NCERT Solutions for Class 7 English Chapter 4 The Ashes That Made Trees Bloom
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NCERT Solutions for Class 7 Chapter 4 The Ashes That Made Trees Bloom
The chapter “The Ashes That Made Trees Bloom” exhibits the power of love. It is about a dog which is taken care of by an old couple. They love it as if it were their own child. The dog brings favours to the family which makes the neighbours jealous. Things become tragic when the dog is killed by the neighbours due to their greed and frustration.
Unit 4, The Ashes That Made Trees Bloom
- Why did the neighbours kill the dog?
Ans. When the neighbours heard about the good luck that the dog brought to the old couples’, they enticed the dog to their garden so that it would help them find treasure. But the dog was afraid of that cruel couple. They took it near a pine tree and then it began to scratch the ground. The couple started digging to find treasure where they found nothing, but a dead kitten. Therefore, the couple killed the dog out of fury.
- Mark the right item.
(i) The old farmer and his wife loved the dog
(a) because it helped them in their day-to-day work.
(b) as if it was their own baby.
(c) as they were kind to all living beings.
Ans. (b) as if it was their own baby.
(ii) When the old couple became rich, they
(a) gave the dog better food.
(b) invited their greedy neighbours to a feast.
(c) lived comfortably and were generous towards their poor neighbours.
Ans. (c) lived comfortably and were generous towards their poor neighbours.
(iii) The greedy couple borrowed the mill and the mortar to make
(a) rice pastry and bean sauce.
(b) magic ash to win rewards.
(c) a pile of gold.
Ans. (c) a pile of gold.
Working with the Text
Answer the following questions.
- The old farmer is a kind person. What evidence of his kindness do you find in the first two paragraphs.
Ans. The old farmer is a kind person. We can see the evidence in the first two paragraphs. First, the old farmer treated his dog, Muko, like his child. He fed it with tidbits of fish from his own chopsticks, and even gave it boiled rice. Second, he was patient and kind to everything that had life and often turned up a sod on purpose to give food to the birds.
- What did the dog do to lead the farmer to the hidden gold?
Ans. To lead the farmer to the hidden gold, the dog came running to him, putting his paws against his legs and motioning with his head to some spot behind. At first, the farmer thought that the dog was just playing but the dog kept on whining and running until he followed it a few yards back.
- (i) How did the spirit of the dog help the farmer first?
Ans. On the night when the farmer was mourning over the loss of his dog, it’s spirit appeared in his dream and told him to cut down the pine tree over it’s grave, make mortar for rice pastry from it and also a mill for bean sauce. He followed the instructions and at the time of New Year, found a heap of gold coins.
(ii) How did it help him next?
Ans. After some time, the dog’s spirit appeared in the farmer’s dream again and informed him that his covetous neighbours had burnt the mill. So, it told him to take the ashes of the mill and sprinkle them on the withered trees so that it would bloom again. He followed the same and sprinkled a pinch of ashes on the tree. Again, the magic happened and it turned into a cloud of pink blooms which perfumed the air.
- Why did the daimio reward the farmer but punish his neighbour for the same act?
Ans. When the farmer sprinkled the ash on the withered cherry tree, it turned into a cloud of pink blooms. The damio was so delighted to see this that he gave rewards to the farmer. But, when the neighbor sprinkled the ashes on the tree in front of the daimio, nothing changed. The wind blew the same ash into the damio and his wife’s eyes and noses causing them to sneeze and choke. That is why the neighbor was punished for the same act.
Working with Language
- Read the following conversation.
RAVI : What are you doing?
MRIDU : I’m reading a book.
RAVI : Who wrote it?
MRIDU : Ruskin Bond.
RAVI : Where did you find it?
MRIDU : In the library.
Notice that ‘what’, ‘who’, ‘where’, are question words. Questions that require information begin with question words. Some other question words are ‘when’, ‘why’, ‘where’, ‘which’ and ‘how’.
- What asks about actions, things, etc.
- Who asks about people.
- Which asks about people or things.
- Where asks about place.
- When asks about time.
