The Squirrel – NCERT Solutions

Q. Why does the poet say the squirrel “wore a question mark for tail”? Draw a squirrel, or find a picture of a squirrel sitting on the ground. How would you describe its tail?

Ans. The tail of a squirrel is curved at the tip. It is so made that it looks like a mark of interrogation.

(Paste the picture of a squirrel with his long, curved tail. Then describe it yourself.)

Q. Do we usually say that an animal ‘wears’ a tail? What do we say? (Think: Does an animal wear a coat? Consult a dictionary if you like, and find out how ‘wear’ is used in different ways.)

Ans. No, we do not use the word ‘wear’ for an animal’s tail. We say that the tail is straight or curved. Different ways in which ‘wear’ is used:

  • She wears jeans and top.
  • She always wears a smile.
  • This slipper will wear out soon.
  • The day wore on until it became dark.

Q. “He liked to tease and play.” Who is teasing whom? How?

Ans. The squirrel teases the person with whom he plays. He will run around the tree and change direction suddenly.

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