NCERT Solutions for Class 9 English Beehive Chapter 3 The Little Girl Questions and Answers

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NCERT Solutions for Class 9 English Beehive Chapter 3 The Little Girl Questions and Answers

Thinking about the text (Page 38)

I. Given below are some emotions that Kezia felt. Match the emotions in Column A with the items in Column B.

1. fear or terror
2. glad sense of relief
3. a funny feeling, perhaps of understanding
(i) father comes into her room to give her a goodbye kiss
(ii) noise of the carriage grows fainter
(iii) father comes home
(iv) speaking to father
(v) going to bed when alone at home
(vi) father comforts her and falls asleep (vii) father stretched out on the sofa, snoring

Ans. 1. — (iii)

2. — (ii)

3. — (vi)

II. Answer the following question in one or two sentences:

Q1. Why was Kezia afraid of her father?

Answer: Kezia was afraid of her father because his father was very strict and dominated. He always tries to find out her mistakes.

Q2.  Who were the people in the Kezia family?

Answer: Father, Mother, Grandmother and herself, Alice (cook) consists of her family.

Q3.  What was Kezia’s rather routine :

(a)  before going to his house?
(b)  after coming back from his office?
(c)  on Sundays?

Answer: (a)  before going to his office her father gave her daughter Kezia a casual kiss and in return, she would wish him goodbye.

(b) after coming back from his office, the father asked her mother for his tea to be brought into the drawing-room and he asked Kezia to pull off his boots. He used to ask her if she had been a good girl today.

(c)  On Sunday Kezia’s Father used to stretch out on the sofa with his handkerchief put on his Face and sleep soundly.

Q4. In what ways did Kezia’s grandmother encourage her to get to know her father better?

Answer:  Kezia’s grandmother encourages her to go to the drawing to have a nice talk with him and fetch spectacles for her father. she also asked her to make a gift of a pin-cushion on his birthday.

III. Discuss these questions in class with your teacher and then write down your answers in two or three paragraphs each.

Q1.  Kezia’s efforts to please her father resulted in displeasing him very much? how did this happen?

Answer: Kezia’s Grandmother suggested Kezia make a cushion for his father on his birthday. She agreed for making a pin-cushion. She started her work and make a beautiful yellow silk cushion. She stitched three sides of the cushion. She looked everywhere for materials that should fill it. She found some sheets of paper on the bed table of her mother’s bedroom. She tore the sheets into tiny pieces and filled in the cushion. Thus her innocent efforts to please her father had a very negative consequence.

Q2. Kezia decided that there are “different kinds of fathers “. What kind of father was Mr. Macdonald, and how was he different from Kezia’s father?

Answer: Kezia compared her father with Mr. Macdonald. Mr. Macdonald was his neighbor of Kezia. One day Kezia looked through a gap in the fence and she saw that all the children of Mr. Macdonald playing together. Mr. Macdonald was carrying a little boy on his shoulder and his two daughters were hanging on his father’s coat pockets, they run round and round the flowers, and beds with laughter and Kezia saw that the boys tum the house on him – and he tried to catch them laughing all the time. So,  when she thought about her father, she realised that her father always commanded all others in the house. Kezia was scared of her father. So she thought that her father was different from Mr. Macdonald.

Q3. How does Kezia begin to see her father as a human being who needs her sympathy?

Answer: One night, when her mother and grandfather were in the hospital. Kezia had a nightmare which made her too terrified. She was crying out of fear for her grandmother. When she woke up, she found her father beside her bed. 

When he came to know about her nightmare, he blew out the candle, bent down and caught Kezia in his arms. He carried her to the big bedroom. 

She noticed that her father slept before her. which made her think about how hard he is working for his family. She realised her mistake and told his father that he had a big heart.

Thinking about language

(Page 38)

I. Look at the following sentence.

There was a glad sense of relief when she heard the noise of the carriage growing fainter…

Here, glad means happy about something. Glad, happy, pleased, delighted, thrilled and overjoyed are synonyms (words or expressions that have the same or nearly the same meaning.) However, they express happiness in certain ways.

Read the sentences below:

  • She was glad when the meeting was over.
  • The chief guest was pleased to announce the name of the winner.

Q1. Use an appropriate word from the synonyms given above in the following sentences. Clues are given in brackets.

