AP State Syllabus AP Board 8th Class English Textbook Solutions Chapter 3A The Selfish Giant Part 1 Textbook Questions and Answers.
AP State Syllabus 8th Class English Solutions Chapter 3A The Selfish Giant Part 1
8th Class English Chapter 3A The Selfish Giant Part 1 Textbook Questions and Answers
Look at the picture given below and answer the questions that follow.
What do you notice in the picture?
I noticed some children playing in the garden. A giant was watching them at their games. A boy was sitting on his knee. Another one sat on his thigh picking the fruits. Someone was climbing up the ladder to reach the giant. Another boy who sat on his foot, was trying to walk on his body. They were all playing with him.
What do you think of the size and sitting posture of the figure which is looking at the children?
The children are little ones whereas the giant is a huge one. He is watching the children at their games. He seems to be sad
for some unknown reason.
What is the mood of the children?
The children are in playful mood. They are all joyful. The way they play shows us this.
Answer the following questions.
What are the major characters in the play?
The major characters in the play are the giant and the children. The other characters are the Snow and the Frost, the North Wind and the Autumn.
Why do you think children have been named as ‘tali girl,’ ’round boy,’ ‘square girl’, etc.?
I think children have been named as ‘tall girl,’ ’round boy,’ ‘square girl’, etc. to make the story funny and to beautify it. The children are easily attracted to the words such as ’tali’, ’round’, ‘square’, etc. when they are used to describe a girl or a boy.
Who are the two giants in the play?
The two giants, old Giant and the Giant are one and the same. The ‘old Giant’ is a selfish character whereas ‘the Giant’ is a kind character.
How can you say that The Giant is selfish?
The Giant didn’t allow the children to play in his garden. He didn’t want to share his happiness with the children. He wanted to enjoy his garden all alone. Hence I can say that the Giant is selfish.
The Selfish Giant Part 1 Summary in English
Once there was an old Giant. He was very selfish. He had a large lovely garden, with soft green grass. The grass stood beautiful flowers like stars and there were twelve peach trees in the garden. Every afternoon, as they were coming from school, the children used to go and play in the Giant’s garden. The Giant had been to visit his friend the Cornish og and came back after seven years. When the Giant came back, he saw the children playing in the garden. The selfish Giant told the children that they couldn’t play in his garden. He built a high wall all round and put up a notice-board: “TRESPASSERS WILL BE PROSECUTED.” Now, the children couldn’t play anywhere. They tried to play on the road, but it was very dirty and lots of hard stones were there on the road. When a boy told that the Giant was selfish, the Giant opened a door in the wall and told again that he would not allow anybody to play in his garden. When the children heard his voice, they scattered. Then the spring came, and there were little blossoms and little birds all over the country. But it was still winter in the Giant’s garden. In his garden the birds did not come to sing, and the trees forgot to blossom. The North Wind, the Hail, the Frost and the Snow were dancing about through the trees in the garden.
The Selfish Giant Part 1 Glossary
peach trees (n): trees bearing round fruit with soft red and yellow skin.
spring time (n): the season between winter and summer when plants begin to grow
delicate blossoms (n.phr): tender flowers
castle (n): large, strong building with strong and thick walls
trespassers (n): persons who go into land without permission
whispering (v): speaking quietly
scatter (v): disperse, spread over
cloak (n): a type of coat that has no sleeves
wrapped (v): covered or dressed
rejoiced (v): expressed great happiness
chimney-pot (n): a short, wide pipe placed on top of a chimney
delightful (adj): very pleasant, charming
bore (v): produced (fruits)
autumn (n): the season of the year between summer and winter when leaves change colour
pleased (v): felt happy about something
hail (n): small balls of ice that fall like rain
rattled (v): made a series of short loud sounds when hitting against some thing hard.
frost (n): the thin white layer of ice
snow (n): small soft white pieces of frozen water that fall from the sky in cold weather