Please refer Interact in English NCERT Workbook pages 21 to 31.
Complete the introduction given below to the story ‘The Story Teller’ by Saki (H.H. Munro), by using a, an or the.
The afternoon was hot and so was (a) ………………… railway carriage. (b) …………… next stop was at Templecombe, nearly (c) …………….. hour ahead. In the carriage were a small girl, (d) …………. smaller girl, and a small boy. (e) ………….. aunt responsible for ………… (f) children sat in (g) ………. corner seat, and in (h) …………..further corner seat on (i) ……………. opposite side, was a man who was a stranger to them, but (j) …………. small girls and the small boy were (k) ………….. ones who filled the compartment. The children chatted on and on with their aunt, like (l) ………….. houseflies which refuse to be put off. Most of the aunt’s remarks seemed to begin with ‘Don’t’ and nearly all of (m) ……………. children’s remarks began with ‘Why?’
The afternoon was hot and so was (a) the railway carriage. (b) The next stop was at Templecombe, nearly (c) an hour ahead. In the carriage were a small girl, (d) a smaller girl, and a small boy. (e) An aunt responsible for (f) the children sat in (g) a corner seat, and in (h) a further corner seat on (i) the opposite side, was a man who was a stranger to them, but (j) the small girls and the small boy were (k) the ones who filled the compartment. The children chatted on and on with their aunt, like (l) the houseflies which refuse to be put off. Most of the aunt’s remarks seemed to begin with ‘Don’t’ and nearly all of (m) the children’s remarks began with ‘Why?’
1.1 Answer the following questions
(a) Where were the characters at the time of narration?
(b) Who was travelling with the aunt?
(c) How did the children pass their time?
(d) How long would they take to reach Templecombe?
(e) How does the aunt respond to the children’s antics? Elucidate
(a) The characters were in a railway carriage at the time of narration.
(b) Two small girls and a small boy were traveling with the aunt.
(c) The children chatted on and on with their aunt and thus they passed their time.
(d) They would take nearly an hour to reach Templecombe.
(e) The children kept chatting with their aunt throughout the journey and she spent most of her time trying to stop or discourage them. we can guess this from the sentence that most of the time her remarks began with ‘Don’t’.
2.1 Please refer workbook pages 22 and 23 for the question and the map.
There is very little cloud cover at the moment. I can see (1) India right below me. (2) The Andaman and Nicobar Islands are clearly visible, and of course there is (3) …………….. to the south. I can see where (4) …………………. flows into (5) ………………. A little higher are the glistening snows of (6) ………… but I can’t see (7) ……………… itself. I can just make out (8) …………….. to the west. I’m passing over, (9) ………………. right now. To the north, I can just see (10) …………… in the centre of the vast expanse of (11) ……………. In the far north, the ice of (12) …………… is clearly visible.
There is very little cloud cover at the moment. I can see (1) India right below me. (2) The Andaman and Nicobar Islands are clearly visible, and of course there is (3) Sri Lanka (we do not use articles with the names of countries, states, cities, towns etc.) to the south. I can see where (4) the Ganges (we use articles with the names of rivers and seas) flows into (5) the Bay of Bengal (we use articles with the names of seas and oceans) A little higher are the glistening snows of (6) the Himalayas (we use articles with the names of mountains) but I can’t see (7) Mount Everest (we do not use articles with the names of single mountains) itself. I can just make out (8) the Persian Gulf to the west. I’m passing over (9) the tropic of cancer right now. To the north, I can just see (10) Lake Baikal (we do not use articles with the names of lakes) in the centre of the vast expanse of (11) Asia (we do not use articles with the names of continents) In the far north, the ice of (12) the Arctic Ocean is clearly visible.
3. Please refer workbook page 23 and 24 for the questions.
A weary traveller stopped at a Bedouin’s tent and asked for shelter for the night. Without (a) any delay, the man killed (b) a chicken and handed it to (c) his wife for (d) their guest’s supper.
As the woman stirred the meat in (e) the / her copper cooking pot, she smelled the rich steam and could not resist tasting (f) some of the meat and soup to see if it was soft and tasty. But mouthful followed mouthful and there wasn’t (g) any chicken left, but for the neck piece, which she gave to her little son to nibble. The boy found it so tasty that he whined, ‘Give me (h) some / a little more chicken, mother!’ The woman slapped the little boy and scolded him: ‘It’s a shameful habit (i) your father taught you, enough of it. I tell you!’ On the (j) other side of the wooden hanging which screened the woman’s part of the tent from the rest, the traveller overheard them. ‘What habit has (k) his father taught (l) the child?’ he asked curiously. ‘Oh,’ said the woman ‘whenever a guest arrives at (m) our tent, he cuts off his ears and roasts them over the fire for (n) his / our son to eat.’ Without making a sound, the traveler picked up (o) his shoes and ran.
4. Why do you use the determiners? Match the determiners with their uses using the clues given below:
Their, his, her, your – show possession
A few, a little, some – show quantity
Any – to express a negative idea
This, these, other – show place / positions
Two – show numbers
5. Here are a few questions and statements written down by the cultural secretary, that she/he needs to share. Tick the correct words from those given in brackets.
Please refer workbook page number 25
(a) How many chairs do we need?
(b) Several schools will be participating.
(c) Several students have arrived.
(d) How much information does this brochure give?
(e) We have only a few sponsors for some events.
7. In pairs, match columns A and B to produce likely phrases.
Workbook page number: 27
A horse; a chicken; a glass; a fact
A piece of equipment; a piece of furniture; a piece of information; a piece of news; a piece of work; a piece of clothing
Some oil; some people; some snow; some goods; some air; some water; some medicine
A pair of trousers; a pair of scissors; a pair of glasses; a pair of binoculars
8. Compounds – someone, anyone, something, nothing etc.
Fill in the gaps with a compound noun.
a. He can’t hear anything. He is completely deaf.
b. Everywhere is becoming blurred. I can’t see!
c. He’s looked everywhere but he cannot find it.
d. It must be somewhere! Look carefully.
e. Nobody should move or the horse may get scared.
f. It doesn’t matter what you wear, anything will do.
g. She is very popular. Everyone / everybody likes her.
h. Shh! There is something moving downstairs.
i. Don’t worry! It’s nothing frightening. It is only the wind.
j. It’s a public holiday, so nowhere is open.
9. Both, all, neither, none
1. Chemical elements? Mercury, iron, ammonia
Two of them are chemical elements.
2. Countries in South America
Brazil, Syria, Sumatra
One of them is a country in South America.
Hwang Ho, Mekong
Both of them are rivers.
Telugu, Bengali, Punjabi, Holland
Three of them are languages.
5. Capital cities
Pokhara, Mandalay, New York, Melbourne
One of them is a capital.
6. Grow on trees?
None of them grows on trees.
Taoism, democracy, communism
One of them is a religion.
8. Units of currency?
Rupee, kyat, yen, dollar, baht, rupiah
All of them are units of currency.
10. Personal pronouns
Please refer workbook page 31
The conversation improved by adding suitable pronouns are given below.
Malavika and Deepak are looking through some photographs of Malavika’s family.
Malavika: Now… this is my brother Shantanu. He is in class VIII. He is brilliant at playing tennis. He is also good at singing. He sings a lot.
Deepak: He sounds interesting. I would like to meet him. I’m looking for someone to play tennis with.
Malavika: Well… why don’t you come around tonight and meet him? My parents will be out. They always go out on Tuesdays.