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NCERT Solutions for Class 9 English - Keeping It From Harold

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Q1. Based on your reading of the story, answer the following questions by choosing the correct option.

(a) Mrs. Bramble was a proud woman because _______.

(i) she was the wife of a famous boxer.
(ii) she had motivated her husband.
(iii) she was a good housewife.
(iv) she was the mother of a child prodigy.

Ans : (iv) she was the mother of a child prodigy.

(b) “The very naming of Harold had caused a sacrifice on his part.” The writer’s tone here is ___.

(i) admiring
(ii) assertive
(iii) satirical
(iv) gentle

Ans : (iii) satirical

(c) Harold had defied the laws of heredity by ___.

(i) becoming a sportsperson
(ii) being good at academics
(iii) being well-built and muscular
(iv) respecting his parents

Ans : (ii) being good at academics

(d) Harold felt that he was deprived of the respect his classmates would give him as ________ .

(i) they did not know his father was the famous boxer, ‘Young Porky’.
(ii) his hero, Jimmy Murphy had not won the wrestling match.
(iii) he had not got Phil Scott’s autograph.
(iv) Sid Simpson had lost the Lonsdale belt.

Ans : (i) they did not know his father was the famous boxer ‘Young Porky’.

Q2. Answer the following questions :

(a) What was strange about the manner in which Mrs. Bramble addressed her son? What did he feel about it?

Ans : Mrs. Bramble always referred to herself in the third person and treated ten-year-old Harold as a baby. He would feel irritated and wished that his mother would give him due credit for being a grown-up boy who had won prizes in spellings and dictation.

(b) Why was it necessary to keep Harold’s father ’s profession a secret from him?

Ans. Harold was too perfect, a model of ideal behaviour and gave an inferiority complex to his parents. Mr. and Mrs. Bramble felt that if Harold discovered that his father was a professional boxer, he would fall in his esteem. Harold might feel that boxing was ‘uncultured’, ‘shady’ or for people of ‘wrath’. So they kept this a secret from him.

(c) When Mr. Bramble came to know that he was to become a father, what were some of the names he decided upon? Why?

Ans : Mr. Bramble expressed a desire that the child should be named John after Mr. John L. Sullivan and if it was a girl, then she should be named Marie, after Miss Mary Lloyd.

(d) Describe Mr. Bramble as he has been described in the story?

Ans : Mr. Bramble was thirty-one years old, of athletic built and weighed eight stone four. There was no one whom he could not defeat in the twenty round contest of boxing. Very famous, his feats in the ring were well known. But by nature, he was too timid and could never have his way with his wife. He was a very devoted and an overprotective father.

(e) Why was Mrs. Bramble upset when she came to hear that Bill had decided not to fight?

Ans. Mrs. Bramble had personally never liked Bill’s profession but since boxing brought in decent money, she had accepted it. Now money was required to provide a good education for Harold, so she was really upset to know that Bill had backed out from the fight.

(f) Who was Jerry Fisher? What did he say to convince Bill to change his mind?

Ans. Jerry Fisher was Bill’s trainer and he had been working hard at White Hart to train Bill for the boxing match, scheduled next week. Jerry tried to tempt Bill with the prize money and when he failed then he tried to emotionally blackmail him. If Bill withdrew, even Jerry’s career and reputation as a trainer would suffer. All the hard work they had put in together would go down the gutter.

(g) How did Harold come to know that his father was a boxer?

Ans. Jerry Fisher, Mrs. Bramble and her brother were trying to convince Bill not to back out from the fight. When Harold entered, Jerry Fisher told him the truth that his father was a professional boxer.

(h) Why was Harold upset that his father had not told him about his true identity? Give two reasons.
Ans :  Harold was very hurt to know that his parents kept such a secret from him.
Harold felt that he had missed a golden chance of winning respect and being the subject of envy of his classmates if they had known that his father was the famous boxer, ‘Young Porky’.

