Very Short Questions and Answers

  1. What kind of funny names did Abbu Khan give to his pet goats?

Ans. Abbu Khan gave funny names to his pet goats, such as Kalua, Moongia or Gujri. The youngest goat he bought was named Chandni.

  1. How and why did Abbu Khan’s goats run away?

Ans. Goats in hilly regions hate to be died. Very often, at night, the goats would pull so hard at the string that it would break loose and they would run away to the hills.

  1. What did Abbu Khan mean by goats “running straight into the jaws of death”?

Ans. The goats ran away from Abbu Khan’s compound and went to the hilly slopes. However, they were killed by an old and greedy wolf. Abbu Khan called this “running straight into the jaws of death.”

  1. According to Abbu Khan what was the meaning of freedom?

Ans. According to Abbu Khan, freedom meant struggle, hardship and even death.

  1. What was Abbu Khan’s reaction on understanding Chandni’s problem?

Ans. On understanding Chandni’s problem, the earthen pot that contained Chandni’s breakfast fell from his hands and he became very upset. 

Short Answer Type Questions

  1. Write a description of Abbu Khan’s new goat, Chandni.

Ans. Abbu Khan’s new goat was very pretty. She was white as snow and had two little horns and gleaming red eyes.

Abbu Khan called her Chandni, which meant ‘moonlight.’ Chandni had a very friendly temperament and she listened to Abbu Khan’s stories with a lot of interest and affection.

  1. Why was Abbu Khan mistaken?

Ans. Abbu Khan had bought a young goat thinking that this goat would stay with him for a long time and would soon begin to love him and the food he offered her and therefore would never think of hills and grassy slopes. However, Chandni, too, began to desire freedom and wanted to run away. 

Long Answer Type Questions

  1. What changes occurred in Chandni once she found the hilltops fascinating?

Ans. When Abbu Khan brought the young Chandni to stay with him, she heard the tales told by Abbu Khan with a lot of interest and affection. However, after her fascination for hills grew, she lost interest in Abbu Khan’s tales. Chandni used to relish juicy grass offered by Abbu Khan, but soon she lost her appetite and grew very thin. She moodily stared at the hilltops and imagined herself breathing in the free air of grassy slopes.

  1. Why did Abbu Khan restrict Chandni to his small hut?

Ans. On hearing Chandni’s request to be freed, Abbu Khan became angry but was also concerned for Chandni’s life. He tried to warn her by again telling her the tales of the dead goats. However, when Chandni refused to understand and told him that she would fight the wolf with her pair of horns, Abbu Khan knew the consequences, He, therefore, tied Chandni in one of his smaller huts.