Class-7 English: Honeycomb-A Gift of Chappals

Class-7 English: Honeycomb-A Gift of Chappals


Textual Questions and Exercises


Q1. What is the secret that Meena shares with Mridu in the backyard?

 Ans. Meena shared the secret of having a kitten in the backyard inside a torn football lined with sacking and filled with sand. They found him outside the gate in the morning.


Q2. How does Ravi get milk for the kitten?

 Ans. For getting milk for the kitten, Ravi told Paati that he is hungry when she saw him with glass of milk. Paati got suspicious so Ravi had to drink most of the milk and told Paati that he will wash the tumbler by himself. After that, Ravi ran and poured the milk into coconut shell and then ran back to wash the tumbler before Paati got really suspicious.


Q3. Who does he say the kitten’s ancestors are? Do you believe him?

 Ans. He said the kitten’s ancestor was the Mahabalipuram Rishi-Cat, which was the emblem of the Pallava dynasty and the Mahabalipuram Rishi-Cat was descendant of the cat-goddess of Egypt.

 No, I don’t believe him.


Q4. 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?

 Ans. I agree to these statements.

(ii) his knowledge of history is sound.

(iii) he has a rich imagination.


Q5. What was the noise that startled Mridu and frightened Mahendran?

 Ans. The sound of kreeching startled Mridu and frightened Mahendran. It was the sound of Violin that Lalli was learning to play.


Q6. The music master is making lovely music. Read aloud the sentence in the text that expresses this idea.

 Ans. “The music-master’s notes seemed to float up and settle perfectly into the invisible tracks of the melody. It was like the wheels of a train fitting smoothly into the rails and whizzing along”

This is the sentence in the text that expresses the idea that the music master is making lovely music .


Q7. Had the beggar come to Rukku Manni’s house for the first time? Give reasons for your answer.

 Ans. No, the beggar had not come to Rukku Manni’s house for the first time because Paati said to Tapi that he had been coming in their house every day for the past week, and it’s time to found him another house to beg from!


Q8. “A sharp V-shaped line had formed between her eyebrows.” What does it suggest to you about Rukku Manni’s mood?

 Ans. V-shaped eyebrow is formed only when people are in anger. This suggests that Rukku Manni was very angry in mood when she came to know about the missing chappals of the music teacher.


Q9. Complete the following sentences.

Ans. (i) Ravi compares Lalli’s playing the violin to derailing of the train going completely off track.

(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 quite helpless and unhappy in her hands.

(iv) The beggar said that the kind ladies of the household kept his body and soul together on their generosity for a whole week. He couldn’t believe that they would turn him away.

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


Q10. Describe the music teacher, as seen from the window.

 Ans. As seen from the window, music teacher had the bony figure. 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, and he was beating time on the floor with the scrawny big toe.


Q11. What makes Mridu conclude that the beggar has no money to buy chappals? What does she suggest to show her concern?

 Ans. Mridu concludes that the beggar had no money to buy chappals because his feet were blistered.

She suggested Mridu and Ravi about the pair of old slippers so that they could give it to the beggar.


Q13. “Have you children…” she began, and then, seeing they were curiously quiet, went on more slowly, “seen anyone lurking around the verandah?”

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

(ii) Why did she change her question?

(iii) What did she think had happened?

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

 (ii) She changed her question because children were curiously quiet and she suspected that children must have done something with chappals.

(iii) She thought that the children have given the music-master’s chappals to that old beggar.


Q14. On getting Gopu Mama’s chappals, the music teacher tried not to look too happy. Why?

 Ans. The music teacher tried not to look happy because he did not wanted to reveal his happiness of getting new chappals of Gopu Mama to others. He wanted to show that his own chappals were more expensive and branded one. Actually, he was very happy after getting Gopu Mama’s chappals.


Q15. On getting a gift of chappals, the beggar vanished in a minute. Why was he in such a hurry to leave? 

Ans. On getting a gift of chappals, the beggar vanished in a minute because he did not want to lose the gift of those chappals. His feet were blistered and he couldn’t have got anything better from that house.


Q16. Walking towards the kitchen with Mridu and Meena, Rukku Manni began to laugh. What made her laugh?

 Ans. Gopu Mama is always in such a hurry to throw off his shoes and socks and get into his chappals as soon as he comes home. Rukku Manni began to laugh while thinking about the reaction of her husband after hearing this incident and when he came to know about that they had given his new chappals to the music teacher.


Working with Language


Q1. Rewrite each of the following pairs of sentences as a single sentence. Use ‘if’ at the beginning of the sentence.

Example: (a) Walk fast. You’ll catch the bus.

      If you walk fast, you’ll catch the bus.

(b) Don’t spit on the road. You’ll be fined.

      If you spit on the road, you’ll be fined.

Ans. (i) Don’t tire yourself now. You won’t be able to work in the evening.

If you tire yourself now, you won’t be able to work in the evening.

(ii) Study regularly. You’ll do well in the examination.

If you study regularly, you’ll do well in the examination.

(iii) Work hard. You’ll pass the examination in the first division.

If you work hard, you’ll pass the examination in the first division.

(iv) Be polite to people. They’ll also be polite to you.

If you are polite to people, they’ll also be polite to you.

(v) Don’t ease the dog, it’ll bite you.

If you tease the dog, it’ll bite you.


Q2. Fill in the blanks in the following paragraph.

Ans. Today is Sunday. I’m wondering whether I should stay at home or go out. If I go out, I will miss the lovely Sunday lunch at home. If I stay for lunch, I will miss the Sunday film showing at Archana Theatre. I think I’ll go out and see the film, only to avoid getting too fat.


Q3. Complete each sentence below by appropriately using any one of the following: 

if you want to if you don’t want to if you want him to

Ans. (i) Don’t go to the theatre if you don’t want to.

(ii) He’ll post your letter if you want him to.

(iii) Please use my pen if you want to.

(iv) He’ll lend you his umbrella if you want him to.

(v) My neighbour, Ramesh, will take you to the doctor if you want him to.

(vi) Don’t eat it if you don’t want to.

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