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Page no.89

Thinking about the Test

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!).

 Ans. There are four characters in the narrative. The three characters are of three young men named  Jerome K. Jerome, George and Harris. The fourth character is a dog. His name is Montmorency

 2Why did the narrator (Jerome) volunteer to do the packing

Ans. The narrator considered himself very expert in packing. Packing gave him pleasure. But he did not want to do this job himself, He just wanted to superintend this job. He wanted that George and Harris would pack and he would boss over them

3. How did George and Harris react to this? Did Jerome like their reaction?

Ans. The author offered to pack things. His friends, George and Harris at once agreed to his suggestion. They sat and relaxed. The author had not intended this. He was unhappy with himself for having offered to pack. He had thought that Harris and George would pack and he would boss over them.

 4. What was Jerome’s real intention when he offered to pack?

Ans. When Jerome offered to pack, his real intention was not to do the work himself but get it to be done by George and Harris. He just wished to superintend the job of packing

5. What did Harris say after the bag was shut and strapped? Why do you think he waited till then to ask?

Ans. The author was able to complete the packing at 10.05 p.m. When he had shut and strapped the bag. Harris asked him if he was not going to pack his boots in the bag. He had seen it earlier that the author had not packed his boots but he did not tell him because he was enjoying the author’s expertness in packing.

6. What ‘horrible idea’ occurred to Jerome a little later?

Ans. The author packed and strapped the bag. Then an idea came to him whether he had packed his toothbrush in it or not. He opened his bag and took out everything one by one. He shook everything a number of. times, but did not find his toothbrush. He found the toothbrushes of George and Harris, but not his own. At last, he found his toothbrush inside a boot.

7. Where did Jerome finally find the toothbrush?

Ans. Jerome thought that perhaps he had forgotten to pack his toothbrush. He unpacked the bag. He did not find his toothbrush anywhere. Finally, he found it inside his boot.

8. Why did Jerome have to reopen the packed bag?

Ans. The author packed and strapped the bag. But he had forgotten to pack his boots. So he unpacked it and put his boots in. Then he thought that perhaps he had forgotten to pack in his toothbrush. So he unpacked the bag the second time. He took out everything and searched for his toothbrush. After he had packed the bag again, he remembered that he had packed his tobacco pouch in it. So he had to reopen the packed bag.

 9. What did George and Harris offer to pack and why?

Ans. George and Harris offered to pack the hampers. They made this offer because they were not satisfied with the packing done by the author.

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 by 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.


(i) They started by breaking a cup.

(iii) They squashed a tomato.

(iv)They trod on the butter.

(vi) They put things behind them, and couldn’t find them.

(vii) They stepped on things.

 (ix) They upset almost everything.

II. What does Jerome say was Montmorency’s ambition in life? What do you think of Montmorency and why?

Ans. Montmorency was the author and his friends’ dog. the lie was very naughty. Jerome said that his most MT 0 important ambition was to get in the way of other people and to make them tumble over him. In this narrative piece, he does the same thing in the process of packing and makes everything distributed.

III. Discuss in groups and answer the following 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.

Ans. All the three, Jerome, George and Harris, are the worst packers. Hut out of these three Jerome can be considered a better packer than the rest of two. He packs the bag. He takes a lot of time in completing this job. He has to reopen the bag three times because of his forgetful nature. But he does not make any harm to the things by breaking and smashing them. On the other hand, George and Harris are the worst packers. They start packing the hampers. They perform their job totally in disorder. lie make a lot of harm to the things. They start by breaking a cup. Harris packs strawberry jam on top of a tomato and squashes it. They put things and cannot find them when they are needed. George puts his boot on butter. It sticks to the sole of his shoes. They scrape it and put on a chair. Harris sits on that chair and it sticks to his back. In this way, they create a lot of chaos in packing.

(2) How did Montmorency ‘contribute’ to the packing?

Ans. Montmorency was the author and his friends’ dog. He was a very naughty dog. According to the author, his most important aim in life was to get in the way of other people and to make them tumble Over. While George and I lard were packing the hampers, they had already made a lot of chaos by breaking smashing up the things. Now Montmorency came and sat on the things to be packed. He put his leg into the \,n. He thoughts lemons were rats. He got into a hamper and spoiled three lemons.

(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?)

