NCERT Solutions for Class 8 English Honeydew - NCERT Solution Chapter 1

The Best Christmas Present in the World Class 8

Chapter 1 The Best Christmas Present in the World Exercise Answers & Summary

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Comprehension check : Solutions of Questions on Page Number : 10

Q1 :  

What did the author find in a junk shop?


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The author found a nineteenth century roll-top desk in the junk shop. It was made of oak. It was in a very bad condition. The roll-top wasbroken into several pieces. One of the legs was clumsily mended and there were scorch marks down one side. The author bought it in order to restore it.

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Q2 :  

What did he find in a secret drawer? Who do you think had put it in there?


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The author found a small black tin box in the secret drawer. There was a paper sello-taped to its top. It said, 'Jim's last letter, received January 25, 1915. To be buried with me when the time comes.'

Most likely, it was put there by Mrs. Jim Macpherson, who was Jim's wife. Her name and address were on the envelope inside the box.

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Q3 :  

Who had written the letter, to whom, and when?


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Why was the letter written--what was the wonderful thing that had happened?


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Q5 :  

What jobs did Hans Wolf and Jim Macpherson have when they were not soldiers?


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Q6 :  

Had Hans Wolf even been to Dorset? Why did he say he knew it?


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Q7 :  

Do you think Jim Macpherson came back from the war? How do you know this?


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Q8 :  

Do you think Jim Macpherson came back from the war? How do you know this?


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Q9 :  

How old was Mrs Macpherson now? Where was she?


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Comprehension checkworking with the text : Solutions of Questions on Page Number : 16

Q1 :  

Who did Connie Macpherson think her visitor was?


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Q2 :  

For how long do you think Connie had kept Jim's letter? Give reasons for your answer.


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Q3 :  

Which sentence in the text shows that the visitor did not try to hide his identity?


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Q4 :  

Why do you think the desk had been sold, and when?


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Q5 :  

Why do Jim and Hans think that games or sports are good ways of resolving conflicts? Do you agree?


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Q6 :  

Do you think the soldiers of the two armies are like each other, or different from each other? Find evidence form the story to support your answer.


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Q7 :  

Mention the various ways in which the British and the German soldiers become friends and find things in common at Christmas.


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Q8 :  

What is Connie's Christmas present? Why is it "the best Christmas present in the world"?


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Q9 :  

Do you think the title of this story is suitable for it? Can you think of any other title(s)?


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Working with language : Solutions of Questions on Page Number : 17

Q1 :  

(i) Read the passage below and underline the verbs in the past tense.

A man got on the train and sat down. The compartment was empty except for one lady. She took her gloves off. A few hours later the police arrested the man. They held him for 24 hours and then freed him.

(ii) Fill in the blanks using the correct form of the verbs in brackets.

My little sister is very naughty. When she __________ (come) back from school yesterday, she had _________ (tear) her dress. We ________ (ask) her how it had _________ (happen). She _______________ (say) she ____________ (have, quarrel) with a boy. She __________ __________ (have, beat) him in a race and he ________ _______ (have, try) to push her. She _____________ ____________ (have, tell) the teacher and so he ______________ ______________ (have, chase) her, and she ____________ ____________ (have, fall) down and _____________ _____________(have, tear) her dress.

(iii) Underline the verbs and arrange them in two columns, Past and Earlier past.

(a) My friends set out to see the caves in the next town, but I stayed at home, because I had seen them already.

(b) When they arrived at the station, their train had left. They came back home, but by that time I had gone out to see a movie!

(c) So they sat outside and ate the lunch I had packed for them.

(d) By the time I returned, they had fallen asleep!

Past

Earlier past


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Q2 :  

Find these phrasal verbs in the story.

burn out

light up

look on

run out

keep out

Write down the sentences in which they occur, consult a dictionary and write down the meaning that you think matches the meaning of the phrasal verb in the sentence.


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Q3 :  

The table below contains a list of nouns and some adjectives. Use as many adjectives as you can to describe each noun. You might come up with some funny descriptions!

Noun

Adjective

elephant

circular, striped, enormous, multicoloured,

round, cheerful, wild, blue, red, chubby, large, medium-sized, cold

face

building

water


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