The Fun They Had

  • The Fun They Had Question Answer

    The Fun They Had Question Answer

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

    How old are Margie and Tommy?

    Margie was eleven and Tommy was thirteen.

    What did Margie write in her diary?

    Tommy had found a book. Margie wrote in her diary, “Tommy found a real book!”

    Had Margie ever seen a book before?

    No, Margie had not ever seen a book before.

    What things about the book did she find strange?

    She found it strange that the words and letters in the book stood still. They were not moving as in a computer screen.

    What do you think a telebook is?

    Telebook is not written on papers. It is stored in computer software.

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

    Margie’s school was in her home. A room next to the bed room was her classroom. She learned from a mechanical teacher. She had no classmate.

    What subjects did Margie and Tommy learn?

    Margie and Tommy learned usual school subjects like maths, History, Geography etc.

    Answer the following with reference to the story:

    ‘I wouldn’t throw it away.’

    Who says these words?

    Tommy said these words.

    What does ‘it’ refer to?

    ‘It’ refers to an ancient book.

    What is it being compared with the speaker?

    The speaker is comparing the book printed on paper with the telebook on computer screen.

    ‘Sure they had a teacher, but it wasn’t a regular teacher. It was a man.’

    Who does ‘they’ refer to?

    ‘They’ here refer to the past generation when books were printed on papers.

    What does ‘regular’ mean here?

    Here regular means mechanical.

    What is it contrasted with?

    A mechanical teacher and a human teacher are being compared here.

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

    What kind of teachers did Margie and Tommy have?

    Margie and Tommy belong to the future generations. Their teacher is not a human being. They have a mechanical teacher which is operated by the computer at home.

    Why did Margie’s mother send for the Country Inspector?

    Margie was not doing well in his studies. Perhaps something was wrong with her mechanical teacher. So, Margie’s mother sent for the country inspector to inspect the mechanical teacher.

    What did he do?

    Something was wrong with Margie’s mechanical teacher. They county inspector was sent for to inspect it. He took the teacher apart. He slowed the geography sector to an average ten year level.

    Why was Margie doing badly at geography? What did the Country Inspector do to help her?

    Tommy’s mechanical teacher broke down. It was taken away for a month because its history section had blanked out completely.

    What had once happened to Tommy’s teacher?

    Tommy’s mechanical teacher broke down. It was taken away for a month because its history section had blanked out completely.

    Did Margie have regular days and hours for school? I so, Why?

    Yes, Margie had regular hours and days except Saturday and Sunday. It was because her mother believed that little girls learned better if they learned at regular hours.

    How does Tommy describe the old kind for school?

    Tommy says that in sold school the teacher did not live in the house. They had special building and all children went there to learn.

    How does he describe the old kind of teachers?

    He describe that old teachers were human being and they came to school in a special building. He told the students things and gave them homework and asked them questions.

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

    What are the main features of the mechanical teacher and the schoolrooms that Margie and Tommy have in the story?

    Margie and Tommy belong to the future generation. There are not usual schools and teachers. Their classroom is in the house and they have no human teacher. They have mechanical teacher. Everything is taught by it. It is a machine which is large and ugly with black face. It has big screen on which all the lessons are shown and the questions are asked. There is a slot where Margie has to put homework and test papers. She has to write them in punch code. The mechanical teacher calculates the marks in no time. Their class room is next to their bedroom. The mechanical teacher is always in the room. Margie had regular hours and days of school.

    Why did Margie hate school? Why did she think the old kind for school must have been fun?

    Margie belongs to the future generation. She has school and a mechanical teacher at home. It was a computer operated regular teacher. Her classroom is next to her bedroom. The mechanical teacher is always there. Margie has regular hours for study. The previous day’s homework has to be put in the slot in the mechanical teacher. Margie does not like it all. It is mechanical. She likes the old kind of school where children from the neighbourhood came laughing and shouting in the school yard. They sat together in the classroom. They learned the same thing and could help each other. The teachers were people. So it was a fun.

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

    Yes, I agree with Margie that schools today are more fun. But today’s schools too are becoming hectic and mechanical. Children have their own needs and interests. They do not like to be mechanical. They have feelings of love and emotions. They should be given opportunity to learn their own. They can learn everything in natural setting. They have individual differences. Mechanical teacher forces them to learn things in a regular way which becomes boring. In the present day’s schools children come together and learn things in a group. They can share ideas and experience while in Margie’s school there is only one student and the same teacher always. So, present day’s schools are more fun than the school in the story.

  • The Fun They Had | Thinking about Language

    The Fun They Had | Thinking about Language

    1. Find the sentences in the lesson which have the adverbs in the box below.

    awefully, sorrowfully, completely, loftily, carefully, differently, quickly, nonchalantly

    - It was awefully funny to read words (Para 1)
    - her mother had shaken her head sorrowfully and sent for the County Inspector (Para 3)
    - the history sector had blanked out completely. (Para 5)
    - He added loftily pronuncing the word carefully (Para 6)
    - each kid has to be taught differently (Para 8)
    - Margie said quickly (Para 8)
    - 'May be', he said nonchalantly. (Para 9)

    2. Now use these adverb to fill in the blanks in the sentences below.
    The report must be read _________________ so that performace can be improved.
    At the interview, he answered our questions _________________, shrugging his shoulders.
    We all behave _________________ when we are tired or hungry.
    The teacher shook her head _________________ when Ravi lied to her.
    I _________________forgot about it.
    When I complimented her on her success, she just smiled _________________ and turned away.
    The President of the Company is _________________busy and will not be able to meet you.
    I finished my _________________so that I vould go out to play.
    Ans. (i) Carefully (ii) Loftily (iii) Sorrowfully (iv) Sorrowfully
    (v) Completely (vi) nonchalantly (vii) Completely (viii) Quickly

    3. Make adverbs from these adjectives.
    angry _________
    happy _________
    merry _________
    sleepy _________
    easy _________
    tidy _________
    gloomy _________

    Ans. (i) angrily (ii) happily (iii) merrilly (iv) sleepily (v) easily (vi) noisily (vii) tidily (viii) gloomily

    4. Complete the following conditional sentences. Use the correct form of the verbs.
    If I don't go to Anu's party tonight, ____________________
    If you don't telephone the hotel to order food, ____________________
    Unless you promise to write back, I ____________________
    If she doesn't play any games, ____________________
    Unless that little bird flies away quickly, the cat ____________________

    If I don't go to Anu's party tonight, she will feed sad.
    If you don't telephoe the hotel to order food, we shall not be able to get food later.
    Unless you promise to write back, I won't write to you.
    If she does not play any games, she will became lazy.
    Unless that little bird flies away, the cat will kill him.

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