How the Camel Got His Hump
Textual Questions and Exercises
Q1. What tasks, do you think, were assigned to the dog and the ox?
Ans. The dog was assigned the task of fetching and carrying sticks, while the ox was assigned the task of ploughing.
Q2. Why did the camel live in the middle of the desert?
Ans. The camel lived in the middle of the desert because it did not want to work. It ate sticks, thorns, and prickles, and when anybody spoke to it, it said “Humph!” and nothing more.
Q3. What made the dog, the horse and the ox very angry?
Ans. The man told the dog, the horse and the ox that since the camel cannot work, he would leave it alone and the three of them would have to work double-time to make up for the work not done by the camel. This made the three of them very angry.
Q4. How did the Djinn know the horse was complaining against the camel?
Ans. The Djinn knew that the horse was complaining against the camel because he was the in charge of all deserts and knew about everything happening in relation to his deserts.
Q5. The camel was looking at his own reflection in the pool. What does it suggest to you about the camel?
Ans. The camel’s looking at his own reflection in the pool shows that he was proud of his appearance, especially his back. He liked admiring himself.
Q6. The camel said, “Humph” repeatedly. How did it affect him?
Ans. When the camel said “Humph!” repeatedly despite the Djinn’s warning, his back puffed up into a big hump.
Q7. What, according to the Djinn, was the use of the “humph”?
Ans. According to the Djinn, the hump was useful for storing his food and using it during continuous work for many days.
Q8. “…he has never yet learnt to behave”. In the light of this, what is the writer’s opinion about the camel?
Ans. According to the writer, the camel is still a very lazy animal that is unwilling to work. After he got the hump, the Djinn asked him to go out of the desert to help the other three animals. It seems that the camel still did not behave himself and worked lazily in the desert itself. It is for this reason that he was still unable to complete the pending work of those three missed days; and he continued carrying the hump and living in the desert.