Tuesday, 26 May 2020




Q. 1. Name the writer of the Story, The Portrait of a LADY
Ans. Khushwant Singh.

Q. 2. Whose portrait does the writer give in ‘The Portrait of a LADY?
Ans. His grandmother.

Q. 3. Was the writer's grandmother still alive or dead?
Ans. She was dead.

Q. 4. Was the writer's grandmother tall or short?
Ans. She was short.

Q. 5. Was the writer's grandmother thin or fat?
Ans. She was fat.

Q. 6. Who accompanied the writer to the village school?
Ans. His grandmother.

Q. 7. Why did the author's grandmother carry stale chapattis with her?
Ans. To feed the village dogs.

Q. 8. Which school was the writer sent to in the city?
Ans. An English school.

Q. 9. Why did the author's grandmother stop feeding the dogs in the city?
Ans. There were no street dogs in the city.

Q. 10. Who did the author's grandmother feed in the city instead of the dogs?
Ans. The sparrows.

Q. 11. How many years did the author study abroad?
Ans. Five.

Q. 12. Who threw breadcrumbs to the sparrows after the grandmother's death?
Ans. The author's mother.

Short Q/A Pg-15

Ans1- The writer’s Grandfather’s portrait hung above the mantelpiece in drawing room.

Ans2- When grandmother told about the games she used to play as a child.

Ans3- So that the author might listen and learn by heart.

Ans4- They had a thick stale chapatti with a butter and sugar spread on it.

Ans5- Because the school was attached to the temple where she read the holy books.

Ans6- Grandmother knew the alphabet and helped the author in his studies.

Ans7- They feed the village dogs with stale chapattis.

Ans8- The writer had to adopt a new life in the city, with the time their friendship was broken.

Ans9- In the city the author went to school in a motor bus.

Ans10- Because city schools were not given preaching about God.

Ans11- Because she thought that music was monopoly of harlots and beggars.

Ans12- When the author was given a room of his own.

Ans13- She sat by her wheel spinning and recited prayers from sunrise to sunset.

Ans14- Sparrows took the place of the village dogs in Grandmother’s life in the city.

Ans15- She had been thumbing the drum for several hours, so she fell ill.

Ans16- The sparrows took no notice of the pieces of bread and flew away quietly after her dead body leaving.

Long Q/A Pg-16

Ans6- Grandmother was the main character of the story ‘The Portrait of a Lady’ penned by Kushwant Singh. She was an old woman. Her face was a crisscross of wrinkles. She was fat and had a little stoop (ku`b). The author had lived with her for twenty years. She looked very attractive. She was deeply religious. She was fond of reading holy books. She dressed in spotless white. She was also generous lady who fed dogs daily in the village and sparrows in the city. She was very fond of her grandson. She celebrated his home coming and it was her last night.

Vocabulary Ex’s Pg. - 16, 17

Ex-1 Antonyms
1. Pretty Ugly
2. Absurd Rational
3. Untidy Smart looking/neat
4. Distressed Happy
5. Sure Doubtful
6. Moist Dry
7. Frivolous Serious
8. Quietly Noisily
9. Western Eastern
10. Stale Fresh

Ex-2 Form Verbs
1. Belief Believe
2. Knowledge Know
3. Prayer Pray
4. Food Feed
5. Association Associate
6. Decision Decide
7. Arrival Arrive
8. Suspicious Suspect
9. Sweeper Sweep
10. Sure Assure/Ensure

Compete the description of the Grandmother below.

Write ONE WORD ONLY for each Answer.

The Grandmother had always been short, fat and 1___________ bent. Her face was a crisscross of 2_________.
She was old enough. She was always 3 ________. She hobbled about the house in 4 __________ white with one hand resting on her waist and the other telling the 5__________of her rosary. Her silver 6_______ were scattered untidily over her pae, puckered 7_________ and her lips constantly moved in an inaudible 8 _________. She was like the 9 ________landscape in the mountains, fu of 10___________ and contentment.


My Grandmother, like everybody’s grandmother, was an old woman. She had been old and wrinkled for the twenty years that I had known her. People said that she had once been young and pretty and had even had a husband, but that was hard to believe. My Grandfather’s portrait hung above the mantelpiece in the drawing room. He wore a big turban and loose-fitting clothes. His long, white beard covered the best part of his chest and he looked at east a hundred years old. He did not look the sort of person who would have a wife or children. He looked as if he could only have lots and lots of grandchildren. As for my grandmother being young and pretty, the thought was almost revolting.
She often told us of the games she used to pay as a child. That seemed quite absurd and undignified on her part and we treated it like the fables of the Prophets she used to tell us.

Question 1-5

Do the following statements agree with the writer in the Reading Passage?

Write TRUE, if the statement is true.
Write FALSE, if the statement is false.
Write NOT GIVEN, if the statement is not given.

1 The Grandmother was very old.
2 The Grandmother used to pay games as a child.
3 The Grandmother’s portrait hung above the metal piece.
4 The Grandfather was hundred years old.
5 The Grandmother used to tell the fables of the Prophets.

Questions 6-10

Compete the description of the grandfather below.
Write NO MORE THAN ONE WORD for each
In the picture, the 6 ___________ seemed to be hundred years old. He wore a huge 7 _______________ and baggy
8 ___________. His long, white beard was up to his 9 _________. He looked old enough to have many 10 _________.

1. Write a few lines on the Grandmother from the chapter ‘THE PORTRAIT OF A LADY’.
2. Write a few sentences on your own grandmother.