Packing- Passages for Comprehension

By | July 20, 2021


By- Jerome K. Jerome



I rather pride myself on my packing. Packing is one of those many things that I feel I know more about than any other person hying. (It surprises me myself, sometimes, how many such things there are.) I impressed the fact upon George and Harris and told them that they had better leave the whole matter entirely to me. They tell into the suggestion with, a readiness that had something uncanny about it. George put on a pipe and spread himself over the easy-chair, and Harris cocked his legs on the table and lit a cigar.

Questions :

 (i )Who does ‘I’ refer to in this passage?

(ii) What does the speaker consider himself an expert in?

(iii) Name the persons mentioned in this passage.

(iv) They had better leave the whole matter entirely to me. What is this ‘whole matter’?

(v) What do you mean by ‘fell into’?


 (i) ‘I’ refers to the author of this lesson Jerome K. Jerome.

 (ii) He considers’ himself expert in packing.

 (iii) Jerome K. Jerome, George and Harris.

 (iv) This ‘whole matter, refers to packing.

(v) ‘Accepted’.


 This was hardly what I intended. What I had meant, of course, was, that I should boss the job and that Harris and George should potter about under my directions, I pushed them aside every now and then with, “Oh, you!” Here, let me do it.” “There you are, simple enough!”—really teaching them, as you might say. They’re taking it in the way they did irritate me. There is nothing does irritate me more than seeing other people sitting about doing nothing when l’in working.

 Questions :

(i) What had the author not intended?

(ii) What had he intended?

(iii) “Here, let me do it.” What does it refer to?

(iv) What irritates the author more than anything else?

(v) Name the lesson.

 Answers :

 (i) The author had not intended that he should work and George and Harris take rest.

(ii) He intended that he should supervise the job of packing.

(iii) It refers to ‘packing’.

 (iv) Seeing others. people sitting about doing nothing when he is working irritates more than anything else.

(v) ‘Packing’.


I lived with a man once who used to make me mad that way. He would roll on the sofa and watch me doing things by the hour together. He said it did him real good to look on at me, messing about. Now, I’m not like that. I can’t sit still and see another man slaving and working. I want to get up and’-superintend, and walk around with my hands in my pockets, and tell him what to do. It is my energetic nature. I can’t help it:

 Questions ;

(i) What problem did the author have with that man?

 (ii) What can’t the author do now?

(iii) What did the author want to do now?

(iv) What is the author’s nature?

(v) Name the chapter.

 Answers :

 (i) That man used to make him mad.

 (ii) Now the author can’t sit still and see another man working hard.

 (iii) He wanted to get up and superintend, and walk around with his hands in pockets:

(iv). He has an energetic nature.

(v) ‘Packing’.


When I had finished, George asked if the soap was in. I said I didn’t care a hang whether the soap was in or whether it wasn’t, and I slammed the bag shut and strapped it, and found that. I had packed my tobacco-pouch in it and had to re-open it. It got shut tip finally at 10.5 p.m., and then there remained the hampers to do. Harris said that we should be wanting to start in less than twelve hours’ time and thought that he and George had better do the rest, and F agreed and sat down, and they had a go.

Questions :

(i) What had the author finished?

(ii) What did he find when he had shut and strapped the bag?

(iii) When was the bag finally packed?

 (iv) What did George and Harris start doing?

(v) Name the chapter and the author.

 Answers :

 (i) The author had finished packing the bag...

(ii) He found that he had packed his tobacco-pouch in.

(iii) It was finally packed at 10.5 p.m.

 (iv) They started packing the hampers.

(v) Tacking’ by Jerome K.’Jerome.


They began in a light-hearted spirit, evidently intending to show me how to do it. I made no comment; I only waited. With the exception of George. Harris is the worst packer in this world, and I looked at the piles of plates and cups, and kettles, and bottles, and jars, and pies, and stoves, and cakes, and tomatoes, etc., and felt that the thing would soon become exciting it did. They started by breaking a cup. That was the first thing they did. They did that just to show you what they could do, and to get you interested.

Questions :

(i) Who does `they’ refer to in this passage?

(ii) What kind of packers are George and Harris?

 (iii) How did they start their programme?

 (iv) Find a word from the passage which means ‘wishing’.

(v) What did they start packing?

 Answers :

 (i) ‘They’ refers to George and Harris.

(ii) They are the worst kind of packers.

 (iii) They started their programme by breaking a cup.

 (iv) ‘Intending’.

 (v) They started packing the hampers.


They upset salt over everything, and as for the butter! I never saw two men do more with one-and-two pence worth of butter in my whole life than they did. After George had got it off his slipper; they tried to put it in the kettle. It wouldn’t go in, and what was it wouldn’t come out. They did scrape it out at last and put it down on a chair, and Harris sat on it, and it stuck to him, and they went looking for it all over the room.

Questions :

(i) Name the lesson and the author.

(ii) What bad thing did they do?

 (iii) What did George get-off his slipper?

 (iv) Where did they put the butter and what happened afterwards?

 (v) What were they looking for all over the room?

Answers :

 (i) ‘Packing’ by Jerome K. Jerome.

(ii) They upset salt over everything.

 (iii) He got the butter off his slipper.

 (iv) They put the butter on the chair and then Harris sat on it.

(v) They were looking for the butter all over the room.


Montmorency was in it all, of course. Montmorency’s ambition in life is to get in the way and be sworn at. If he can squirm in anywhere where he particularly is not wanted, and be a perfect nuisance, and make people mad, : Ind have things thrown at his head, then he feels his day has not been wasted. To get somebody to stumble over him, and curse him steadily for an hour, is his highest aim and object; and, when he has succeeded in accomplishing this, his conceit becomes quite unbearable.

Questions :

 (i) Who was Montmorency?

(ii) When doe4 he feels that his day has not been wasted?

(iii) What is his highest aim in life?

(iv) Which word in the passage means ‘ego’?

(v) When does he feel succeeded?

 Answers :

(i) Montmorency is the pet dog of the author and his friends.

(ii) When he feels that he has succeeded in making people mad and have things thrown at his head, he feels that his day has not been wasted.

 (iii) To get somebody to stumble over him, and curse him steadily for an hour is his highest aim in life.

(iv) ‘Conceit’.

(v) When he thinks that he has troubled the people fully he feels succeeded.



My tooth-brush is a thing that haunts me when I’m travelling and makes my life a misery. I dream that I haven’t packed it, and wake up in a cold perspiration, and get out of bed and hunt for it. And, in the morning, I pack it before I have used it, and have to unpack again to get it, and it is always the last thing I turn out of the bag: and then I repack and forget it, and have to rush upstairs for it at the last moment and carry it to the railway station, wrapped up in my pocket-handkerchief.

Questions :

(i) Which thing haunts the author while travelling?

(ii) What did the narrator begin to hunt for?

(iii) Why did the author have to unpack the bag again in the morning?

(iv) Which word in the passage means ‘give trouble’.

 (v) Name the lesson and the author.


He came and sat down on things, just when they were wanted to be packed: and he laboured under the fixed belief that. whenever Harris or George reached out their hand for anything, it was his cold damp nog that they wanted. lie put his leg into the jam, and he worried the teaspoons, and he pretended that the lemons were rats, and got into the hamper and killed three of them before Harris could land him with the frying-Pan.

Questions :

(i) Who came and sat down on things?

 (ii) What happened when George and Harris reached out their hand in search of something?

 (iii) Why did he get into the hamper?

 (iv) What did I Parris do with the frying-pan?

 (v) Name the lesson and the author.

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