Long Answer Type Questions

  1. Describe Ravi’s character in the story.

Ans. Ravi was an intelligent child. He had good observation skills and possessed sound knowledge of history. He was playful, but had a good sense of humour. He managed to get milk for the kitten in front of Paati’s eyes. He also applied his intelligence and gave music teacher’s chappals to the beggar. He was kind and generous and remembered the story of Karna which Rukku Manni had told him.

  1. Compare how the music teacher played the violin with that of Lalli’s.

Ans. The music teacher played the violin smoothly. His notes seemed to float up and then settled down perfectly into the invisible tracks of the melody. His hand moved the violin’s stem effortlessly and produced a melodious music. Lalli on the other hand seemed to struggle with the violin. The instrument appeared unhappy and helpless in her hands. She kept on missing the tracks and produced a kind of noise which even scared Mahendran.

  1. Why was Ravi upset with the elders?

Ans. Ravi was upset with the elders because he had always been told by them to be kind towards animals, but whenever he had tried to do so he had received screaming in return.

He had found the same elders calling these animals’ dirty creatures. Rukku Manni had told her about Karna who would give away everything he had to help others. Ravi had tried to help the beggar by giving away the music teacher’s chappals to him, but still Rukku Manni was angry with him. 

Value Based Questions

  1. What is the moral of the story, elaborate it.

Ans. The moral of this story is to help people in need. The beggar was in need of the slippers. He had blisters in his feet. They did the right thing Gopu Mama can buy another pair of slippers but the beggar didn’t have the money to buy them. We should help people in need. There is no harm in giving away a bit of those things that are surplus to us. We should give food, dresses and sweaters to poor. For us that might not have much value, but it can save someone else’s life.

  1. Was Rukku Manni right when she took the side of the children?

Ans. Yes, Rukku Manni did the right thing taking the side of the children. Elders should understand the reasons behind the acts of the kids. At times they might not seek their permission frightened, that they will be scolded but might be doing the right thing.

Parents and elders must see the situation from the point of view of the children and if they are right they should be applauded. If they have gone wrong at a point the same should be explained to them with ease.