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Short Essay on Cleanliness


                   What is cleanliness : Cleanliness is the habit of keeping our body mind and environment clean. It should be cultivated from early life. There is a saying — “Cleanliness is godliness”.


Why it is important : The habit of cleanliness helps us maintain good health. If we keep our body, clothes and environment clean, germs can not attack us easily. Moreover, a dirty person is disliked and avoided by everyone. The habit of cleanliness marks the personality and manners of a person. So we should keep ourselves and our environment clean.
How to maintain cleanliness : We should brush our teeth, oil our hair, bathe daily and wear washed clothes. We should keep away from dirt. We should throw garbages in the dustbin. We should not pollute our environment. We should wash our hands before taking meal. We should tidy our homes.
Conclusion : All of us should maintain cleanliness so that we may attain good health and purity of mind. In a civilised society this is an essential virtue.

Learning the Voices in Easy steps, Day 2

How can we know if a sentence is in Active Voice or Passive Voice? Here’s the rule :

The sentence is in Passive Voice if there are — am/is/are/was/were/be/been/being + Past Participle form of Main Verb

Otherwise it is in Active Voice.

Tell whether the following sentences are in Active Voice or Passive Voice:

(1) I don’t know him.

(2) She is writing a letter.

(3) Students are being taught by the teacher.

(4) He was seen in the market yesterday.

(5) We have arranged a picnic next month.

(6) My bicycle has been lost.

Answers : (1) Act, (2) Act, (3) Pass, (4) Pass, (5) Act, (6) Pass .

Rules for changing from Active Voice to Passive Voice :

(1) Subject and Object change position with each other. Pronoun in Subjective Case (I, we, he etc) changes to Objective Case (me, us, him etc) and vice versa.

(2) Complement(s) remain at the same place.

(3) If there is no Auxiliary Verb in Active Voice then use “Be Verbs” (am/is/are/was/were) in Passive Voice as per Tense and Number.

(4) If there is do/does/did as Auxiliary Verb then don’t use it in Passive Voice. In this case use “Be Verbs”.

(5) Always use Past Participle form of Main Verb in Passive Voice.

(6) If there is a Modal Auxiliary Verb (such as shall, should, will, would, can, could, may, might, must, need, dare, ought to and used to) then add the Verb “be” before Main Verb.

(7) If there is have/has/had as Auxiliary Verb then add the Verb “been” before Main Verb.

(8) If there is a Present Participle form (also known as “-ing form”) of Main Verb then use the verb “being ” before Main Verb in Passive Voice.

(9) If there is a Preposition right after the Main Verb then it will remain in the same position (i.e  right after the Main Verb).

(10) Add ‘by’ Preposition before Subject in Passive Voice. 

[But remember, ‘By’ is not absolutely necessary in Passive Voice. If the Subject is removed in Passive Voice (See Rule 13) then ‘by’ is also not needed. Sometimes other prepositions such as to/at/with may be used in place of ‘by’ (See Rule 12). ]

(11) If there are two Objects in Active Voice then the second Object (Direct Object) will be placed right after the Main Verb in Passive Voice.

(12) If there is a Verb or Word like know, satisfy, dissatisfy, pleased, displeased, vexed, surprised then there will be ‘to’/’at’/’with’ instead of ‘by’ in Passive Voice. In the case of ‘know’ there will be ‘to’. In the case of the other Words there will be either ‘with’ (a person) or ‘at’ (a person’s something or any other thing)

(13) If there is “I” or “We” as Subject then there is no need to use it in Passive Voice.

(14) If the sentence is an Interrogative Sentence (?) then —

(i) Who –> By who

(ii) Whom –> Who

(iii) What + S –> What (no change)

(iv) What – S (no Subject) –> By what

(v) Which/Whose + O –> Which/Whose + O (i.e., no change)

(vi) Other Question Words such as Where, When, Why, How doesn’t change.

All these Question Words will always remain at the beginning of the sentence in Passive Voice.

Examples :

(1) I meet him.

He is met by me.

(See Rule 1)

(2) He saw me yesterday.

I was seen by him yesterday.

(See Rule 2)

(3) Rajesh wrote a letter to Reshma.

Reshma was written a letter by Rajesh.

(See Rule 3)

(4) She does not read stories.

Stories are not read by her.

(See Rule 4)

(5) He does his homework regularly.

His homework is done by him regularly.

(See Rule 5)

(6) You must tell the truth.

The truth must be told by you.

(See Rule 6)

(7) The boy has broken the chair.

The chair has been broken by the boy.

(See Rule 7)

(8) Mr Ahmed is teaching English in the classroom.

English is being taught by Mr Ahmed in the classroom.

(See Rule 8)

(9) They are laughing at the beggar.

