NCERT Solutions for Class 9th: Ch 7 Packing Beehive English
I. Discuss in pairs and answer each question below in a short paragraph (30 − 40 words).
1. There are four characters in the narrative. They are Jerome (the narrator), George, Harris and Montmorency (the dog).
2. The narrator volunteered to do packing because he thought he was the best packer. He felt proud of his packing and wanted to show it.
3. George and Harris readily accepted Jerome’s suggestion. George smoked a pipe and “spread himself over the easy-chair”, while Harris put his legs on the table and lit a cigar.
No, Jerome irritated by their reaction.
4. When Jerome offered to pack, his real intention was to supervise the work. He wanted to show his ability through the supervision.
5. After the bag was shut and strapped, Harris mentioned that Jerome had not packed the boots.
He had waited till then to ask because he wanted to make Jerome realise his mistake and ridicule his packing skills.
6. The "horrible idea" that occurred to Jerome a little later was wether he had packed his toothbrush or not. Whenever he travelled he could never remember if he had packed his toothbrush or not. This thought haunted him and made his life a misery.
7. Jerome finally found the tooth brush inside a boot when he was putting the things back one by one after turning them out of the bag.
8. Jerome had to reopen the packed bag twice owing to his forgetfulness. Once he had to reopen the bag as he had forgotten to pack the boots. The next time, he unpacked when he realised he had packed his tobacco-pouch in.
9. George and Harris offered to pack the hampers because It was getting late and they thought that Jerome had taken too much of time. They also wanted to show their skill to Jerome.
10. Statements (i), (iii), (iv), (vi) and (vii) are true.
II. What does Jerome say was Montmorency’s ambition in life? What do you think of Montmorency and why?
Jerome says Montmorency’s ambition in life was to get in the way and he sworn at. Montmorency was a mischievous little dog who loved creating troubles for others. I think that Montmorency was a perfect nuisance because whenever he found people busy with their work, he might feel bored and wanted to get involved. He meant no trouble intentionally. But when people shouted at him or threw things at his head, he got discouraged and then went away to sit silently, which the narrator calls as the fulfillment of his conceit.
III. Discuss in groups and answer the following questions in two or three paragraphs (100 −150 words)
1. Of the three, Jerome is the best packer He knew how to arrange things in order. Both Harris and George messed everything. Harris packed the strawberry jam on top of a tomato and squashed it. George stepped on the butter. They were getting constantly irritated by Montmorency. Till the time Jerome packed, although he took his time, the job. They even kept things behind them and then kept searching for it. They made everything such a mess.
2. The packing escapade was already a messy job and Montmorency's contribution made it even more tiresome. He did his level best to be a “perfect nuisance”.
He came and sat down on things, just when they were wanted to be packed. He put his leg into the jam and worried the teaspoons. He also pretended that the lemons were rats. So he got into the hamper and killed three of them before Harris could land him with the frying-pan.
3. Yes, this story is definitely funny. Not only is the way in which the three friends pack for their trip quite mirthful, but the way the author narrates all the incidents is also entertaining.
The first humorous element is that he offered to pack, George and Harris leaves the whole matter to him. Consequently, he has to do packing though his real intention was to boss the job.
The second humorous element is that George placed the butter on the chair and Harris sat on it and it stuck at his back. When they searched it for packing it was missing. They walk and walk round the room. At last, George saw it at Harris’s back.
The third humorous element is that Montmorency squirms in where he is not wanted. He wants somebody stumble over him and curse him steadily for an hour. He pretends that lemons were rats.
I. Match the words/phrases in Column A with their meanings in Column B.
1 - (viii)
2 - (vi)
3 - (v)
4 - (ii)
5 - (vii)
6 - (iv)
7 - (iii)
8 - (i)
II. Use suitable words or phrases from Column A above to complete the paragraph given below.
A Traffic Jam
During power cuts, when traffic lights go off, there is utter at crossroads. Drivers add to the confusion by over their right of way, and nearly come to blows. Sometimes passers-by, seeing a few policemen at regulating traffic, step in to help. This gives them a feeling of having something.
III. Look at the sentences below. Notice that the verbs (italicised) are all in their bare form.
(iii) Look Before you leap.
Don't make a mountain out of a mole hill.
(iv) Live and let Live.
Don't put all your eggs in one basket.
(v) Mind your own business.
Never put off till tomorrow what you can do today.
(vi) Be first at the feast and last at the fight.