NCERT Solutions Class 7 English I Want Something in a Cage

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NCERT Solutions for Class 7 English for I Want Something in a Cage

Comprehension Check

Question 1. Write ‘True’ or ‘False’ against each of following statements.
(i) Mr Purcell sold birds, cats, dogs and monkeys.
(ii) He was very concerned about the well-being of the birds and animals in his shop.
(iii) He was impressed by the customer who bought the two doves.
(iv) He was a successful shopowner, though insensitive and cold as a person.

(i) True
(ii) False
(iii) False
(iv) False

Question 2. Why is Mr Purcell compared to an owl?
Mr Purcell compared to an owl because large glasses magnified his eyes which gives him the appearance of a wise and genial owl.

Question 3. From the third paragraph pick out
(i) words associated with cries of birds,
(ii) words associated with noise,
(iii) words suggestive of confusion and fear.
(i) whispered twitters, cheeps, squeaks
(ii) Rustling, squeals, squeaks
(iii) frantic, frightened, bewildered, blindly seeking.
Question 4. "...Mr Purcell heard it no more than he would have heard the monotonous ticking of a familiar clock." (Read para beginning with "It was a rough day...")
(i) What does 'it' refer to?
(ii) Why does Mr Purcell not hear 'it' clearly?
(i) 'It' refers to the chirping, squeaking and mewing of the birds and animals in the shop of Mr Purcell.
(ii) Mr Purcell not hear 'it' clearly because he heard it no more than he would have heard the monotonous ticking of a familiar clock.and pay no attention to it as it was a daily routine. 
Comprehension Check
Question 1. Do you think the atmosphere of Mr Purcell’s shop was cheerful or depressing? Give reasons for your answer.
The atmosphere of Mr Purcell’s shop was depressing because a constant stir of movement pervaded his shop and the animals and birds were making a lot of noise seems like they are not happy in their cages. 

Question 2. Describe the stranger who came to the pet shop. What did he want?
The stranger was peculiar man who was wearing shiny shoes and cheap, ill-fitted but a new suit.He had a shuttling glance and close-cropped hair. He wanted something small in a cage with wings.
Question 3. (i) The man insisted on buying the doves because he was fond of birds. Do you agree?
(ii) How had he earned the five dollars he had?
(i) No, the man didn't insisted on buying doves because he was fond of birds. He didn't asked for the birds directly instead he said that he wanted anything with wings in a cage. This shows that he had sympathy for the birds and wanted to see them flying.
(ii)  He earned those five dollars by doing hard labour in jail in his ten years of imprisonment.

Question 4. Was the customer interested in the care and feeding of the doves he had bought? If not, why not?
The stranger was not interested in the care and feeding of the doves because he wanted to set them free.
Discuss the following topics in groups.
Question 1. Why, in your opinion, did the man set the doves free?
In my opinion, I think that the man must had set the doves free because he himself had been in jail for ten years. He had sympathy for the birds and knew the pain of being imprisoned against the wishes. He wanted to see them flying and enjoy their freedom that is why he bought something with the wings. He wanted to smell the happiness of freedom from cages by setting the doves free.
Question 2. Why did it make Mr Purcell feel “vaguely insulted”?
Mr Purcell feel “vaguely insulted” the man bought the doves from Purcell’s shop for five dollars and then went outside to set them free. It was Mr. Purcell who had kept these birds in cage and restricted their freedom and the man spent his ten years income only to give the doves freedom, so he felt more insulted.


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