NCERT Class 10 English Solutions: Chapter 5 – The Hundred Dresses Part 1
Oral Comprehension Check
Q. Where in the classroom does Wanda sit and why?
A. Wanda sat in the very corner of the classroom in next to the last seat in the row of room thirteen. She sat with rough students poor in studies. Here there was lot of mischief, noise and dirt on the floor.
Q. Where does Wanda live? What kind of a place do you think it is?
A. Wanda lived at Boggins Heights which seemed far away from the school in an ordinary locality with lot of dirt and mud.
Q. When and why do Peggy and Maddie notice Wanda’s absence?
A. After 3 days of absence Peggie and Maddie took notice i.e., on Wednesday of that week. They wanted to have fun on her expense. When Wanda did not show up they became late for school.
Q. What do you think “to have fun with her” means?
A. It means that Peggy and Maddie would have fun at Wanda expense. They would tease the poor girl for their own pleasure.
Oral Comprehension Check
Q. In what way was Wanda different from the other children?
A. Wanda was very lonely and aloof child. She did not talk to anybody. She had no friends and came to and from school alone. She was found always wearing a poorly fitting faded blue dress
Q. Did Wanda have a hundred dresses? Why do you think she said she did?
A. Wanda always wore a poorly fitting faded blue dress and did not have a hundred dresses. She was maybe imagined having a hundred dresses. Unfortunately she was bullied and other children made fun of her. She would have been laughed at no matter what she said, she did not want to accept her poverty and hence she exaggerated.
Q. Why is Maddie embarrassed by the questions Peggy asks Wanda? Is she also like Wanda, or is she
A. Maddie was poor just like Wanda. However she was not as poor. She was not rich like Peggy. She could thus emphasize with how Wanda was feeling and hence was embarrassed by the questions Peggy asked Wanda. Like Wanda she had no new clothes and wore old clothes handed down by others. She did not feel sorry for Wanda but she was worried that everyone would start teasing her too. She was different than Wanda and would never claim to have a hundred dresses.
Thinking About The Text
Q. How is Wanda seen as different by the other girls? How do they treat her?
A. Wanda was very lonely and aloof child. She did not talk to anybody. She had no friends and came to and from school alone. She was found always wearing a poorly fitting faded blue dress. Other girls, as they found her different had fun on her expense. They surrounded her Peggy asked her how many dresses she had. Wanda did not like to admit that she was poor, she replied that she had a hundred but they continued teasing her. Then they would laugh when she was within hearing distance. They kept asking her about number of hats she had, or shoes, etc. continually making fun of her.
Q. How does Wanda feel about the dresses game? Why does she say that she has a hundred dresses?
A. Wanda showed no feelings about dresses game, perhaps she was deeply hurt. Maybe this constant bullying disturbed her so much that her family moved to the city.
Probably, she was imagining possessing a hundred dresses. She thought that it might be nice to have hundred dresses.
Q. Why does Maddie stand by and not do anything? How is she different from Peggy? (Was Peggy’s friendship important to Maddie? Why? Which lines in the text tell you this?)
A. Maddie was also poor and was afraid that if she objected she might become the new target of students. Peggy was a rich girl. Therefore Maddie could empathise from Wanda but Peggy could not. Yes Maddie was Peggy’s best friend and her friendship was important to Maddie. Maddie revered Peggy and who was perceived to be most liked girl. Some of the lines showing Peggy friendship was important to Maddie are.
(i) Peggy, who had thought up this game, and Maddie, her inseparable friend, were always the last to leave.
(ii) She was Peggy’s best friend, and Peggy was the best-liked girl in the whole room.
(iii) Peggy could not possibly do anything that was really wrong, she thought.
(iv) Oh, Maddie was sure Peggy would win.
Q. What does Miss Mason think of Wanda’s drawings? What do the children think of them? How do you know?
A. Miss Mason considered that room thirteen should be proud of Wanda. She had designed one hundred unique dresses each one worthy of winning the prize. She happily announced Wanda as the winner and invited class to look at Wanda’s drawings.
The children admired the drawings. When Peggy and Maddie were surprised and looked at the drawings in awe. They recognized the designs from Wanda’s description. Peggy finally exclaimed,” …and I thought I could draw.”