- Why asks about reason or purpose.
- How asks about means, manner or degree.
- Whose asks about possessions.
Read the following paragraph and frame questions on the italicised phrases.
Anil is in school. I am in school too. Anil is sitting in the left row. He is reading a book. Anil’s friend is sitting in the second row. He is sharpening his pencil. The teacher is writing on the blackboard. Children are writing in their copybooks. Some children are looking out of the window.
- Where is Anil?
- Which row is Anil sitting in?
- What is he doing?
- Which row is Anil’s friend sitting in?
- What is his friend doing?
- Who is writing on the blackboard?
- What are some children doing?
- Write appropriate question words in the blank spaces in the following dialogue.
NEHA: When did you get this book?
SHEELA: Yesterday morning.
NEHA: Why is your sister crying?
SHEELA: Because she has lost her doll.
NEHA: Whose room is this, yours or hers?
SHEELA: It’s ours.
NEHA: How do you go to school?
SHEELA: We walk to school. It is nearby.
- Fill in the blanks with the words given in the box.
how what when where which
(i) My friend lost his chemistry book. Now he doesn’t know what to do and where to look for it.
(ii) There are so many toys in the shops. Neena can’t decide which one to buy.
(iii) You don’t know the way to my school. Ask the policeman how to get there.
(iv) You should decide soon when to start building your house.
(v) Do you know how to ride a bicycle? I don’t remember when and where I learnt it.
(vi) “You should know when to talk and when to keep your mouth shut,” the teacher advised Anil.
- Add im- or in- to each of the following words and use them in place of the italicised words in the sentences given below.
patient proper possible sensitive competent
(i) The project appears very difficult at first sight but it can be completed if we work very hard.
Ans. The project appears impossible at first sight but it can be completed if we work very hard.
(ii) He lacks competence. That’s why he can’t keep any job for more than a year.
Ans. He is incompetent. That’s why he can’t keep any job for more than a year.
(iii) “Don’t lose patience. Your letter will come one day,” the postman told me.
Ans. “Don’t be impatient. Your letter will come one day,” the postman told me.
(iv) That’s not a proper remark to make under the circumstances.
Ans. That’s an improper remark to make under the circumstances.
(v) He appears to be without sensitivity. In fact, he is very emotional.
Ans. He appears to be insensitive. In fact, he is very emotional.
- Read the following sentences.
It was a cold morning and stars still glowed in the sky. An old man was walking along the road. The words in italics are articles. ‘A’ and ‘an’ are indefinite articles and ‘the’ is the definite article. ‘A’ is used before a singular countable noun. ‘An’ is used before a word that begins with a vowel.
- a boy • an actor
- a mango • an apple
- a university • an hour
Use a, an or the in the blanks.
There was once a play which became very successful. A famous actor was acting in it. In the play his role was that of an aristocrat who had been imprisoned in a castle for twenty years. In the last act of the play someone would come on the stage with a letter which he would hand over to the prisoner. Even though the aristocrat was not expected to read the letter at each performance, he always insisted that the letter be written out from beginning to end.
- Encircle the correct article.
Nina was looking for ( a / the) job. After many interviews she got (a / the ) job she was looking for.
A : Would you like (a/an/the) apple or (a/an/the) banana?
B : I’d like (a/an/the) apple, please.
A : Take (a/an/the) red one in (a/an/the) fruit bowl. You may take (a/an/the) orange also, if you like.
B : Which one?
A : (A/An/The) one beside (a/an/the) banana.
Ans. (A) an, a
(A) the, the, an
(A) The, the
Speaking and Writing
- Put each of the following in the correct order. Then use them appropriately to fill the blanks in the paragraph that follows. Use correct punctuation marks.
- English and Hindi/both/in/he writes
- and only/a few short stories/many books in English/in Hindi
- is/my Hindi/than my English/much better
Ravi Kant is a writer, and he writes both in English and Hindi. Of course, he is much happier writing in English than in Hindi. He has written many books in English and only a few short stories in Hindi. I find his books a little hard to understand. My Hindi is much better than my English.