Class 9 English Chapter 9 |The Bond of Love |Question Answer

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Question and Answer

Exercise (given in the text):

I. Thinking about the text Given in the box are some headings. Find the relevant paragraphs in the text to match the headings :

An Orphaned Cub; Bruno’s Food Chart; An Accidental Case of Poisoning: playful Baba; Pain of Separation; Joy of Reunion, A Request to the Zoo; An Island in the Courtyard.


An orphaned cub – Paragraph – 4

Bruno’s Food Chart – Para – 6

An Accidental case of poisoning– Para 8, 9, 10

Playful Baba – Para -12

The pain of separation – Para – 14, 15

The joy of Reunion – 19,20

A request to the zoo- 17,18

An Island in the Courtyard- 21,22,23

II. Answer the following questions: [West Ghy-2013 & Cotton-’16]

I got him for her by accident”

(i) Who says this?

(ii) Who do ‘him’ and ‘her’ refer to?

(iii) What is the incident referred to here?


(I) The writer, Kenneth Anderson says this.

(ii)‘Him’ refers to Bruno, the orphaned bear. ‘Her’ refers to the writer’s wife.

(iii) Two years previously the writer and his companions were passing through the sugarcane fields near Mysore. People were driving the wild pigs by shooting. While some were shot, some escaped. Suddenly a black sloth bear came out painting in the hot sun. The writer did not like to kill the bear. But one of his companions shot it dead. They saw the black fur on the dead animal’s back move and left the body. Then they found it was a baby bear riding on its mother’s back. The baby bear was caught; brought to Bangalore and presented to the writer’s wife.

2. “He stood on his head in delight.”

(i) Who does ‘he’ refers to?

(ii) Why was he delighted? [Kamrup (M) ’18, Dhemaji ’19]


(I) ‘He’ refers to Baba, the tame bear.

(ii) Baba was delighted to see the writer’s wife. The writer’s wife came to the zoo to see Baba. As soon as she came near the cage Baba recognized her and howled with happiness. She ran up to him, petted him through the bars and he stood on his head in delight.

3. “We all mised him greatly; but in a sense we were relieved.”

(i) Who does ‘we all’ stand for?

(ii) Who did they miss?

(iii) Why did they nevertheless feel relieved?


(i) “We all” stands for the writer, his wife, his son, and his friends.

(ii) They missed Baba, the tame bear.

(iii) The felt relieved in the sense that when Baba was sent away they became free from taking care of him such as feeding him, keeping him in chain etc.

III. Answer the following questions in 30-40 words each.

Q.1. On two occasions Bruno ate/drank something that should not be eaten/drunk. What happened to him on these occasions?

Ans: On the first occasion Bruno ate barium carbonate, a poison paralysis set on. He was cured by a veterinary doctor applying hypodermic injections of antidotes. On the second occasion, he drank a gallon of engine oil. This time he escaped without any harm.

Q.2. Was Bruno a loving and playful pet? Why, then, did he have to be sent away?

Ans: Yes, Bruno was a loving and playful pet. He was fond of the author, his wife, and his son. Out of love for him, the author’s wife changed his name from Bruno to Baba. Yet he had to be sent away because he had grown too big to be kept at home. Because of the tenants’ children, he had to be kept in the chain for most of the time.

Q.3. How was the problem of what to do with Bruno finally solved?

Ans: Finally Bruno was brought back to the author’s home. An island with a six feet wide and seven feet deep trench ran round the island Bruno was released on the island.

Thinking about Language:

I. 1. Find these words in the lesson. They all have-ie or ei in them.

f____ld ingred____nts

h____ght misch____Vous

rel____ved fr____nds

_____ghty seven p____ce.

Ans: field, ingredients, height, mischievous, friends, eighty-seven, relieved, piece.

2. Now here are some more words. Complete them with – ei or ie consult a dictionary if necessary.

bel____ve, rec____ve, w___ght, r_____gn, w____ird,

f____gn, gr_____f, s_____ze, p_____rce

Ans. believe, receive, weird, weight, reign, feign, grief, leisure seize, pierce


Find the adverbs in the passage below.

we thought that___________the bear on the spot.

(i) Complete the following sentences, using a suitable adverb end- ing in – ly

(a) Rama does her homework nicely.

(b) It rains heavily in Mumbai in June.

(c) He does his work sincerely.

(d) The dog serves his master faithfully.

(ii) Choose the most suitable adverbs or adverbial phrases and complete the following sentences;

(a) We should never get down from a moving train.

(b) I was badly in need of support after my poor performance.

(c) Rita met with an accident. The doctor examined her immediately

Additional Questions and Answers

Q.1. Who is Bruno?

Ans: Bruno is the pet sloth bear of the writer’s wife.

Q.2. How did the writer get Bruno?

Ans: The writer got Bruno by accident.

Q.3. How were the people driving away the wild pigs?

Ans: The people were driving away the wild pigs by shooting at them.

Q.4. Why would not the writer shoot a sloth bear?

Ans: The writer would not shoot a sloth bear for no good reason.

Q.5. “One of my companions did not feel that way about it.” What does ‘about it’ mean here?

Ans: ‘About it’ means about sooting at and killing a wild sloth bear.

Q.6. Where was the baby bear when its mother was shot dead?

Ans: The baby bear was riding on the back of its mother.

Q.7. How was the baby bear brought to Bangalore?

Ans: The baby bear was put in a gunny bag and brought to Bangalore.

