Very Short Answer Type Questions
- Who is Mridu and with whom Mridu went to Rukku Manni’s place?
Ans. Mridu is a young girl Mridu went to Rukku Manni’s place alongwith her Tapi.
- Why was Ravi dragging Mridu towards the backyard?
Ans. Ravi was dragging Mridu to the backyard to show her the newly found cat.
- Why were the red chilli kept in the backyard?
Ans. Red chillies were kept in the backyard for drying.
- The beggar was leaning against what in Ravi’s garden?
Ans. The beggar was leaning against the trunk of the neem tree in Ravi’s garden.
- Mridu had noticed in front of Meena’s house a pair of chappals. Whom did they belong to?
Ans. The pair of chappals that Mridu had seen in front of Ravi’s house belonged to the music teacher.
- Who used to give away everything he had, which even included his gold earrings?
Ans. Karna from Mahabharata used to give away everything he had which even included his gold earnings.
- With whom did the music teacher compared Ravi with?
Ans. The music teacher compared Ravi with the Jord Hanuman and called him a Hanuman incarnate.
Short Answer Type Questions
- What was in the cat’s name that pleased Mridu?
Ans. Ravi had named the kitten Mahendravarma Pallava Poonai, MP Poonai in short. They were calling him Mahendran. Mridu liked the name because it sounded real to her and was different from the usual cute names kept for cats in general.
- How did Ravi link his cat with the Pallava kings?
Ans. Ravi felt that his cat was a descendant of the Rishi Cat of Mahabalipuram. He claimed that during his class trip to Mahabalipuram, he had seen statue of a cat there which he believed was an ancestor of this cat. He felt that the lion in the emblem of the Pallava king was a close relative of his cat.
- What made Ravi feel that Lalli will never learn to play the violin?
Ans. Ravi felt that Lalli will never learn to play violin. The music teacher used to play the perfect notes, but she kept on going off tracks. It was like her train getting derailed again and again while the teacher’s was running smoothly on the track.
- Why Rukku Manni asked Ravi to send away the beggar?
Ans. Rukku Manni was fed up with the beggar coming to her place daily for over a week now. She was tired giving him food and other items. She wanted him to find another house and stop coming to their place. So she asked Ravi to send him away.
- What did the beggar feel about the ladies of the household?
Ans. The beggar felt that the ladies of the household were very kind. They have enabled him survive for a week by giving him food to eat. He called them generous and found it hard to believe that they wanted to send him away.
Long Answer Type Questions
- Describe Ravi’s character in the story.
Ans. Ravi was an intelligent child. He had good observation skills and possessed sound knowledge of history. He was playful, but had a good sense of humour. He managed to get milk for the kitten in front of Paati’s eyes. He also applied his intelligence and gave music teacher’s chappals to the beggar. He was kind and generous and remembered the story of Karna which Rukku Manni had told him.
- Compare how the music teacher played the violin with that of Lalli’s.
Ans. The music teacher played the violin smoothly. His notes seemed to float up and then settled down perfectly into the invisible tracks of the melody. His hand moved the violin’s stem effortlessly and produced a melodious music. Lalli on the other hand seemed to struggle with the violin. The instrument appeared unhappy and helpless in her hands. She kept on missing the tracks and produced a kind of noise which even scared Mahendran.
- Why was Ravi upset with the elders?
Ans. Ravi was upset with the elders because he had always been told by them to be kind towards animals, but whenever he had tried to do so he had received screaming in return.
He had found the same elders calling these animals’ dirty creatures. Rukku Manni had told her about Karna who would give away everything he had to help others. Ravi had tried to help the beggar by giving away the music teacher’s chappals to him, but still Rukku Manni was angry with him.
Value Based Questions
- What is the moral of the story, elaborate it.
Ans. The moral of this story is to help people in need. The beggar was in need of the slippers. He had blisters in his feet. They did the right thing Gopu Mama can buy another pair of slippers but the beggar didn’t have the money to buy them. We should help people in need. There is no harm in giving away a bit of those things that are surplus to us. We should give food, dresses and sweaters to poor. For us that might not have much value, but it can save someone else’s life.
- Was Rukku Manni right when she took the side of the children?
Ans. Yes, Rukku Manni did the right thing taking the side of the children. Elders should understand the reasons behind the acts of the kids. At times they might not seek their permission frightened, that they will be scolded but might be doing the right thing.
Parents and elders must see the situation from the point of view of the children and if they are right they should be applauded. If they have gone wrong at a point the same should be explained to them with ease.