NCERT English Solutions-Class 9-Chapter 1 The Fun They Had-Part 2
Answer these questions in a few words or a couple of sentences each.
Q. How old are Margie and Tommy?
A. Margie was eleven years old while Tommy was thirteen.
Q. What did Margie write in her diary?
A. Margie wrote in her diary, “Today Tommy found a real book!”
Q. Had Margie ever seen a book before?
A. No, Margie had never seen a book before.
Q. What things about the book did she find strange?
A. On turning the pages of the book, she found it very hard to read words that stood still instead of moving the way they were supposed to on a screen. When they turned back to the previous page, it had the same words on it when they read it the first time.
Q. What do you think a telebook is?
A. A telebook is a book that could be read on screen. Words move on the screen for the students to read. All the lessons appeared on the big screen and were followed by questions from the book.
Q. Where was Margie’s school? Did she have any classmates?
A. Margie’s school was in her home itself. In fact, it was next to her bedroom. It was a mechanical teacher with screen. Lessons and questions appeared on the screen. She had to put her homework in a particular slot and write the answers in punch code.
She did not have any classmates.
Q. What subjects did Margie and Tommy learn?
A. Margie and Tommy learnt geography, history, and arithmetic.
Answer the following with reference to the story.
Q. “I wouldn’t throw it away.”
(i) Who says these words?
A. Tommy said these words.
(ii) What does ‘it’ refer to?
A. ‘It’ refers to the television screen, which had a million books on it.
(iii) What is ‘it’ being compared with by the speaker?
A. Tommy is comparing the television screen to the books in earlier times with words printed on paper. He thought that such books would have to be thrown away after reading. However, he would never have to throw away his telebooks.
Q. “Sure they had a teacher, but it wasn’t a regular teacher. It was a man.”
(i) Who does ‘they’ refer to?
A. ‘They’ refers to the students who studied in the old kind of schools centuries before the time the story is set in.
(ii) What does ‘regular’ mean here?
A. Here, ‘regular’ refers to the mechanical teachers that Tommy and Margie had. According to author, centuries later this would be the norm.
(iii) What is it contrasted with?
A. The mechanical teacher is contrasted with the teacher of the earlier times, who was a human being.
Answer each of these questions in a short paragraph (about 30 words).
Q. What kind of teachers did Margie and Tommy have?
A. Margie and Tommy had mechanical teachers. They had large black screens on which all the lessons were shown and questions were asked. These mechanical teachers had a slot for the students to put their homework and test papers. They had to write their answers in punch code and the mechanical teacher calculated the marks immediately.
Q. Why did Margie’s mother send for the County Inspector?
A. Margie had been given many tests in geography by the mechanical teacher. She had been performing worse and worse in them. It is for this reason that her mother for the County Inspector.
Q. What did he do?
A. The County Inspector gave Margie an apple and started working on the mechanical teacher. Margie had hoped that the Inspector would not know how to put the mechanical teacher together again, but he managed to assemble it. He slowed down the geography sector of the teacher because it had become too quick.
Q. Why was Margie doing badly in geography? What did the County Inspector do to help her?
A. Margie was doing badly in geography because the geography sector of the mechanical teacher was adjusted at a higher level. The County Inspector rightly told her that she could not be blamed for her poor performance. The County Inspector fixed the setting for the geography sector.
Q. What had once happened to Tommy’s teacher?
A. Once, Tommy’s teacher had to be taken away for nearly a month because its history sector had blanked out completely.
Q. Did Margie have regular days and hours for school? If so, why?
A. Yes, Margie had regular days and hours for school. The mechanical teacher always turned on at the same time every day except Saturdays and Sundays.
Margie had regular days and hours for school because her mother said that little girls learned better, when they learned at regular hours.
Q. How does Tommy describe the old kind of school?
A. Tommy says that the old kind of school existed centuries ago. They had a teacher, who was a man. This teacher taught in a special building where all the kids assembled and learned the same things according to their respective ages.
Q. How does he describe the old kind of teachers?
A. He says that the teacher in old times was a man, who taught the students inside a special building. He gave them homework and asked them questions. When Margie said that a man was not smart enough to be a teacher, he contradicted her by saying that his father knew as much as his mechanical teacher.