A New House Lesson Class 6 Wind Chimes Book Word Meanings, Question and Answers and other solutions to the chapter exercises are given to help the students.
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Word Meanings: A New House
literature- a piece of valuable writing like stories, poems, novels
media– the means of mass communication like radio, TV, newspaper etc.
architecture- the design and style of buildings
vital- important and necessary
elegant- stylish, splendid and looking beautiful
haunted- believed to be visited by ghosts
explore- to search or travel through to examine, investigate or discover ( खोजबीन करना )
pester- to annoy ot tease frequently (तंग या परेशान करना )
make a mess- to make things look dirty and or untidy ( अस्तव्यस्त या चीजों को इधर – उधर कर कर देना )
stock market- the business of buying and selling companies or portions of them.
eventually- at the end of the period of activity, (अंततः )
protective colouration- changing colour to mix with surroundings to protect from predators
The short story ‘A New House’ is an adaptation of novel ‘Coraline’ by Neil Gaiman. The story follows Coraline and her family as they move into a large, peculiar house with vast grounds. With her parents occupied with work, Coraline seeks activities to keep herself engaged. However, on a rainy day, she becomes restless as her mother restricts her from exploring outside. Despite trying various forms of entertainment, nothing captures Coraline’s attention for long. Eventually, her father suggests an indoor adventure of counting all the blue things in the house. During this, Coraline stumbles upon a bricked-up door that intrigues her momentarily. Later that night, she is unable to sleep and investigates strange noises coming from the hall. She sees eerie black forms moving about and discovers that the door, which was locked in the morning, is now open. Her restless sleep is filled with dreams of creepy little black shapes with red eyes and yellow teeth singing under the moon. Although disturbed, Coraline eventually falls asleep, dreaming of unremarkable things.
Solutions: A New House
A. Mark these sentences as true (T) or false (F).
- Coraline’s family had just moved into a new house.
- There was a heavy downpour that day.
- Coraline liked to stay at home most of the time.
- Coraline did what her father suggested to her.
- The story is set in winter.
- Coraline’s parents spend a good amount of time with her.
1. T 2. T 3. F 4. T 5. F 6. F
B. Answer these questions with reference to the context.
- ‘What should I do?’ asked Coraline.
a. Who is Coraline speaking to?
b. Why does she ask this question?
c. What does she want to do?
- It was time to talk to her father.
a. Who wants to talk to whose father?
b. Why does the narrator say this line?
c. What did the speaker wish to talk about?
- ‘If you don’t make a mess. And you don’t touch anything.’
a. Who said this and to whom?
b. Why did the speaker set these conditions?
c. Which place was the speaker talking about?
- a. Mother.
b. She asks this question because she had to stay home and she could not explore. She was feeling bored also. .
c. She wants to go out and explore.
- a. Coraline wants to talk to her father.
b. The narrator says this line because she did not get permission to go out outside.
c. Coraline wanted to talk about what she could explore and where.
- a. Coraline’s father said this to her.
b. It was so because the furniture was a heritage. It was expensive and it was only used for special occasions. Coraline could bring some damage to them while exploring.
c. He was talking about the drawing room.
C. Answer these questions.
- Why did Coraline’s father not give her permission to go out in the rain?
- Which television programme did Coraline enjoy watching?
- What is the narrator’s opinion about television shows?
- What do we get to know about the Jones’ drawing room?
- Why does Coraline’s father give her a piece of paper and a pen?
- Do you think what Coraline’s father suggested to her was interesting and exciting? Give reasons.
- Why was the big carved wooden door always locked? What was beyond the door?
- What did Coraline have for dinner and why?
- Describe in your own words what happened that night.
- What does this extract convey about modern families? Do you think it is a true picture? Give reasons.
- Do you sympathise with Coraline? Give reasons.
1. Coraline’s father did not give permission because it was raining outside and also her mother had not allowed her to go outside.
2. Coraline like the program on protective coloration.
3. The narrator talks about stock market and talk shows.
4. The Jone’s drawing room was furnished with expensive and comfortable furniture that Coralin’s grandmother had left when she died.
5. Coraline’s father anted Coraline not to disturb him. he gave a pen and paper to explore the blue things, number of doors and find out the ‘hot water tank’.
6. In my opinion, Coraline’s father gave her some interesting suggestions to explore blue things, the number of doors and windows as Coraline started with interest and did come out with results perfectly.
