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The Hundred Dresses-II
By– El Bsor Ester
Read the extracts and answer the questions that follow.
1.A deep silence met the reading of this letter. Miss Mason took off her glasses, blew on them and wiped them on her soft white handkerchief. Then she put them on again and looked at the glass. When she spoke, her voice was very low.
“I am sure that none of the boys and girls in room thirteen would purposely and deliberately hurt anyone’s feelings because his name happened to be a long, unfamiliar one. I prefer to think that what was said was said in thoughtlessness. I know that all of you feel the way I do, that this is a very unfortunate thing to have happened —unfortunate and sad, both. And I want you all to think about it.”
(a) Which letter is referred to here?
(b) Whose long and unfamiliar name is referred to here?
(c) Why was Miss Mason sad after reading the letter?
(d) Is Miss Mason angry with the class, or is she unhappy and upset?
Ans. (a) The letter was written by Wanda’s father.
(b) Wanda Petronski.
(c) This was because she felt sorry for Wanda and her father.
(d) Miss Mason is upset and unhappy but definitely not angry with the class.
2. The first period was a study period. Maddie tried to prepare her lessons, but she could not put her mind on her work. She had a very sick feeling in the bottom of her stomach.
(a) Why could Maddie not concentrate on her work?
(b) Why she had a sick feeling?
(c) What trait of Maddie’s character does this passage reflect?
(d) How does Maddie feel after listening to the note from Wanda’s father?
Ans. (a) She was upset about being an indirect partner in teasing Wanda.
(b) Because she was feeling guilty.
(c) She is a sensitive girl.
(d) Maddie, after listening to the note from Wanda’s father, felt very sad. She was considering herself coward and culprit equal to Peggy.
3. She had stood silently, and that was just as bad as what Peggy had done. She was a coward. At least Peggy hadn’t considered they were being mean but she, Maddie, had thought they were doing wrong. She could put herself in Wanda’s shoes.
(a) Why did Maddie think that she was a coward?
(b) In what respect Maddie was worse than Peggy in treating Wanda?
(c) What does the expression — ‘put herself in Wanda’s shoes’ imply?
(d) Maddie thought her silence was as bad as Peggy’s teasing. Was she right?
Ans. (a) Because she could not gather the courage to stop Peggy teasing Wanda.
(b) Peggy had not considered they were being mean but she knew they were wrong, still did not stop her teasing Wanda.
(c) This implies to put herself in the same position as Wanda.
(d) She was absolutely right because by keeping silence she was indirectly supporting Peggy in her teasing activity. She used to feel bad.
4.” Well, at least,” said Peggy gruffly “I never did call her a foreigner or make fun of her name. I never thought she had the sense to know we were making fun of her anyway. I thought she was too dumb. And gee, look at how she can draw!”
(a) How did Peggy console herself?
(b) What changed Peggy’s opinion about Wanda?
(c) What was Peggy’s opinion about Wanda?
(d) What excuses does Peggy think up for her
Ans. (a) By saying that she never called Wanda a ‘Pollack’ or made fun of her name.
(b) Wanda’s hundred beautifully designed drawings of dresses showed that she was a talented girl and not dull-headed.
(c) That she was dumb as she did not show any reaction when she was teased about a hundred dresses.
(d) Peggy consoled herself by saying that by asking her about all her dresses, she was probably giving ideas for her drawings.
5. Peggy knocked firmly on the door, but there was no answer. She and Maddie went around to the backyard and knocked there. Still, there was no answer. There was no doubt about it. The Petronskis were gone. How could they ever make amends?
(a) Whose door did they wear knocking at?
(b) What showed that the Petronskis had left the house?
(c) Why did Peggy and Maddie want to make amends?
(d) Do you think Wanda really thought the girls were teasing her?
Ans. (a) Wanda Petronski’s.
(b) There was no sign of life around the house.
(c) This was because they were responsible for hurting her.
(d) Wanda did not really think the girls were teasing her because if she would have thought so she would not have sent the gift of drawings to them.
6. “Well, anyway,” said Peggy, “she’s gone now, so what can we do? Besides, when I was asking her about all her dresses, she probably was getting good ideas for her drawings. She might not even win the contest, otherwise.”
(a) How did Wanda get ideas for her drawings, according to Peggy?
(b) Which trait of Peggy’s character is revealed in her statement?
(c) For what Peggy seemed to get credit?
(d) How did Peggy console herself?
Ans. (a) When Peggy was asking her about her dresses.
(b) She craved for getting credit.
(c) Peggy seemed to get credit for indirectly helping Wanda to win the competition.
(d) Peggy consoled herself by saying that by asking her about all her dresses she was probably giving ideas for her drawings and she might not even have won to contest otherwise.
7. She was never going to stand by and say nothing again. If she ever heard anybody picking on someone because they were funny looking or because they had strange names, she’d speak up. Even if it meant losing Peggy’s friendship.
(a) Which important decision did Maddie take?
(b) What was she ready to sacrifice?
(c) What wrong had she done?
(d) Who do you think was more sensitive and emotional Peggy or Maddie?
Ans. (a) Never to stand by and say nothing if anybody mistreated or made fun of someone.
(b) Her friendship with Peggy.
(c) She had been a party in mistreating Wanda since she did not object to Peggy’s teasing Wanda.
(d) I think Maddie was much more sensitive and emotional than Peggy. Peggy was rather practical.