Chivvy – NCERT Solutions

Q. When is a grown-up likely to say this? Don’t talk with your mouth full.

Ans. A grown-up is likely to say this when you are eating something.

Q. When are you likely to be told this? Say thank you.

Ans. You are likely to be told to say ‘Thank you’ when any service is done to you.

Q. When do you think an adult would say this? No one thinks you are funny.

Ans. An adult would say this when a child cracks a joke or laughs.

Q. The last two lines of the poem are not prohibitions or instructions. What is the adult now asking the child to do? Do you think the poet is suggesting that this is unreasonable? Why?

Ans. The adult is asking the child to learn manners and take decisions like grown-ups. No, the poet is not suggesting that the child is behaving badly. He only wants the child to think and act on his own.

Q. Why do you think grown-ups say the kind of things mentioned in the poem? Is it important that they teach children good manners, and how to behave in public?

Ans. Grown-ups are in the habit of asking the child to do/not to do something. They mean to guide the latter one how to live and behave nicely. It is important for the children to learn good manners and how to behave in public. Only the elders can teach all this.

Q. If you had to make some rules for grown-ups to follow, what would you say? Make at least five such rules. Arrange the lines as in poem.


  1. Don’t scold a child, please.
  2. Let them play and enjoy.
  3. Don’t humiliate a child.
  4. Love them, and
  5. Let them live with joy.

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