The Little Girl Class 9 English Solutions

‘The Little Girl’ solutions CBSE Class 9 NCERT Book Beehive: It is very heart touching story of a little girl who did not get enough appreciation and attention from her father. She used to please him by making a pin cushion as a birthday gift for her father but unfortunately this lands her into punishment with stick hit hard on her pink palm. But the end of the story is a big relief as she realises that his father was a busy person and did not have time to give her the way Mr MacDonald (her neighbour) had for his own children. She calls her father a dear father with a big heart.

Here are given the solutions of the lesson ‘The Little Girl’ class 9 NCERT book beehive. See the solutions and try to carve your own answers and it would be appreciated if you show your own answers in the comment section.

Page No: 38

Thinking about the Text

Answers

AB
    1. Fear of terror  (iii) father comes home (iv) speaking to father (v) going to bed when alone at home (vii) father stretched out on sofa snoring  
  2. Glad sense of relief  (i) Father comes into her room to give her a     goodbye kiss (ii) noise of the carriage grows fainter  
  3. A “funny” feeling, perhaps of understanding  (vi) father comforts her and falls asleep  


II. Answer the following questions in one or two sentences.
 
1. Why was Kezia afraid of her father?
2. Who were the people in Kezia’s family?
3. What was Kezia’s father’s routine
(i) before going to his office?
(ii) after coming back from his office?
(iii) on Sundays?
4. In what ways did Kezia’s grandmother encourage her to get to know her father better?

Answer

1. Kezia’s father was a busy person and gave very little attention to her and rarely talked pleasantly. He never played with her. His voice was loud and his looks over the spectacles also terrified her.

2. There were four peopke in Kezia’s family- her mother, father, grandmother and herself.

3. (i) Before going to his office, Kezia’s father usually went into her room to give her a casual kiss.


(ii) After coming back from his office, he ordered for tea to brought into the drawing room. He also asked his mother to bring him the newspaper and his slippers, and Kezia to pull off his boots.


(iii) On Sunday, Kezia’s father would stretch out on the sofa. He would cover his face with his handkerchief, put his feet on one of the cushions and sleep soundly.

4. On Sunday afternoons, Kezia’s grandmother sent Kezia to drawing rooms to have a nice talk with her parents.  She also suggested Kezia to make a pin cushion out of a beautiful piece of yellow silk as a gift for her father’s birthday.

III. Discuss these questions in class with your teacher and then write down your answers in two or three paragraphs each.

1. Kezia’s efforts to please her father resulted in displeasing him very much. How did this happen?

Answer

On every Sunday afternoons, her grandmother sent her down to the drawing room to have nice talk with father and mother. But her presence always irritated the father. He used to call her ‘little brown owl’.


On her grandmother’s suggestion she was making a pin-cushion as birthday gift for her father. After stitching three sides of the cushion with double cotton with great care and effort, Kezia was stuck as to what to fill the cushion with. Since her grandmother was busy in the garden, she searched her mother’s bedroom for scraps. Finally, she discovered sheets of paper on the bed table. She gathered these, tore them up and filled the cushion with the torn pieces. Kezia had no idea that the sheets she had torn were her father’s speech for the Port Authority. She was punished with a stick hit on her soft pink palm. She was crying and thought as why fathers were made by God!

Her efforts to talk to her parents or try to please with a surprise gift failed miserably and her father appeared him displeasing.

2. Kezia decides that there are “different kinds of fathers”. What kind of father was Mr Macdonald, and how was he different from Kezia’s father?

Answer

Mr. Macdonalds, were her next-door neighbour. Mr Macdonald was just opposite to the Kezia’s father as he gave a lot of time to his children. Kezia’s father had harsh looks while Macdonald was always smiling and playing with his children. Unlike Kezia’s father he never punished his children as he laughed when the hose was targeted at him by his children.