The beggar is being laughed at by them.

(See Rule 9)

(10) Father bought a new car.

A new car was bought by father.

(See Rule 10)

(11) He teaches us Maths.

We are taught Maths by him.

{Or, Maths is taught to us by him}

(See Rule 11)

(12) (i) I know him.

He is known to me.

(ii) She pleased the interviewers.

The interviewers were pleased with her.

(iii) Her behaviour dissatisfied us.

We were dissatisfied at her behaviour.

(See Rule 12)

(13) (i) I have finished my homework.

My homework has been finished. (“by me” is not used)

(ii) We should respect our elders.

Our elders should be respected. (“by us” is not used)

(See Rule 13)

(14) (i) Who invented computer?

By who was computer invented?

(ii) Whom do you want?

Who is wanted by you?

(iii) What have you made?

What has been made by you?

(iv) What causes an earthquake?

By what is an earthquake caused?

(v) (a) Which book did he take?

Which book was taken by him?

(b) Whose shirt are you wearing?

Whose shirt is being worn by you?

(vi) (a) Where will he meet you?

Where will you be met by him?

(b) When do you play cricket?

When is cricket played by you?

(c) Why did you not take the meal?

Why was the meal not taken by you?

(d) How have you solved the sum?

How has the sum been solved by you?

Thats’s all for today. Keep track of my blog to get the next update on Voices. 

Suggested Questions from Class X Supplementary Reader, Footprints Without Feet

Supplementary Reading (Footprints Without Feet) 

The Midnight Visitor 
Short Answer Type Questions: 2/3 marks each 
1. How was Ausable different from other secret agents? 
2. What did Ausable say about the ‘paper’ to Fowler? 
3. What was the discussion of the report that took place between Ausable and Max? 
4. What did Ausable say about the room where he was staying? What did Ausable tell Max about the balcony and why? 
5. What is your perspective about the intruder in Ausable’s room? 
Essay Type Questions : 4/5 marks each
1. Describe the meeting between Ausable and Fowler. 
2. Describe the meeting between Ausable and Max.
3. What is your perspective about Ausable as a secret agent? 
4. How was the physique of Ausable? State his command over Ianguage.
5. Describe how Ausable outsmarted Max. 
A Question of Trust 
Short Answer Type Questions : 2/3 marks each 
1. Give a brief account of Horace Danby. 
2. How did Horace Danby show dexterity in robbing? 
3. Why did he steal every year? 
4. What was the thought that striked him about the fifteen thousand pounds worth of jewel? 
5. What were the precautionary steps taken by Horace Danby regarding finger prints? 
6. What was written in the magazine article? 
7. How did the woman look?
8. What did the woman tell Horace Danby about the jewellery? 
9. ls the title of the story appropriate? If so, why? 
Essay Type Questions : 4/5 marks each
1. “Horace Danby was good and respectable but not completely honest”. Why do you think this description is apt for Horace? Why can’t he be categorized as a typical thief?
2. Horace Danby was a meticulous planner but still he faltered. Where did he go wrong and why? 
3. Describe the meeting between Horace Danby and the lady. How did the lady display her meticulousness in outwitting Horace Danby? Give reasons for your answer. 
Footprints Without Feet 
Short Answer Type Questions . 2/3 marks each 
1. Who was Griffin? What experiment did he make? 
2. Why did Griffin slip into a big London store? 
3. What did Griffin do inside the big London store? 
4. Why did he go to Drury Lane? 
5. What did he do inside a shop in Drury Lane? 
6. What did Griffin tell Mrs. Hall, the landlord’s wife? 
7. Why did Mrs. Hall find Griffin eccentric? 
8. What curious episode took place at the inn? Why was Griffin suspected of stealing money from the clergyman’s desk? 
9. Why were the people at the bar shocked and horrified? 
Essay Type Questions : 4/5 markscach 
1. Do you think Griffin was a lawless person? Explain. 
2. Science is a boon but also a curse. How is the negative aspect of science reflected through the character of Griffin? 
3. What happened to the landlord and his wife in Griffin’s room? 
The Hack Driver 
Short Answer Type Questions : 2/3 marks each 
1. Give a brief account of the narrator. 
2. Why did the narrator not like his profession? 
3. How was New Mullion according to the narrator? 
4. Give a brief account of Lutkins. 
5. What did the hack driver tell the narrator about Lutkins and his family? 
6. Give a brief account of Bill Magnuson. 
Essay Type Questions : 4/5 marks each 
1. Sketch the character of the hack driver. 
2. Describe the meeting between the narrator and the hack driver. How did the narrator become a fool at the hands of the hack driver? Describe the narrator‘s visit to the farm of Lutkins’ mother. 

