NCERT Solutions for Class 9 English Beehive Chapter 1 The Fun They Had(Short Answer Type Questions (2 marks each))

Short Answer Type Questions (2 marks each)

(About 30-40 words each)

Question 1:

How was the book that Tommy found different from his own books? (SA-1,2014)


The book that Tommy found was an old, real book that belonged to his grandfather’s grandfather. It had crinkly, yellow pages whereas, Tommy’s books were telebooks by mechanical teachers, computers.

Question 2:

What kind of book did Tommy show to Margie? (Board Term 1,2012, ELI-013)


The book that Tommy showed to Margie was an old, real book that belonged to his grandfather.
It had crinkly yellow pages, where all the stories were printed on paper and the words stood still.

Question 3:

Why did Margie hope that the County Inspector would take away her mechanical teacher?(Board Term 1,2012, ELI-016)


Margie hoped that the County Inspector would take away her mechanical teacher because she had performed poorly in all the geography tests and had developed a strong disliking for the school.

Question 4:

Tommy thought the old books were funny and a big waste. Why? (Board Term 1,2012, ELI-017)


Tommy thought that the old books were a waste because the words stood still and did not run. He also thought that they were a big waste because they could not be reused like the screen of their mechanical teacher.

Question 5:

What did County Inspector do to improve Margie’s performance? (Board Term 1,2012, ELI-018)


The County Inspector found that the geography sector had been geared too quick. He slowed it up to an average 10-years level. He found the overall pattern of Margie quite satisfactory.

Question 6:

What kind of teachers did Margie and Tommy have? (Board Term 1,2012, ELI-019)


Margie and Tommy had mechanical teachers, computers, and telebooks. Their school had. no separate building. They had robotic teachers showing lessons and testing papers. Their teachers were always on and kept waiting for them.

Question 7:

Why did Margie hate school? (Board Term 1,2012, ELI-020)


Margie hated school, which was a room in her house only, because her teacher was a mechanical one. It kept giving her test papers where answers had to be written as punch codes. The results were given instantaneously.

Question 8:

What differences do you find in present school and the school described in the lesson ‘The Fun They Had’? (Board Term 1,2012, ELI-021)


In present-day schools, students study together in a separate building and teachers are human beings whereas, in the lesson the school was at home and the teacher was mechanical.

Question 9:

How does Tommy describe the old kind of teachers? (Board Term 1,2012, ELI-025)


Earlier, the teachers were not mechanical teachers, they taught the children in a special building where all children went to learn. They asked questions and gave them homework.

Question 10:

Why did Margie find the book strange? (Board Term 1,2012, ELI-026)


The book had yellow and crinkly pages and the words standing still unlike moving on a screen. When they turned back to the pages read before, there were the same words on it when they read it the first time. All these things were strange for Margie.

Question 11:

Why did Margie’s mother send for the County Inspector? What did he do?
(Board Term 1,2012, ELI-028)


Margie was not performing well in her geography tests. The County Inspector took the teacher apart and put it together again as its geography sector was geared a little too quick.

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