The Fun They Had- Extract Based comprehension test Questions

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Extract Based / comprehension test  Questions and Answers of The Fun They Had

 Read the extracts and answer the questions that follow.

PASSAGE 1

 Margie even wrote about it that night in her diary. On the page headed 17 May 2157, she wrote, ‘Today Tommy found a real book!’ It was a very old book. Margie’s grandfather once said that when he was a little boy his grandfather told him that there was a time when all stories were printed on paper. They turned the pages, which were yellow and crinkly, and it was awfully funny to read words that stood still instead of moving the way they were supposed to — on a screen, you know. And then when they turned back to the page before, it had the same words on it that it had had when they read it the first time.

Questions :

 (i) What did Margie write in her diary?

 (ii) Had Margie ever seen a book before?

(iii) ‘They’ turned the pages. Who does ‘They’ refer to?

(iv) What was funny about the book?

(v) Why had the pages of the book turned yellow and crinkly?

Answers : (i) On the page headed 17 May 2157, Margie wrote, ‘Today Tommy found a real book!’

(ii) No, Margie had never seen a book before.

(iii) They are Margie and Tommy.

(iv) The words in the book stand still instead of moving.

(v) The pages of the book had turned yellow and crinkly because it was very old.

PASSAGE 2

‘Gee,’ said Tommy. ‘What a waste. When you’re through with the book. you just throw it away. I guess. Our television screen must have had a million books on it and it’s good for plenty more. I wouldn’t throw it away.’ ‘Same with mine,’ said Margie. She was eleven and hadn’t seen as many telebooks as Tommy had. Ile was thirteen. She said, ‘Where did you find it ?’ ‘In my house.’ He pointed without looking because he was busy reading. ‘In the attic.’ ‘What’s it about ?’ ‘School.

‘ Questions :

 (I) What is a waste for Tommy?

(ii) What sort of books did Margie and Tommy have in their schools?

(iii) How old were Margie and Tommy?

(iv) Where did Tommy find the book?

(v) What was that book about?

 Answers :

 (i) Printing books on paper is a waste for Tommy.

(ii) They have moving books on their television screen.

(iii) Margie was eleven and Tommy was thirteen years old

(v) Tommy found the book in his house in the attic. (v) It was about ‘School’.

PASSAGE 3

Margie was scornful. ‘School? What’s there to write about school? I hate school.’ Margie always hated school, but now she hated it more than ever. The mechanical teacher had been giving her test after test in geography and she had been doing worse and worse until her mother had shaken her head sorrowfully and sent for the County Inspector.

Questions :

(i) Name the writer of the story ‘The Fun They Had’.

(ii) What was Margie’s opinion about school?

 (iii) What had been doing her mechanical teacher?

 (iv) What were Margie’s responses?

 (v) Why was the County Inspector sent for?

Answers :

  (i) Issac Asimov.

  (ii) Margie hated school.

(iii)Her mechanical teacher had been giving her test after test in geography.

(iv)Margie’s responses were very poor.

 (v) The County Inspector was sent to check the mechanical teacher.

PASSAGE 4

 He was around the little man with a red face and a whole box of tools with dials and wires. He smiled at Margie and gave her an apple, then took the teacher apart. Margie had hoped he wouldn’t know how to put it together again, but he knew how all right, and, after an hour or so, there it was again, large and black and ugly, with a big screen on which all the lessons were shown and the questions were asked. That wasn’t so bad. The part Margie hated most was the slot where she had to put homework and test papers. She always had to write them out in a punch code they made her learn when she was six years old, and the mechanical teacher calculated the mark in no time.

Questions :

(i)Who was around little man?

(ii)What did he do to the teacher?

(iii)What had Margie hoped?

(iv)Which part of the mechanical teacher did she hate most and why?

(v) How did she write her test papers?

 Answers :

(i) The County Inspector was a round little man.

(ii) He took the mechanical teacher into pieces.

(iii) Margie had hoped that the County Inspector would not know how to put it together.

(iv) She hated the slot most because she had to put her homework and test papers in it.

(v) She wrote her test papers in a punch code.

PASSAGE 5

The Inspector had smiled after he was finished and patted Margie’s head. He said to her mother, ‘It’s not the little girl’s fault, Mrs Jones. I think the geography sector was geared a little too quick. Those things happen sometimes. I’ve slowed it up to an average ten-year level. Actually, the overall pattern of her progress is quite satisfactory.’ And he patted Margie’s head again.

Margie was disappointed. She had been hoping they would take the teacher away altogether. They had once taken Tommy’s teacher away for nearly a month because the history sector had blanked out completely. So she said to Tommy, ‘Why would anyone write about school?’

Questions :

(i) ‘The Inspector smiled after he was finished’. What was finished?

 (ii) What was the problem with the mechanical teacher?

 (iii) At what level did the Inspector set it?

 (iv) The mechanical teacher was set right but Margie was disappointed, why?

(v) What trouble had been there once with Tommy’s teacher?