“The Fun They Had” by Issac Asimov || NCERT Class 9 Solutions

Thinking About Text

I. Answer these questions in a few words or a couple of sentences each.

1. How old are Margie and Tommy?

Ans: Margie is eleven years old and Tommy is thirteen years old.

2. What did Margie write in her diary?

Ans: In her diary, Margie wrote, “Today Tommy found a real book!”.

3. Had Margie ever seen a book before?

Ans: No, Margie had never seen a book before.

4. What things about the book did she find strange?

Ans: To her surprise, Margie found that the texts on the pages didn’t move the way they were supposed to on a television or a computer screen. Besides, she was wondered why anyone would write about school.

5. What do you think a telebook is?

Ans: A telebook book is a sort of virtual book that can be displayed and read on a television screen.

6. Where was Margie’s school? Did she have any classmates?

Ans: Margie’s school was right next to her bedroom.

No, she didn’t have any classmates.

7. What subjects did Margie and Tommy learn?

Ans: Margie and Tommy learned geography, history and arithmetic.

II. Answer the following with reference to the story.
1. “I wouldn’t throw it away.”

(i) Who says these words?

(ii) What does ‘it’ refer to?

(iii) What is it being compared with by the speaker?


(i) Tommy said these words.

(ii) ‘It’ refers to the television at their home.

(iii) Tommy is comparing the television to the real books in earlier times in which words were printed on paper. He thought that after reading such books, one would have to throw them away. However, he would never throw his telebooks away as their television could contain millions of telebooks.

2. “Sure they had a teacher, but it wasn’t a regular teacher. It was a man.”

(i) Who does ‘they’ refer to?

(ii) What does ‘regular’ mean here?

(iii) What is it contrasted with?


(i) They refer to the students who studied in the old kind of schools centuries before.

(ii) Here, ‘regular’ refers to the mechanical teachers that Tommy and Margie had.

(iii) The mechanical teacher is contrasted with the teachers of earlier times, who were real human beings.

III. Answer each of these questions in a short paragraph (about 30 words).

1. What kind of teachers did Margie and Tommy have?

Ans: Margie and Tommy had mechanical teachers. They were large and black and ugly. They had large black screens on which all the lessons were shown and questions were asked. The students had to put their homework and test papers inside the slot the mechanical teachers had on their body. They had to write their answers in a punch code and the mechanical teacher could calculate the marks at once.

2. Why did Margie’s mother send for the County Inspector?

Ans: Margie had been giving test after test in geography. But her performance was getting worse and worse. That’s why Margie’s mother sent for the County Inspector to find out if anything is wrong.

3. What did he do?

Ans: The County Inspector gave Margie an apple and started mending the mechanical teacher. He took it apart and then checked it. To Margie’s disappointment, he managed to reassemble it. He slowed down the geography sector of the teacher because it was geared a little too quick for an average ten-year-old.

4. Why was Margie doing badly in geography? What did the County Inspector do to help her?

Ans: Margie was doing badly in geography because the geography sector of the mechanical teacher had been geared a little too quick. The County Inspector dissembled the mechanical teacher and adjusted the geography sector to an average ten-year level. He also told Mrs. Jones, Margie’s mother, that Margie’s overall pattern of progress was satisfactory.

5. What had once happened to Tommy’s teacher?

Ans: Once the history sector of Tommy’s teacher had blanked out completely and the Country Inspector took him away for nearly a month.

6. Did Margie have regular days and hours for school? If so, why?

Ans: Yes, Margie had regular days and hours for school. Her mother believed that learning at regular hours helped little girls learn better. Her mechanical teacher automatically switched on at the same time everyday except Saturday and Sunday.

7. How does Tommy describe the old kind of school?

Ans: Tommy described old kind of school as a special building where all kids studied together. They came together, sat together, played and learnt the same things if they were of the same age. They helped each other with their homework. At the end of the day, they went to their homes frolicking together.

8. How does he describe the old kind of teachers?

Ans: Tommy said that the old kind of teachers were real human beings who taught the students in a special building. The teachers taught the children of same age group the same things, gave them homework and asked them questions.

Two Gentlemen of Verona by A.J. Cronin : Solutions | Notes

Q1 .. What are the qualities of a “gentleman”? Work with your partner and complete the following web-chart by listing the qualities of a gentleman.

Ans: A gentleman should be honest, sincere, courteous, noble, humble, grateful, cheerful, amicable, sociable, polished, disciplined and punctual.
Q2 .. Based on your discussion above, what do you think the story is about?

Ans: The story is about the display of gentlemanly behaviour of two gentlemen hailing/coming from Verona, an Italian town.
Q3 .. What do you understand by the following statements?

