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Prose -A HERO (2 Marks Questions)

Swami’s father drew his attention to a report in the newspaper. What was the report about? The newspaper report was about the braver of a village lad who while returning home fought with a tiger. He stayed half a day on the tree till some people came and killed the tiger.

What was swami’s comment on the news paper report? How did his view differ from that of his father? Swami commented that the boy cannot kill the tiger and he must be a grown –up person. But Swami’s father commented that one who has courage can do anything and strength and age are not important. But for swami strength and age are important rather than courage.

What desperate attempts did Swami make to escape from his father?He tried to change the subject by asking his father to join the cricket club.He requested his father to allow him to sleep in the office room from the first of next month.He went silently and pretended like sleeping beside his granny.When he was following his father to office room he looked at his mother and granny.He told his father that there were scorpions behind the law books in the office room.

Why do you think Swami looked at his granny and his mother while following his father to the office room? Swami looked at his granny and his mother while following his father to the office room because he thought they would stop his father taking him to the office room and support him. He did not like to sleep on the office room alone.

As silence deepened in the room, what was Swami reminded of? As silence deepened in the room Swami reminded the stories of devils and ghosts he had heard in his life. For example His Chum Mani had seen the devil in the banyan tree at his street end and the poor Muniswami’s father spat out blood when the devil slapped him near the river.

Why did Swami feel that his father’s proposition was frightful? Swami thought his proposition was frightful. Because he always slept beside his granny in the passage, and any change in this arrangement kept him awake all the night.

There was absolute silence in the room. in spite of it, some noises reached Swami’s ears. What were they? ln silence in the office room Swami heard some noises -the tickling off the clock, rustling of trees, snoring sound, humming sound of vague

As night advanced, Swami felt that something terrible would happen to him. What would it be? How would it happen? It would be devil. As night advanced, Swami felt that something terrible would happen to him. He thought that the devils would come up to him and carry him away

How was Swami honored by his classmates, teacher and the headmaster? His classmates looked at him with respect, and his teacher patted his back. The headmaster said that he was a true scout.

Why were congratulations showered on Swami the next day? Congratulations were showered on Swami the next day because Swami slept alone in the office room and he was able to catch the notorious house breaker of the district and helped the police.

Why did father want Swami to sleep alone in the office room? Father wanted Swami to sleep alone in the office room because he wanted Swami to sleep alone in the office room to show his courage. He also wanted Swami to stop sleeping beside his granny like a baby and develop courage good habit.

Why did Swami feel relieved at the end? Swami felt relieved at the end because his father gave up the idea of making him sleep alone in the office room thereafter.

Do you think Swami really wanted to join the police? lf not, what did he want to be? Swami did not want to join the police. He wanted to be an engine driver, a railway guard, or a bus conductor later in life.

Why did Swami say that there were scorpions behind the law books? Swami said that there were scorpions behind the law books because he did not like to sleep in the office room and it was just a trick to escape from his father.

How was Swami’s opinion different than his father’s view on courage? Swami had different opinion than his father. he thought that age and strength of man is very important. His father believed that courage is important, a man can do everything if he has courage.

Did Swami and his father have same opinion on Courage? if yes / not give reasons. No, They had different opinion. Swami had different opinion than his father. he thought that age and strength of man is very important. His father believed that courage is important, a man can do everything if he has courage.

Why do you think His headmaster called Swami was a true scout? Swami slept alone in the office room and he was able to catch the notorious house breaker of the district. It was a great show of Swami’s bravery and courage. so headmaster called him

How did Swami react when his father asked him to sleep in the office room? Swami was afraid of darkness. When his father challenged to sleep he thought the challenge was frightful. He also tried to change the subject.

What thoughts came to his mind when his father made him sleep in the office room? Swami thought he father was a cruel nature person. He hated the news paper for printing the story. He also wished that tiger had not spared the boy.

PROSE – 4 MARKS (A HERO)

A report about a boy in the newspaper was an unexpected event in Swami’s life. Justify.The newspaper carried a report about a village lad who had fought bravely against a tiger, while he was returning home by the jungle path. Swami argued that a boy could not fight a tiger, it had to be a strong, grown-up person. His father disagreed saying that courage was more important. Swami was not ready to accept this. His father then challenged him to show his courage by sleeping alone in the office that night. While Swami was sleeping there, he saw a dark figure. Believing it to be the devil. Swami dug his teeth into its leg. It turned out to be a notorious burglar whose loud cry brought others to the scene. The burglar was caught and Swami became a hero over night.

What desperate attempts did Swami make to escape from his father? Swami’s father challenged him to sleep alone in the office room that night. Swami was filled with fear and tried desperately to make his father change his mind. He told his father that he would sleep alone from the first of the next month. But his father did not agree. Swami then went to sleep near his granny, pulled the blanket over his face and pretended to be fast asleep. However, his father soon came there and pulled him out of bed. Swami tried to appeal to his mother and granny but not successful. Then swami told his father that office room was dusty and scorpions were there. Swami’s father didn’t leave him but made him sleep in the office room.

