NCERT Class 10 English Solutions: Chapter 5 – The Hundred Dresses Part 2
Oral Comprehension Check
Q. Why didn’t Maddie ask Peggie to stop teasing Wanda? What was she afraid of?
A. Maddie wrote a note asking Peggy to stop teasing Wanda. She was not able to muster courage to talk to about this. However she tore the note as she was afraid that Peggy would start teasing her. She used to wear Peggy’s old dress and Peggy might ask her about this.
Q. Who did Maddie think would win the drawing contest? Why?
A. Maddie like most students thought that Peggy was the best artist in the class and hence would win the drawing contest
Q. Who won the drawing contest? What had the winner drawn?
A. Wanda won the drawing contest. 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.”
Thinking About Language
Combine the following to make sentences like those above.
Q. This is the bus (what kind of bus?) It goes to Agra. (Use which or that)
A. This is the bus which goes to Agra.
Q. I would like to buy (a) shirt (which shirt?). (The) shirt is in the shop window. (Use which or that)
A. I would like to buy the shirt that is in the shop window.
Q. You must break your fast at a particular time (when?). You see the moon in the sky. (Use when)
A. You must break your fast when you see the moon in the sky.
Q. Find a word (what kind of word?). It begins with letter Z. (Use which or that).
A. Find a word which begins with the letter Z.
Q. Now find a person (What kind of person). His or her name begins with the letter Z.
A. Now find a person whose name begins with the letter Z.
Q. Then go to a place (what place?). There are no people whose name begins with Z in that
place. (Use where)
A. Then go to a place where there are no people whose name Z.
Can you say whose point of view the italicised words express?
Q. (i) But on Wednesday, Peggy and Maddie, who sat down front with other children who got good marks and who didn’t track in a whole lot of mud, did notice that Wanda wasn’t there.
A. In the given sentence, the italicised adverb expresses the author’s point of view.
(ii) Wands Petronski. Most of the children in Room Thirteen didn’t have names like that. They had names easy to say, like Thomas, Smith or Allen.
A. In the given sentence, the italicised words express the point of view of the narrator.
Look at this sentence. The italicised adverb expresses an opinion or point of view.
Obviously, the only dress Wanda had was the blue one she wore every day. (This was obvious to the speaker.)
Other such adverbs are apparently, evidently, surprisingly, possibly, hopefully, incredibly,
Luckily. Use these words appropriately in the blanks in the sentences below. (You may use a word more than once and more than one word may be appropriate for a given blank.)
Q. ________, he finished his work on time.
A. Surprisingly, he finished his work on time.
Q. ________, it will not rain on the day of the match.
A. Hopefully, it will not rain on the day of the match.
Q. ________, he had been stealing money from his employer.
A. Evidently, he had been stealing money from his employer.
Q. Television is _______ to blame for the increase in violence in society.
A. Television is evidently to blame for the increase in violence in society.
Q. The children will ________ learn from their mistakes.
A. The children will hopefully learn from their mistakes.
Q. I can’t ________ lend you that much money.
A. I can’t possibly lend you that much money.
Q. The thief had _________ been watching the house for many days.
A. The thief had apparently been watching the house for many days.
Q. The thief ________ escaped by bribing the jailor.
A. The thief possibly escaped by bribing the jailor.
Q. __________, no one had suggested this before.
A. Surprisingly, no one had suggested this before.
Q. The water was ________ hot.
A. The water was incredibly hot.