(a) “We do many things, sir,” Nicola answered seriously. He glanced at us hopefully.

Ans: The two boys Nicola and Jacopo do many sorts of things to make a living. Sometimes they are seen selling wild-strawberries, sometimes shining shoes, sometimes guiding tourists through the town to Verona and sometimes selling newspapers. They were eagerly looking at the author and his driver Luigi for a positive response.
(b) He coloured deeply under his sunburn, then grew pale.

Ans: When the author asked Nicola what they did with the earnings, he was embarrassed. He did not want to disclose it as he was unwilling to draw sympathy from anyone. He and his brother Jacopo earned the needed money by hard work and honest ways in order to sustain the expenses of their ailing sister Lucia. They had much self-respect and determination. So Nicola grew pale while trying to maintain secrecy.
(c) He smiled uncomfortably. “Just plans, Sir,” he answered in a low voice.

Ans: Nicola was uncomfortable talking to the author because the author had repeatedly tried to extract his plans. He even asked him whether they were planning to go to America. But, Nicola and Jacopo, whose first preference was to make their sister recover from spinal tuberculosis, did not want anybody’s sympathy. So they tried to evade answering the question by simply saying “just plans”.
(d) Yet in both these boyish faces there was a seriousness which was far beyond their years.

Ans: Nicola and Jacopo had to face much hardship since their childhood. They were rendered motherless by cruel fate and their father had been killed in a shelling at their house. Being homeless they joined the army to fight the Germans. When the war was over they returned to find their sister suffering from spinal tuberculosis. In order to afford her medical expenses they had to do a variety of works at a tender age. They lost much of their child-like behaviour and began behaving like adults in terms of taking responsibilities and earning money.
6. (a) Why didn’t Luigi, the driver, approve of the two boys?

Ans: Luigi, the driver, thought them to be impostors trying to fleece wayfarers and travelers. Their appearance and attires looked uncouth and shabby.
6. (b) Why were the narrator and his companion impressed by the two boys?

Ans: The narrator and his companion were impressed with the simplicity, behaviour and seriousness of the two boys.
6.(c) Why was the author surprised to see Nicola and Jacopo working as shoeshine boys?

Ans: The author was surprised to find Nicola and Jacopo working as shoeshine boys as he had seen seen them selling wild strawberries the other day.
6.(d) How were the boys useful to the author?

Ans: The boys were used by the author to buy American cigarettes, or book seats for the opera, or suggest the name of a good restaurant.
6. (e) Why were the boys in the deserted square at night? What character traits do they exhibit?

Ans: The boys were waiting at the deserted square at night to catch the last bus to Poleta so that they could sell off the remaining unsold newspapers.

They exhibit the character traits of forbearance, determination and sense of responsibility.
6. (f) The narrator asks the boys, “Must you work so hard? You both look rather tired.”

The boys reply, “We are not complaining, Sir.” What do you learn about the boys from their reply?

Ans: The reply from the boys show them to be unfaultering at times of hardship. Rather than complaining about their plight, they were struggling hard with a positive attitude to overcome difficulties and change their condition. That’s the spirit we need to learn at our times of adversity.
(g) When the narrator asks the boys about their plans, they are evasive. Why don’t they disclose their problems?

Ans: Though the boys were poor, they were free. They earned whatever they could by honest means. They wanted to solve the problems on their own. Rather than garnering sympathy and financial support from others by telling their sob-story, they preferred maintaining their self-respect. They were born of a noble family. So they had nobility in their attitude. Besides they were able to provide for the necessary medical expenses for their sister every week even though working hard. So they didn’t disclose their problems with the author.
7. Discuss the following questions and write the answers in your notebook.

(a) Appearances are deceptive. Discuss with reference to the two boys.

Ans: The two boys, Nicola and Jacopo, were dressed in shabby, worn-out clothes. One of them was wearing a worn out Jersey and cut-off khaki pants, and the other was wearing a shortened army tunic. They had brown skin, tangled hair and dark eyes. The first impression, if one sees them, would be negative. The author and his driver had the same impression too. It’s only when they got to know these two boys later that they could see the warmth in their hearts, the sense of responsibility, the undaunted spirit, the honesty and the simplicity in them. Good appearance doesn’t make a gentleman. One needs to possess the qualities that these two boys exhibit. It is said that first impression is the last impression. But it is not a good approach to identify a gentleman. One needs to look beyond one’s appearance to explore one’s worth. Good character should be the criteria to judge.
(b) Do you think the boys looked after Lucia willingly? Give reasons for your answer.

