NCERT Solutions for Class 7 English Chapter 9 A Bicycle in Good Repair
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NCERT Solutions for Class 7 Chapter 9 A Bicycle in Good Repair
The story, “A Bicycle in Good Repair” is humourous and witty at the same time, wherein the author’s friend destroys his bicycle while repairing it unnecessarily. Although the author discourages him to repair the bicycle saying that it is all good but his friend keeps on the task of repairing and eventually end up destroying it.
Unit 9, A Bicycle in Good Repair
- “I got up early, for me.” It implies that
(i) he was an early riser.
(ii) he was a late riser.
(iii) he got up late that morning.
Mark the correct answer.
Ans. (ii) he was a late riser.
- The bicycle “goes easily enough in the morning and a little stiffly after lunch.” The remark is.
Mark your choice(s).
Ans. (i) humorous.
- The friend shook the bicycle violently. Find two or three sentences in the text which express the author’s disapproval of it.
Ans. The sentences in the text which express the author’s disapproval of it are:
“Don’t do that; you’ll hurt it.”, “It doesn’t if you don’t wobble it.” and, “Don’t you trouble about it any more; you will make yourself tired. Let us put it back and get off.”
- “…if not, it would make a serious difference to the machine.” What does ‘it’ refer to?
Ans. Here, ’it’ refers to the ball bearings of the bicycle.
Working with the Text
Answer the following questions.
- Did the front wheel really wobble? What is your opinion? Give a reason for your answer.
Ans. No, I think the front wheel did not really wobble. We can say this because the author himself said that “It doesn’t if you don’t wobble it. It didn’t wobble, as a matter of fact nothing worth calling a wobble.”
- In what condition did the author find the bicycle when he returned from the tool shed?
Ans. When the author returned from the tool shed, he saw that the man was sitting on the ground with the front wheel of the bicycle between his legs. He was playing with it, turning it round between his fingers and the remaining parts were lying on the gravel path beside him.
- “Nothing is easier than taking off the gear-case.” Comment on or continue this sentence in the light of what actually happens.
Ans. The man says this to the author when the author tries to dissuade him from unscrewing his cycle any further. He tells him that one of his experienced friends told him once that “If anything goes wrong with your gear-case, sell the machine and buy a new one; it comes cheaper.” But the man contradicts him saying that, “People talk like that who understand nothing about machines. Nothing is easier than taking off a gear-case.”
- What special treatment did the chain receive?
Ans. The lunatic tightened the chain to the extent that it did not move; next he loosened it so much that it was twice as loose as it was before.
- The friend has two qualities — he knows what he is doing and is absolutely sure it is good. Find the two phrases in the text which mean the same.
Ans. “Cheery confidence” and “inexplicable hopefulness” are the two phrases which show that the man knew what he was doing and was absolutely sure it was good.
- Describe ‘the fight’ between the man and the machine. Find the relevant sentences in the text and write them.
Ans. The author’s bicycle was in a fine condition but the man unnecessarily unscrewed all the parts of it in order to repair it. The following paragraph shows ‘the fight’ between the man and the machine:
“One moment the bicycle would be on the gravel path, and he on top of it; the next, the position would be reversed— he on the gravel path, the bicycle on him. Now he would be standing flushed with victory, the bicycle firmly fixed between his legs. But his triumph would be short-lived. By a sudden, quick movement it would free itself and, turning upon him, hit him sharply over the head with one of its handles.”
Working with Language
- Read the following sentences.
- We should go for a long bicycle ride.
- I ought to have been firm.
- We mustn’t lose any of them.
- I suggested that he should hold the fork, and that I should handle the wheel.
The words in italics are modal auxiliaries. Modal auxiliaries are used with verbs to express notions such as possibility, permission, willingness, obligation, necessity, etc. ‘Should,’ ‘must’ and ‘ought to’ generally express moral obligation, necessity and desirability.
Look at the following.
- We should go on a holiday. (suggestion: It is a good idea for us to go on a holiday.)
- He is not too well these days. He must see a doctor before he becomes worse. (compulsion or necessity: It is absolutely essential or necessary for him to see a doctor.)
- You ought to listen to me. I am well over a decade older than you. (more emphatic than ‘should’: Since I am older than you, it is advisable that you listen to me.)
Note: ‘Should’ and ‘ought to’ are often used interchangeably.
Rewrite each of the following sentences using should/ought to/must in place of the italicised words. Make other changes wherever necessary.
(i) You are obliged to do your duty irrespective of consequences.
Ans. You must do your duty irrespective of consequences.
(ii) You will do well to study at least for an hour every day.
Ans. You should study at least for an hour everyday.
(iii) The doctor says it is necessary for her to sleep eight hours every night.
Ans. The doctor says she must sleep eight hours every night.
(iv) It is right that you show respect towards elders and affection towards youngsters.
Ans. You should show respect towards elders and affection towards youngsters.
(v) If you want to stay healthy, exercise regularly.
Ans.You must exercise regularly to stay fit.
(vi) It is good for you to take a walk every morning.
Ans. You should take a walk every morning
(vii) It is strongly advised that you don’t stand on your head.
Ans. You must not stand on your head.
(viii) As he has a cold, it is better for him to go to bed.
Ans. As he has a cold, he should go to bed.
- Use should/must/ought to appropriately in the following sentences.
(i) People who live in glass houses should not throw stones.
(ii) You ought to wipe your feet before coming into the house, especially during the rains.
(iii) You must do what the teacher tells you.
(iv) The pupils were told that they should write more neatly.
(v) Sign in front of a park: You must not walk on the grass.
(vi) You should be ashamed of yourself having made such a remark.
(vii) He left home at 9 o’clock. He should be here any minute.
(viii) “Whatever happened to the chocolate cake?”
“How should I know? I have just arrived.
- Two or more single sentences can be combined to form a single sentence.
Read the following.
I made an effort, and was pleased with myself.
This sentence is in fact a combination of two sentences.
- I made an effort.
- I was pleased with myself.
Now read this sentence.
I did not see why he should shake it.
This is also a combination of two sentences.
- I did not see (it).
- Why should he shake it?
Divide each of the following sentences into its parts. Write meaningful parts. If necessary, supply a word or two to make each part meaningful.
(i) I went to the tool shed to see what I could find. (3 parts)
Ans. I went to the tool shed.
I went there to see.
What I could find.
(ii) When I came back he was sitting on the ground. (2 parts)
Ans. I came back.
He was sitting on the ground.
(iii) We may as well see what’s the matter with it, now it is out. (3 parts)
Ans. We may as well see.
What is the matter with it?
It is out now.
(iv) He said he hoped we had got them all. (3 parts)
Ans. He said.
We had got them all.
(v) I had to confess he was right. (2 parts)
Ans. I had to confess.
He was right.
- ‘en’ acts as a prefix (put at the beginning) or as a suffix (put at the end) to form new words.
en + courage = encourage
weak + en = weaken
‘en’ at the beginning or at the end of a word is not always a prefix or a suffix. It is then an integral part of the word.
(i) Now arrange the words given in the box under the three headings — prefix, suffix and part of the word.
|en (prefix)||en (suffix)||en (part of word)|