Ch 7 Packing (NCERT Solutions for Class 9)
Thinking about the Text
- Discuss in pairs and answer each question below in a short paragraph (30 − 40 words)
1. How many characters are there in the narrative? Name them. (Don’t forget the dog!).
2. Why did the narrator (Jerome) volunteer to do the packing?
3. How did George and Harris react to this? Did Jerome like their reaction?
4. What was Jerome’s real intention when he offered to pack?
5. What did Harris say after the bag was shut and strapped? Why do you think he waited till then to ask?
6. What ͞’horrible idea͟” occurred to Jerome a little later?
7. Where did Jerome finally find the toothbrush?
8. Why did Jerome have to reopen the packed bag?
9. What did George and Harris offer to pack and why?
10. While packing the hamper, George and Harris do a number of foolish and funny things. Tick the statements that are true.
(i) They started with breaking a cup.
(ii) They also broke a plate.
(iii) They squashed a tomato.
(iv) They trod on the butter.
(v) They stepped on a banana.
(vi) They put things behind them, and couldn’t find them.
(vii) They stepped on things.
(viii) They packed the pictures at the bottom and put heavy things on top.
(ix) They upset almost everything.
(x) They were very good at packing.
- What does Jerome say was Montmorency’s ambition in life? What do you think of Montmorency and why?
- Discuss in groups and answer the following questions in two or three paragraphs (100 −150 words)
1. Of the three, Jerome, George and Harris, who do you think is the best or worst packer? Support your answer with details from the text.
2. How did Montmorency ‘contribute’ to the packing?
3. Do you find this story funny? What are the humorous elements in it? (Pick out at least three, think about what happens, as well as how it is described.)
Thinking about Language
- Match the words/phrases in Column A with their meanings in Column B
A B 1. slaving (i) a quarrel or an argument 2. chaos (ii) remove something from inside another thing using a sharp tool 3. rummage (iii) strange, mysterious, difficult to explain 4. scrape out (iv) finish successfully, achieve 5. stumble over, tumble into (v) search for something by moving things around hurriedly or carelessly 6. accomplish (vi) complete confusion and disorder 7. uncanny (vii) fall, or step awkwardly while walking 8. (to have or get into) a row (viii) working hard
- Use suitable words or phrases from Column A above to complete the paragraph given below.
A Traffic Jam
During power cuts, when traffic lights go off, there is utter ________ at crossroads. Drivers add to the confusion by _________ over their right of way, and nearly come to blows. Sometimes passers-by, seeing a few policemen ______ at regulating traffic, step in to help. This gives them a feeling of having__________ something.
- The table below has some proverbs telling you what to do and what not to do. Fill in the blanks and add a few more such proverbs to the table.
Positive Negative (i) Save for a rainy day (i) Don’t cry over spilt milk. (ii) Make hay while the sun shines. (ii) Don’t put the cart before the horse (iii)_____ before you leap. (iii)_____ a mountain out of a mole hill (iv) _____and let live. (iv)______ all your eggs in one basket.