Ans: Certainly the boys looked after their sister Lucia willingly. After the war had been over, they came back to find their sister Lucia suffering from spinal tuberculosis. They persuaded their sister to get admitted to a hospital for treatment. In order to meet the expenses they worked relentlessly and paid every week. She was showing signs of recovery. If the boys were unwilling, they could have left their sister because they were under no pressure from anyone including their parents who had died long before.
7. (c) How does the story ‘Two Gentlemen of Verona’ promise hope for society?

Ans: Obviously, the two boys of Verona are inspiring beings for any society. The way they retained their honesty, maintained familial bonds, worked sincerely to make a living, ignored their personal needs to save their sister, refused to get sympathy, and showed a sense of responsibility and dignity are worth noting. They could have earned by unfair means, but they were not tempted with easy money and preferred honest means. Every person in a society needs to imbibe these qualities to make the society better.

Learning the Voices in Easy Steps, Day 1

A sentence like “John has done the work” can be expressed in this way too — “The work has been done by John”. There is almost no difference in the meanings, but there is difference in emphasis. In the first sentence, emphasis is put upon the doer of the action i.e. “John” (meaning none but John has done the work). In the second sentence, emphasis is put upon “the work” (emphasis is on the completion of the work rather than on the doer of the action). In this sentence we can do away with “John” as such “The work has been done”. So, let me tell you the grammatical terms associated with each type of sentences. The first type of sentence is said to be in the Active Voice and the second type of sentence is said to be in the Passive Voice.

How can we identify a sentence in the Passive Voice easily? Remember this structure — S+am/is/are/was/were/be/been/being+Past Participle

Sentences in the above structure can be identified as in the Passive Voice, otherwise it’s in the Active Voice.

Remember that certain kinds of sentences can’t be changed into the other voice form, particularly sentences having intransitive verbs. “I slept well” or “She is a girl”, ” He was born in London” are such sentences.

Now, lets come to identifying the Subject, Object, Complement in a sentence. To identify these, you have to identify the Verb(s) first. Then ask the following questions using the Wh- words and the Verb(s) :

Who <Verb> ? : Subject

Whom <Verb> ? : Object-1 (Indirect Object)

What <Verb> ? : Object-2 (Direct Object)

How <Verb> ? : Complement

Where <Verb> ? : Complement

When <Verb> ? : Complement

Why <Verb> ? : Complement

Let’s take a sentence for example, “I offered the beggar a blanket sympathetically at my home yesterday because he was shivering in cold.”

Who <offered> ? : I (Sub.)

Whom <offered> ? : the beggar (Obj.-1)

What <offered> ? : a blanket (Obj.-2)

How <offered> ? : sympathetically (Com.)

Where <offered> ? : at my home (Com.)

When <offered> ? : yesterday (Com.)

Why <offered> ? : because he was shivering in cold ( Com.)

Only after identifying the Subject, Verb, Object and Complement can we proceed towards changing of voice. Before that we should keep in mind the following points :

(1) The Subject and the Object change positions with each other.

(2) The pronouns change from Subjective Case (I, we, you, he, she etc) to Nominative Case (me, us, you, him, her) and vice versa.

(3) There may or may not be Auxiliary Verb(s) and Past Participle form of Main Verb in Active Voice. But a Passive Voice sentence must have these two things.

(4) Words like not, never, ever, just, already, still etc remain attached to the Auxiliary Verb.

(5) Prepositions remain attached to the Main Verb.

(6) In Passive Voice form, the proposition ‘by’ is generally used before the Subject. Though other propositions like to, at, with are used in case of certain verbs such as ‘know’, ‘satisfy’, ‘please’, ‘vex’, ‘annoy’ etc.

(7) Complements never change their position. It can be anywhere in the semtence. In Passive Voice it should be left in the same position.

An example to understand this better –

Act. :- Mr Peters teaches English well.

Pass. :- English is taught by Mr Peters well.

In the Active Voice sentence, there is no Auxiliary, but the Passive Voice sentence has (‘is’). In the A.V. sentence ‘teaches’ is not a Past Participle form, but in the P.V. sentence ‘taught’ is a Past Participle form. The Subject ‘Mr Peters’ and the Object ‘English’ change positions with each other. The Complement ‘well’ (How <teaches> ?) remains in the same position. That’s all for today. The remaining part of the tutorial will be posted subsequently. Keep visiting and give feedback in the comments box below.

