DAV Class 8 English Literature Book Solutions Chapter 3 The Fun They Had

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DAV Class 8 English Literature Chapter 3 Question Answer – The Fun They Had

Pre-Reading Task

Question 1.
Read these questions and share your responses with your partner.
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(i) At what time do you go to your school? Do you like going to school? Why, or why not?
I go to school in the morning. Yes, I like to go to school because there I learn many things and make many friends. I also learn values of life in my school.

(ii) What would happen if your teachers were replaced by computers?
We learn many things from our teachers. So, if our teachers were replaced by computers, we would be deprived of these things. Furthermore nobody would scold us on our mistakes. But we would get answers to the questions immediately and our homework would be checked quickly.

(iii) How long does it take you to reach your school? Do you enjoy the journey?
I go to school by bus. It takes hardly an hour to reach my school. Yes, I enjoy the journey. I enjoy the company of my friends in the bus also.

(iv) Do you like vacation? Why?
I like vacation very much because I can relax in holidays. After vacation, I start going to school again with new spirit.

(v) What would your prefer: studying at home or going to school?
I would prefer going to school because it develops our personality. I also learn new things everyday in school.

(vi) How many hours do you work on a computer in your school? Would you like to work longer?
In our school we get to work on a computer for just fifteen minutes. I like to work on it for a little longer.

DAV Class 8 English Literature Book Solutions Chapter 3 The Fun They Had

I. Understanding the Story

A. Complete the following statements.

Question 1.
Tommy found a real bock about ____________.

Question 2.
The part of her mechanical teacher that Margie hated the most was ____________
the slot where she had to put home work and test papers.

Question 3.
Once the inspector had taken away Tommy’s teacher because ____________
his history sector blanked out in a complete manner.

Question 4.
Margie wrote her homework in ____________, which she had been taught when she was six years old.
(Punch code)

Question 5.
Margie’s school was located ____________
in the room just close to her bedroom.

Question 6.
Margie’s school was off on ____________ and ____________
Saturday and Sunday.

B. Answer the following questions in about 30 words each.

Question 1.
What was awfully funny about the words written in the book found by Tommy?
Tommy found a book which was about the school. He found the book funny. It was written a few centuries ago. At that time man used to be a teacher in school and the school had a special building where teachers and kids studied together.

Question 2.
Why had Margie started hating her school more than ever?
The mechanical teacher was giving Margie much homework and tests in geography which was done badly by her. The most part she hated was to put homework and papers.

Question 3.
What was the complication in the geography sector of Margie’s teacher?
In geography sector there was a complication. It’s level was set more than Margie’s age. So it was giving too much of homework and test papers which were beyond the level of Margie.

Question 4.
“Margie thought he would not know how to put it together again.’
Whom do “he’ and ‘it’ refer to? Why did Margie not want ‘it’ to be put together again?
It’ is referred to the mechanical teacher and “he’ is referred to the county inspector. Margie was tired of her school. She wanted to get rid of her school for some days. So she did not want mechanical teacher to be put together again.

DAV Class 8 English Literature Book Solutions Chapter 3 The Fun They Had


A. What a waste!’ What is Tommy referring to as a waste? Is it really a waste? Discuss.
Tommy is referring to the book as a waste. No, it is not a waste at all. The book is our best companion. There are varied kinds of books which serve our different interests. According to our requirement we can always turn towards a book for any help.

B. “How could a man be a teacher?’ says Margie. But we do have human teachers. Discuss the advantages and disadvantages of having a computer as a teacher as compared to a human teacher.
The advantages of having a computer as a teacher are : we can do the learning faster. Computer can provide us information about all sorts of things, that too in the comfort of our home. We don’t have to attend a school then. A computer is unbiased and impartial, but there is one disadvantage and that would be that a computer cannot satisfy the curiosity of a student like a human teacher. They can’t teach the students moral values about what is right or wrong. Thus a computer can produce as expert, but not a true individual.

