NCERT Class 7 English Solutions: A Gift of Chappals Chapter 1– Part 1

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Question 1:

What is the secret that Meena shares with Mridu in the backyard?

Answer:

A kitten inside a torn football filled with sand was hidden behind a thick bitter-berry bush in the backyard. This was the secret that Meena shared with Mridu.

Question 2:

How does Ravi get milk for the kitten?

Answer:

Ravi got milk for the kitten from the kitchen. When his grandmother saw him holding the glass of milk, he told her that he was hungry. In order to avoid suspicion, he had to even drink most of the milk. When she asked for the tumbler, he told her that he would wash it himself. Then, he ran and poured the milk into a coconut shell. Before his grandmother could get really suspicious, he ran back to the kitchen, washed the tumbler and put it back.

Question 3:

Who does he say the kitten’s ancestors are? Do you believe him?

Answer:

Ravi said that one of the descendants of the Egyptian cat-goddess was a stowaway in a Pallava ship. The descendant of this cat was the Mahabalipuram Rishi-Cat, and their kitten had descended from the Mahabalipuram Rishi-Cat. His narrative concerning the genealogy of the kitten is unbelievable.

Question 4:

Ravi has a lot to say about M.P. Poonai. This shows that

(i) He is merely trying to impress Mridu.

(ii) His knowledge of history is sound.

(iii) He has a rich imagination.

(iv) He is an intelligent child.

Which of these statements do you agree/disagree to?

Answer:

I agree to these statements:

(ii) His knowledge of history is sound.

(iii) He has a rich imagination.

Question 5:

What was the noise that startled Mridu and frightened Mahendran?

Answer:

The noise that startled Mridu and frightened Mahendran was an unusual sound, a ‘kreech’. This ‘kreeching’ was actually Lalli’s attempts at learning to play the violin.

Comprehension Check

Question 1:

The music master is making lovely music. Read aloud the sentence in the text that expresses this idea.

Answer:

‘The music-master’s notes seemed to float up and settle perfectly into the invisible tracks of the melody’. This sentence shows that the music-master was making lovely music.

Question 2:

Had the beggar come to Rukku Manni’s house for the first time? Give reasons for your answer.

Answer:

No, the beggar had to not come to Rukku Manni’s house for the first time. When the beggar arrived, she asked Ravi to send him away. The beggar, she said, had been coming to their house daily the week before. She said it was time he found another house to beg from.

Question 3:

“A sharp V-shaped line had formed between her eyebrows.” What does it suggest to you about Rukku Manni’s mood?

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Answer:

A sharp V-shaped line between the eyebrows refers to a frown. This suggests that Rukku Manni was in an angry mood.