NCERT Solutions for Class 8 English Chapter 23 - This is Jody’s Fawn

Question 1:

How does Jody know that fawn is a male?


All the spots on a male fawn’s body are in a line. But on a doe-fawn, the spots are in different directions. This helped Jody to figure out that the fawn is a male.

Question 2:

Jody didn’t want Mill-wheel with him for two reasons. What were they?


The two reasons why Jody didn't want to take Mill-wheel with him were:
(i) if the fawn was dead or could not be found Jody didn't want Mill-wheel to see his disappointment.
(ii) if the fawn was there, the meeting would be lovely and secret, Jody didn't want to share it with Millwheel.

Question 3:

Why was Mill-wheel afraid to leave Jody alone?


Mill-wheel was afraid to leave Jody alone because he might get lost or could be bitten by the snake.

Question 4:

How did Jody bring the fawn back home?


Jody brought the fawn back home partly by lifting it and partly by making it walk after him on its own.

Question 5:

Jody was filled with emotion after he found the fawn. Can you find at least three words or phrases which show how he felt?


Jody 'Startled and tumbled backward', Jody could not trust himself to move.

Question 6:

How did the fawn drink milk from the gourd?


At first the fawn sucked milk from Jody’s milk-soaked fingers. It sucked the fingers greedily.Then, Jody dipped his fingers in the milk. The fawn followed them and its mouth reached the level of the milk in the gourd. It sucked and soon it was content.

Question 7:

Why didn’t the fawn follow Jody up the steps as he had thought it would?


The fawn’s legs were not strong enough to climb the steps. So, it did not follow Jody on the steps.

Question 8:

Why did Penny Baxter allow Jody to go find the fawn and raise it?


The fawn’s mother had saved Penny Baxter’s life. She was killed for the purpose of draining the snake poison out of Penny's body. Since the fawn was motherless, it needed care. Penny thought it would be ungrateful to leave the fawn alone in the forest to die. So Penny allowed his son Jody to go and find the fawn and raise it. He wanted to repay the fawn's mother's sacrifice by taking care of the fawn.

Question 9:

What did Dr Wilson mean when he said, “Nothing in the world ever comes quite free”?


Dr Wilson meant to say that every service in this world is done in return of something. So it was the duty of Penny’s family to look after the doe’s fawn, which had saved Penny’s life with her life.

Question 10:

How did Jody look after the fawn, after he accepted the responsibility for doing this?


Jody looked after the fawn with motherly love and affection. He taught it how to walk and suck milk.

Question 11:

How does Jody’s mother react when she hears that he is going to bring the fawn home? Why does she react in this way?


Jody’s mother was surprised to hear that Jody was going to bring the fawn home. She was pouring coffee at that time. She held the coffee pot in mid-air. She set down the pot helplessly. She said that they have got nothing to feed the fawn. Jody would have to give it the milk of his own share. She reacted in this way because she was aware of her situation. She did not want to share her son's milk with the fawn.

Question 12:

Look at these pairs of sentences.
Penny said to Jody, “Will you be back before dinner?”
Penny asked Jody if he would be back before dinner.
“How are you feeling, Pa?” asked Jody.
Jody asked his father how he was feeling.
Here are some questions in direct speech. Put them into reported speech.
(i) Penny said, “Do you really want it, son?”
(ii) Mill-wheel said, “Will he ride back with me?”
(iii) He said to Mill-wheel, “Do you think the fawn is still there?”
(iv) He asked Mill-wheel, “Will you help me find him?”
(v) He said, “Was it up here that Pa got bitten by the snake?”


(i) Penny asked his son if he really wanted it.
(ii) Mill-wheel asked if he would ride back with him.
(iii) He asked Mill-wheel if he thought the fawn was still there.
(iv) He asked Mill-wheel whether (if) he would help him find him.
(v) He asked if Pa had got bitten by the snake at that place.