III. Life Skills

Respond to the points given in the first column and complete the table. You may discuss them with your partner.
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Points The school in which you study The school in which Margie studied
Distance to be travelled to reach the school. One hour Few seconds
Interaction with the peer group. A lot of instructions like studying, discipline, values etc. None
Percentage of times devoted to academic development in school. 6 hours per day Regular hours set by the mother.
Availability of sports and fitness-related exercises. Special periods for these activities None
Availability of co-curricular activities. Music, art, dance, drama, etc. None
The use of technology in the teaching­learning process. Use of computer sometimes Mechanical teacher always available.
Cultivation of human values during the prayer time or story-telling sessions. Yes No
Competence and knowledge levels of teachers. Each subject is taught by the expert of the concerned subject. One mechanical teacher with separate sectors on each subject.

IV. Values

“Margie was thinking about the fun, they, who went to a school to study along with their friends, had.’ Why did Margie think going to school could be fun? Do you and your friends also think so? Discuss.
For self-attempt.

DAV Class 8 English Literature Book Solutions Chapter 3 The Fun They Had

V. Writing Skills

After discussing the pros and cons of the two types of schools, can we try to create a situation wherein the best aspects of both the schools are included? Write an article for . your school magazine expressing your opinion about the perfect school you dream of.
‘ I love my school. But I dream that the school must have both types of teachers human as well as mechanical. Human teachers would teach us languages, moral values and games, etc. while mathematics, history and science would be taught by the mechanical teachers because I am scared of my human teachers – regarding these subjects. Then, I shall not be scolded by them and we would learn things in a better way with the help of a mechanical teacher. So, I wish we would ‘ have such schools. Human teachers would teach us the value of honesty, truthfulness and integrity. On the other hand mechanical teachers would teach , us to be quicker, faster and logical in our approach. Thus, by combining both aspects we would get the best of both worlds.

DAV Class 8 English Literature Chapter 3 Solutions – The Fun They Had

Question 1.
Can you imagine a school without teacher? What type of school it would be?
If school is a body then teacher is the soul of school. Being influenced by advancement in technology, we sometimes think that in next era there would be no need of human , teachers. They will be replaced by mechanical teachers. But I think it is impossible to run a school properly without human teachers. In India, teacher is considered to be the , creator of personality. He or she keenly observes his or her students and make them free of evils either by scolding or through love and affection, which cannot be done by a mechanical teacher. Without human teachers there would be a chaos in school.

Question 2.
Can a mechanical teacher make good human beings? If not, why?
Mechanical teachers do not have feelings. They have a sharp memory, they can teach the things that are in their memories, but they cannot satisfy the curiosity of the students in between the topics. They are unbiased but they cannot guide a weak or average student like a human teacher. They can give a lot of information but they can’t mend the ways of a student to keep him or her on right path. Thus, a mechanical teacher can make a scholar, but not a true human being.

Question 3.
Can are Margie. On getting knowledge about the traditional schools you like to be a student of such a school. Write a page of Margie’s diary.

10:00 p.m.

22nd June, 20XX
How good were the days when students were taught in traditional schools? Students went there with their friends. They read, played, learnt different things together. They were taught by human teachers who used to guide them according to their levels. Students never felt bored there. In traditional schools we are taught to lead a disciplined life and inculcate moral values in our life. These things are not possible from a mechanical teacher.

DAV Class 8 English Literature Book Solutions Chapter 3 The Fun They Had

Question 4.
Solve this crossword puzzle with the help of the clues given below.
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1. something that is operated by power
2. a narrow opening in which we insert ee
3. having a lot of folds or thin lines

4. better in quality
5. full of contempt
6. in a calm and relaxed manner



The Fun They Had Summary in English

Margie wrote on the page of her diary on 17 May, 2155 that Tommy found a real book. It was an old book. Margie’s grandfather told that his grandfather, once told him about the time when all books were printed on papers. Margie and Tommy looked at the book with great amazement.

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They found it funny because they used to scroll screen. Tommy got this book in his house. It was about school and Margie hated school because the mechanical teacher gave her Geography homework again and again which she did everytime badly. Her mother sent for the County Inspector. He took mechanical teacher to make it airight. The teacher told that nothing was wrong with the girl. Only the screen was too fast for the girl. But Margie was disappointed because she was expecting the removal of the teacher.