7. The door was locked because it led nowhere. A brick-wall was behind the door with no outlet.
8. Coraline had microwave chips and mini-pizza because she didn’t like recipe made by her father.
9. That night Coraline was almost asleep when she heard some voices. She also saw some black shadows and shapes moving in her house from one place to other places. She also heard the usual snoring and muttering of sleeping of sleeping parents. Finally, she saw usual dreams in which the black shapes gather under the moon.
10. The extract conveys that the modern working families are not able to give proper time to their children. The parents are busy in the office work to earn and have less time left to dedicate to their children. Children then look outward to spend time and satisfy their exploring instincts.
11. We sympathise with Coraline as she is just a child and needs proper attention from her parents. They should care about her needs and desires as a child.
A. Look up the dictionary for the exact meanings of these words which describe rainfall. Make sentences that bring out the subtle differences among them.
- drizzle 2. downpour 3. torrent 4. deluge
- shower 6. pour 7. cloudburst 8. precipitation
Ans. Do yourself
B. For each of the highlighted words, mark the one from the same row that it does not form a collocation with.
1. joy 2. evidence 3. honour 4. laughter
A. Write the plural forms of these nouns.
1. journeys 2. calves 3. countries 4. watches 5. mice 6. feet 7. fish 8. oxen
B. Choose the correct quantifying words for these uncountable nouns. ( little, none, lot, bit, some, any, )
- The neighbourhood club building was repaired quickly because it received a ………………….. of help.
- The desert state is in crisis because it has not received this year.
- They say that even a ………………….. charity can help.
- We asked for help but received ……………………rain
- Just a ………………….. of black pepper would have made the stew perfect.
- You can try all you like, but ………………….. people will never learn.
1. lot 2. any 3. little 4. none 5. bit 6. some
C. Mark these nouns based on whether the end sounds of their plural forms is s, z or iz.
- bag 2. fox 3. batch 4. branch
- lion 6. fly 7. loaf 8. sofa
- tank 10. mouth 11. watch 12. raft
1. z 2. iz 3. iz 4. iz 5. z 6. z 7. z 8. z 9. s 10. s 11. iz 12. s
D. Fill in the blanks with a, an or the. Put a cross if no article is needed.
- The days seemed endless and ……………… nights even longer. We travelled through ……………… improbably beautiful landscape and came to one of ……………… largest of ……………… world’s lakes, Nam Tso.
- One August night in 1984, ……………… typhoon roared and howled through ……………… Hiroshima, Japan, tearing at trees and buildings, uprooting and bending obstacles in its path. Suddenly, ……………… loud crack resounded through ……………… air. Braving ……………… wind and ……………… rain, people ran from their homes to see what had happened………………. great Chinese nettle tree lay upon ……………… ground, split four meters above root. This was no ordinary tree. Many years before, it had survived even ……………… greater disaster. Hiroshima was ……………… site of very first atomic bomb attack and in ………………….. searing blast, half of ………………… . tree’s trunk was burnt black.
- the, the, the, the
- a, ✖, a, the, the, the, A, the, the, an, ✖, the, the, the, the
A. Imagine you are a parent. You have had to leave home on an urgent office assignment. Write a note to your child, who will be returning home from school in a while, on what to do. Explain to her/him why you have had to leave and when you expect to be back.
Here are some instructions that you might want to give.
• how to arrange lunch
• how to feed the pet
• finishing homework
• letting the neighbour know something
• reminders for when she/he should go out to play
Here we are giving a solution to the above questions but students can fill in their own way the highlighted places.
Dear Son [Name of child]
I hope you are doing well at school today. I wanted to let you know that I had to leave home on an urgent office assignment, and I won’t be able to be there when you get back from school. I know this might be a little unexpected, but I will be back soon.
Here are some things I want you to do when you get home:
For lunch, you can find some sandwiches in the fridge that you can heat up in the microwave. If you want something else, there’s some soup in the cupboard that you can heat up as well. Just remember to be careful with the hot food.
Please don’t forget to feed our pet [Pet’s Name]. There is some food in the pantry, and you can give [him/her] a bowl of water as well. [He/She] will be waiting for you when you get home.
You can finish up your homework first. If you have any questions, feel free to call me, and I’ll help you out as best I can.
I also want you to let our neighbour [Neighbor’s Name] know that I won’t be home, and that you’ll be staying alone for a little while. You can give [him/her] a call or stop by and let [him/her] know.
Once you’ve finished your homework, you can go out and play, but remember to stay in our neighbourhood and come back before dark.
I’ll be back soon, so don’t worry. If you need anything, you can give me a call. Remember to be responsible and take care of yourself.