Class 9 English Chapter 1 | The Fun They Had | Question Answers

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Thinking about the text :

Calculate how many years and months ahead from now Margie’s diary entry is:

Ans: Now is January 2013. Therefore, Margie’s diary entry is 144 years and 4 months ahead- (May 2157 – January 2013) from now.

I. Answer these questions in a few words or a couple of sentences each :

Q.1. How old are Margie and Tommy?

Ans: Margie is eleven and Tommy is thirteen years old respectively.

Q.2. What did Margie write in her diary?

Ans: Margie wrote in her diary about the very old book Tommy had found that day.

Q.3. Had Margie even seen a book before?

Ans: No, Margie had never seen a book before.

Q.4. What things about the book did she find strange?

Ans: The strange things that Margie found about the book are :

(1) She found the words standing still instead of moving the way they were

supposed to and

(ii) Turning back to the page before she found the same words on it that it had had when they read it the first time.

Q.5. What do you think a telebook is?

Ans: A telebook is not a printed book. It is a copy of a book that is shown in and relayed on a television screen.

Q.6. Where was Margie’s school? Did she have any classmates?

Ans: Margie’s school was in a room just next to her bedroom. No, she did not have any classmates.

Q.7. What subject did Margie and Tommy learn? [Dhemaji ’18]

Ans: Margie learned geography and arithmetic and Tommy learned history.

II. Answer the following with reference to the story.

Q.1. “I wouldn’t throw it away.”

(i) Who says these words?

(ii) What does ‘it’ refer to?

(iii) What is it being compared with by the speaker?


(i) Tommy says these words.

(ii) ‘It’ refers to the old book that Tommy had found.

(iii) It is compared with books seen on the television screen.

Q.2. Sure they had a teacher, but it was not a regular teacher. It was a man.

(i) Who does ‘they’ refer to?

(ii) What does ‘regular’ mean here?

(iii) What is it contrasted with?


(i) ‘They’ refer to the boys and girls who read in school hundreds and hundreds of years ago.

(ii) ‘Regular’ means of the usual kind’. Here it means the mechanical teacher of the days of Margie and Tommy.

(iii) It is contrasted with a human teacher.

(III) Answer each of these questions in a short paragraph (about 30 words)

Q.1. What kind of teachers did Margie and Tommy have?

Ans: Margie and Tommy have mechanical teachers. Such teachers were always on at the same time every day except Saturday and Sunday. The mechanical teachers have different slots and screens on which could be seen the lessons. They can examine homework and calculate marks.

Q.2. Why did Margie’s mother send for the County Inspector?

Ans: Margie’s mechanical teacher had been giving her tests and after test in geography and she had been doing worse and worse. Then her mother had shaken her head sorrowfully. She thought that there might be some problem with the mechanical teacher. So, she sent for the county Inspector.

Q.3. What did he do?

Ans: The county Inspector came with a box of tools with dials and wires. He took apart the mechanical teacher. After some time he put the various parts together. After an hour or so the mechanical teacher was there again. The county Inspector told Margie’s mother that the geography sector was geared a little too quickly. He had slowed it up to an average ten year level.

Q.4. Why was Margie doing badly in geography? What did the county Inspector do to help her?

Ans: The mechanical teacher was giving Margie test after test in geography and she was doing worse and worse. As reported by the county Inspector the geography sector of the mechanical teacher was geared a little too quick. For this reason, Margie was doing badly in geography, The county Inspector slowed the geography section to an average ten-year level. This he did to help her.

Q.5. What had once happened to Tommy’s teacher?

Ans: Once the history section had blanked out completely. It had been taken away for nearly a month.

Q.6. Did Margie have regular days and hours for school? If so why?

Ans: Yes, Margie had regular days and hours for school. Her mechanical teacher was on at the same time every day except Saturday and Sunday. This was because Margie’s mother had said that little girls learned better if they learned at regular hours.

Q.7. How does Tommy describe the old kind of school?

Ans: As described by Tommy the old kind of school was held in a building where gathered all the kids from the neighborhood. Such school had human teachers and the boys and girls learned the same thing if they were same age. The human teacher was smart enough to teach the students.

Q.8. How does Tommy describe the old kind of teachers?

Ans: Tommy tells that the old kind of teachers was different from the mechanical teacher they have. The old kind of teachers were human beings. They used to teach the kids who gathered in a building. All the kids of same age were taught the same thing. The human teachers of olden time gave homework to the students and asked them questions. They were as smart as the mechanical teacher.

IV. Answer each of these questions in two or three paragraphs (100-150 words)

Q.1. What are the main features of the mechanical teachers and the schoolrooms that Margie and Tommy have in the story?

Ans: The mechanical teacher is not like a human teacher. It is a machine like a robot. It has a screen on its body. Lessons and answers to questions given as homework appear on the screen. It has different slots or sections for various subjects. Lessons are shown and questions are asked through the screen. During the days of Margie and Tommy, around year 2157 such teachers are called regular teachers. Home works are inserted in a particular slot through punch code.

The mechanical teachers sometimes develop some defects and they are repaired and restored by the county Inspector. For example, conce Margie’s mechanical teacher developed trouble in its geography section. The county Inspector was called in and he restored it. So was the case with Tommy’s teacher. It’s history section had blanked out fully and it was taken away for about a month or so.

The mechanical teachers are on always at the same time every day except Saturday and Sunday. As for the classrooms of Tommy and Margie, they are in their house itself. Margie’s classroom is only next to her bedroom. In such classrooms, one single student is taught by a mechanical teacher.

Q.2. Why did Margie hate school? Why did she think the old kind of school must have been fun?

Ans: Margie always hated school. The mechanical teacher was giving her test after test in geography and she was doing worse and worse. She was displeased with it, so she hated school. Margie thought that the old kind of school that was there during the time of her grandfather’s grandfather was better than the one of her time. In old school kids of the entire neighborhood gathered together and read in the same classroom.

They came to the school courtyard laughing and shouting. Because they were taught the same thing by the human teacher they could help one another with the homework and talk about it. For these things of the old school, Margie thought that the old school must have been fun.

Q.3. Do you agree with Margie that schools today are more fun than the school in the story? Give reasons for your answer.

Ans: Yes, I think that the schools today are more fun than the schools in the story. The following are the reasons that will justify why and how schools of today are more fun than the schools in the story.

The first reason is that schools today are held in buildings or buildings. Students gather and learn lessons together. Students of the same age are taught the same things. In the schools of today, students meet each other and enjoy the company of fellow students. They are given some homework and they can talk about it and help each other. Besides, in today’s school’s lessons are taught by human teachers. Students may talk to the teacher and get answers to questions given in speech and words.

On the other hand, the schools described in the story look strange. The classrooms are in the houses of the students. The mechanical teachers operated through punch codes that reflect the lessons and questions and answers on the screen on its body. It cannot talk like a human teacher.

Besides the students are to learn alone in a small room and they miss the company of their fellow students. For these reasons, schools of today are more fun than the schools in the story.


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