A. Name the speaker.
“No never mind. It’ll be over by and by, maybe. Don’t call anybody.” - Tom
“It makes my flesh crawl to hear you. What is the matter?” - Sid
“Your tooth indeed! What’s the matter with your tooth?” - Aunt Polly
B. Write True or False against each statement.
1. Tom enjoyed Monday mornings as he had to go to school. (False)
first groan woke up Sid from his sound sleep.
wanted to give his dog with one eye to the new girl who had come to
Polly sent Sid to fetch the dentist.
C. Read the following passage and answer the
Tom lay thinking. Presently it occurred to him that
he wished he was sick; then he could stay home from school. He examined
himself. He found no symptoms or sickness, and he investigated again. This time
he felt he had a stomach ache, but it soon grew feeble, and presently died
wholly away. He reflected further.
1. Why did Tom wish
that he were sick?
Tom did not like to go to school. He wished to stay
home from school. So he wished he were sick.
2. What was the
result of Tom’s self-examination?
Tom found no symptoms of sickness.
3. What did he
He detected that he had a stomach ache.
D. Think and answer
1. How did Sid show
his affection towards Tom?
On seeing Tom groaning, Sid became anxious. Filled
with grief he ran downstairs. He told Aunt Polly that Tom was dying and urged
her to come quick.
2. Did Aunt Polly
believe Tom’s groaning? Why?
Aunt Polly did not believe Tom's groaning. She
dismissed it as rubbish. She found out that Tom was making that row to stay
home from school and go fishing.
3. What did Aunt
Polly do to relieve Tom’s toothache?
Aunt Polly took a silk thread. She made of the thread
a loop and tied it to the loose tooth. She tied the other end to the bedpost.
She pushed the chunk of fire almost into the boys face. The fire jerked the boy
and the loose tooth came out. It was hanging by the bed post. Thus Aunt Polly
relieved Tom of his toothache.
E. Choose the correct answer.
1. Tom pretended his
toe was dying in order to ______________
a. miss school.
b. scare Sid.
c. make Aunt Polly
2. Aunt Polly pulled
Tom’s tooth out with ____________________
a. her fingers.
b. a pair of pliers.
c. a piece of thread.
3. Tom was miserable
on Monday morning because _______________
a. he was sick.
b. he hated going to school.
c. Aunt Polly was
Answer : 1. a)
miss school. 2. c) a piece of thread. 3. b) he hated going to school.
1. What did Tom do one Monday
Tom found Monday
morning miserable. It was the starting point of another week's suffering in
school. How he wished to stay home from school! He thought of different plans
to skip school. At first he thought of stomach ache but it grew feeble. Then he
pretended to have a toothache. But he was afraid that his aunt would pull out
the loose tooth. At last he saw his sore toe. Pretending to be painful, he
groaned and moaned. It worked well. Sid got up and became anxious. He ran to
Aunt Polly to tell her that Tom was dying.
2. What did Aunt Polly do to Tom?
At first Aunt Polly
did not believe Tom. She dismissed the story of Tom as rubbish. Then she came
pale. Her lips trembled. She reached Tom's bedside. Tom said that his sore toe
was dying. The old lady sank into a chair and laughed. She found out that Tom
wanted to stay home from school and go fishing. Aunt Polly took a silk thread.
She made a loop and tied it to the loose tooth. She tied the other end of the
thread to the bedpost. She pushed the chunk of fire almost into the boy's face.
The fire jerked the boy and the loose tooth came out. It was hanging by the
bedpost. Thus Aunt Polly relieved Tom of his toothache.