Important Question and Answers
Q. Why did the author’s grandfather decide to buy Toto?
Ans. The author’s grandfather was an animal lover and took pity on Toto as it was kept tied to a feeding trough. Toto looked out of place and he decided to bring it to his private zoo. He was much impressed by Toto.
Q. Where was Toto kept immediately after grandfather got him? Why?
Ans. Toto was kept in a closet. He was tied securely to a peg because his presence was to be kept a secret from the writer’s grandmother as she abhorred animals.
Q. In what sense was Toto ‘a pretty monkey’.
Ans. Toto’s bright eyes sparkled with mischief beneath deep-set eye brows. His pearly white teeth often displayed a smile that had the innocence of a child yet, there was an underlined tinge of naughtiness and mischievousness.
Q. Why did grandfather hide Toto for some time when he brought him home?
Ans. Grandmother was not very fond of animals. When he used to bring a new animal or bird, she used to make a lot of fuss. To avoid this, grandfather hid Toto for some time and announced his arrival to her when she was in a good mood.
Q. Give the names of Grandfather’s pets. Where did they live?
Ans. The names of grandfather’s pets were Nana the donkey and Toto the monkey, a tortoise, a pair of rabbits, a tame squirrel and a goat. They lived in a big cage in the servant’s quarter.
Q. Where and why was grandfather going the next day?
Ans. Grandfather was going to Saharanpur the next day. He was going there to collect his pension.
Q. Why did grandfather decide to take Toto along with him to Dehra Dun?
Ans. Grandfather decided to take Toto along with him to Dehra Dun as there were many other pets also that lived there. But, Toto would not allow any of his companions to sleep at night. So, he made this decision.
Q. How does Toto become a problem to grandfather while going to Saharanpur?
Ans. While going to Saharanpur, Toto behaved well. When grandfather was producing his ticket, Toto suddenly poked his head out of the bag. He gave the ticket collector a wide grin. The ticket collector insisted that grandfather must buy the ticket for the pet. Thus, the monkey proved to be a big problem for grandfather.
Q. Who was Nana? How did Toto tease Nana?
Ans. Nana was the family donkey. Toto was kept in the stable with Nana, where Toto used to tease Nana by fast biting on to her long ears with his sharp little teeth. Even Nana got fed up with Toto.
Q. Why could Toto and Nana not become friends?
Ans. Toto was very naughty and wicked and could not stay still for a long time. Nana was a well behaved and docile animal. When they were together, Toto bit on the long ears of Nana and Nana got annoyed with Toto. Thus, Nana and Toto could not become friends.
Q. How did Toto’s love for taking bathe almost led to his being half – boiled?
Ans. Toto used to love taking bath in hot water. Once, when a kettle was kept on fire with water to boil for tea, Toto sat in it. When the water began to boil, Toto tried getting up but found outside cold. So, he again sat down. He kept on hopping outside and then again inside and after sometime he started enjoying this game.
Q. Why did grandfather give away Toto, the monkey?
Ans. Toto was very naughty and he troubled everyone. The other pets were not happy with him and he broke a lot of dishes, tore clothes, curtains and wallpapers. He had become very difficult to handle and so grandfather gave Toto away.
Q. Why does the author say, “Toto was not the sort of pet we could keep for long”?
Ans. Toto was indeed a very mischievous pet. He tore the wallpapers of the rooms, and also tore the narrator’s school blazer. He troubled other fellow animals. He even managed to get himself into trouble by nearly half boiling water in a kettle. He made holes in dresses and curtains. Once, he even scared the ticket checker. He even broke dishes in the house. He proved to be a big troublemaker for everyone. Thus, we can say that Toto was a mischievous pet.