3. How does Kezia begin to see her father as a human being who needs her sympathy?

Answer

Kezia had negative views about her father who never appreciated her love for him. One day mother became ill. Her mother and grandmother were at the hospital and Kezia is left at home in the care of Alice, the cook who put her to bed.

She used to have nightmares and one such dream she sees that night also. She calls for her grandmother for help but, to her surprise, she finds her father standing near her bed.

He takes her in his arms and makes her sleep next to him. Half asleep, she creeps close to him, snuggles her head under his arm, and holds tightly to his shirt. Her father asks her to rub her feet against his legs for warmth.
Her father’s care in the absence of her granny transformed her feelings for her father. She realises that he has to work hard every day and this leaves him too tired to be like Mr Macdonald. She expresses her feelings for her father by calling him a father with a ‘big heart’ and tells that he was her dear father.

Page No: 39

Thinking about Language

I. Look at the following sentence.

1. Use an appropriate word from the synonyms given above in the following sentences. Clues are given in brackets. 
(i) She was __________ by the news of her brother’s wedding. (very pleased)

(ii) I was __________to be invited to the party. (extremely pleased and excited about)
(iii) She was __________ at the birth of her granddaughter. (extremely happy)
(iv) The coach was __________ with his performance. (satisfied about)
(v) She was very __________ with her results. (happy about something that has happened).

Answer

(i) She was thrilled by the news of her brother’s wedding.
(ii) I was delighted to be invited to the party.
(iii) She was overjoyed at the birth of her granddaughter.
(iv) The coach was pleased with his performance.
(v) She was very happy with her results.

2. Study the use of the word big in the following sentence.
He was so big − his hands and his neck, especially his mouth…
Here, big means large in size.

Now, consult a dictionary and find out the meaning of big in the following sentences. The first one has been done for you.
(i) You are a big girl now. older
(ii) Today you are going to take the biggest decision of your career. _________
(iii) Their project is full of big ideas. _________
(iv) Cricket is a big game in our country. _________
(v) I am a big fan of Lata Mangeshkar. _________
(vi) You have to cook a bit more as my friend is a big eater. _________
(vii) What a big heart you’ve got, Father dear. _________

Answer

(ii) most important 

(iii) innovation

(iv) popular

(v) great 

(vi) gourmand

(vii) generous

Page No: 40

1. Underline the verbs of reporting in the following sentences.
(i) He says he will enjoy the ride.
(ii) Father mentioned that he was going on a holiday.
(iii) No one told us that the shop was closed.
(iv) He answered that the price would go up.
(v) I wondered why he was screaming.
(vi) Ben told her to wake him up.
(vii) Ratan apologised for coming late to the party.

Answer

(i) He says he will enjoy the ride.
(ii) Father mentioned that he was going on a holiday.
(iii) No one told us that the shop was closed.
(iv) He answered that the price would go up.
(v) I wondered why he was screaming.
(vi) Ben told her to wake him up.
(vii) Ratan apologized for coming late to the party.

2. Some verbs of reporting are given in the box. Choose the appropriate verbs and fill in the blanks in the following sentences.

were complainingshoutedreplied
remarkedorderedsuggested


(i) “I am not afraid,” __________ the woman.
(ii) “Leave me alone,” my mother __________.
(iii) The children __________ that the roads were crowded and noisy.
(iv) “Perhaps he isn’t a bad sort of a chap after all,” __________the master.
(v) “Let’s go and look at the school ground,” __________ the sports teacher.
(vi) The traffic police __________ all the passers-by to keep off the road.

Answer

(i) “I am not afraid,” replied the woman.
(ii) “Leave me alone,” my mother shouted.
(iii) The children were complaining that the roads were crowded and noisy.
(iv) “Perhaps he isn’t a bad sort of a chap after all,” remarked the man.
(v) “Let’s go and look at the school ground,” suggested the sports teacher.
(vi) The traffic police ordered all the passers-by to keep off the road.

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