The Little Girl – NCERT Solutions

Q. Given below are some emotions that Kezia felt. Match the emotions in Column A with the items in Column B.

AB
1. Fear or terror(i) Father comes into her room to give her a goodbye kiss
2. glad sense of relief(ii) Noise of the carriage grows fainter
3. a “funny” feeling, perhaps of understanding(iii) Father comes home
(iv) Speaking to father
(v) Going to bed when alone at home
(vi) Father comforts her and falls asleep
(vii) Father stretched out on the safa. snoring

Answer

AB
1. Fear or terror(iii) Father comes home
(iv) Speaking to father
(v) Going to bed when alone at home
(vii) Father stretched out on the safa. snoring
2. glad sense of relief(i) Father comes into her room to give her a goodbye kiss
(ii) Noise of the carriage grows fainter
3. a “funny” feeling, perhaps of understanding(vi) Father comforts her and falls asleep

Q. Why was Kezia afraid of her father?

Ans. Kezia was afraid of her father because he used to talk with her arrogantly. He was in a habit to find out her mistakes.

Q. Who were the people in Kezia’s family?

Ans. Kezia’s family had her grandmother, mother and father.

Q. Kezia’s family consisted of her mother, father, grandmother and herself.

Ans.

Q. What was Kezia’s father’s routine

  1. before going to his office?
  2. after coming back from his office?
  3. on Sundays?

Ans. Kezia’s father routine:

  1. He used to kiss Kezia casually before going to his office.
  2. He would ask for the newspaper and tea after coming back from his office.
  3. On Sundays, he would take rest. He would enjoy sound sleep of the sofa.

Q. In what ways did Kezia’s grandmother encourage her to get to know her father better?

Ans. Kezia’s grandmother asked her to make a gift of a pincushion on her father’s birthday.

Q. Use an appropriate word from the synonyms given above in the following sentences. Clues are given in brackets.

  1. She was _________ by the news of her brother’s wedding. (very pleased)
  2. I was __________ to be invited to the party. (extremely pleased and excited about)
  3. She was ___________ at the birth of her granddaughter. (extremely happy)
  4. The coach was ___________ with his performance. (satisfied about)
  5. She was very ____________ with her results. (happy about something that has happened).

Answer

  1. thrilled
  2. delighted
  3. overjoyed
  4. pleases
  5. happy

Q. Now, consult a dictionary and find out the meaning of big in the following sentences.

  1. You are a big girl now.
  2. Today you are going to take the biggest decision of your career.
  3. Their project is full of big ideas.
  4. Cricket is a big game in our country.
  5. I am a big fan of Lata Mangeskar.
  6. You have to cook a bit more as my friend is a big eater.
  7. What a big heart you’ve got, Father dear.

Answer

  1. older
  2. most important
  3. innovative
  4. very popular
  5. great
  6. great
  7. generous

Q. Underline the verbs of reporting in the following sentences.

  1. He says he will enjoy the ride.
  2. Father mentioned that he was going on a holiday.
  3. No one told us that the shop was closed.
  4. He answered that the price would go up.
  5. I wondered why he was screaming.
  6. Ben told her to wake him up.
  7. Ratan apologised for coming late to the party.

Answer

  1. He says she will enjoy the ride.
  2. Father mentioned that he was going on a holiday.
  3. No one told us that the shop was closed.
  4. He answered that the price would go up.
  5. I wondered why he was screaming.
  6. Ben told her to wake him up.
  7. Ratan apologized for coming late to the party.

Q. Some verbs of reporting are given in the box. Choose the appropriate verbs and fill in the blanks in the following sentences.

were complaining, shouted, replied, remarked, ordered, suggested

  1. “I am not afraid,” ________ the woman.
  2. “Leave me alone,” my mother ________.
  3. The children ________ that the roads were crowded and noisy.
  4. “Perhaps he isn’t a bad sort of a chap after all,” _________ the master.
  5. “Let’s go and look at the school ground,”_________ the sports teacher.
  6. The traffic police _________ all the passers-by to keep off the road.

Answer

  1. remarked
  2. shouted
  3. were complaining
  4. replied
  5. suggested
  6. ordered

Q. This story is not an Indian story. But do you think there are fathers, mothers and grandmothers like the ones portrayed in the story in our own country?

Ans. There is no doubt that the Indian families too have such fathers, mothers and grandmothers. In this world of cutthroat competition everyone aspires for success. So, the parents (father and mother) get employed to provide the children with all the earthly comforts. But they fail to comprehend the psychology of the tiny tots and make them feel isolated. Children need parents’ time and love. They want that parents should interact with them humbly and without hurting their feelings.

Q. Was Kezia’s father right to punish her? What kind of a person was he? You might find some of these words useful in describing him:

undemonstrative, loving, strict, hard-working, responsible, unkind, disciplinarian, short-tempered, affectionate, caring, indifferent

Ans. No, Kezia’s father did not act wisely. He was unkind and arrogant. Corporal punishment mars the future of the child. It hampers growth and creativity. One should be kind and affectionate while talking to children.

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