‘This is Jody’s Fawn’ is a lesson published in class 8 NCERT English textbook. To help students, we are giving here a summary, word meanings and answers to textbook intext questions and final exercise answers.
Word Meanings: Jody’s fawn
|Drift back||to turn or go back|
|fawn||young one of a deer|
|held||gripped, caught in hand|
|lay at rest||lay peacefully without making movements|
|close save||a narrow escape from any harm|
|kept your head||stayed calm in a difficult situation|
|recollect||recall and remember what had happened in the past|
|doe||female or she- deer|
|acorns||small brown nuts|
|took||here it means killed|
|it wasn’t to blame||it was not his fault or mistake|
|live to see another day||survive|
|sidled back||walked back very quietly|
|gasped||breathed suddenly and loudly as happens after running|
|set down||put down|
|anxiously||with anxiety and concerns|
|every which way||in different directions|
|abandoned||deserted, left unattended|
|unwilling||reluctant, not wanting to do or follow|
|right here||at this very place, just here|
|take it easy||don’t worry or bother|
|so long||good bye|
|obliged||grateful or feeling obliged|
|hooves||the feet of an animal|
|crackling||breaking with sound|
|twigs||small branched of a tree|
|buzzard||a type of hawk|
|flapped||fluttered the wing|
|bough||a big branch of a tree|
|carrion||dead and putrefying flesh|
|clacked||made a short loud sound|
|shook him through||stirred him completely|
|whispered||speak in a low voice|
|sleek||smooth and shiny|
|bobbed||moved up and down|
|trail||narrow path as in a forest|
|wobbling||rocking side by side|
|latch||fastening for a door|
|clutched hard||hold a tight grip|
|risen on||come over|
|skimmed||removed from the surface|
|held it out to||put before|
|butted||hit with the head|
|spilling over||falling on the ground|
|gourd||a container for liquids|
|snorted||made a sound from the mouth or nostrils|
|ecstasy||great pleasure and enjoyement|
|gurgling||the sound coming from the throat|
Jody’s Request to Raise the Fawn
Jody’s father Penny was bitten by a rattlesnake, and to draw out the poison, he used the heart and liver of a doe that he quickly killed. Jody saw that the doe had a little fawn that was left alone, and the thought of the fawn kept haunting Jody’s mind. He asked his father for permission to bring the fawn home and raise it. At first, Penny was in a dilemma, but Jody convinced him that raising the fawn would not be a burden. Penny agreed that it would be ungrateful to leave the fawn to starve and gave Jody his permission.
Jody’s Journey to Find the Fawn
Jody went to the forest with Mill-wheel, who offered to take him on his horse. Once in the forest, Jody asked Mill-wheel to go back, as he wanted to be alone with the fawn if he found it. Jody searched for the fawn and eventually found it, but it was shaky and did not try to rise or run. Jody carried the fawn in his arms and avoided the clearing with the doe’s carcass. It was a long and difficult walk back home, and Jody had to rest several times.
Jody Introduces the Fawn to His Father
Jody finally reached home with the fawn, and he had an idea to walk into his father’s room with the fawn after him. However, at the steps, the fawn would not come up, so Jody carried it to his father’s bed. Jody showed his father the fawn, and Penny was glad that Jody had found what he wanted. Jody offered milk to the fawn, but it could not drink from the gourd. So, Jody dipped his fingers in the milk and thrust them into the fawn’s soft mouth. The fawn drank the milk greedily, and then Jody lowered his fingers into the gourd, and the fawn drank from it.
Textbook Question Answers
Comprehension Check (Page-90)
Q. 1. What had happened to Jody’s father?
Ans. Jody’s father had been bitten by a rattle snake.
Q. 2. How did the doe save Penny’s life?
Ans. Jody’s father killed a doe and used its liver to draw out the poison.
Q. 3. Why does Jody want to bring the Fawn home?
Ans. Jody wants to bring the Fawn home because his father had killed the doe and it seemed ungrateful to leave its young one to starve.