It so happened in English Grammar School

Tense, Voice and Narration were close friends. They went to a renowned school called “English Grammar School”. They always sat together on the first bench and didn’t want to mingle with others. They were muscular and moody sort of boys. So no one dared sitting with them. One day, Noun and Pronoun requested to sit with them, and were allowed. Preposition and Determiner entered classroom a little bit late that day. They used to sit with Noun and Pronoun, but were disheartened to see them sit there. Noun and Pronoun offered to go to another bench to sit with them. But, Preposition and Determiner were determined to take their positions on the first bench. They were fed up with the behaviour of Tense and his friends. So they signalled them not to go and asked Tense and his friends to leave the bench to them. But Tense, Voice and Narration refused and looked at them red-eyed. Preposition and Determiner rebuked them and used foul language. Noun and Pronoun also indulged in name-calling. The verbal abuse grew into severe fight. By that time, Adjective joined the fight taking Noun’s side A great hue and cry was raised. Interjection, the only girl in the class, was so frightened that she kept on exclaiming with fear. Main Verb and Auxiliary Verb came running to stop the fight. But, unfortunately, Main Verb stumbled and fell on the ground. Auxiliary Verb helped him stand up. They requested them but no one was willing to listen. Conjunction, the class monitor, slipped out of the classroom to call in a teacher. Their English teacher Mr Syntax rushed to the classroom. When he entered, everyone became silent. He asked Narration, “What’s the matter? Why are you quarreling?” Narration started narrating, “Sir, Preposition and Determiner told us to leave our bench and sit elsewhere. When we refused, they used slang words and physically assaulted us.” Voice, who generally remains active, spoke up in a passive voice, “I’ve got severely injured, sir. One of my teeth has been broken by these goons”. Tense was so tense that he could hardly speak. Mr Syntax turned to Preposition and his companions and said, “What would you say on this?” Preposition said, “I always took my position beside Noun and Pronoun. But, I couldn’t do that today though I had requested Tense, Voice and Narration. They always occupy the first bench.” The teacher asked, “Then why didn’t you sit on another bench?” Determiner said with much determination, “Sir, don’t we have the right to sit on the first bench?” The teacher said, “Well, I know you are good friends with Noun and Pronoun and there’s no objection in sitting beside them. But that doesn’t mean you should threaten Tense and his friends away and use foul language. Well, I strictly order you all in this class to change your seats everyday on rotation basis. And if ever I get to hear such an incident again, I will suspend you all. You must have to help one another in doing assignments. Now, say sorry to each other.” They promptly did so. From that day onwards there was no quarrel. They solved grammatical questions together. Tense, Voice and Narration took help from the others most often because they were too blunt. But Preposition, Determiner and Adjective couldn’t change their habit of sitting with Noun and Pronoun.

Article Writing

Q.1.        Write an article on terrorism to be published in a newspaper.

Ans:                                                                       The Menace of Terrorism

Terrorism is the act of creating chaos and anarchy in the society by a group of people with some vested interests. They often acquire sophisticated arms and hide in inaccessible areas.

The terrorists kill innocent people, loot valuables, damage public property and keep people as hostage for money. They often try to justify their misdeeds as something done for the benefit of a community or the society. Whatever be the reason, their killing of innocent people and children and destruction of public property can never be justifiable. They are just opportunists and violence-mongers. Some internationally operative terrorist groups are Lashkar-e-Toiba, Al Qaeda, Hamas, LTTE, ISIS etc.

It is noticed that terrorist groups are nurtured by governments or a community. If we can spread awareness among the common people about the ill-effects of terrorism, they may refrain from helping them.

Q.2.        Write an article for your school magazine on the uses and abuses of mobile phones.

Ans:                                       The uses and abuses of mobile phones

Mobile phones, also known as cell phones, are a dire necessity now a days. We can not think of a single day without mobile phones.

It has facilitated long-distance conversations. Exchanging information is a matter of seconds only. We can not only talk over mobile phones but also do various other tasks such as internet surfing, taking photos, listening to music, watching videos, playing games etc. It has strengthened the bond of relationships. Mobile phones are mostly inexpensive and handy. These help us in our personal and professional tasks.

Like any other scientific invention, mobile phones have their negative side too. The young generation, especially, misuse them. They keep themselves so much busy over making calls and surfing the internet that they often neglect their primary duties. Besides, researchers have detected that the electromagnetic radiation from the mobile phones may lead to many health hazards. Using mobile phones while driving may distract the driver’s attention and cause accidents.

It is said that too much of everything is bad. We can reap benefits from mobile phones only if we use it moderately.

“The Tale of Custard the Dragon” by Ogden Nash

The Tale of Custard the Dragon                    by Ogden Nash



Probable Questions and Answers


  1. Very Short Type Questions: Marks : 1


  1. Choose the correct alternative:

(a) The poem, “The Tale of Custard the Dragon” is written by

(i) Ogden Nash

(ii) Robin Klein

(iii) John Berryman.

Ans:    (i) Ogden Nash.

(b) Belinda lived in a

(i) cottage       (ii) palace       (iii) little white house

Ans:    (iii) little white house.

(c) The name of the little black kitten is

(i) Blink                      (ii) Ink            (iii) Mustard

Ans:    (ii) Ink.

