NCERT TEXTBOOK ANSWERS OF Bepin Choudhury’s Lapse of Memory || CBSE CLASS 8 ENGLISH || Honeydew

Comprehensive Check

Page no-62

  1. Why did the man stare at Bepin Babu in disbelief?

Ans. The man, Parimal Ghose, was quite surprised when he got to know that Bepin Babu couldn’t remember anything about the Ranchi trip. That was the reason why he stared at Bepin Babu in disbelief.

2. Where did Bepin Babu say he went in October ’58?

Ans. Bepin Babu said that he was in Kanpur during puja in October ’58.

3. Mention any three (or more) things that Parimal Ghose knew about Bepin Babu.

Ans. Parimal Ghose knew a lot of things about Bepin Babu. He knew that his wife had died ten years ago and had no children. Moreover, his brother went insane and died on the same year.

Comprehension Check

Page no- 65

  1. Why did Bepin Babu worry about what Parimal Ghose had said?

Ans. Bepin Babu was quite shocked after the man named Parimal Ghose had provided such intimate details about him. Moreover, he also mentioned about the cut mark on his right knee. The cut was quite old one, so he didn’t know how it actually happened. The man also mentioned about Dinesh Mukherji.

2. How did he try to decide who was right- his memory or Parimal Ghose?

Ans. To resolve the confusion, Bepin Babu decided to consult with Dinesh Mukherji as Parimal Ghose mentioned about Dinesh Mukherji.

3. Why did Bepin Babu hesitate to visit Mr. Mukherji? Why?

Ans. Bepin Babu hesitated to visit Mr. Mukherji as he thought instead of visiting him, he should make a call as in that case he might think him mad and that would be ridiculous. So, he regarded the call to be a better option.

4. What did Mr. Mukherji say? Did it confront Bepin Babu, or add to his worries?

Ans. Dinesh Mukherji told that he had visited two places, Krishnanagar and Ranchi.

It made him more worried. After that, he lost his appetite.

Comprehension Check

Page no- 68

  1. Why was Chunilal? What did he want from Bepin Babu?

Ans. Chunilal was a friend of Bepin Babu at his school.

Chunilal was going through tough times as a result of which he had been visiting him frequently for help. Earlier, he had worked in a travel agency. He wanted Bepin Babu to help him get a job.

2. Why was Dr Chanda puzzled? What was unusual about Bepin Babu’s loss of memory?

Ans.  Dr. Chanda told that he had never encountered a case as such. It was completely out of his experience. So, he was quite puzzled.

Bepin Babu had a strong memory. But he forgot only about the trip to Ranchi. This was unusual about Bepin Babu’s loss of memory.

Comprehensive Check

Page no- 70

  1. Had Bepin Babu really lost his memory and forgotten all about a trip to Ranchi?

Ans. No, Bepin Babu had not lost his memory. Chunilal intentionally planned everything in order to teach him a lesson. He had actually never visited Ranchi.

  • 2.  Why do you Chunilal did what he did? Chunilal says he has no money: what is it that he does have?

Ans. Chunilal was in trouble and needed money badly, but then he didn’t get any help from his friend, Bepin. So, in order to teach him a lesson, Chunilal had planned everything.

Chunilal said that he had no money rather he had wits.

Working with the text

Page no- 70

  1. The author describes Bepin Babu as a serious and hardworking man. What evidence can you find in the story to support this?

Ans. The story “Bepin Choudhury’s Lapse of Memory” by Satyajit Ray describes Bepin Babu to be a serious and hardworking man. He loved reading books and didn’t like spending time in idle chat. He never skipped office and was determined to his work.

  • 2. Why did Bepin Babu change his mind about meeting Chunilal? What was the result of this meeting?

Ans. Bepin Babu was not feeling well and didn’t wish to meet anyone at that moment. But he thought that Chunilal might remember about the trip. So, he changed his mind about meeting Chunilal.

But after meeting, he became hopeless as Chuni told that he remembered about the Ranchi Trip.

  • 3. Bepin Babu lost consciousness at Hudroo Falls. What do you think was the reason for this?

Ans. Bepin Babu couldn’t remember anything about the Ranchi Trip. This made him hopeless. He might have thought that he will never be able to get rid of the illness.

