Think about it

Page no- 11

1. How does Toto come to grandfather’s private zoo?

Ans. The grandfather loved animals a lot. He bought Toto from a tonga-driver who always tied the monkey to a feeding-trough and the monkey looked so out of place that the grandfather decided to add him to his private zoo.

2.“Toto was a pretty monkey.” In what sense is Toto pretty?

Ans. Toto was indeed a pretty monkey. His eyes sparkled with mischief beneath deep-set eyebrows, and his teeth, which were a pearly white in colour. His smile frightened the life of out of elderly Anglo-Indian ladies. But his hands were dried up as though they had been pickled in the sun for years.  His tail served as a third hand. All these made him ‘pretty’.

3. Why does grandfather take Toto to Saharanpur and why?

Ans. In the beginning Toto was kept with the other pets but he didn’t allow the other pets to sleep at night. So, he had to be shifted or else the grandmother would get to know about him as a result of which the grandfather decided to take Toto with him to Saharanpur. Moreover, he was supposed to get pension over there.

4. How does Toto take a bath? Where has he learnt to do this? How does Toto almost boil himself alive?

Ans. Toto was given a large bowl of warm water by the grandmother for his bath on the cold winter evenings. He had various techniques. He used to test the temperature with his hand and then gradually step into it. At first, he would step with one foot and then with the other until he was into the water upto the neck.

He had learnt this from his grandfather.

Once, a large kitchen kettle had been kept on the fire for making tea. Thinking it to be the water kept for bath, Toto initially checked it to be warm enough and got into it with his head sticking out from the open kettle. But the water continued to boil and Toto after finding that it was cold outside sat again. He continued hopping up and down for some time until the grandmother rescued him and thus, in this way, he was half-boiled.

5. Why does the author say, “Toto was not the sort of pet we could keep for long”?

Ans. The author said that Toto was not that sort of pet which could be kept for long as he was very notorious. He disturbed the other pets and didn’t allow them to sleep. Not only the pets, but he also disturbed the family members. He torn dresses and destroyed the closet. He used to destroy things like dishes, clothes, curtains and wallpaper and the grandfather couldn’t afford the frequent losses, as a result of which he decided to return Toto.