 Answers :

(i) He had reassembled the mechanical teacher all right.

(ii) Its geography sector was geared a little too quick.

 (iii) He set it up to an average ten-year child level.

(iv) She had hoped that she would get a long vacation until her mechanical teacher was repaired.

(v) Its history sector had completely blanked out.

PASSAGE  6

‘Maybe’ he said nonchalantly. He walked away whistling, the dusty old book tucked beneath his Margie went into the schoolroom. It was right next to her bedroom, and the mechanical teacher was on and waiting for her. It was always on at the same time every day except Saturday and Sunday because her mother said little girls learned better if they learned at regular hours. The screen was lit up, and it said: ‘Today’s arithmetic lesson is on the addition of proper fractions. Please insert yesterday’s homework in the proper slot.’

Questions :

(i) ‘Maybe’, he said nonchalantly. Who does ‘he’ refer to?

(ii) Where was Margie’s school situated?

 (iii) What was the routine of Margie’s mechanical teacher?

 (iv) What topic was Margie going to learn that day?

(v) Find a word from the passage which has the meaning same as ‘showing not any

       interest’.

 Answers :

 (i) ‘He’ refers to Tommy.

(ii) In her house in the room next to her bedroom.

 (iii) It flashed at the right time daily except on Saturday and Sunday.

 (iv) She was going to learn the addition of proper fractions.

(v) Nonchalantly.

PASSAGES FOR PRACTICE (UNSOLVED)

PASSAGE 7

Tommy looked at her with very superior eyes. ‘Because it’s not our kind of school, stupid. This is the old kind of school that they had hundreds and hundreds of years ago.’ He added loftily, pronouncing the word carefully, ‘Centuries ago.’ Margie was hurt. ‘Well, I don’t know what kind of school they had all that time ago.’ She read the book over his shoulder for a while, then said, ‘Anyway, they had a teacher.’ ‘Sure they had a teacher, but it wasn’t a regular teacher. It was a man.’ ‘A man? How could a man be a teacher?’ ‘Well, he just told the boys and girls things and gave them homework and asked them questions.’

Questions :

(i) Name the lesson and its author.

 (ii) ‘Tommy looked at her with very superior eyes.’ Who does ‘her’ refer to?

(iii) Which schools were Tommy talking about?

(iv) ‘But it wasn’t a regular teacher. It was a man.’ With reference to this lesson tell who was a regular teacher.

(v) ‘A man? How could a man be a teacher ?’ Who said this?

PASSAGE 8

Margie did so with a sigh. She was thinking about the old schools they had when her grandfather’s grandfather was a little boy. All the kids from the whole neighbourhood came, laughing and shouting in the schoolyard, sitting together in the schoolroom, going home together at the end of the day. They learned the same things, so they could help one another on the homework and talk about it. And the teachers were people  The mechanical teacher was flashing on the screen: ‘When we add fractions ‘A and ‘A -‘ Margie was thinking about how the kids must have loved it in the old days. She was thinking about the fun they had.

 Questions :

(i)’Margie did so with a sigh.’ What did Margie do with a sigh?

(ii)What was a special feature of the schools in the old times?

(iii) What was the feature of learning in the schools of old times?

(iv) What topic was the mechanical teacher teaching her?

(v) What was Margie thinking about

  1.  Margie’s grandfather once said that when he was a little boy his grandfather told him that there was a time when all stories were printed on paper. They turned the pages, which were yellow and crinkly, and it was awfully funny to read words that stood still instead of moving the way they were supposed to—on a screen, you know.

Questions

(i) What did great grandfather tell about stories?

(ii) How were the pages of a real book?

(iii) Why were the words funny?

(iv) What did Margie think about the words?

Answers

(i)The great grandfather told that there was a time when stories were printed on paper.

(ii) The pages of the real book were yellow and crinkly.

(iii) The words were funny because they were stood still.

(iv) Margie thought that the words were supposed to move on a screen.

  1. Margie always hated school, but now she hated it more than ever. The mechanical teacher had been giving her test after test in geography and she had been doing worse and worse until her mother had shaken her head sorrowfully and sent for the County Inspector.

Questions

(i)Who was Margie?

(ii) Who was the County Inspector?

 (iii) How did Margie perform in geography?

 (iv) Why was the Country Inspector called for?

Answers

(i)Margie was a girl of eleven years.

(ii) He was a computer mechanic.

(iii) In geography, her performance was worse.

 (iv) The Country Inspector has called for the repairment of her mechanical teacher who was not functioning properly.

  1. He was around the little man with a red face and a whole box of tools with dials and wires. He smiled at Margie and gave her an apple, then took the teacher apart. Margie had hoped he wouldn’t know how to put it together again,

Questions

(i)Who is ‘he’ here?

 (ii) Why did the man have a box of tools?

(iii) Why did he take the teacher apart?

(iv) What was Margie’s hope?

Answers

(i)’He’ is the Country Inspector here.

(ii)The man had a box of tools because he was a computer mechanic who repaired dysfunctions of mechanical teachers.

