Question: Why did Abbu Khan’s goats want to run away? What happened to them in the hills?
Answer: Abbu Khan’s goats wanted to run away in order to enjoy freedom of movement and eat green grass. But they were killed and eaten up by a wolf in the hills.
Question: Abbu Khan said, “No more goats in my house ever again”. Then he changed his mind. Why?
Answer: Abbu Khan had a sad experience with his several pet goats. They all ran away to enjoy freedom. So he decided not to take any more pet. But he changed his mind because he felt very lonely.
Question: Why did he buy a young goat?
Answer: Abbu Khan bought a young goat thinking that it would stay with him much longer.
Question: Why did Chandni hate the rope round her neck?
Answer: Like other goats Chandni too missed the hills and longed for freedom. She was not afraid of the wolf. Abbu then put a rope round her neck and shut her in a small hut. Chandni could not help running towards the lovely hills. The rope pulled her back. So she hated it.
Question: “Now Abbu Khan understood Chandni’s problem…” What was Chandni’s problem?
Answer: Chandni’s problem was that she hated imprisonment. The hills called her. She was not frightened of the wild wolf. Abbu understood her problem, and her love for freedom.
Question: Abbu Khan pushed Chandni into a small hut. This shows that he
- was cruel.
- loved her and wanted to save her life.
- was selfish.
- 2. loved her and wanted to save her life.Comprehension Check
Question: Why did Chandni refuse to join the group of wild goats?
Answer: Chandni rejected the offer because she wanted to enjoy her new freedom all by herself.
Question: Chandni fought the wolf because she
- was stronger than the wolf.
- hated the wolf.
- had to retain her freedom at all costs.
- 2. had to retain her freedom at all costs.
Question: Why did the wise old bird say, “Chandni is the winner”?
Answer: The wise old bird declared Chandni the winner because she struggled to her last breath to retain her freedom.
Question: “Death in an open field is better than life in a small hut,” Chandni said to herself. Was it the right decision? Give reasons for your
Answer: Chandni’s decision to enjoy free movement in the open fields rather than life in a small hut was right. No sacrifice is too great for winning freedom.
Question: Freedom is life. Discuss this with reference to “Chandni” and “I want something in a Cage”.
Answer: It is indeed very much true that slavery is a virtual death. Chandni, the goat, expressed her love for freedom by sacrificing her life. She fought a wolf boldly. In the story I want something in a, cage, this love for freedom is expressed through 1 a prisoner who spends all he had in order to buy freedom for a pair of birds. Both
Question: Who was Abbu Khan?
Answer: Abbu khan was an old man. He lived all alone in a little hut in Almora. He tamed a few goats. He grazed them during the day. At night, he would talk to them as if they were his children.
Question: How can you say that Abbu Khan’s goats were of the best hill breed?
Answer: Goats in hilly regions hate being kept tied to trees or poles. They long for freedom. Abbu Khan’s goats too loved freedom. They broke loose their strings and disappeared in the hill. It shows they were of the best hill breed.
Question: Why did Abbu Khan feel sad?
Answer: Abbu Khan fed his goats on the juiciest grass and grains. He showered deep love on them as one showers on one’s children. Still they broke the ropes loose and ran straight into the jaws of death. It made Abbu Khan feel sad. Even the animals preferred death to slavery (bondage).
Question: Why did Abbu Khan laugh with joy?
Answer: The bigger goats did not stay for ever with Abbu Khan. They disappeared one after the other. So he bought a young goat. He thought that young goat will be grateful for his love and food. She would never think of the hills. It made him laugh with joy.
Question: Why did Abbu Khan name his young goat as Chandni?
Answer: The young goat was very pretty. She was white as snow. She had two little horns. She had gleaming red eyes. She had a friendly temperament. She was deeply interested in Abbu khan. Therefore, Abbu Khan named her as Chandni.
Question: Why / when did Abbu Khan become unhappy?
Answer: Abbu Khan learnt that Chandni desired to go to the hills. She had no temptation of eating tastier food or being tied with a longer rope. She did not heed to Abbu’s warning of being eaten up by an old wolf. She Answered back that she would fight the wolf. Her insistence to go to the hills made Abbu Khan unhappy.
Chandni – Question: How did Chandni feel on reaching the hills?
Answer: Chandni was hell-bent on going to the hills. She did not care the least for Abbu Khan’s loving words and warnings. Abbu Khan shut her in a small hat. However, she managed to make her passage through the window. She reached the hills. She thought that the hills were welcoming her. She felt that the tall grass longed to embrace her. The blooming flowers amused her. The wind also appeared pleasant to her. She considered herself lucky for seeking freedom from Abbu Khan’s prison house. She played joyfully for hours on the grassy slopes of the hills.
Chandni – Question: What misfortune came to Chandni after sunset?
Chandni – Answer: The sun disappeared behind the hills. Darkness prevailed every where on grass, flowers and trees. There was no wind. She heard a grunting sound of a dangerous wolf. She got scared and she thought of Abbu Khan but was not willing to return to him for safety. She considered death in open field far better than life in a small hut. The wolf came out of the bushes. He was sure that he would be able to eat the goat. The goat was also sure that she would be soon tom to pieces. But she did not lose courage. She stood firmly on her legs to face the wolf boldly. She got ready to put up a good fight. However, she was killed by the wolf.