CBSE Class 10 English The Hundred Dresses I Assignment

The Hundred Dresses I

INTRODUCTION—
The Hundred Dresses-I, II is a story based on the true experiences of the author about a girl who is teased by her classmates because she is different. Wanda Petronski, a girl who comes from the poor part of the town, is the only student in her class with a ‘funny’ Polish name. The story is told from the perspective of one of Wanda’s classmates, Maddie, who is the best friend of the main player in the daily taunting and teasing.

SUMMARY—
Wanda Petronski was a poor Polish girl. She lived on Boggins Heights. She joined an American school.She was different from other girls in many ways—her name was uncommon, she was a quiet girl and had no friends. She wore the same pale blue dress every day.

Wanda used to sit in the corner on the last but one seat of the classroom where noisy and rough boys,who got low marks, sat. There was a lot of dirt, mud and scuffing of feet in that area. Peggy and Maddie were close friends. Peggy was pretty, had curly hair and wore beautiful dresses. She was the most liked girl of Wanda’s class. She often made fun of Wanda by asking her questions about her hundred dresses in a mocking, polite voice. Maddie wanted Peggy to stop teasing Wanda but she could never muster (gather) courage to tell her that. She used to feel uncomfortable of that. Perhaps it reminded her of her own poverty.

Wanda, though a quiet girl, spoke a lot about her hundred dresses. She told the girls that her dresses were made of velvet or silk. All had different colours and designs. She specially mentioned her two dresses—one pale blue with coloured trimmings and the other bright, green with red sash. Wanda’s absence from school was not noticed for two days but on the third day Peggy and Maddie who missed the fun of laughing at her, waited for her at the corner of Oliver street where they used to meet her on their way to school. But Wanda did not turn up and they got late for school.

Next day, it was drizzling. Peggy and Maddie did not wait for Wanda. They never wanted to be late for the school because they were anxious to know the result of the competition. It was to be announced that day.
As they entered their classroom, they stopped and gasped. Hundred drawings of bright and beautiful and differently designed dresses were displayed all over the room. Everyone, who entered the room, murmured with admiration.
Miss Mason announced the result. Among the boys, Jack Boggles had won and among the girls Wanda Petronski. She asked the students to give her a special applause (though she was not present to enjoy it).
She had submitted hundred sketches and every sketch was worth winning the best price.

Extract Based Questions 

Read the passage given below and answer the questions that follow :  

1.She worked her arithmetic problems absent mindedly. “Eight times Eight let’s see...........” she wished she had the nerve to write Peggy a note, because she knew she never would have the courage to speak right out to Peggy to say “Hey, Peg, Let’s stop asking Wanda how many dresses she has”. 

Question. Who does she refer to ?
a. Peggy
b. Maddie
c. Wanda
d. Ruby
Answer.b. Maddie


Question.In what way was she doing her work ?

a. attentively
b. actively
c. happily
d. absent-mindedly
Answer.d. absent-mindedly


Question. Find a word from the passage which means the same as ‘nerve’.

a. courage
b. problems
c. arithmetic
d. wished
Answer.a. courage


Question. What quality was required by Maddie ?

a. strength
b. determination
c. courage
d. self-confidence
Answer. c. courage


Question. From now on Maddie will not make anybody else what?

a. feel good
b. happy
c. unhappy
d. embarrassing
Answer.c. unhappy 


Short Answer Type Questions 

Question. How can you say that Maddie was different from Peggy ?
Answer. Maddie belonged to a poor family. She always wore old clothes. She also felt sympathy for Wanda. Maddie did not like Peggy when she made fun of Wanda. She decided not to mock Wanda at one time.


Question. Why was Maddie sure Peggy would win the dress designing contest ? 
Answer. Peggy drew designs better than anyone else in the class and could copy a picture of film star’s head with such precision that no one could recognize it from the magazine. Maddie thought that Peggy would win the girls medal.


Question. How did Wanda win the drawing competition ? Did anyone expect her victory ?

Answer. Wanda won the drawing competition as she had drawn hundred dresses all different, colourful and exquisite. All of them deserved a prize though nobody expected her victory because in routine, she used to wear the same wrinkled blue faded dress. 

 

Long Answer Type Questions 

Question. Though Peggy and Maddie made fun of Wanda, she gifted them her special drawings. In the light of this statement write a character sketch of Wanda Petronski.
Answer. Wanda Petronski was a Polish girl at an American School. Her name sounded unfamiliar to the other students who made fun of her name. They also teased her by asking her about her hundred dresses which she claimed she had but wore the same faded blue dress every day, she never felt embarrassed. She was cool headed and tolerant. Others called her a liar but she knew that she was truthful as she did have a hundred dresses but only the drawings not the real ones. Wanda had gifted two of her special drawings to Peggy and Maddie with their faces on the respective drawings. This showed that she liked them in spite of their teasing her. Gifting those drawings to them was also her way of making them realise their mistake. She was a large-hearted, understanding, forgiving, talented and intelligent girl.

 


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