(d) Belinda called the dragon as

(i) Custard      (ii) Mustard    (iii) Blink

Ans:    (i) Custard.

(e) The dragon’s mouth was like a

(i) chimney     (ii) mantelpiece                     (iii) fireplace

Ans:    (iii) fireplace.

(f) They all heard a …… sound.

(i) sweet         (ii) nasty         (iii) buzzing

Ans:    (ii) nasty.

(g) The pirate was equipped with

(i) pistol in his left hand                    (ii) pistol in his right hand    (iii) pistols in both hands.

Ans:    (iii) pistols in both hands.


  1. Say true or false:

(a) Belinda had a little black kitten named Blink.              Ans:    False.

(b) Belinda had a pet dragon named Custard.                   Ans:    True.

(c) Belinda had a pet tiger named Mustard.                      Ans:    False.

(d) The dragon had big sharp teeth.                                    Ans:    True.

(e) The dragon’s mouth was like a fireplace.

(f) Percival was the other name given to the dragon.                    Ans:    True.

(g) A thief had entered Belinda’s little white house.                      Ans:    False.

(h) Custard finished off the pirate by gobbling.                  Ans:    True.

(i) Custard had been compared to a robin.             Ans:    True.

(j) Custard agreed that he alone was brave.                       Ans:    False.


  1. Name the poet of the poem, “The Tale of Custard the Dragon”.

Ans:    The poet of the poem, “The Tale of Custard the Dragon” is Ogden Nash.

  1. Where did Belinda live?

Ans:    Belinda lived in a little white house.

  1. What was the name of the little black kitten?

Ans:    The name of the little black kitten was Ink.

  1. What was the name of the little grey mouse?

Ans:    The name of the little grey mouse was Blink.

  1. What was the name of the little yellow dog?

Ans:    The name of the little yellow dog was Mustard.

  1. What did Belinda call the little pet dragon?

Ans:    Belinda called the little pet dragon Custard.

  1. Name the pets of Belinda.

Ans:    The pets of Belinda are Ink, Blink, Mustard and Custard.

  1. Who possessed the big sharp teeth?

Ans:    The dragon called Custard possessed the big sharp teeth.

  1. How did the dragon’s mouth look like?

Ans:    The dragon’s mouth looked like a fireplace.

  1. What did the dragon have on his toes?

Ans:    The dragon had daggers on his toes.

  1. With what, did the poet compare Belinda’s braveness?

Ans:    The poet compared Belinda’s braveness with a barrel full of bears.

  1. Who chased lions down the stairs?

Ans:    Ink and Blink chased lions down the stairs.

  1. Whom did Belinda tickle?

Ans:    Belinda tickled Custard, the dragon.

  1. Whom did Ink, Blink and Mustard call Percival?

Ans:    Ink, Blink and Mustard called Custard Percival.

  1. The dragon was called Percival. Who called it Percival?

Ans:    Ink, Blink and Mustard called the dragon Percival.

  1. Who, according to all pets and Belinda, was coward?

Ans:    According to all the pets and Belinda, Custard was coward.

  1. What happened when Belinda laughed?

Ans:    The house shook when Belinda laughed.

  1. What sound was heard by all of them?

Ans:    All of them heard a nasty sound.

  1. How did Ink react when it heard a nasty sound?

Ans:    Ink cried “meowch!” when it heard a nasty sound.

  1. Who entered Belinda’s little white house?

Ans:    A pirate entered Belinda’s little white house.

  1. What did the pirate carry in both his hands?

Ans:    The pirate carried pistols in both his hands.

  1. How was the pirate’s beard?

Ans:    The pirate had black bushy beard.

  1. With what, was the pirate’s one leg made of?

Ans:    The pirate’s one leg was made of wood.

  1. Why did Belinda cry for help?

Ans:    Belinda cried for help because a pirate had entered her house.

  1. How did Custard look like when he clashed with the pirate?

Ans:    Custard looked like a robin at a worm when he clashed with the pirate

  1. How many bullets did the pirate fire?

Ans:    The pirate fired two bullets.

  1. Who ate the pirate?

Ans:    Custard ate the pirate.

  1. Who amongst the pets was judged as brave?

Ans:    Amongst the pets, Custard was judged as brave.

  1. What is the rhyme scheme of the poem?

Ans:    The rhyme scheme of the poem is – aabb.

  1. Give rhyming words of the following :

house, wagon, Ink, teeth, nose, bears, rage, age, sound, right, wood, dragon, hit, gyrate

Ans:    house – mouse, wagon – dragon, Ink – Blink, teeth – underneath, nose – toes, bears – stairs, rage – cage, age – cage, sound – around, right – bright, wood – good, dragon – flagon, hit – bit, gyrate – pirate.



