Packing Class 9 Textbook Questions and Answers CBSE English Chapter 7 NCERT Beehive
Thinking about the Text
Answer: There are four characters in the text. Author, George, Harris and Montmorency the dog. Author and George lived in the same house.
Answer: The narrator was of the opinion that he knew packing better than anybody else in the world. So he offered to do packing.
Answer: George and Harris completely withdrew from packing. They sat lazily in the room. Jerome did not like their response.
Answer: Actually Jerome wanted to say that others should do packing under his guidance. But George and Harris completely withdrew, and he ended up doing packing himself.
Answer: Harris asked narrator if he wanted to put boots into the bag. He asked the question so late because he wanted to irritate the author.
Answer: He could not recall if he had packed his toothbrush. Jerome calls this a ‘horrible idea’. Because now he will have to open the bag and search for the toothbrush.
Answer: Jerome emptied out all contents of the bag but he could not find his toothbrush. While putting things back , he found his toothbrush in his boot.
Answer: By mistake, Jerome had packed his spectacles in his bag. In order to get his spectacles, he had to reopen the bag.
Answer: Jerome had done most of the packing. Only three hampers were yet to be packed. They felt sympathetic to the narrator and offered to do rest of the packing.
Answer: Montmorency had the habit of obstructing the work and get abused for it. If, by his behaviour, people got irritated and threw things at him to hit him, he thought he has made his day. He felt happy if anybody stumbled over him and cursed him for hours.
I think it was a naughty dog who wanted to draw attention of everybody towards himself. I come to this conclusion because his every activity was to draw attention of people. He did not harm anyone.
Answer: In my opinion Harris was the worst packer.
He packed the bottle of strawberry jam on a tomato. The tomato was squashed. Then he sat on the butter. He along with George had tried to put butter into the kettle. But whole of it could not be placed. With great difficulty the butter was packed in a teapot.
He could not handle Montmorency and blamed the narrator for encouraging the dog. It was a case of ‘a poor carpenter blames his tools’
Even the narrator had labelled him as the worst packer. I believe his assessment was correct.
Answer: Just when the things were needed to be packed, Montmorency came and sat on these. Every time George or Harris extended their hands to pick up things, he thought they wanted to touch his nose.
He put his legs into the jam. He disturbed all the spoons. He thought lemons were rats. So he put his mouth into the container and bit three lemons. Harris hit him with the frying pan to drive him away.
Thus Montmorency was a nuisance during packing. He created lot of troubles for George and Harris. This is how he contributed to the packing.
Answer: The narrator wanted to explain George and Harris how packing should be done. But the words selected by him did not mean it. So both George and Harris pulled away from the job of packing. Author ended up doing packing all by himself.
George and Harris volunteered to do packing for three hampers. Right at the beginning they broke a cup. Then Harris packed the container of strawberry jam on tomato. The tomato squashed and had to be cleaned with a spoon. George stepped on butter. They packed heavy things on pastry, thus it was spoilt.
Montmorency sat on things which were to be packed. Every time George or Harris extended their hands to pick up things, he thought they wanted to touch his nose. He put his legs into the jam. He disturbed all the spoons. He thought lemons were rats. So he put his mouth into the container and bit three lemons.
Above are some of the funny incidents narrated in the text.
Thinking about Language
|Column A||Column B|
|1. Slaving||(i) A quarrel or an argument|
|2. Chaos||(ii) Remove something from inside another thing using a sharp tool|
|3. Rummage||(iii) Strange, Mysterious, Difficult to explain|
|4. Scrape out||(iv) Finish successfully, Achieve|
|5. Stumble over, Tumble into||(v) Search for something by moving things around hurriedly or carelessly|
|6. Accomplish||(vi) Complete confusion and disorder|
|7. Uncanny||(vii) Fall or step awkwardly while walking|
|8. (to have or get into) a row||(viii) Working hard|
1 and (viii)
2 and (vi)
3 and (v)
4 and (ii)
5 and (vii)
6 and (iv)
7 and (iii)
8 and (i)
|Save for a rainy day||Don’t cry over spilt milk|
|Make hey while the sun shines||Don’t put the cart before the horse|
|Look before you leap||Don’t make a mountain out of a mole hill|
|Live and let live||Don’t put all your eggs in one basket|
|Always do your best||Don’t burn candle from both ends|
|Be honest to yourself||Don’t get swayed by crocodile tears|