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Madhyamik English - Father's Help - R K Narayan

Madhyamik English

Father's Help

R K Narayan













Comprehension exercises


1. Choose the correct alternative to complete the following sentences :

(a) With a shudder Swami realized that it was

(i) Friday

(ii) Thursday

(iii) Wednesday

(iv) Monday

Ans : (iv) Monday


(b) When Swami ought to have been in the school prayer hall, he was lying on the

(i) bench

(ii) table

(iii) bed

(iv) desk

Ans : (i) bench


(c) According to Swami, Samuel is especially angry with boys who are 

(i) absent

(ii) late

(iii) inattentive

(iv) undisciplned

Ans : (ii) late


2. Fill in the chart with information from the text :


(a) time when swami complained of a headache - 9 AM

(b) person who ordered Swami to dress up and go to school - Father

(c) name of the teacher mentioned by Swami - Samuel


3. State whether the following statements are True or False. Provide sentences/phrases/words in support of your answer :


(a) Swami said that he had a headache. True

S S : At nine 0'clock Swaminathan wailed, "I have a headache."

(b) Swami was lying in his father's room. False

S S : Swami was lying on the bench in Mother's room.

(c) According to Swami, the headmaster was not afraid of Samuel. False

S S : They say that even the headmaster is afraid of him.


Comprehension exercises


4. Choose the correct altrenative to complete the following sentences :


(a) Father decided to send the headmaster a 

(i) telegram

(ii) notice

(iii) letter

(iv) report

Ans : (iii) letter


(b) While going to school Swami was bothered by 

(i) conscience

(ii) headache

(iii) toothache

(iv) fever

Ans : (i) conscience


(c) The colour of Samuel's coat was

(i) black

(ii) blue

(iii) white

(iv) yellow

Ans : (iv) yellow


5. Complete the following sentences with information from the text :


(a) Father's behaviour took an unexpected turn.

(b) Swami went to school feeling that he was the worst boy on earth.

(c) Swami stopped on the roadside to make up his mind about Samuel.


6. Answer the following questions :


(a) Where did Father put the letter?

Ans : Father put the letter in an envelope and sealed it.


(b) What did Swami fail to decide about Samuel?

Ans : Swami failed to decide if Samuel really deserved the allegations.


(c) How did Samuel look?

Ans : Samuel had dark face, thin moustache, unshaven cheek and wore a yellow coat.

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Comprehension exercises


7. Choose the correct alternative to complete the following sentences :


(a) When Swami entered the class, Samuel was teaching

(i) history

(ii) arithmetic

(iii) sicence

(iv) geography

Ans : (ii) arithmetic


(b) Swami was lete to school by

(i) half an hour

(ii) an hour

(iii) two hours

(iv) three hours

Ans : (i) half an hour


(c) The headmaster was on a leave for one

(i) day

(ii) month

(iii) year

(iv) week

Ans : (iv) week


8. Complete the following sentences with information from the text :


(a) As Swami entered the school gate, an idea occurred to him.

(b) Swami stood at the entrance of his class.

(c) Father snatched letter away from Swami and tore it.


9. Fill in the chart with information from the text :


(a) On Sunday, Swaminathan loafed about. - (a) Swami did not do his homework.

(b) Swami never met anyone as good as Samuel. - (b) Swami sat down, feeling sorry.

(c) The headmaster had gone on a week's leave. - (c) Swami could not deliver the letter.

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