  1. She was ………. by the news of her brother’s wedding, (very pleased)
  2. I was ………. to be invited to the party. (extremely pleased and excited about)
  3. She was ………. at the birth of her granddaughter, (extremely happy)
  4. The coach was ……….. with his performance, (satisfied about)
  5. She was very …………. with her results. (happy about something that has happened)


  1. thrilled
  2. delighted
  3. overjoyed
  4. pleased
  5. happy.

Q2. Study the use of the word big in the following sentence:

He was so big—his hands and his

neck, especially his mouth…

Here, big means large in size.

Now, consult a dictionary and find out the meaning of big in the following sentences. The first one has been done for you.

  1. You are a big girl now. older
  2. Today you are going to take the biggest decision of your career …….
  3. Their project is full of big ideas …….
  4. Cricket is a big game in our country……..
  5. I am a big fan of Lata Mangeshkar……..
  6. You have to cook a bit more as my friend is a big eater ……..
  7. What a big heart you’ve got, Father dear ……..


  1. You are a big girl now. Older
  2. Today you are going to take the biggest decision of your career. most important
  3. Their project is full of big ideas. great
  4. Cricket is a big game in our country. Very popular
  5. I am a big fan of Lata Mangeshkar. great
  6. You have to cook a bit more as my friend is a big eater. glutton
  7. What a big heart you’ve got, Father dear, very affectionate/magnanimous.

II. Verbs of Reporting

Study the following sentences.

  • “What! ” screamed Mother.
  • “N-n-no”, she whispered.
  • “Sit up”, he ordered.

The italicised words are verbs of reporting. We quote or report what someone has said or thought by using a reporting verb. Every reporting clause contains a reporting verb. For example:

  • He promised to help in my project.
  • “How are you doing?” Seema asked. We use verbs of reporting to advise, order, report statements, thoughts, intentions, questions, requests, apologise, manner of speaking and so on.

Q 1.
Underline the verbs of reporting in the following sentences.

  1. He says he will enjoy the ride.
  2. Father mentioned that he was going on a holiday.
  3. No one told us that the shop was closed.
  4. He answered that the price would go up.
  5. I wondered why he was screaming,
  6. Ben told her to wake him up.
  7. Ratan apologised for coming late to the party.


  1. says
  2. mentioned
  3. told
  4. answered
  5. wondered
  6. told
  7. apologised

Q 2.
Some verbs of reporting are given in the box. Choose the appropriate verbs and fill in the blanks in the following sentences:

were complaining, shouted, replied, remarked, ordered, suggested
  1. “I am not afraid” ………. , the woman.
  2. “Leave me alone,” my mother
  3. The children ……….. that the roads were crowded and noisy.
  4. “Perhaps he isn’t a bad sort of a chap after all” ……….., the master.
  5. “Let’s go and look at the school ground”……….., the sports teacher.
  6. The traffic police ……….. all the passers- by to keep off the road.


  1. remarked
  2. shouted
  3. were complaining
  4. replied
  5. suggested
  6. ordered.


Form pairs or groups and discuss the following questions:

Q 1. This story is not an Indian story. But do you think there are fathers, mothers and grandmothers like the ones portrayed in the story in our own country?

Ans: Undoubtedly, Indian families also include fathers, mothers, and grandmothers. In today’s fiercely competitive world, everyone strives for success. Consequently, parents (both fathers and mothers) take up jobs to offer their children all the material comforts they can. However, amidst this pursuit, they often overlook the psychology of the little ones, leading them to feel lonely and isolated. Children yearn for their parents’ affection and attention. They desire humble interactions, free from any hurtful actions, that nourish their emotional well-being.

Q 2. Was Kezia’s father right to punish her?
What kind of a person was he? You might find some of these words useful in describing him:

Ans: Kezia’s father was mistaken in punishing her. As a child, it is natural for her to make mistakes, and he should have understood that. Instead of resorting to strict measures, he could have explained the significance of the papers and kindly advised her not to repeat such actions. Despite his undemonstrative, strict, and short-tempered demeanor, he possesses a loving and affectionate heart. Unfortunately, his disciplinarian tendencies sometimes overshadow his caring nature, leading to unkind actions like using a ruler to discipline her. Nonetheless, he does show care and comfort by soothing her after a bad dream.


Has your life been different from or similar to that of Kezia when you were a child? Has your perception about your parents changed now? Do you find any change in your parents ’ behaviour vis-a-vis yours? Who has become more understanding? What steps would you like to take to build a relationship based on understanding? Write three or four paragraphs (150-200 words) discussing these issues from your own experience.

Ans: For self-attempt.

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