Question 13:

Look at these two sentences.
He tumbled backward.
It turned its head.
The first sentence has an intransitive verb, a verb without an object.
The second sentence has a transitive verb. It has a direct object. We can ask: “What did it turn?” You
can answer: “Its head. It turned its head.”
Say whether the verb in each sentence below is transitive or intransitive. Ask yourself a ‘what’
question about the verb, as in the example above. (For some verbs, the object is a person, so ask the
question ‘who’ instead of ‘what’).
(i) Jody then went to the kitchen.
(ii) The fawn wobbled after him.
(iii) You found him.
(iv) He picked it up.
(v) He dipped his fingers in the milk.
(vi) It bleated frantically and butted him.
(vii) The fawn sucked his fingers.
(viii) He lowered his fingers slowly into the milk.
(ix) It stamped its small hoofs impatiently.
(x) He held his fingers below the level of the milk.
(xi) The fawn followed him.
(xii) He walked all day.
(xiii) He stroked its sides.
(xiv) The fawn lifted its nose.
(xv) Its legs hung limply.
[Note : Transitive – T Intransitive – In]


(i) In (ii) T (iii) T (iv) T (v) T (vi) In, T (vii) T (viii) T (ix) T (x) T (xi) T (xii) In (xiii) T (xiv) T (xv) In

Question 14:

Here are some words from the lesson. Working in groups, arrange them in the order in which they would appear in the dictionary. Write down some idioms and phrasal verbs connected to these verbs. Use the dictionary for more idioms and phrasal verbs.


Question 15:

Do you think it is right to kill an animal to save a human life? Give reasons for your answer.


No, it is not right to kill an animal to save a human life. Animals too feel pain as we do. Their life is as precious as ours. We have no right to take another life be it of a human or an animal. Killing animals is an act of violence and it must be avoided at any cost. They have the right to live as much as we do.

Question 16:

Imagine you wake up one morning and find a tiny animal on your doorstep. You want to keep it as a pet but your parents are not too happy about it. How would you persuade them to let you keep it? Discuss it in groups and present your arguments to the class.


I would persuade my parents by telling them the importance of keeping a pet. Keeping a pet nourishes our most basic instinct of companionship. A dog or a cat as a pet can be our best friend. The bonding shared by an owner of a pet and the pet is extremely honest and full of love. For youngsters and even for adults, pets are true companion.
Points to present in the class:
• Pets remain always loyal
• Pets never leave their owner’s side even in time of trouble
• Pets such as dogs ensure safety in the house by keeping strangers at bay.
• Pets are playmates of children

Question 17:

Imagine you have a new pet that keeps you busy. Write a paragraph describing your pet, the things it does, and the way it makes you feel. Here are some words and phrases that you could use. frisky, smart, disobedient, loyal, happy, enthusiastic, companion, sharing, friend, rolls in mud, dirties the bed, naughty, lively, playful, eats up food, hides the newspaper, drinks up milk, runs away when called, floats on the water as if dead.


My new pet is a little dog. It is frisky and smart. It is very loyal and obedient. It is an enthusiastic companion. It is very naughty and lively. But sometimes it turns disobedient and behaves like a spoiled child. It rolls in the mud and then climbs up the bed and shakes itself on it. It likes to eat bread and drink milk. It barks when we forget to give it its play bunny. It runs away when called. It floats on water as if dead. Still I love my pet very much.

Question 18:

Human life is dependent on nature (that’s why we call her Mother Nature). We take everything from nature to live our lives. Do we give back anything to nature?
(i) Write down some examples of the natural resources that we use.
(ii) Write a paragraph expressing your point of view regarding our relationship with nature.


(i) List of natural resources that we use:
(a) Water from the river or lakes
(b) Wood for making houses and furniture
(c) Food such as crops, vegetables, etc are obtained from plants
(d) Fuel such as coal, petroleum is obtained from under the earth.
(e) The air that we breathe is gained from the atmosphere.
(ii) We are closely related to Nature. Nature nurtures us and therefore it is our duty to nurture Nature. We should not pollute air, water and soil. When we blindly cut trees, we destroy Nature. When we harm Nature, we harm our own lives we destroy our own surroundings

Question 19:

In the story 'This is Jody’s Fawn', Jody’s father uses a ‘home remedy’ for a snake bite. What should a person now do if he or she is bitten by a snake? Are all snakes poisonous? With the help of your teacher and others, find out answers to such questions. Then write a short paragraph on—What to do if a snake chooses to bite you.


No, all snakes are not poisonous.
Paragraph: It is unfortunate if a snake bites me. I will not waste time by staying stunned but would rather take necessary steps to save my life. First of all, I will bind the bitten part tightly with a piece of cloth so that the poison does not enter the whole body via blood. Then, to draw out the poison, I will make a cut little lower than the affected area to draw out the blood. This is only a first aid measure, so I won't waste time and will immediately rush to a nearby hospital, where proper care can be taken.