A GIFT OF CHAPPALS Textbook solutions and answers cbse-class-vii-english

1. What is
the secret that Meena shares with Mridu in the backyard?
Ans.   Mridu is let to know
that they have a small kitten hidden behind a thick bitter berry bush in the
backyard. The kitten is sheltered inside a torn football filled with sand. Owing
to the hateful attitude of Paati towards the cats this was kept as secret and
was shared to Mridu.
2.   How
does Ravi get milk for the kitten?
Ravi is a master pretender. To get milk for the kitten, Ravi went to the
kitchen. But he encountered his grandmother when he was holding a glass of
milk. On questioning by grandmother, he told that he was hungry and really had
to drink most of the milk in front of the grandmother. When grandmother asked
the tumbler back, he told her that he would wash it himself. And before grandmother
was having a serious doubt, he ran, poured the milk, washed the tumbler and put
it back at the same place.
3.   Who
does he say the kitten’s ancestors are? Do you believe him?
Ravi, the pivotal character in the story, demanded that one of the descendants
of the Egyptian cat – goddess was a stow away in a Pallava ship. He opined that
Mahabalipuram Rishi cat was the descendant of one of the descendants of
Egyptian cat goddess and their kitten is the present descendant of
Mahabalipuram Rishi Cat.
     There is no iota of doubt that the
genealogy of the kitten given by Ravi is untrue and not to be believed.

4. Ravi has a lot to say about M.P.Poonai.
This shows that
(i) he is merely trying to
impress Mridu.
(ii) his knowledge of
history is sound.
(iii) he has a rich
(iv) he is an intelligent
Which of these statements do you
agree/disagree to?
Ravi has a lot to say about M.P. Poonai. This shows that
he has a rich imagination.
5.   What
was the noise that started Mridu and frightened Mahendran?
     It was a bizarre sound- a ‘Kreech’
that startled Mridu to the utmost and made Mahendran dull to the bone. It was
the result of Lali’s futile attempt at acquiring mastery over the violin.
Q.1. The
music master is making lovely music, Read aloud the sentence in the text that
expresses this idea.
Ans– The line that shows that the music master is
making lovely music is –
music-master’s notes seemed to float up and settle perfectly into the invisible
tracks of the melody. It was like the wheels of a train fitting smoothly into
rails and whizzing along.”  
A.2. Had
the beggar come to Rukku manni’s house for the first time? Give reasons for
your answer.
No , the beggar had not been to the house of Rukku Manni’s house for the first
time. According to      Paati the beggar
had been coming to their house every day for the past week and now he should
find any other house for begging. Further we become sure about this when the beggar
says –
“The ladies
of this house are very kind souls. I have kept my body and soul together on
their generosity for a whole week. I cannot believe that they would turn me
Q.3. “A sharp V-shaped line had formed
between her eyebrows”, what does it suggest to you about Rukku Manni’s mood?
A V-shaped line between her eyebrows is suggestive of a scowl or frown. This
vehemently indicates that Rukku Manni is fully annoyed and angry with the

 Working with the Text
Q.2. Describe the music teacher.
Sitting opposite to Lali and most of his back to the window , it was clear
that  the music master was skinny and
middle aged. He was a bald headed person with a fringe of oiled black hair
falling around his ears and had an old fashioned tuft. Around his leathery
neck, there was a gold chain shining and there was glittering diamond ring on
his hand with a large foot stuck out he was playing a violin. Besides, he had a
scrawny big toe hitting the floor and a gold bordered veshti.
Q. 3. i) What makes Mridu conclude that
the beggar has no money to buy chappals?
When Mridu noticed that the feet of the beggar was totally blistered, she
concluded that the beggar for not having money could not buy chappals and had
those blisters.
     ii) What does she suggest to show her concern?
Out of empathy and pain when Mridu asked Ravi if he had any pair of old
slippers to give the beggar, she had her eyes filled with tears. She was
totally moved by the miserable condition of the beggar and longed for something
to soothe his feet.
Q.4. “Have you children …” she began, and
then, seeing they were curiously quite, went on move slowly, “seen anyone
lurking around the verandah?”
i)      What do
you thing Rukku Manni really wanted to ask?
     Annoyed was Rukku Manni when she
heard about the missing of the chappals of the music master. She came out and
wanted to ask whether they saw the chappals being stolen.
ii)    Why did
she change her question?
She was about to ask then about the whereabouts of the chappals of the music
master. But she found them against the situation i.e. they were suspiciously
quiet. All on a sudden she felt and suspected them to have done something with
the vanishing of the slippers.
iii)  What did
she think had happened?
Rukku Manni might have doubted that those three had hidden the slippers of the
music master in a childish frolic.
Q.5. On getting Gopu Mama’s Chappals, the
music master tried not to look happy. Why?
Ans. The music master pretended to look unhappy for
he wanted to show his irritation and grudge for the act done. The poor beggar
with blistered feet was in miserable condition. When he got the slippers, he
was gratified to the utmost. And though the music master eyes lit up for the
almost new chappals, he ostentatiously, presented himself unhappy.
Q.6. On
getting the gift of chappals, the beggar vanished in a minute. Why was he is
such a hurry to leave?
It was like a boon to the beggar when he got the pair of chappals. He created a
sense of pity in the children showing his blisters on his bare feet. Ignored by
Rukku Manni when the beggar showed his concern for hot road, Ravi gave him the
chappals of the music master. Without wasting the opportunity the beggar stepped
in and was vanished so that there would be nobody to stop.

Q.7. Walking
towards the kitchen with Mridu and Meena, Rukku Manni began to laugh. What made
her laugh?
Rukku Manni recollected a habitual fact of Gopu Mama. He always puts on slippers
after coming from the office. Rukku Manni laughed thinking about the reaction
of Gopu Mama would give when he would listen that his chappals are given to the
music master for the music master’s one is donated to the beggar.

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