The Little Girl Solutions for Class 9 English Chapter 3 with Answers

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CBSE Solutions Class 9 English Beehive Prose

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


  1. — (iii), (iv), (v), (vii)
  2. — (i), (ii)
  3. — (vi)

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

Q1. Why was Kezia afraid of her father?

Answer: Kezia was afraid of her father because he used to talk to her harshly. He was in a habit of finding out her mistakes.

Q2. Who were the people in Kezia’s family?

Answer: Kezia’s family had her grandmother, mother and father.

Q3. What was Kezia’s father’s routine

(i). before going to his office?

Answer: Before going to his office, Kezia’s father usually went into her room to give her a casual kiss.

(ii). after coming back from his office?

Answer: After coming back from his office, he ordered for tea to bring into the drawing room. He also asked his mother to bring him the newspaper and his slippers, and Kezia to pull off his boots.

(iii). on Sundays?

Answer: On Sunday, Kezia’s father would stretch out on the sofa. He would cover his face with his handkerchief, put his feet on one of the cushions and sleep soundly.

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

Answer: Kezia’s grandmother would encourage her to know her father better by asking her to go down to the drawing room and have a nice talk with her father. She also asked Kezie to stitch a pin-cushion out of a beautiful yellow silk piece and give it to her father as a birthday present.

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 efforts to please her father resulted in displeasing him. On every Sunday, her grandmother sent her down to the drawing room to have nice talk with father and mother. But her presence always irritated the father. He used to call her ‘little brown owl’.
One day her grandmother told her that her father’s birthday would be next week and suggested that she should make him a pin-cushion for beautiful gift. After stitching three sides of the cushion with double cotton with great care and effort, Kezia was stuck as to what to fill the cushion with. Since her grandmother was busy in the garden, she searched her Mother’s bedroom for scraps. Finally, she discovered sheets of paper on the bed table. She gathered these, tore them up and filled the cushion with the torn pieces.
Unfortunately, her efforts to please her father not only went in vain but also had an unanticipated consequence. This was because the sheets she had torn were her father’s speech for the Port Authority. Her father scolded her for touching things that did not belong to her and punished her by hitting her palm with a ruler.

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

Answer: Mr Macdonald was a different kind of father. He would play ‘tag5 with his children. He would put the baby Mao on his shoulders. Two girls would hang on to his pockets. He would run round and round the flower beds laughing.
Once Kezia saw the boys turn the hose on him. He tried to catch them laughing. He was a different kind of father. Kezia’s father never played with her. He always looked angry and harsh. He snubbed her.

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

Answer: One night Kezia had a nightmare which made her too terrified. She was crying out of fear. When she woke up, she found her father beside her bed with a candle in his hand. He asked her what the matter was. When he came to know about her nightmare, he blew out the candle, bent down and caught up the child in his arms. He carried her to the big bedroom. He laid her on the bed and pulled the covers up around her. Apart from this, he lay down beside her.
After some time, still half asleep, she crept close to him, snuggled her head under his arm and held tightly to his shirt. Now she felt comfortable.
Her father told her to rub her feet against his legs and get them warm.
Now, Kezia realised that her father was not as harsh as she thought. She realised that her father had to work all day long and got so tired that he could not play with her. She realised that her father wanted her to understand his compulsion. At bottom, he was a very good person.

Thinking about language
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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.

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


(i) thrilled
(ii) delighted
(iii) overjoyed
(iv) pleased
(v) 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.

(i) You are a big girl now. older
(ii) Today you are going to take the biggest decision of your career …….
(iii) Their project is full of big ideas …….
(iv) Cricket is a big game in our country……..
(v) I am a big fan of Lata Mangeshkar……..
(vi) You have to cook a bit more as my friend is a big eater ……..
(vii) What a big heart you’ve got, Father dear ……..


(i) Older
(ii) most important
(iii) innovation
(iv) popular
(v) great
(vi) gourmand
(vii) generous

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.

Q1. Underline the verbs of reporting in the following sentences.

(i) He says he will enjoy the ride.
(ii) Father mentioned that he was going on a holiday.
(iii) No one told us that the shop was closed.
(iv) He answered that the price would go up.
(v) I wondered why he was screaming.
(vi) Ben told her to wake him up.
(vii) Ratan apologised for coming late to the party


(i) He says he will enjoy the ride.
(ii) Father mentioned that he was going on a holiday.
(iii) No one told us that the shop was closed.
(iv) He answered that the price would go up.
(v) I wondered why he was screaming.
(vi) Ben told her to wake him up.
(vii) Ratan apologized for coming late to the party.

Q2. 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,

(i) “I am not afraid” ………. , the woman.
(ii) “Leave me alone,” my mother
(iii) The children ……….. that the roads were crowded and noisy.
(iv) “Perhaps he isn’t a bad sort of a chap after all” ……….., the master.
(v) “Let’s go and look at the school ground”……….., the sports teacher.
(vi) The traffic police ……….. all the passers- by to keep off the road.


(i) remarked
(iii) shouted
(ii) were complaining
(iv) replied
(v) suggested
(vi) ordered.


Form pairs or groups and discuss the following questions:

Q1. 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?

Answer: There is no doubt that the Indian families too have such fathers, mothers and grandmothers. In this world of cut-throat competition everyone aspires for success. So, the parents (father and mother) get employed to provide the children with all the worldly comforts. But they fail to comprehend the psychology of the tiny tots and make them feel isolated. Children need parents’ time and love. They want that then- parents should interact with them humbly and without hurting their feelings.

Q2. 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:

undemonstrative, loving, strict, hard-working,
responsibl,e unkind, disciplinarian, short-tempered,
affectionate, caring, indifferent,

Answer: Kezia’s father was not right to punish her. He should have understood that she was only a child and a child tends to make mistakes. A child’s mistake should always be mended.

On the one hand, he was strict, unkind and short tempered. On the other hand, he was hard-working, responsible and caring to his family. He worked hard all day long and got tired. So, he was compelled not to give any time to Kezia. At heart he cared and loved Kezia very much. When she got frightened due to a nightmare, he immediately came to her with a candle to know what had happened to her. It shows that he cared her very much.


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.

Answer: For self-attempt.

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