Margie again asked what was written about school. In it Tommy answered that it was not their kind of school but it was an old type of school where a teacher used to be a man. The teacher used to tell things to the students and gave them homework. Margic and Tommy found it unbelievable that a teacher could know as much as a mechanical teacher.

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Tommy also told that a teacher used to sit in a special building and all children went their to study from him. Now, it was time to go to school for Margie. She went to the room next to her bedroom where a mechanical teacher was waiting for her. But she kept the book to be read after the school was closed. The teaching Mathematics but thinking about the old type of all the students sit together Margie was thinking about the had at the school.

DAV Class 8 English Literature Book Solutions Chapter 3 The Fun They Had

The Fun They Had Summary in Hindi

मार्गी ने अपनी 17 मई, 2155 के डायरी के कि टॉमी को एक वास्तविक पुस्तक मिली है।
पन्ने पर लिखा मार्गी के दादा ने बताया कि उनके दादा कहते थे कि एक समय ऐसा था जब सभी पुस्तकें पन्नों पर छपती थी। मार्गी और टॉमी ने पुस्तक की ओर हास्यजनक रूप से देखा । वे तो पढ़ने के लिए स्क्रीन को आगे पीछे करते थे।

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टॉमी को यह पुस्तक उनके घर में मिली । यह स्कूल के विषय में थी और मार्गी को स्कूल से नफरत थी क्योंकि मशीनी अध्यापक बार-बार भूगोल का गृहकार्य देता था जो कि वह अच्छे ढंग से नहीं कर पाती थी। उसकी माँ ने एक कॉउन्टी इन्सपेक्टर को बुलाया । इन्सपेक्टर मशीनी अध्ययन को ठीक करके चला गया। अध्यापक ने कहा कि लड़की के साथ कुछ भी गलत नहीं था। बल्कि लड़की के हिसाब से स्क्रीन थोड़ी तेज चल रही थी। लेकिन मार्गी बहुत निराश हुई क्योंकि उसे लगा कि अध्यापक को हटा दिया जाएगा।

मार्गी ने फिर स्कूल के बारे में जानने की जिज्ञासा जतायी। टॉमी ने फिर उत्तर दिया कि पुस्तक में जिस स्कूल के बारे में लिखा है वह उनके स्कूल के जैसा नहीं था, परन्तु पुराने प्रकार का स्कूल था जहाँ मनुष्य पढ़ाते थे। अध्यापक बच्चों को बातें बताता था और गृहकार्य करने को देता था । मार्गी और टॉमी को यह विश्वास नहीं था कि एक मानव अध्यापक एक मशीनी अध्यापक से अधिक ज्ञान दे सकता है। टॉमी ने यह भी बताया कि अध्यापक एक विशेष इमारत में बैठते थे जहाँ सभी विद्यार्थी जाकर पढ़ते थे।

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अब मार्गी के स्कूल जाने का समय था । उसके शयनकक्ष के पास वाला कमरा उसका स्कूल था जहाँ मशीनी अध्यापक उसकी प्रतीक्षा कर रहा था। उसने पुस्तक को बाद में पढ़ने के लिए रख लिया। अध्यापक गणित पढ़ा रहा था। परन्तु मार्गी पुराने

तरह के स्कूलों के विषय में सोच रही थी जहाँ सभी बच्चे एक साथ बैठकर पढ़ते थे। मार्गी उनके द्वारा स्कूल में लिए जाने वाले मजे के बारे में सोच रही थी ।

  • Crinkly – wrinkled – झुर्रीदार;
  • Awfully – very much – बहुत अधिक;
  • Attic – a room at the top of the building – अटारी;
  • Scornful – hateful – घृणापूर्ण;
  • Loftily – in a pompous or exalted manner – बड़प्पन से;
  • Dispute – argument – बहस;
  • Strange – unknown – अजनबी;
  • Screamed – cried – जोर से चीखा;
  • Nonchalantly – lack of care – लापरवाही से;
  • Insert – put or add into – डाल देना;
  • Flash – shine – चमकना;
  • Ample – sufficient – पर्याप्त ।