Tamilnadu State Board Class 9 English Solutions Supplementary Chapter 2 The Fun They Had
Mcqs – Additional
A. Complete the following by choosing the correct answer from the options given.
Margie even wrote about it that night in her.
They turned the pages which were yellow and.
Our television screen must have had a million on it.
What’s there to write about
Her mother sent for the county
He smiled at Margie and gave her an
The part Margie hated most was the slot where she had put homework and.
(a) question papers
(b) answer papers
(c) maths paper
(d) test papers
(d) test papers
The mechanical teacher calculated the in no time.
The geography sector was geared a little too.
Tommy looked at her with very eyes.
Understanding The Story
A. Identify the character or speaker of the following lines.
- She was given test after test in geography.
- He was a round little man with a red face and a whole box of tools with dials and wires.
- She had been hoping they would take the teacher away altogether.
- They learned the same things, so they could help one another with the home work and talk about it.
- They had a special building and all the kids went there.
- County Inspector
- Students of the old school
Identify The Character / Speaker – Additional
“It’s not the little girl’s fault.”
The Country Inspector
B. Fill in the blanks with the clue given below to complete the paragraph
Tommy and Margie found something about the (i) ____________ of the past. Tommy found a (ii) ____________ which has been printed on paper. The book was old and the pages were (iii) ____________ At present, the (iv) ____________ were moving on a television screen. The television had over 5. ____________ He had found the old book in the (vi) ____________ of his house. While reading Tommy found that it was about the old schools. Margie hated school because she was having problems with learning (vii) ____________ The mechanical teacher was black and large with a screen. Margie hated the slot where she had to insert her homework or (viii) ____________ Margie did not understand how a (ix)____________ could be a teacher and how the students were taught the (x) ____________ Then it was (Xi) ____________ for Margie and Tommy. Margie went to the schoolroom in her (xii) ____________ where the mechanical teacher stood. She was thinking about the old school and how much fun the children had, (xiii) ____________ time together
(ii) real book
(iii) yellow and crinkly
(v) million of books
(viii) test papers
(x) same thing
(xiii) learning and spending
C. Bring out the difference between your school and Margie’s school in the given tabular column. An example is done for you.
|Margie’s School||Your School|
|Teacher is a machine.||Teacher is a human being.|
|Book are on the television screen.||Books are in printed form.|
|School is at home.||School is at a special building.|
|There is no playground.||There is a playground.|
D. Complete the following statements based on your reading.
- The old book was found by ____________ .
- Margie was surprised to see the old book because ____________ .
- The mechanical teacher was giving Margie ____________ .
- Margie had to study always at the same time every day, because her mother said little girls ____________ .
- The geography sector in mechanical teacher was ____________ .
- The words stood still, instead of moving
- test after test in geography
- learned letter, if they learned at regular hours
- geared a little too quickly
Think And Write
E. On the basis of your reading and using your own ideas, answer the following in about 125 -150 words each.
Describe Margie’s mechanical teacher and her classroom in your own words.
Tommy found the book on 17 May 2157. It was a very old book. The pages, were yellow and crinkly, and it was awfully funny to read the words that stood still instead of moving the way they were supposed to, on a screen. The mechanical teacher had been giving her test after test in geography and she had been doing worse and worse until her mother had shaken her head sorrowfully and sent for the county inspector.
Why did Margie hate her school? What was she thinking about at the end of the story?
The part Margie hated most was the slot where she had to put homework and test papers. The geography sector was geared a little too quickly. She had been hoping that they would take the teacher away altogether. She was thinking about the old schools where the teacher told boys and girls things and gave them homework and asked them questions. The students had a special building and all the kids went there. All the kids learned the same thing.
What was strange about the ‘book’? Why did Margie find it strange?
The pages of the ‘book’ were yellow and crinkly. It was awfully funny to read words that stood still, unlike moving on a screen. When Margie turned back to the previous page, the page had the same words on it, when she read it the first time. All these things were strange for Margie, as she used to read only telebooks through computer screen, without any knowledge of a real book.
Short Questions And Answers : Additional
When did Tommy find a real book?