(iii) He took the teacher apart for repairing it.

(iv) Margie hoped that the mechanic would not know who to put the teacher together again.

  1. The Inspector had smiled after he was finished and patted Margie’s head. He said to her mother, “It’s not the little girl’s fault, Mrs Jones. I think the geography sector was geared a little too quick”.

Questions

(i)Why did the Inspector pat Margie’s head?

(ii)Who was Mrs Jones?

(iii) What did the Inspector say to Mrs Jones?

(iv) Why did Margie not do good in geography?

Answers

(i)Inspector patted Margie’s head to cheer her up because her performance was not as bad in geography as it was considered by her teacher.

(ii) Mrs Jones was Margie’s mother.

(iii) The Inspector said to Mrs Jones that it was not Margie’s fault that she could not do good in geography.

 (iv) Margie did not do good in geography because the geography sector of the mechanical teacher has geared a little too quick.

  1. Margie was hurt, “Well, I don’t know what kind of school they had all that time ago”. She read the book over his shoulder for a while, then said, “Anyway, they had a teacher”.

Questions

(i)Why was Margie hurt?

(ii) Which book did she read for some time?

 (iii) When was the school in the old book in existence?

(iv) What was Margie sure about?

Answers

(i)Margie was hurt because Tommy called her stupid.

 (ii) She read the old book that Tommy found for some time.

(iii) It was in existence centuries before.

(iv) Margie was sure about the teacher that the children had in school centuries ago.

  1. Margie wasn’t prepared to dispute that. She said, “I wouldn’t want a strange man in my house to teach me.”

 Tommy screamed with laughter. “You don’t know much, Margie. The teachers didn’t live in the house. They had a special building and all the kids went there.”

 “And all the kids learned the same thing?”

“Sure, if they were the same age.”

Questions

(i)What was the dispute?

(ii) According to Tommy, where do teachers live?

(iii) What did the kids learn in old school?

(iv) What can be said about the old school?

Answers

(i)The dispute was about the teacher of the old school.

(ii) They live in a special building.

(iii) In the old school, all the kids learnt the same thing.

(iv) The old school was a special building and all the kids went there.

  1. “But my mother says a teacher has to be adjusted to fit the mind of each boy and girl it teaches and that each kid has to be taught differently.”

“Just the same they didn’t do it that way then. If you don’t like it, you don’t have to read the book.”

Questions

(i)Why should a teacher be adjusted?

(ii) Who said it and to whom?

(iii) How should each kid be taught?

(iv) Who does ‘they’ refer to here?

 Answers

(i)A teacher should be adjusted to fit the mind of each boy and girl.

(ii) Tommy’s mother said to Tommy.

(iii) Each kid should be taught differently as per his/her level of understanding.

(iv) Here ‘they’ refers to ‘men as teachers’ in the past schools.

  1. Margie went into the schoolroom. It was right next to her bedroom, and the mechanical teacher was on and waiting for her. It was always on at the same time every day except Saturday and Sunday because her mother said little girls learned better if they learned at regular hours.

The screen was lit up, and it said: “Today’s arithmetic lesson is on the addition of proper fractions. Please insert yesterday’s homework in the proper slot.”

Questions

(i)Who was waiting for Margie in her schoolroom?

(ii) What did Margie’s mother say about little girls?

 (iii) What was the mechanical teacher famous for?

(iv) What did Margie learn that day?

Answers

(i)Margie’s mechanical teacher was waiting for her in the schoolroom.

(ii) Margie’s mother said that little girls learned better if they learned at regular hours.

(iii) He was always punctual.

(iv) That day, there was an arithmetic lesson in which she learnt the addition of proper fractions.

  1. She was thinking about the old schools they had when her grandfather’s grandfather was a little boy. All the kids from the whole neighbourhood came, laughing and shouting in the schoolyard, sitting together in the schoolroom, going home together at the end of the day.

Questions

(i)Who is ‘she’ here?

(ii) Where did her grandfather’s grandfather read?

(iii) Where did the kids in the old school read?

(iv) What similarity do you find in the kids of old school?

Answers

(i)’She’ is Margie here.

(ii) He read in the old school.

(iii) They read in the schoolroom.

 (iv) All the kids learned the same lesson and helped one another with homework.

  1. All the kids from the whole neighbourhood came, laughing and shouting in the schoolyard, sitting together in the schoolroom, going home together at the end of the day. They learned the same things, so they could help one another with the homework and talk about it.

And the teachers were people…

Questions

(i)What kind of school Margie’s great grandfather read in?

(ii) What kind of teachers taught in the old school?

(iii) Why were the kids given the same homework in the old school?

(iv) How did the kids of the old school have a great sense of cooperation?

 Answers

(i)He read in the old school.

(ii) The teachers were people and taught in the old school.

(iii) In the old school, the kids were given the same homework because they learned the same thing in the old school.

(iv) The kids of the old school had a great sense of cooperation as they sat together, learned the same thing and helped one another with homework.

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