NCERT Solutions for Class 9 English Main Course Book Unit 6 Children Chapter 1 Tom Sawyer

NCERT Solutions for Class 9 English Main Course Book Unit 6 Children Chapter 1 Tom Sawyer

CBSE Class 9 English Main Course Book Unit 6 Children Chapter 1 Tom Sawyer

Question 1:
Here’s a glimpse of a naughty child whose life is filled with fun and frolic.
Answer:
Summary of the extract: In this story, a child called Tom is worried about the absence of one of his classmates. He is so preoccupied with her thoughts that he stops doing all the mischievous activities he was fond of. His Aunt Polly is a typical agony aunt and she specializes in giving all sorts of medicines to anybody who is sick. In her attempt to cure Tom she finds a horrible tasting pain-killer.

When Tom tastes the pain-killer he decides to get to his senses rather than taking the pain-killer. But he has some naughty ideas so he asks for repeated dose of the pain-killer from his aunt. Behind aunt’s back Tom stuffs all the medicines in cracks of the floor. One day he administers the pain-killer to the pet cat. The cat starts behaving miserably because of horrible taste of pain-killer. The final dialogue between Tom and his Aunt reveals that both of them enjoyed that hilarious incident.

Question 2:
On the basis of your reading of the extract, tick the most appropriate answer:

  1. Tom’s mind had drifted away because
    1. Becky Thatcher had stopped coming to school
    2. he no longer took an interest in war.
    3. the charm of life was gone.
    4. he had put his hoop and his bat away.
  2. Aunt Polly was concerned because
    1. Tom was hanging around Becky Thatcher’s father’s house all night
    2. Tom no longer took any interest in anything
    3. she was infatuated with patent medicines
    4. she had a fever
  3.  She was filled with gratitude when she tested the new medicine as
    1. it was simply fire in a liquid form.
    2. her troubles were instantly at rest
    3. Tom’s indifference was broken.
    4. Tom was responding well
  4.  ‘Mending the health of a crack’ means
    1. repairing a crack in the sitting-room floor
    2. looking after his health
    3. pouring the medicine into a crack in the sitting-room floor
    4. giving the medicine to the cat

Answer:

  1. Becky Thatcher had stopped coming to school
  2. Tom no longer took any interest in anything
  3. it was simply fire in a liquid form.
  4. pouring the medicine into a crack in the sitting room floor.

Question 3:
On the basis of your reading of the extract, tick mark the most appropriate meaning for the given word:

  1. Infatuated
    1. fond
    2. influenced
    3. disliked
    4. addicted
  2. Melancholy
    1. happy
    2. sad
    3. worried
    4. disappointed
  3. Petrified
    1. horrified
    2. motionless
    3. stunned
    4. anxious
  4.  Gravity
    1. mischievous
    2. seriousness
    3. joyfulness
    4. greatness

Answer:

  1. fond
  2. sad
  3. stunned
  4. seriousness

Question 4:
In pairs, discuss the following aspects of the story, and then have a class discussion.

  1. Tom was not really ill but he pretended to be ill
  2. Usually, he made a lot of fuss to take Aunt Polly’s medicines, but this time he took the medicines quietly.
  3. His aunt was worried because he was not his usual self: instead, he showed an unusual interest in the medicine.
  4. Aunt Polly could read Tom’s thoughts.
  5. Aunt Polly loved Tom Sawyer.

Answer:

  1. Group A: Tom might not be physically ill but because of his preoccupation with the absence of one of the classmates he was engrossed somewhere. It was a kind of psychological problem.
  2. Group B: Because of his mental condition Tom was having an indifferent attitude towards everything so he took the medicine quietly for the first time.
  3. Group A: Later on the child in Tom was awake, might be because of the bad taste of the pain killer. So he might have developed some naughty ideas to do with the medicine. This was a signal for the aunt that something was unusual about Tom.
  4. Group B: Like most of the adults Aunt Polly was able to read Tom’s thought and could understand that something was amiss for Tom.
  5. Group A: The way Aunt Polly takes care of Tom it can be assumed that she loved him.

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