Tommy found the book on 17 May 2157.
Describe the book.
The pages, were yellow and crinkly, and it was awfully funny to read the words that stood still instead of moving the way they were supposed to on a screen.
Did the words on the book move? Why?
No. The book was not like a telebook that could be read on a computer. So the words didn’t move.
Where had Tommy found the book?
Tommy found the book at the attic of his house.
Why did Margie hate school?
The mechanical teacher had been giving her test after test in geography and she had been doing worse and worse until her mother had shaken her head sorrowfully and sent for the county inspector.
Describe the county inspector.
County Inspector was a round little man with a red face and a whole box of tools with dials and wires.
What was it that Margie hated most?
The part Margie hated most was the slot where she had to put homework and test papers.
What was the defect with the mechanical teacher?
The geography sector was geared a little too quickly.
Why was Margie disappointed?
Margie had been hoping that they would take the teacher away altogether.
Describe the teacher of olden days.
The teacher was a human. The teacher told boys and girls things and gave them homework and asked them questions.
Describe the school of olden days.
They students had a special building and all the kids went there. All the kids learned the same thing.
Paragraph Questions And Answers : Additional
Describe Tommy’s find and its special features.
Tommy found a real book. It was very old and had belonged to his grandfather. The
pages were yellow and crinkly. The words stood still without moving, as they would on a computer screen. And then when turned back to the page before, it had the same words on it that it had earlier.
Why did Margie want her mechanical teacher to be taken away?
Margie hated the slot where she had to put homework and test papers. The mechanical
teacher calculated the marks very quickly. Tommy’s teacher had been taken away once, for nearly a month because the history sector had blanked out completely. She thought her teacher too would be taken away in the same way.
Describe the fun that the children of the old school had.
The children of the old kind of school had human teachers. They would give the children
homework and ask them questions. There was a special building and the children went there to learn. All children of the same age learned the same thing. They left the school at the same time. They shouted, sat together, helped one another. They had real him
The Fun They Had by Issac Asimov
Issac Asimov (1920 – 1992) was an American writer and professor of bio-chemistry at Boston University. He was known for his works of science fiction and popular science. He was born on 2nd January 1920, in Petrovichi, Russia. He was a prolific writer and edited more than 500 books, an estimated 90,000 letters and postcards. He wasTconsidered one of the best science fiction writers during his lifetime.
The Fun They Had Summary
The short story ‘The fun they had’ written by Isaac Asimov deals with a boy and a girl, Tom-my and Margie, who find out something about school in the past time. On 17th May 2157, Tommy, a thirteen year old boy finds a ‘real book’, which has been printed on paper. He is at the house of Margie, an eleven year old girl. They both take a look at it together. The book is really old and the pages are yellow and cranky.
In the year 2157, this kind of book doesn’t exist anymore. Tommy has found the old book in the attic of his house. While reading the book, Tommy says that it is about school. Margie hates school and cannot understand why someone would write about it. Now a days, in the year 2157, they read every thing on the computer. She was having problems with learning geography from her mechanical teacher, which was black, large and had a screen on it.
It teaches the students, gives them exercises and asks them questions, all in a special room in their own house. It can calculate the marks in no time. Marge hates the slot, where she has to insert her home-work or test papers. Once, the geography sector of her mechanical teacher was geared too quickly, and her marks got worse and worse. The county inspector rebuilt it after one hour.
Tommy informed Margie that the book, he found, was not about their type of school. It is about a school centuries ago. They had a human being as a teacher, who told different things, taught them to learn, gave them home-work and asked them questions. The children then had a special biding for this and all the kinds of the same age learned the same thing.
Margie thought that was a funny school and she wanted to read more about it, as she was told by tier mother that each kid has to be taught differently. Then it was time for Margie and Tommy to go to their school, which was right next to her bedroom. There the mechanical teacher was already on because the lessons were always at regular hours. She was thinking about the old school system and how much fun, the children must have had, learning and spending time together.
The Main characters are :
Margie, Tommy, Mrs jones, Mechanical Teacher and the County inspector.
The Fun They Had Mind Map
The Fun They Had Glossary