CBSE Class Eight English Question & Answer
A Short Monsoon Diary
On The Grasshopper and Cricket
1. Why is the author not able to see Bijju?
Answer: Because of mist nothing is visible after a certain distance. Author can hear Bijju calling his sister but is unable to see him because of mist.
2. What are the two ways in which the hills appear to change when the mist comes up?
Answer: The visibility drops giving the hilly area a surreal look. Because of mist and poor light everything gets a sad tone. The whole ambience engulfs a silence.
3. When does the monsoon season begin and when does it end? How do you prepare to face the monsoon?
Answer: The monsoon enters India from east and south somewhere around mid of May. It reaches northern part of the country around second week of June. The monsoon ends around September. People take out umbrellas and raincoats, gumboots are repaired. Leaking roofs are taken care of. In flood hit areas people keep their belongings at a higher and safer place. Old truck tubes are kept in good shape to be used as emergency boat during floods.
4. Which hill-station does the author describe in this diary entry?
Answer: The author has described about Massoorie which is in Uttarakhand. Rusking Bond used to live in Uttarakhand.
5. For how many days does it rain without stopping? What does the author do on these days?
Answer: It rained for about 24 hours. The author tried to enjoy the beating sound of raindrops on the tin roof. It helped him keep awake. The tin roof helped him save from the incessant rain yet the sound of downpour gave him a sense of being part of the rain.
6. Where do the snakes and rodents take shelter? Why?
Answer: Snakes and rodents are unable to live in their submerged holes. So, they take shelter in rooftops, attics and godowns.
7. What did the author receive in the mail?
Answer: The author received a cheque in the mail. It was probably a result of the good omen of the visit by a shrew.
On The Grasshopper and Cricket
The poetry of earth is never dead:
When all the birds are faint with the hot sun,
And hide in cooling trees,
a voice will run
From hedge to hedge about the new-mown mead,
That is the grasshopper’s
— he takes the lead
In summer luxury
— he has never done
With his delights,
for when tired out with fun
He rests at ease beneath some pleasant weed.
This poem is about the everlasting flurry of activities on the earth. The earth, full of its flora and fauna never gets a moment which is without some interesting activity.
Even when the sun becomes unbearably hot and even perpetually active animals like bird become silent and take shelter in thick tree there is someone doing some interesting thing. The grasshopper hops on the newly mowed lawn and enjoys the luxury of hot summer.
The poetry of earth is ceasing never:
On a lone winter evening when the frost
Has wrought a silence, from the stone there shrills
The cricket’s song, in warmth increasing ever,
And seems to one in drowsiness half lost;
The grasshopper’s among some grassy hills.
This stanza is about the chilly weather. When the frost silences everything, the cockroach starts singing from behind some stone crevices. The song of cricket is full of warmth and gives a sense that the cricket is enjoying the warmth of a sunny grassland.