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A. Based on your understanding of the story, indicate either ‘T’ (True) or ‘F’ (False) against the columns.
1. The narrator had hidden a few old coins in the tree. - True
2. The jack fruit tree was still there. - True
3. As a boy the narrator used to swing on the turnstile. - True
4. The narrator had sold the house. - True
5. A girl came out of the house. - True
6. The narrator's grandfather used to sit on the stone bench. - False
7. The narrator was able to remember the music of a piano. - True
8. The narrator was able to climb the jack fruit tree. - False
9. The purpose of the visit of the narrator was to buy his ancestral house back. - False
10. The visitor climbed over the wall easily. - False
B. Based on your understanding of the story, answer the following questions by choosing the correct answer.
1. The story I Can’t Climb Trees Anymore highlights the importance of ________
a) old age.
d) middle age.
2. The house which was visited by the man____________
a) remained unchanged.
b) was totally changed.
c) was slightly repaired.
d) was given a facelift.
3. Who said, “A blessing rests on the house where the shadow of a tree falls”?
a) Grand mother
c) Grand father
d) The visitor
4. The visitor came back to the house because he ________________
a. wanted to see the jackfruit tree.
b. was looking for his lost youth.
c. wanted to look again at his old house
d. wanted to buy the house.
5. The visitor gifted the _________ to the little girl.
a) iron cross
c) bronze medal
d) old coins
C. Answer the following questions in a sentence or two.
1. Explain: “Blessings rest on the house where the shadow of a tree falls.”
It was told by the narrator's grandmother. It shows the importance of trees to a house. The tree keeps on yielding fruits and gives shade.
2. What did the writer observe about the house?
The house built with blocks
of granite was not altered. There was a new out house. There were fewer trees.
3. What was the local superstition about trees?
The house that has many
trees is considered to be blessed.
4. What did the visitor do with the turnstile when he was a boy?
As a boy the narrator would
swing on the turnstile. He went round and round until he became dizzy.
5. Who is the owner of the house now?
The colonel is the owner of
the house now.
6. Why did the visitor return to his old house?
The visitor returned to the
old house looking for his youth.
7. How did he get back the Iron Cross?
The little girl climbed up
the tree and brought him his Iron cross.
8. How did the grand father get the iron cross?
The grand father got the
iron cross from a German soldier during World war I.
9. What did he do with the old Iron Cross?
The old iron cross was
handed over to the girl.
10. Where had he left his childhood treasures?
He had left his childhood
treasures in a hollow of the jack fruit tree.
D. Match the words in column A with the meanings in column B by drawing a line as shown.
E. Read these shortened forms of words and write the fullform for the remaining words and complete the table given below.
won't: will not
I'd : I had/ I would
I'll : I will
1. you'd : You had/You would
2. they've : They have
3. he'd : He had/would
4. he's : He has/is/was
5. wasn't : Was not
6. isn't : Is not
7. doesn't : Does not
8. aren't : Are not
9. wouldn't : Would not
10. can't : Cannot
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