn.

6. Jody said, “That tall pine makes a bearing.” What does ‘makes a bearing’ mean?

(a) produces seed.

(b) grows instantly.

(c) acts as a compass and helps to identify direction. 

(d) none of these.

Ans. (c) acts as a compass and helps to identify direction 


Use the following words in sentences of your own: 

(a) unwilling. 

Ans. My brother is unwilling to go abroad for higher studies.

(b) disappointment.

Ans. To my utter disappointment, my new business venture failed. 

(c) acceptance. 

Ans. The bride received heart- warming acceptance from the family.

(d) impatient. 

Ans. We should not become impatient in any circumstances.

The Duck and the Kangaroo


Textbook Questions With Their Answers


Q. 1. Taking words that come at the end of lines, write five pairs of rhyming words. 

Read each pair aloud.

For example: Pond-beyond.

Ans. hop – stop

back – quack

bold – cold

bound – round

cloak – smoke

Q. 2. Complete the dialogue: 

Duck: Dear Kangaroo ! Why don’t you (i) ____________.

Ans. take me on a ride? 

Kangaroo: With pleasure, my dear Duck, (ii) though ____________.

Ans. your feet are unpleasantly wet and cold. 

Duck: That won’t be a problem. I will (iii) _____________.

Ans.Wear woollen socks and cloak

Q. 3. The Kangaroo does not want to catch ‘rheumatism’. Spot this word in stanza 3 and say why it is spelt differently. Why is it in two parts? Why does the second part begin with a capital letter?

Ans. The word is spelt as ‘roo-matiz’ in the poem. It is spelt in two parts, firstly, to create a rhyme scheme in the poem so that Kangaroo rhymes with – roo. Also, it is so spelt to emphasize on the spellings and give a poetic effect to the poem.

Q. 4. Do you find the poem humorous? Read aloud lines that make you laugh.

Ans. Yes, I find the poem humorous. 

–“… And quite at the 

end of my tail!…… they hopped 

the hole world three times round.” 

–“And would probably give me-roo-matiz.”


Read the stanzas carefully and answer the questions that follow:


‘Please give me a ride on your back !’

Said the Duck to the Kangaroo. 

‘I would sit quite still, and say nothing but “Quack,” 

The whole of the long day through ! 

And we’d go to the Dee, and the Jelly Bo Lee, 

Over the land, and over the sea ;— 

Please take me on a ride ! O do !’

Said the Duck to the Kangaroo.


(a) What does the Deck enunciate?

Ans. The Duck enunciates ‘quack’.

(b) Where did the Duck long to go?

Ans. The Duck longed to go to Dee and the Jelly Bo Lee, over the land and water bodies.

(c)  What rhymes auth ‘through’?

Ans. ‘Kangaroo’ rhymes with ‘through;


Said the Kangaroo to the Duck.

‘This requires a little reflection; 

Perhaps on the whole it might bring me luck, 

And there seems but one objection, 

Which is, if you’ll let me speak so bold, 

Your feet are unpleasantly wet and cold, 

And would probably give me the roo—

Matiz !’ said the Kangaroo.


(a) What was the objection by Kangaroo?

Ans. Kangaroo objected that duck’s feet are unpleasantly wet and cold.

(b) Correctly spell–-roo-Matiz.

Ans. rheumatism.

(c) Complete the sentence:

This reguires a ___________.

Ans. little reflection.


Said the Duck, ‘As I sat on the rocks, 

I have thought over that completely, 

And I bought four pairs of worsted socks 

Which fit my web-feet neatly. 

And to keep out the cold I’ve bought a cloak, 

And every day cigar I’ll smoke, 

All to follow my own dear true 

Love of a Kangaroo !’


(a) What does it mean by ‘worsted socks’?

Ans. ‘Worsted socks’ means woollen socks. 

(b) What is a cloak?

Ans. ‘Cloak’ means an upper loose garment.

(c) Complete the sentence: I’ ll smoke ____________

Ans. a cigar everyday.


Said the Kangaroo, ,’I’m ready! All in the moonlight pale, But to balance me well, dear Duck, sit steady! And quite at the end of my tail ! So away they went with a hop and a bound. And they hopped the whole world three times round; And who so happy— O who, As the Duck and the Kangaroo?


(a) Who is the poet of the poem?

Ans. The poet of the poem is Edward Lear.

(b) ‘I’m ready; Who said this to whom?

Ans. Kangaroo said this to Duck.

(c) What time do they decide to go on a ride? 

Ans. They decide to go on a ride in the pale moonlight.


Q. 1. What requires reflection? 

Ans. The Kangaroo requires reflection to ponder over the Duck’s request of a ride around the world. 

Q. 2. How does the Duck and the Kangaroo combat the objection created?

Ans. So that the Duck could combat the objection created by Kangaroo about her unpleasantly wet and cold feet, she bought four pairs of worsted socks that fit her web-feet neatly. To survive the cold weather, she bought a cloak as well as agreed to smoke a cigar each day.


Frame sentences of your own from the following: 

(a) pale. 

(b) cloak. 

(c) reflection objection.

Ans. (a) pale: She looked pale as she had suffered from fever. 

(b) cloak: The priest at the church usually wears a cloak. 

(c) reflection: The result cannot be announced immediately, it requires reflection.

(d) objection The prosecutor’s objection was overruled when defence produced strong witnesses.

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