(i) Do you agree with Harold’s parents decision of hiding from him the fact that his father was a boxer? Why/Why not?
Ans: Harold’s parents’ decision of hiding from him the fact that his father was a boxer was not correct. They thought that Harold would die of disgrace if he came to know that his father was a man of wrath and called ‘Young Porky’. The truth was the other way around. Harold was deeply interested in boxing. He had betted two shillings that Jimmy Murphy would not last ten rounds against ‘Young Porky’. It was a dramatic irony that his parents hid from him the fact of which he could swank like anything.

Q3. The sequence of events has been jumbled up. Rearrange them and complete the given flowchart.

  1. Major Percy and Bill come to the house.
  2. Harold comes to know that his father is a boxer.
  3. Bill tells his wife that he is doing it for Harold.
  4. Jerry Fisher tries to convince Bill to reconsider.
  5. Mrs. Bramble is amazed to think that she has brought such a prodigy as Harold into the world.
  6. Harold wants to know what will happen to the money he had bet on Murphy losing.
  7. Mrs. Bramble is informed that Bill had decided not to fight.
  8. Mrs. Bramble resumes work of darning the socks.
  9. Harold is alone with his mother in their home.

 

Ans.

 1.

Harold is alone with his mother in their home.

2.

Mrs. Bramble is amazed to think that she has brought such a prodigy as Harold into the world.

3.

Mrs. Bramble resumes work of darning the sock.

4.

Major Percy and Bill come to the house.

5.

Mrs. Bramble is informed that Bill had decided not to fight.

6.

Bill tells his wife that he is doing it for Harold.

7.

Jerry Fisher tries to convince Bill to reconsider.

8.

Harold comes to know that his father is a boxer.

9.

Harold wants to know what will happen to the money he had bet on Murphy losing.

 

Q4. Choose extracts from the story that illustrate the characters of these people in it.

Person

Extracts from the story

What this tells us about their characters

Mrs. Bramble

(Para 12) “Bill we must keep it from Harold”

She was not honest and open with her son; concerned mother

Mr. Bramble

(Para 33)

 

Percy

(Para 109)

 

Jerry Fisher

(Para 110)

 

 

Ans. 

Person

Extracts from the story

What this tells us about their characters

Mrs. Bramble

(Para 12) “Bill we must keep it from Harold”

She was not honest and open with her son; concerned mother

Mr. Bramble

(Para 33) “The scales have fallen from his eyes.”

Too concerned for his son Harold; was having a sense of sacrifice.

Percy

(Para 109) “Respect a father’s feeling.”

Pretentious; concerned for Harold

Jerry Fisher

(Para 110) “He is a fighting man, doing his eight-stone-four ringside, and known to all the heads as “Young Porky”.

Honest; revengeful; sincere to Bill and wishes that he must tight

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1. What is the summary of the story "Keeping It From Harold"?
Ans. "Keeping It From Harold" is a humorous story about a boy named Harold who is unaware of his family's financial struggles. His parents and relatives go to great lengths to hide the truth from him, but eventually, Harold finds out the reality and takes it sportingly.
2. Who are the main characters in the story "Keeping It From Harold"?
Ans. The main characters in the story "Keeping It From Harold" are Harold, his parents Mr. and Mrs. Bramble, his sister Kathleen, his uncle Albert, and his aunt Annie.
3. How do Harold's parents and relatives hide the truth from him?
Ans. Harold's parents and relatives hide the truth from him by pretending to be affluent and making up stories to explain their lack of money. They go to great lengths to maintain this facade, such as borrowing expensive objects from friends and claiming to be their own.
4. What happens when Harold finds out the truth?
Ans. When Harold finds out the truth about his family's financial struggles, he takes it sportingly and surprises everyone with his maturity and understanding. He even suggests ways to cut down on expenses and offers to contribute to the family's financial situation.
5. What is the theme of the story "Keeping It From Harold"?
Ans. The theme of the story "Keeping It From Harold" revolves around the importance of honesty and open communication within a family. It also highlights the resilience and adaptability of children when faced with difficult situations.
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