  1. Short Type Questions : Marks : 2/3


  1. Where did Belinda live? Name the pets possessed by her.

Ans:    Belinda lived in a little white house. The pets possessed by Belinda are Ink, Blink, Mustard and Custard.

  1. Who was Ink? Who was Blink?

Ans:    The name of the little black kitten was Ink. The name of the little grey mouse was Blink.

  1. Who was Mustard? Who was Custard?

Ans:    The name of the little yellow dog was Mustard. The name of the dragon was Custard.

  1. Briefly describe the physical features of the dragon.

Ans:    Custard the dragon looked terrifying. It had big sharp teeth and claws like daggers. Its mouth was like a fireplace and nose was like a chimney. It had scales underneath.

  1. Why did the dragon cry for a nice safe cage?

Ans:    The dragon cried for a nice safe cage because it was a cowardly dragon.

  1. Why is the dragon called ‘cowardly dragon’?

Ans:    The dragon is called a ‘cowardly dragon’ because it used to cry for a nice safe cage.

  1. “Belinda tickled him, she tickled him unmerciful ……” Why?

Ans:    Belinda and her pets used to laugh at the dragon for its cowardice. She tickled him to taunt and make fun of him.

  1. How did all the pets and Belinda react when they heard a nasty sound?

Ans:    When Belinda and her pets heard a nasty sound, Mustard growled, and all of them looked around. Ink cried “meowch!” and Belinda cried “ooh”.

  1. Describe briefly the pirate.

Ans:    The pirate had black bushy beard and a wooden leg. He held pistols in his hands and a sharp cutlass in his teeth. It was clear from his activities that he meant no good.

  1. How did Custard face the pirate?

Ans:    Custard faced the pirate boldly. He jumped up, snorted like an engine and clashed his tails like irons in a dungeon. Then, making a clattering and clanking sound and squirming, he attacked the pirate like a robin at a worm. He gobbled the pirate in the end.

  1. How did Custard prove that he was a brave dragon?

Ans:    When all the others including Belinda were terrified to see the pirate, Custard jumped up, snorted, clashed his tail and attacked the pirate and gobbled him. In this way, he proved that he was a brave dragon.

  1. Why did Ink and Blink gyrate in glee?

Ans:    Ink and Blink gyrated in glee because the pirate that had entered Belinda’s house with pistols and a cutlass was attacked and gobbled by Custard the dragon.

  1. How did Belinda and her pets behave when the pirate had been killed by Custard?

Ans:    When the pirate had been killed by Custard, Belinda embraced him, Mustard licked him and Ink and Blink gyrated around him.

  1. How did all boast of their false bravery?

Ans:    After the pirate had been killed, Mustard boasted that he would have been twice as brave if he had not been confused. Ink and Blink said that they would have been thrice as brave.

  1. Who amongst them was actually brave? How did he show his bravery?

Ans:    Custard the dragon was actually brave.

When all the others including Belinda were terrified to see the pirate, Custard jumped up, snorted, clashed his tail and attacked the pirate and gobbled him. In this way he showed his bravery.

  1. “Belinda ticked him, she tickled him unmerciful.

Ink, Blink and Mustard, they rudely called him Percival,

They all sat laughing in the little red wagon

At the realio, trulio, cowardly dragon.”

(a) Who is ‘him’ referred to here?

Ans:    ‘Him’ refers to Custard the dragon.

(b) Whom did Ink, Blink and Mustard call Percival?

Ans:    Ink, Blink and Mustard called Custard Percival.

(c) Where did they all sat laughing?

Ans:    They all sat laughing in their little red wagon.

  1. “Pistol in his left hand, pistol in his right.

And he held in his teeth a cutlass bright,

His beard was black, one leg was wood;

It was clear that the pirate meant no good.”

(a) Name the poet and the poem.

Ans:    The poet is Ogden Nash and the poem is “The Tale of Custard the Dragon”.

(b) Who is ‘his’ referred to here?

Ans:    ‘His’ refers to the pirate.

(c) What did he carry in his hands?

Ans:    He carried in his hands.

  1. “But presently up spoke little dog Mustard,

I’d have been twice as brave if I hadn’t been flustered,

And up spoke Ink and up spoke Blink,

We’d have been three times as brave, we think,

And Custard said, I quite agree

That everybody is braver than me.”

(a) Name the poet and the poem.

Ans:    The poet is Ogden Nash and the poem is “The Tale of Custard the Dragon”.

(b) What did Mustard speak?

Ans:    Mustard spoke that he would have been twice as brave had he not been flustered.

(c) What did Custard say?

Ans:    Custard said that he agreed with all that they are braver than him.