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My Son Will Not A Beggar Be
TEXTUAL QUESTION & ANSWER
Intext Question 9.1
Q. 1. What did the writer miss when he lost his sight?
Tick the right answer:
(a) The love of his family
(b) The colours of the birds and butterflies
(d) Being able to recognize people
(e) Not eating his favourite food.
Ans: (b) The colours of the birds and butterflies.
Q.2. The writer says “It was a universe where at first-but come at first-I made my way fumbling and faltering.” What does he mean when he says, “but only at first.” Tick off the right answer:
(a) He regained his sight.
(b) He learnt to manage his daily life though he was blind.
(c) Someone else did all his work for him around.
Ans: (b) He learnt to manage his daily life efficiently though he was blind.
Intext Question 9.2
Q.1. Was the writer’s father happy that so many relatives came to sympathise with them that their son has gone blind.
Tick The right answer:
(a) Yes, He wanted sympathy.
(b) No, because they upset his wife.
(c) No. He asked for a transfer to get away from them.
Ans: (c) No. He asked for a transfer to get away from them.
Q. 2. Column A has names of people in the story. Column B describes feelings about the blind boy. Match the two
|The mother||(a) thought he was evil or harmful.|
|The sisters||(b) cried all the time.|
|The father||(c) treated him like a delicate doll.|
|The servants||(d) had little hope that he would see again. But though he was lucky to have escaped death.|
|The mother||(b) cried all the time.|
|The sisters||(c) treated him like a delicate doll.|
|The father||(d) had little hope that he would see again. But though he was lucky to have escaped death.|
|The servants||(a) thought he was evil or harmful.|
Q. 3. How did Ved’s father react to the situation?
Tick off the right answer:
(a) He was unhappy
(b) He was afraid
(c) He was optimistic
(d) He accepted the situation.
Ans: (d) He accepted the situation.
Q. 4. What do you understand by the phrase, ‘Potentialities of a blind child.’
(a) What the child wants to do?
(b) What he can do?
(c) What he can’t do?
Ans: It means (b) what he can do.
Intext Question 9.3
Q. 1. What did Ved’s mother think had caused her blindness? Which words in the text tell you this?
Ans: Ved’s mother thought that her sins had caused her son’s blindness. The words given in the test are, “She blamed something in her past for the tragedy”.
Q. 2. What did all the pandits advise her to do? Mention two things.
Ans: They advised her to do penance for the sins responsible for Ved’s blindness.
Q. 3. What did the hakims prescribe for him? Name two things.
Ans: The Hakims prescribed concocted drops to put into Ved’s eyes.
Q. 4. Ved’s father was angry when his wife used the hakim’s medicines on Ved because
Tick the right answer or answers:
(a) she did not take his permission.
(b) They made Ved uncomfortable.
(c) they did not do him any good.
Ans: (b) They made Ved uncomfortable.
Q. 5. Did the treatment stop? If which words in the text tell you so.
Ans: Then he gently lifted me consent in advance.
Intext Question 9.4
Q. 1. Ved’s mother put him through several tests. What were they?
Ans: Shook her hands vigorously, asked whether lights were on off.
Q. 2. Ved succeeded in passing some of these tests. Does this prove that?
(a) he could see again
(b) he was clever
(c) he began to adjust to his blindness, by using his other senses
(d) he was clever and so he began to adjust to his blindness.
Ans: (c) These tests proved (c) He began to adjust to his blindness by using his other senses.
Q. 1. Ved Mehta became blind. That is, he lost the sense of sight. He still had four other senses.
(a) The sense of touch (through the skin).
(b) The sense of taste (through tongue).
(c) The sense of hearing (through ears).
(d) The sense of smell (through nose).