Ans. This is a humorous story. Three friends decide to go on a trip. The night before the start of the journey, they decide to pack the things. The humour lies in the difference between what they say and what they do. Each of them boasts of being an expert in packing. First of all, the author offers to pack things. He forgets to pack things. He packs and unpacks a number of times. He finishes at 10.30. But George and Harris are not satisfied with his packing. They start packing again. But they create complete chaos. They break cups and plates. They put strawberry jam on the tomato and squash it. George treads on the butter and it sticks to his slipper. They scrape it off with a knife and put it on the chair. Then Harris sits on it and it sticks to his back. They search all over the room for the butter. Their dog, Montmorency adds to their confusion. He put his leg into the jam. He thinks the lemons are mice and chases them. In this way, the story is very humorous.

Page No.90

 Thinking about Language

I. Match the words/phrases in column A write their meanings in column B.

         A                     B
I. slaving


2. chaos 




(i)  a quarrel or an argument


(ii) remove something from inside another   

      thing using a sharp tool

(iii) strange, mysterious, difficult to explain


4.scrape out


5. stumble over, tumble into

6. accomplish

7. uncanny

8. (to have or get into) a row

(iv)  finish successfully, achieve.


(v)  search for something by moving things around   

       hurriedly or carelessly

 (vi) complete confusion and disorder  

(vii ) fall, or step awkwardly while walking

 (viii) working hard



          A                     B
1. slaving


2. chaos 



4.scrape out


5. stumble over, tumble into

6. accomplish

7. uncanny

8. (to have or get into) a row

(viii)  working hard


(vi)   complete confusion and disorder   

(v)   search for something by moving things around                

        hurriedly or carelessly

(ii)   remove something from inside another   

        thing using a sharp tool

(vii)  fall, or step awkwardly while walking

(iv)  finish successfully, achieve.

(iii)  strange, mysterious, difficult to explain

(i)    a quarrel or an argument


II.Use suitable words or phrases from Column A above to complete the paragraph below.


During power cuts, when traffic lights go off, there is utter_______  at crossroads. Drivers added 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.

Ans. (i) chaos,    (ii) getting into a row,     (iii) slaving,         (iv) accomplish.

  III. Look at the sentences below. Notice that the verbs (italicised) are all in their bare form.

  • Simple commands :

                – Stand up!

                -Put it here!

Page No.91

  • Directions : (to reach your home.)

Board Bus No. I 21 and get down at Sagar restaurant. From there turn right and walk till you reach a bookshop. My home is just behind the shop.

  •   Dos and don’ts :

              -Always get up for your elders.

              -Don’t shout in class.

  • Instructions for making a fruit salad :


 Oranges              –              02

 Pineapple           –              one large piece

 Cherries              –              250 grams

Bananas               –              2

Any other fruit you like

 Wash the fruit. Cut them into small pieces. Mix them well. Add a few drops of lime juice. Add sugar to taste. Now add some cream (or ice cream if you wish to make a fruit salad with ice cream.)

1. Now work in pairs. Give

(i) two commands to your partner.

(ii) two do’s and don’ts to a new student in your class.

 (iii) directions to get to each other’s houses.

 (iv) instructions for moving the body in an exercise or a dance, or for cooking something.


(i)  Give your bike to me. Wait for me at the bus-stand at 4 p.m.

(ii)  Do’s: Say ‘yes, sir,’ when the teacher calls your name.

Do your homework daily.

Don’ts :

Never make a noise.

 Don’t write anything on desks and walls.

(iii)Take an auto from the bus stand to court road. Get down from the auto in front of Shiva Palace. Turn to the street no. 5 and find my house ‘Arjun Niwas’ at the just entrance of the ‘street.

(iv)  Put both your hands on your shoulders. Make both of your elbows meet each other. Turn them and make a big zero. Breathe deeply and find yourself tension free.

  1. 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.


Go to the Extra Questions and Notes of “ Reach For the Top Part-I”





(i)   Save for a rainy day.


(ii)  Make hay while the sun shines.

(iii) ___ before you leap.

(iv )___and let live.


(i)  Don’t cry over spilt milk.


(ii) Don’t put the cart before the horse.

(iii) _____ a mountain, out of a molehill. all (iv) _____your eggs in one basket.


(i)    Save for a rainy day.


(ii)   Make hay while the sun shines.

(iii)  Look before you leap.


(iv)  Live and let live

(v)   Trust in God and do the right.

(vi)  While in Rome do as the Romans do.

 (vii) All is well that ends well.


 (i)   Don’t cry over spilt milk.


 (ii)  Don’t put the can before the horse.

 (iii) Don’t make a mountain out of a mole  


 (iv) Don’t put all your eggs in one basket.

