Class 9 English The Fun They Had
Answer these questions in a few words or a couple of sentences each.
1. How old are Margie and Tommy?
Margie is eleven years old, and Tommy is thirteen years old.
2. What did Margie write in her diary?
Margie wrote in her diary about Tommy finding a real book.
3. Had Margie ever seen a book before?
Yes, Margie had seen a book before, but it was a very old book.
4. What things about the book did she find strange?
Margie found it strange that the words in the book stood still and didn’t move like they do on a screen. She also found it strange that the words remained the same when they turned back to a previous page.
5. What do you think a telebook is?
A telebook is a book displayed on a television screen, where the stories are shown and can be read electronically.
6. Where was Margie’s school? Did she have any classmates?
Margie’s school was in her house, and she didn’t have any classmates. She learned from a mechanical teacher through a large screen in her schoolroom.
7. What subjects did Margie and Tommy learn?
Margie and Tommy learned various subjects such as geography, history, and arithmetic. Margie particularly mentions an arithmetic lesson on the addition of proper fractions in the passage.
Answer each of these questions in a short paragraph (about 30 words).
1. What kind of teachers did Margie and Tommy have?
Margie and Tommy had mechanical teachers, which were machines that taught them various subjects.
2. Why did Margie’s mother send for the County Inspector?
Margie’s mother sent for the County Inspector because Margie was doing poorly in geography.
3. What did he do?
The County Inspector adjusted Margie’s mechanical teacher to a slower pace to match her learning level.
4. Why was Margie doing badly in geography? What did the County Inspector do to help her?
Margie was doing badly in geography because the sector was geared too quickly. The County Inspector slowed it down to an average ten-year level to help Margie.