  • 4. How do you think Bepin Babu reacted when he found out that Chunilal had tricked him?

Ans. Bepin Babu might have regretted for not helping his school friend. He also had learnt a lesson.

Working with language

Page no-71

  1. Look at these two sentences.
  2. He had to buy at least five books to last him through the week.
  3. Bepin had to ask Chuni to leave.

Had to is used to show that it was very important or necessary for Bepin Babu to do something. He had no choice. We can also use ‘have to’ / ‘has to’ in the same way.

Fill in the blanks below using ‘had to’ / ‘have to’ / ‘has to’.

  • I ____________cut my hair every month.
  • We _____________go swimming lessons last year.
  • She _____________tell the principal the truth.
  • They ____________take the baby to the doctor.
  • We ______________ complain to the police about the noise.
  • Romit ____________finish his homework before he could come out to play.
  • I ______________ repair my cycle yesterday.

Ans. (i) have to

(ii) had to

(iii) had

(iv) had to

(v) have to

(vi) had to (vii) Had to

  • Here are a few idioms that you will find in the story. Look for them in the dictionary in the following way.

First, arrange them in the order in which you would find them in a dictionary.

(Clue: An idiom is usually listed under the first noun, verb, adjective or adverb in it. Ignore articles or prepositions in the idiom).

To help you, we have put it bold the word under which you must look for the idiom in the dictionary.)

  • at/from close quarters       (close:adjective)
  • break into a smile                (break: verb; look under

                                                ‘break into something’)

  • carry on                                  (carry: verb)
  • have a clean record              (you may find related

                                                  meanings under both

                                                  these words)

  • beat about the bush              (verb)

Now refer to your dictionary and find out what they mean.

Ans.  (i) nearby

(ii) smile suddenly

(iii) continue doing something

(iv) a person has never broken rules

(v) guessing without having proper information

  • Study the sentences in the columns below.
  I saw this movie yesterday.  I have seen this movie yesterday
Bepin Babu worked here for a week  last year.Bepin Babu has worked here since 2003.
Chunilal wrote to a publisher last week.Chunilal has written to a publisher.  
I visited Ranchi once, long ago.I have visited Ranchi once before.

Compare the sentences in the two columns, especially the verb forms. Answer the following questions about each pair of sentences.

  • Which column tells us that Bepin Babu is still working at the same place?
  • Which column suggests that Chunilal is now waiting for a reply from the publisher?
  • Which column suggests that the person still remembers the movie he saw?
  • Which column suggests that the experience of visiting Ranchi is still fresh in the speaker’s mind?

Ans. (i) A

(ii) A

(iii) B

(iv) A

  • Given below are jumbled sentences. Working in groups, rearrange the words in each sentence to form correct sentences.

You will find each sentence contains an idiomatic expression that you have come across in the lesson. Underline the idiom and write down its meaning. Then use your dictionary to check the meaning.

Jumbled sentence:  vanished/ The car/ seemed to / into thin / have/ air.

Ans. The car seemed to have vanished into thin air.

Idiom: vanished into thin air: disappeared or vanished in a mysterious way

  • Stop / and tell me/ beating about/ what you want/ the bush

Ans: Stop beating about the bush and tell me what you want.

Idiom: beating about the bush: talk vaguely

  • Don’t pay/  If you/ attention/ you might/ the wrong train/ to the announcement/ board

 Ans: If you don’t pay attention to the announcement, you might board the wrong train.

Idiom: pay attention: being careful

  • The villagers/ tried/ the crime/ on the young women/ to pin.

Ans. The villagers tried to pin the crime on the young women.

Idiom: pin the crime on: implicate the wrong person.

  • Bepin Babu/ orders to/ telling people / under/ loved/doctor’s / eat early/ that he was

Ans. Bepin Babu loved telling people that he was under doctor’s order to eat early.

Idiom: under doctor’s order: under instruction of the doctor.

  • The students/ The teacher/ his eyebrows / when/ said that/ all their lessons/ raised/ they had revised.

Ans. The teacher raised his eyebrows when the students said that they had revised all their lessons.

Idiom: raised his eyebrows: showing annoyance.