NCERT Class 7 English Solutions: A Gift of Chappals Chapter 1– Part 2

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Question 1:

Complete the following sentences.

(i) Ravi compares Lalli’s playing the violin to _____________________________

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(ii) Trying to hide beneath the tray of chillies, Mahendran _____________________

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(iii) The teacher played a few notes on his violin, and Lalli _____________________

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(iv) The beggar said that the kind ladies of the household _____________________

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(v) After the lesson was over, the music teacher asked Lalli if ___________________

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Answer:

(i) Ravi compares Lalli’s playing the violin to derailing of a train of melody.

(ii) Trying to hide beneath the tray of chillies, Mahendran tipped a few chillies over himself.

(iii) The teacher played a few notes on his violin, and Lalli stumbled behind him on her violin, which looked helpless and unhappy in her hands.

(iv) The beggar said that the kind ladies of the household were very generous and because of this, he had been able to keep his body and soul together for a whole week.

(v) After the lesson was over, the music teacher asked Lalli if she had seen his chappals.

Question 2:

Describe the music teacher, as seen from the window.

Answer:

As seen from the window, the bony figure of the music master, with most of his back to the window, could be seen sitting in front of Lalli. He had a mostly bald head with a fringe of oiled black hair falling around his ears and an old-fashioned tuft. A gold chain gleamed around his leathery neck and a diamond ring glittered on his hand as it glided up and down the stem of the violin. A large foot stuck out from beneath his gold-bordered veshti edge. He was beating time on the floor with the scrawny big toe.

Question 3:

(i) What makes Mridu conclude that the beggar has no money to buy Chappals?

(ii) What does she suggest to show her concern?

Answer:

(i) What makes Mridu conclude that the beggar has no money to buy Chappals?

When Mridu saw the blistered feet of the beggar, she concluded that he did not have any money to buy slippers.

(ii) What does she suggest to show her concern?

Mridu asked Ravi if he had any pair of old slippers that they could give to the beggar. Her eyes filled with tears on seeing the unfairness of the situation in which the beggar was, and she suggested that he needed something on his feet.

Question 4:

“Have you children…” she began, and then, seeing they were curiously quite, went on more slowly, “seen anyone lurking around the verandah?”

(i) What do you think Rukka Manni really wanted to ask?

(ii) Why did she change her question?

(iii) What did she think had happened?

Answer:

(i) Rukku Manni actually wanted to ask the children if they had seen the music master’s slippers.

(ii) She changed her question seeing that they were curiously quiet. She suspected that they had something to do with the absence of the slippers.

(iii) She probably thought that the children had purposely hidden the music master’s slippers, or done something with it.

Question 5:

On getting Gopu Mama’s chappals, the music teacher tried not to look too happy. Why?

Answer:

Gopu Mama’s slippers were new, while the ones that the children gave away to the beggar were quite old and shabby-looking. Still, the music master lied that his slippers had been brand new. He was quite happy to get new slippers in return for his old ones. However, he tried not to look too happy as he wanted to show his disappointment at what the children had done. Even though his eyes lit up when he saw the new pair of slippers, he pretended as if he will have to somehow manage with it.

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