Q. 4. How does Jody know that the Fawn is a male?
Ans. Jody knows that the Fawn is a male by its spots.
Comprehension Check (Page-91)
Q. 1. Jody didn’t want Mill-wheel with him for two reasons. What were they?
Ans. Jody didn’t want Mill-wheel with him for two reasons. If he did not find the fawn then he would be disappointed, and if the fawn would be there then he did not want to share his happiest expression with anyone.
Q. 2. Why was Mill-wheel afraid to leave Jody alone?
Ans. Mill-wheel was afraid to leave Jody alone because he thought he might get lost or get bitten by a snake too.
Comprehension Check (Page-94)
Q. 1. How did Jody bring the fawn back home?
Ans. Jody brought the fawn back home by picking it up and carrying it in his arms.
Q. 2. Jody was filled with emotion after he found the fawn. Can you find at least three words or phrases which show how he felt?
Ans. Ecstasy, happiness and relief.
Q. 3. How did the deer drink milk from the gourd?
Ans. Jody poured milk into a small gourd, dipped his fingers in the milk and thrust-them into Fawn’s soft mouth. Then it sucked milk greedily.
Q. 4. Why didn’t the fawn follow Jody up the steps as he had thought it would ?
Ans. The fawn did not follow Jody up the steps because fawn was too young to walk up the steps.
Working with the Text (Page-93)
Q. 1. Why did Penny Baxter allow Jody to go find the fawn and raise it?
Ans. Penny Baxter allowed Jody to go and find the fawn and raise it because he had killed its mother to save his life. The fawn was orphaned and it was ungrateful to leave it to starve.
Q. 2. What did Doctor Wilson mean when he said, “Nothing in the world ever comes quite free”?
Ans. It means that we all are dependent on one another just to support our lives. We had to pay a price for everything.
Q. 3. How did Jody look after the fawn after he accepted the responsibility for doing this?
Ans. Jody took the fawn into his arms and brought it back home and fed him milk.
Q. 4. How does Jody’s mother react when she hears that he is going to bring the fawn home? Why does she react in this way?
Ans. She gasped and set down the pot helplessly because there was not enough food in the family to feed the fawn. She reacted in this way because she cared and loved her child more than anyone else.
Working with Language (Pages 93-94)
Q. 1. Here are some questions in direct speech. Put them into reported speech.
(i) Penny said “Do you really want it son?”
(ii) Mill-wheel said, “Will he ride back with me?”
(iii) He said to Mill-wheel,” Do you think the Fawn is still there ?”
(iv) He asked Mill-wheel, “Will you help me find him?”
(v) He said, “Was it up here when Pa got bitten by the snake?”
(i) Penny asked his son if he really wanted that.
(ii) Mill- wheel asked if he would ride back with him.
(iii) He asked Mill-wheel if he thought the Fawn was still there.
(iv) He asked Mill-wheel if he would help him to find him.
(v) He asked if it had been there when Pa had got bitten by the snake.
Q. 2. Look at these two sentences. He tumbled backward. It turned its head. The first sentence has an intransitive verb, a verb without an object. The second sentence has a transitive verb. It has a direct object. We can ask : “What did it turn ?” You can answer; “Its head. It turned its head.” Say whether the verb in each sentence below transitive or intransitive. Ask yourself a ‘what’ question about the verb, as in the example above. (For some verbs, the object is a person, so ask the question ‘who’ instead of ‘what’).
(i) Jody then went to the kitchen.
(ii) The fawn wobbled after him.
(iii) You found him.
(iv) He picked it up.
(v) He dipped his fingers in the milk.
(vi) It bleated frantically and butted him.
(vii) The fawn sucked his fingers.
(viii) He lowered his fingers slowly into the milk.
(ix) It stamped its small hoofs impatiently.
(x) He held his fingers below the level of the milk.
(xi) The fawn followed him.
(xii) He walked all day.
(xiii) He stroked its sides.
(xiv) The fawn lifted its nose.
(xv) Its legs hung limply.