 (v)  Don’t make castles in the air.

 (vi) Don’t air your opinions.

 (vii)Don’t count your chickens before are


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You have seen how Jerome, George and Harris mess up their packing, especially of the hamper. From their mistakes, you must have thought of some ‘dos’ and ‘don’ts’ for packing. Can you give some tips for packing by completing the paragraph below?

 First pack all the heavy items, especially the ones you don’t need right away.

Then …………

Here are some words and phrases you can use to begin your sentences with :

  • Then     
  • Next
  • Now
  • Remember
  • Don’t forget
  • At last/Finally 

Ans. First pack all the heavy items, especially the ones that you don’t need right away. Then put the items that you need less frequently during your journey. Next, you pack the most urgent items that you need all the time during your journey. These items may be bread, jam, butter, medicines, etc. Remember that no heavy thing be put on your packing. Don’t sit on your baggage. Don’t forget putting all your necessary items in your bag. Finally, strap it properly and if possible put a lock on it.


 Look at this sentence.

‘I told George and Harris that they had better leave the whole matter entirely to me.

The words ‘had better’ are used

  • in advice or suggestion :

You had better take your umbrella; it looks like rain.

  • in an order

You had better complete your homework before you go out to play.

  • as a threat

You had better leave or have you arrested for trespass!

When we speak, we say you’d/I’d/he’d better, instead of you had better, etc.

Work in pairs to give each other advice, orders or suggestions, or even to threabail, other. Imagine situations like the following: Your partner

  1. hasn’t returned a book to the library.
  2. has forgotten to bring lunch.
  3. hasn’t got enough change for the bus fare.
  4. has found out a secret about you.
  5. has misplaced your English textbook.


Rohit: I borrowed this book from the library last month. I have not returned it yet.

 Raman : You had better return it to the library immediately.

 Renuka: I have forgotten to bring my lunch today.

Chancier: You had better go back to bring it.

Rita: Yesterday I went to Delhi. I found only a little change in bus fare.

Rekha: You had better travel by train.

Ram: I have found out a secret about you.

 Munger: You had better keep it only up to you.

Activity: Collect sonic examples of instructions, directions, etc. from notice boards and pamphlets. erm8 them to class and display them, or read them out. (You can collect examples in English as well as other language’s’ Indian or foreign.)

Here is an example for you:……………… 

We should like to congratulate you on your purchase of this high-quality flask. It is designed, o be extremely robust and sturdy. It features a double-walled vacuum-glass flask which gives an extremely efficient hot/cold heat retention and insulation.

So that you can enjoy your acquisition for a long time, we request you to note the following points for using your LEIFHEIT flask.

  1. To open the flask, turn top anticlockwise.
  2. Before using the flask, rinse it out well and clean it with lukewarm water.
  3. The best warmth or cooling insulation is improved if you rinse out the flask with hot water for hot drinks and with cold water for cold drinks before filling the flask, with the drink.
  4. The best insulation is also only available when the flask is full; in that case, hot coffee, for example, remains warm for approx. 20 hours.
  5. Avoid extremely wide temperature fluctuations of the glass.
  6. For pouring turn top half a turn anticlockwise
  7. The flask has a plastic bottom, therefore it should never be put on a hot plate on the cooker or similar.
  8. Cleaning the flask :

Outside: Wipe over with clean water or some liquid cleaner.

Inside: Only rinse out with clean water. Coffees or tea remains can be removed easily with denture !cleaners. Never immerse the flask completely in water.

  1. A more secure sealing between the glass flask and the housing is obtained by tightening the locating screw situated at the bottom. This should be checked from time to time.
  2. LEIFHEIT gives a 2-year guarantee for the flask; improper use of the glass flask is, however,  not included.
  3. Replacement glass inserts available from retailers.

Ice cubes or other solid objects may damage the inner glass wall. Carbonated drinks should not be kept on the jug. The jug should not be used to keep baby foods or milk products warm. Designed for tabletop use only.


 Felicitation pour le choix de votre achat. Ce pichet verseur isotheime isolant a double paroi « vacuum Rosaniline » est de grande qualite. II garantit tine longue conservation du chaud et froid. Pour un meilleur usage, nous vous demandons de suivre les conseils mentionnes ciapres :

  1. Pour ouvrir le pichet-verseur, faire tourner le bouton vers la gauche.
  2. Avant usage bien rincer l’interieur a l’eau chaude.

Ans. The students can take any message/order from their school notice board and can do the same practice in Hindi or English.