NCERT Class 7 English Solutions: a Bicycle in Good Repair Chapter 9– Part 1

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Question 1:

“I got up early, for me.” It implies that

(i) He was an early riser.

(ii) He was a late riser.

(iii) He got up late that morning.

Mark the correct answer.

Answer:

“I got up early, for me.” It implies that

Answer:

(ii) He was a late riser.

Question 2:

The bicycle “goes easily enough in the morning and a little stiffly after lunch.” The remark is.

(i) Humorous.

(ii) Inaccurate.

(iii) Sarcastic.

(iv) Enjoyable.

(v) Meaningless.

Mark your choice(s).

The bicycle “goes easily enough in the morning and a little stiffly after lunch.” The remark is.

Answer:

(iii) Sarcastic

Question 3:

The friend schools the bicycle violently. Find two or three sentences in the text which express the author’s disapproval of it.

Friend schools the bicycle violently

Friend Schools the Bicycle Violently

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Answer:

(i) “Don’t do that; you’ll hurt it.”

(ii) I did not see why he should shake it; it had not done anything to him.

(iii) I felt much as I should have he started whacking my dog.

(iv) ”It doesn’t if you don’t wobble it.”

(v) “Don’t you trouble about it anymore; you will make yourself tired. Let us put it back and get off.”

Question 4:

“…if not, it would make a serious difference to the machine.” What does ‘it’ refer to?

Answer:

When the little ball bearings of the bicycle fell off, the author’s friend told him to catch them. He said that if all the bearings of the bicycle were not present, it would make a serious difference to the bicycle. Hence, ‘it’ refers to the absence of even a single ball bearing of the bicycle.

Working with the Text

Answer the following Questions.

Question 1:

Did the front wheel really wobble? What is your opinion? Give a reason for your answer.

Answer:

No, the front wheel did not wobble. The author said that it did not wobble. There was nothing in it worth calling a wobble. However, after the author’s friend was done with it, it definitely started to wobble.

Question 2:

In what condition did the author find the bicycle when he returned from the tool shed?

Answer:

When the author returned from the tool shed, he saw his friend sitting on the ground with the front wheel between his legs. He was playing with it, twiddling it round between his fingers, and the remnant of the machine was lying on the gravel path beside him.