Comprehension Exercises | Tales of Childhood | Roald Dahl | Class 8 | Grammar | প্রশ্ন ও উত্তর

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Tales of Childhood by Roald Dahl

Tales of Childhood by Roald Dahl

 Textual Questions:



Activity 1


Rearrange the following sentences in the correct order and put the numbers in the given boxes:


(1) He met Sofie Magdalene Hesselberg in 1911. IV


(2) They, along with their family members, moved to Radyr in 1918. VI


(3) Harold Dahl became a successful shipbroker and set up a farm at Cardiff. III


(4) They married soon after. V


(5) Harold Dahl lost his arm when he was fourteen. II


(6) The writer's grandfather was a prosperous merchant. I


Activity 2


Complete the following sentences with information from the text:


(a) The narrator's grandfather was a fairly prosperous merchant who owned a store in Sarpsborg and traded in just about everything from cheese to chicken-wire.


(b) Harold Dahl had lost an arm when he was fourteen.


(c) Ashipbroker is a person who supplies the ship with everything it needs.


(d) In the country mansion beside the village of Radyr, there were many acres of farm and woodland, and a number of cottages for the staff.



Activity 3


Answer the following question:


Do you think that the narrator was happy living in the imposing mansion?

Ans.> I think, the narrator was very happy living in the imposing mansion.



Activity 4


Write 'T' for true and 'F' for false statements in the given boxes. Give supporting statements for each of your answers:


(a) The narrator was the eldest child in the family.  F

S.S> In 1920, when I was still only three, my mother's eldest child, my own sister Astri, died from appendicitis.


(b) Astri was the favourite child of the narrator's father.  T

S.S> Astri was far and away my father's favourite.


(c) The narrator's father died of appendicitis.  F

S.S> He was so overwhelmed with grief that when he himself went down with pneumonia a month or so afterwards, he did not much care whether he lived or died.


(d) After his father's death, the narrator along with his other family members moved to Llandaff.  T

S.S> She sold the big house and moved to a smaller one a few miles away in Lla



Activity 5


Answer the following questions:


(a) How old was Astri when she died?

Ans.> When Astri died she was seven years old.


(b) Why was pneumonia a very dangerous disease?

Ans.> There was no penicillin or any other magical antibiotic to cure pneumonia in that time.


(c) What made the narrator's father reluctant to fight against the disease?

Ans.> The narrator's father loved his daughter Astri very much. Her sudden death left him literally speechless for days afterwards. And this made the narrator's father reluctant to fight against the disease.



Activity 6


Fill in the following chart with information from the text:




(i) One can remember very little about one’s life before the age of seven or eight.

The narrator is astonished

(ii) The narrator can tell about very few things before the age of eight.

The narrator cannot picture

the faces of Mrs. Cornfield or Miss Tucker

(iii) The journeys made to or from the school were tremendously exciting

The narrator can remember these journeys very clearly.

(iv) A motor car on the road was an event then

It was quite safe for tiny 

children to go tricycling in the centre of the highway.


Activity 6


Answer the following questions:


(a) What was the name of the narrator's first school?

Ans.> The name of the narrator's first school was Elmtree House.


(b) Which blurred memory does the narrator have of his early days?

Ans.> Sitting on the stairs the narrator was trying over and over again to tie one of my shoelaces.


(c) How did the narrator enjoy his journeys to and from school?

Ans.> The narrator enjoyed racing on his tricycle at enormous speeds down the middle of the road with his eldest sister.


(d) 'It's not much, but it's all there is left'—Why, according to you,did the narrator make this comment?

Ans.> The narrator had very few memories of his early childhood. He regretted this. But he could still recall some special incidents which were the most precious things in his life.  


Activity 8(b) 


Identify the voice of the following sentences and fill in the table given below:


(i) He told a story.

(ii) The ball was thrown by the boy.

(iii) I read many books.

(iv) Football is played by them.


Active voice

Passive voice

(i) He told a story.

(ii) The ball was thrown by the boy.

(iii) I read many books.

(iv) Football is played by them.



Activity 8(c)


Match column A with column B:





(i) Rumita made a paper boat.

(a) Food is cooked by her.


(ii) I know the man.

(b) A cricket match was watched by us.


(iii) She cooks food.

(c) A paper boat was made by Rumita.


(iv)We watched a cricket match.

(d) The man is known to me.





Activity 8(d)


Change the voice of the following sentences:


(a) Riya sang a song.

Ans.> A song was sung by Riya.


(b) She knows my brother.

Ans.> My brother is known to her.


(c) I wrote a letter.

Ans.> A letter was written by me.


(d) They cleaned the classroom.

Ans.> The classroom was cleaned by them.



Activity 9


Make meaningful sentences with the given pairs of words. Use one pair for one sentence:


(a) met, shop

Ans.> I met him in the shop.

(b) remember, days

Ans.> I can remember my old days.


(c) moved, place

Ans.> I moved from that place.


(d) fight, country

Ans.> Our freedom fighters fight for our country.

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