Narrate Swami’s dreadful experience when he was lying under the bench. Swami crept under the bench, shut his eyes light and covered himself with the blanket. Soon he fell asleep. He began to have a nightmare that a tiger was chasing him. He tried to escape. He groaned in despair. He put his hand out to feel his granny’s presence, but he touched wooden leg ofthe bench. He moved to the edge of the bench and thought that the devil would pull him out and tear him as it came nearer, he crawled, hugged and used his teeth on it like a mortal weapon. Swami had a dreadful experience under the bench.

Narrate how a coward boy Swami became a hero overnight? Swami inevitably had to sleep in the office room. He spent that tight with the fear of the devils and the nightmares. Then He saw something moving in darkness. He thought that his end had come and the devil had come to carry him away. Finally as an attempt for survival he hugged it with all his might, and used his teeth as mortal weapon on it. It was not the devil but the burglar who cried with agony and fell amidst the furniture with a bleeding ankle. The notorious house breaker of the district was arrested by the police. The police were grateful to him.His classmates looked upon him with respect, his teacher patted him and his head master appreciated that he was a true scout. Thus unknowingly Swami became a ‘hero ‘overnight

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Prose -A HERO (Extracts)

”Aiyo! Something has bitten me,

  • Who cried “Aiyo! Something has bitten me,”? The burglar cried
  • Why caused him to make an agonized cry? As he entered the office room swami saw him and managed to catch his leg and bite with his teeth.
  • When did he make agonized cry? when the burglar try to enter the office room through the window Swami caught his leg and bit him

”Please, please shut up granny. Don’t talk to me, and don’t let anyone call me even if the house is on fire. lf I don’t sleep at once, perhaps I shall die.”

  • Who requested like this? Swami requested his granny
  • Why did he request so? Because he wanted to escape from his father by just pretending to be asleep
  • Did swami success in his effort? No

“Why do you disturb him”

  • Who do you think is the speaker of the statement? Granny
  • Who was disturbing him? Swami’s father was disturbing him
  • Why did speaker make the statement? Swami’s father was waking him up very often. he wanted him to sleep in the office room.

“let me sleep in the hall, Father, Your office room is very dusty and there may be scorpions behind your law books”

  • Who wanted to sleep in the hall? Swami wanted to sleep in the hall.
  • Why did the speaker complain that there were scorpions in the office room? No, There were no scorpions actually. It was just a trick to escape from his father
  • Why did father want him to sleep in the office room? to make him courageous boy.

I’ll make you the laughing stock of your school

  • Who is the pronoun ‘you’ referred here? Swami
  • Who wanted to make him the laughing stock of his school? Swami’s father wanted to make Swami the laughing stock of his school.
  • Why did speaker tell like that? Because Swami used to sleep beside his granny like a baby. He wanted him to be courageous

”1 think he must have been a very strong and grown-up person, not a boy at all. How could a boy fight a tiger?”

  • Who is the speaker? /Who said this? Swami
  • What does the speaker mean by this statement? The speaker means that the news paper report was wrong as the boy cannot fight a tiger and he must have been a grownup person.
  • what do you understand about speaker? The speaker means that he believes that strength and age are important

“How can it be father? Suppose I have all the courage what could I do if a tiger should attack me?”

  • Who is the speaker? /Who asked this? Swami
  • Why did the speaker say so? The speaker means that he believes that strength and age are important.
  • How did the response affect him? His father challenged him to sleep alone in the office room to show his courage

Leave alone strength, can you prove that you have courage?

  • Who posed this challenge to whom? Swami’s Father challenged to his son Swami.
  • Did he accept the challenge? No, He did not accept the challenge.
  • What was the response? Swami thought that lt was a frightful proposition for him

”From the first of the next month, l’ll sleep alone father.”

  • Who wanted to sleep alone? Swami wanted to sleep alone.
  • Why did he request his father to allow him sleep alone from the first of next month? He requested his father to allow him to sleep from the first of next month only to escape from his father.
  • What reply did speaker get? Swami’s father told him to sleep in the office room that day itself.

”No, you must do it now, You are in the second form and I don’t like the way you are being brought up”

  • Who commanded like this? Swami’s father commanded Swami like this.
  • What is second form mean here? Swami slept beside his granny or mother like a baby. he was not being brought like a courageous and brave boy.
  • Why did the speaker make the statement? Father was not happy with the way his son was being brought up. He wanted his son to be more courageous

“Don’t cover your face. are you really very sleepy?”

  • Who do you think is the speaker? Granny
  • Did he really getting sleep? No
  • Why do you thing he was covering his face?/ Why did he behave like that? Swami’s father commended him sleep in the office room in that night. he wanted to escape from sleeping as he was afraid of darkness. He was behaving like that.

“Boy, are you already feeling sleepy? don’t you want to hear a story?

  • Who is the boy here? Swami
  • Who is the speaker? Granny
  • What do you think speaker made the statement? Swami slept early that day without hearing stories
  • What made the Boy sleep early? His father commanded him to sleep in the office room in that night.

“I hardly know anything about the boy”

  • Who is the pronoun ‘I’ referred here? I refer to Swami’s mother
  • When did speaker make the statement? When looked at his wife with angriness and disappointment for bringing his son discourageously
  • What does the statement mean? Swami’s father didn’t know about the boy was being brought up. his granny was looked him up