(vi) (a) Intransitive (b) Transitive
Q. 3. Here are some words from the lesson. Working in groups, arrange them in the order in which they would appear in the dictionary. Write down some idioms and phrasal verbs connected to these words. Use the dictionary for more idioms and phrasal verbs.
close draw make wonder scrawny parted clearing sweet light pick
Ans. close by, clearing, draw, light, make, parted, pick, scrawny, sweet, wonder.
Close by – near
Clear out – tidy up thoroughly
draw on – slowly pass time.
light up – to become or make something bright
make up for – compensate for
part with – get separated from
pick up – to lift
scrawny – very thin
sweet as – great
wonder at – to be surprised or puzzled by.
Speaking (Page -95)
Q. 1. Do you think it is right to kill an animal to save a human life? Give reason for you answer?
Ans. The question of whether it is right to kill an animal to save a human life is a complex ethical dilemma that depends on several factors. Some people argue that human life is more valuable than animal life, and therefore, it is acceptable to kill an animal to save a human life. They may also argue that humans have a moral obligation to preserve and protect human life, even if it means sacrificing animal life.
On the other hand, others may argue that all living beings have a right to life, and it is unethical to take that life for the benefit of another. They may also argue that killing animals for human consumption or medical research is already widespread, and adding another justification for animal killing is problematic.
Ultimately, the answer to this question depends on an individual’s values and beliefs. While some may believe that it is morally acceptable to kill an animal to save a human life, others may not. It is essential to consider the ethical implications of such actions and weigh the consequences carefully.
Writing (Page – 95)
Q. 1. Imagine you have a new pet that keeps you busy. Write a paragraph describing your pet, the things it does, and the way it makes you feel. Here are some words and phrases that you could use.
frisky, smart, disobedient, loyal, happy, enthusiastic, companion, sharing friend, rolls in mud, dirties the bed, naughty, lively, playful, eats up food, hides the newspaper, drinks up milk, runs away when called, floats on the water as if dead.
Ans. I have a new pet, and it’s a frisky and lively dog. It’s smart, but sometimes disobedient, which can be frustrating. Despite that, it’s incredibly loyal, and being its companion has made me feel happy and enthusiastic. It’s a sharing friend that loves to play and be playful, which I enjoy. It loves to roll in the mud and dirty the bed, which can be a bit naughty, but it’s just its nature. It eats up its food and sometimes tries to hide the newspaper, which can be annoying but cute. It drinks up milk and runs away when called, which can be a challenge when it comes to training. And sometimes, when it’s hot outside, it floats on the water as if dead, which can be a bit alarming but also entertaining. Overall, having this new pet has been a delightful experience, and I’m grateful for the joy and energy it brings into my life.
Q. 2. Human life is dependent on nature (that’s why we call her Mother Nature). We take everything from nature to live our lives. Do we give back anything to nature?
(i) Write down some examples of the natural resources that we use.
(ii) Write a paragraph expressing you point of view regarding our relationship with nature.
(i) Examples: So many natural resources such as paper, wood, fuel, fruits,soil etc.
(ii) Human existence is undeniably reliant on nature, which is why we often refer to it as our mother. However, we must ask ourselves, what are we doing to show our gratitude towards nature? Unfortunately, we humans tend to be driven by greed and often disregard our responsibilities towards mother nature. We recklessly cut down trees, leading to natural disasters like earthquakes, tsunamis, and landslides. Therefore, it is our responsibility to cultivate a harmonious relationship with nature.
Q. 3. In This is Jody’s Fawn, Jody’s father uses a ‘home remedy’ for a snake bite. What should a person now do if he or she is bitten by a snake? Are all snakes poisonous? With the help of your teacher and others, find out answers to such questions. Then write a short paragraph on—What to do if a snake chooses to bite you.
Ans. There exist numerous myths surrounding snakes, but not all snakes are venomous. However, it is important to understand that a snake bite should never be taken lightly. A snake bite requires careful attention, and even the thought of it can be daunting. If I were to be bitten by a snake, I would take immediate action by making an incision to allow the poison to drain out. Following this, I would seek urgent medical attention from a doctor with the help of my family or friends.