A Different Kind of School

Working with Text

 

A.Put these sentences from the story in the right order and write them out in a paragraph. Don’t refer to the text.

  • I shall be so glad when today is over.
  • Having a leg tied up and hopping about on a crutch is almost fun, I guess.
  • I don’t think I’ll mind being deaf for a day — at least not much.
  • But being blind is so frightening.
  • Only you must tell me about things.
  • Let’s go for a little walk.
  • The other bad days can’t be half as bad as this.

Answer

Let’s go for a little walk. Only you must tell me about things. I shall be so glad when today is over. The other bad days can’t be half as bad as this. Having a leg tied up and hopping about on a crutch is almost fun, I guess. I don’t think I’ll mind being deaf for a day – at least not much. But being blind is so frightening.

 

B.Answer the following questions

1.Why do you think the writer visited Miss Beam’s school? (1)

Answer

The writer visited Miss Beam’s school because he had heard a great deal about the school.

 

2.What was the ‘game’ that every child in the school had to play? (9)

Answer

The ‘game’ that every child in the school had to play was that each term every child had one blind day, one lame day, one deaf day, one injured day and one dumb day. It was done to make the children appreciate and understand the misfortune.

 

3. “Each term every child has one blind day, one lame day…” Complete the line. Which day was the hardest? Why was it the hardest? (9, 11, 15)

Answer

“Each term every child has one blind day, one lame day, one deaf day, one injured day and one dumb day.

The dumb day was the hardest because the children’s mouths could not be bandaged, so they really had to exercise their will power to remain silent. But the bandaged girl said that blind day was most frightening and her head ached all the time just from worrying that she will get hurt.

 

4.What was the purpose of these special days? (5, 9)

Answer

The purpose of these special days was to teach thoughtfulness — kindness to others, and being responsible citizens. It was to make the children appreciate and understand the misfortune by making them share the misfortune too.

 

Working with Language

 

A.Match the words and phrases with their meanings in the box below.

                               paragraph numbers

  1. homesick                       (3) 
  2. practically                      (4)
  3. it pains me                    (7)
  4. appreciate                     (9)
  5. thoughtless                 (10)
  6. exercise                       (11)
  7. relief                            (13)
  8. ghastly                        (14)

 

Almost,  it hurts me,  terrible,  test the strength of,  understanding the difficulties,  wanting to be home,  a welcome change,  not very caring

 

Answer

1. homesick – wanting to be home

2. practically – Almost

3. it pains me – it hurts me

4. appreciate – understanding the difficulties

5. thoughtless – not very caring

6. exercise – test the strength of

7. relief – a welcome change

8. ghastly – terrible

 

B. Re-word these lines from the story:

  1. I had heard a great deal about Miss Beam’s school.
  2. Miss Beam was all that I had expected — middle-aged, full of authority.
  3. I went to the window which overlooked a large garden.
  4. “We cannot bandage the children’s mouths, so they really have to exercise their will-power.”

 

Answer

  1. I had come to know a lot about the school run by Miss Beam.
  2. Miss Beam was everything that I thought her to be – in the middle of her years and authorative.
  3. I walked to the window which opened in front of a garden of a large size.
  4. “ It is not possible to to put bandages on children’s mouths, so an exercise of will power is required in their part.”

 

C. 1. Given below is a page from a dictionary. Look at it carefully and

i) find a word which means the same as ghastly. Write down the word and its two meanings.

► Terrible .

  Its two meanings are: causing fear and very bad.

ii) find a word meaning a part of the school year.

► a term

iii) find a word that means examination.

► test

 

 


 

Where Do All the Teachers Go?              – Peter DIxon   


 

1. Answer these questions.

(i) Why does the poet want to know where the teachers go at four o’clock?

Answer

The poet wanted to know where the teachers go at four o’clock because at that time the school got over.

 

(ii) What are the things normal people do that the poet talks about?

Answer

The things normal people do that the poet talks about in his poem are living in houses, washing socks, wearing pyjamas, watching TV, picking their noses, living with their parents, not spelling right, being bad, making mistakes, getting punished, losing books, scribbling on desk tops and wearing old dirty jeans.
(iii) What does he imagine about

(a) where teachers live?

Answer

In houses
(b) what they do at home?

Answer

washed their socks, wore pyjamas, picked their noses, and watched TV.

 

(c) the people with whom they live?

Answer

lived with other people and do they also have mothers and fathers.
(d) their activities when they were children in school?

Answer

were they also bad, made mistakes, never spelled right, were punished in the corner for pinching the chocolate flakes, did they ever lost their hymn books, scribbled on the desk tops, or wore old dirty jeans.

 

(iv) Why does the poet wonder if teachers also do things that other people do?

Answer

The poet wondered if teachers also do things that other people do because they were strict , they never made mistakes and punish everyone who did.

 

(v) How does the poet plan to find out? What will he do once he finds out?

Answer

The poet plans to follow one of the teachers to their home that day and find out what they did. After he succeeds,  he plans to compose a poem on it, which then teachers would read to their students.
2. What do you think these phrases from the poem mean?

(i) punished in the corner

Answer

getting the punishment of standing in the corner of the classroom

(ii) leave their greens

Answer

Leave the playground and go to classroom after the bell strikes for the next period

 

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