Q.8. How did the writer’s wife feel when the baby bear was presented to her?

Ans: She was delighted to get the baby bear.

Q.9. Who christened the baby bear?

Ans: The writer’s wife christened the baby bear.

Q.10. What name was given to the baby bear and why?

Ans: The baby bear was named Bruno. As it was a ‘bay’ (male) it was given the name Bruno.

Q.11. How was Bruno left in his younger days?

Ans: In his younger days Bruno was left quite free.

Q.12. How did Bruno spend his time in his younger days?

Ans: In his younger days Bruno spent his time in playing, running into the kitchen and going to sleep in beds.

Q.13. What is the name of the poison that Bruno ate?

Ans: The name of the poison that Bruno ate was barium carbonate.

Q.14 (a) Who applied the poison and why?

Ans: The poison was applied by the author. It was applied to kill the rates and mice in the library.

Q.14 (b) Choose the correct meaning of the underlined words from the options given in brackets:

(a) He ate curry and rice regardless of condiments and chilies. (salt/oic/spices)

(b) Friends had conjectured that the bear would not recognize her. (informed/guessed/told)

Ans: (a) spices (b) guessed

Q.14(c). Choose the correct answer from the alternatives given.

(1) One day Bruno accidentally ate (calcium carbonate/barium carbonate/sodium carbonate)

(ii) The person who consented to Baba’s staying with his master is (the curator/ the ranger/the superintendent)

Q.14 (d) Where was Bruno kept after his return from the zoo?

Ans: After his return from the zoo Bruno was kept in an artificial island.

Ans: (i) barium carbonate (ii) the superintendent.

Q.15. How much of antidote was given to Bruno?

Ans: A total amount of 20 cc of antidote was given to Bruno. It was given in two installments of 10cc. each time.

Q.16. Why did Bruno looked at the author and others disdainfully?

Ans: Bruno looked disdainfully as if to say that barium carbonate was nothing to a big black bear like him.

Q.17. Where did Bruno eat the barium carbonate?

Ans: Bruno ate the barium carbonate in the author’s library.

Q.18. How did the engine oil that Bruno had drunk affect him?

Ans: The engine oil had no ill effects on Bruno.

Q.19. In the author’s family whom did Bruno love the most?

Ans: Bruno loved most the wife of the author,

Q.20. Who is Baba?

Ans. Baba is the changed name of Bruno.

Q.21. Give the meaning of Baba.

Ans: Baba is a Hindustani word which means ‘a small boy’.

Q.22. Who has changed the name of Bruno to Baba?

Ans: The author’s wife has changed the name of Bruno to Baba.

Q.23. What is the distance between Bangalore and Mysore?

Ans: The distance between Bangalore and Mysore is eighty seven miles.

Q.24. What type of a man was the superintendent?

Ans: The superintendent was a kind-hearted man.

Q.25. Why was the island made?

Ans: The island was made to settle Baba there.

Q.26. How was Bruno captured?

Ans: Bruno ran away into a sugarcane field. The writer and his companioun followed it and grabled it by the scruff of its neck.

Q.26. (a) Why was Baba sent to the zoo?

Ans: Baba was sent to the zoo because he was getting too big to kept at the house.

Q.26. (b) Where was Bruno found by the author?

Ans: Bruno was found by the author in a sugarcane field near Mysore.

Q.27. How was Bruno brought to Bangalore?

Ans: Bruno was captured and put into a gunny bag the writer had brought with him. Thus he was brought to Bangalore.

Q.28 (a) How was Bruno christened?

Ans: The writer’s wife put a coloured ribbon round the neck of the baby bear. When she found that the baby bear was a ‘boy’, she christened it Bruno.

Q. 28 (b). Why did the narrator hastily write a letter to the curator of the Zoo?

Ans: The narrator, his son, and their friends found Bruno growing too big to be kept at home. They advised the narrator’s wife accordingly. She agreed. So the narrator hastily wrote a letter to the curator of the zoo.

Q.29. Who changed the name of Bruno to Baba and why?

Ans: The writer’s wife changed the name of Bruno to Baba. Bruno loved her very much and she too loved. So, out of love and affection, she changed his name from Bruno to Baba.

Q.30. Give the meaning of ‘Baba’?

Ans: Baba is a Hindustani word meaning a “small boy”. The writer’s wife, out of love and affection changed Bruno’s name to Baba.

Q.31. ‘I must see Baba.’ Who are the ‘I’ and the ‘Baba’ here?

Ans: The ‘I’ is the writer’s wife. The Baba’ is the little bear originally christened as Bruno.

Q.32. What did the writer’s wife plead before the superintendent? What was the result of her pleading?

Ans: The writer’s wife tearfully pleaded before the superintendent that both Baba and she were frething for each other. She requested him to give Baba back to her. The superintendent was a kind hearted man and consented.

Q.33. How did the writer’s wife go to the island and how did she come back?

Ans: The writer’s wife put one foot in the loop at the end of the rope tied to the overhanging branch of a mango tree. She would kick off with the other leg and thus cross the six feet wide pit. She would come back in the same manner.

Q.34. How was Bruno found and presented to the writer’s wife?

Ans: Two years previously the writer along with his companions were passing through the sugarcane fields near Mysore. People were driving the wild pigs shooting at them, Some were shot and some escaped. Suddenly a black sloth bear came out panting in the hot sun. One of the writer’s companions shot it dead. Then they saw the baby bear that


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