Match the five senses mentioned in column ‘A’ with the experiences of feeling in column ‘B’.
|(i) Touch||(a) The sound of the rain.|
|(ii) Taste||(b) The feel of the cool breeze|
|(iii) Smell||(c) The rich colours of flowers and butterflies.|
|(iv) Hearing||(d) The smell of the earth after rain.|
|(v) Sight||(e) The taste of kheer.|
|(i) Touch||(b) The feel of the cool breeze|
|(ii) Taste||(e) The taste of kheer.|
|(iii) Smell||(d) The smell of the earth after rain.|
|(iv) Hearing||(a) The sound of the rain.|
|(v) Sight||(c) The rich colours of flowers and butterflies.|
Q. 2. On which one of the following characters does the story concentrate?
Tick the answers.
(a) the blind boy
(b) his mother
(c) the father making efforts to give the boy s good future
Ans. (a) The blind boy.
Q. 3. Which of the above characters do the following words describe:
(a) sad, superstitious
(b) practical, scientific minded
(c) obedient, patient
Ans: Mother, Father.
Q. 4. Ved Mehta overcame the challenge of blindness and became a famous writer and journalist. Find three people from history who have overcome their physical challenges to achieve greatness.
Ans: Do yourself.
I. ‘Will’ in the first person, when used with I, expresses willingness, promise, determination, etc. e.g. I will write soon.
It can be used to talk of the future.
He will go away tomorrow.
‘Shall’ is used with ‘T’ to talk about the future.
It also expresses determination.
e.g. I shall visit you next week.
Now fill in the blanks in the following sentences with either ‘will’ or ‘shall’.
1. I _____ post this letter tomorrow.
2. The examinations _____ begin next week.
3. I have not met my grandfather for a month now. I____ see him next time. you please stop talking.
4. ____ you please stop talking.
5. _____ I serve dinner now?
6. You ______ not steal.
7. ____ you change this bulb for me?
‘Would’ and ‘should’ are past tense forms of ‘will’ and ‘shall’.
Would’ is also used politely in making requests.
E.g. “Would you help me to finish this work please?”
It also expresses habitual actions that took place in the past.
Eg. My mother would put surma in my eyes.
“Should’ expresses an obligation.
Eg. We should help others.
I should visit my grandmother more often. Your cough is very bad. You should see a doctor.
I. Now fill in the blanks in the sentences below, with ‘would’ or ‘should’:
1. He said his brother was in the Army and posted on the border and he had written to say that he ______ come home on leave on the 6th.
2. The teacher said we _____ work harder.
3. You ____ not eat so many sweets.
4. _____ you pass the rice please?
5. He said that the train was very late, but it _____ arrive within the next fifteen minutes.
II. Now read the following sentences:
1. The athlete used to practise daily for twelve hours. He would then win several prizes.
2. My mother used to hold long discussions with the pandits.
She would then perform a number of rituals and religious ceremonies.
Used to’ and ‘would’ both refer to past action. Used to’ refers to repeated habitual action in the past, which has now been discontinued.
In connected speech, we often begin with ‘used to’ and then change to ‘would’.
Fill in the blanks in the sentences below with ‘used to’ or ‘would’:
(A) 1. When I was in a Primary School I _____ hate going to school.
Ans: I used to.
2. My brother ____ bully me as a child. Then I ____ call out, to my sister for help.
Ans: used to would.
(B) Now fill in the blanks in the sentences given below with ‘would’, ‘wouldn’t’ ‘ should’, ‘shouldn’t’.
1. When we lived in Delhi, we _____ go to the zoo every week.
Ans: would to.
2. You _____ read in bad light. It will harm your eyes.
3. _____ you mind opening the window please?
4. You _____ wear a helmet when you are driving a scooter.
5. I ____ like to speak to the manager.
6. ____ you like to try another cutlet?
(C) Read the dialogue and fill in the blanks with ‘will’, ‘won’t’ and ‘would’:
Suresh : I _____ go to the library tomorrow.
Mohit : I know it may be difficult for you, but ____ you be able to pick me up?
Suresh : Yes, of course I _____ But I ____ go late in the evening.
Ans: will, will.
Mohit : About what time ____ that be? I _____ be ready.
Ans: would, will.