NCERT Solutions for Class 7 English Chapter 8 - Quality

Question 1:

What was the author’s opinion about Mr Gessler as a boot maker?


According to the author, Mr Gessler was an excellent boot maker. The boots made by him never failed to fit. Besides, they lasted long. Although he was beaten by big firms in the business, yet he never compromised with the quality.

Question 2:

Why did the author visit the shop so infrequently?


The author was infrequent at the shop because once he brought a boot, it lasted long. So the author visited him only when he needed a new pair of shoes.

Question 3:

What was the effect on Mr Gessler of the author’s remark about a certain pair of boots ?


One day the author remarked, ‘‘Mr Gessler, that last pair of boots creaked.’’ This made Mr Gessler mum for a while. He expected the author to withdraw his remarks. When the author didn’t, Mr Gessler asked him to send them back for a check-up. He even said that he would not charge if he found them bad.

Question 4:

What was Mr Gessler’s complaint against "big firms"?


According to Mr Gessler, the big firms have no self-respect. They do not care for the quality of the boots. They advertise their product and sell bad boots. This makes the quality shoemakers suffer. The quality shoemakers lose their customers every year to the firms. They starve while the big firms progress.

Question 5:

Why did the author order so many pairs of boots? Did he really need them?


When the author visited the shoemaker, the shoemaker was in a very bad condition and since the author wanted to help him, he ordered so many pairs of boots. He did not need those boots. His boots lasted long. He ordered them because he wanted to help the shoemaker.

Question 6:

After a very long spell of heat, the weather is ___________ at last.


looking up

Question 7:

We have no right to ___________ people who do small jobs.


look down on

Question 8:

Nitin has always ___________ his uncle, who is a self-made man.


looked up to

Question 9:

The police are ___________ the matter thoroughly.


looking into

Question 10:

If you want to go out, I will ___________ the children for you.


look after

Question 11:

I promise to ___________ on your brother when I visit Lucknow next.


look in

Question 12:

___________ when you are crossing the main road.


Look out

Question 13:


Question 14:

Do you think Mr Gessler was a failure as a bootmaker or as a competitive businessman?


Mr Gessler was not a failure as a bootmaker. He made quality boots. But he was a failure as a competitive businessman because he never advertised his boots which resulted in his losing many customers.

Question 15:

What is the significance of the title? To whom or to what does it refer?


The title of the story is ‘Quality’. Here, quality refers both to the boots and the bootmaker. The bootmaker had character. He was ready to die for what he believes in. He starved himself to death, but he did not compromise with the quality of his boots. All his life he made boots that fitted well and lasted long.

Question 16:


Id comes and never sdobs. Does id bodher me? Nod ad all. Asg my brodher, blease.

Question 17:

Look at the picture.

Let pairs of students talk to each other about leaving the country. One student repeats Ajit’s statement. The other gives a reason for not agreeing with Ajit. The sentence openings given below should be used.
1. If I leave this country, I’ll miss ...
2. There are some things which you can get only here, for example
3. There are some special days I’ll miss, particularly...
4. Most of all I’ll miss...because...
5. I think it’s impossible for me to leave my country because...
6. How can you leave your own country except when ...?
7. Depends on one’s intention. I can’t leave for good because ...
8. Maybe for a couple of years...


1. my friends and countrymen.
2. unity in diversity.
3. Diwali, Eid and Holi.
4. my mother, she is the loveliest woman for me.
5. I love my country very much.
6. facilities of your choice are not available here.
7. I can’t live away from my motherland.
8. I can stay in another country but I will always come back to India.

Question 18:

Last month my aunt decided to visit her parents …


Last month my aunt decided to visit her parents. She had to stay there for a week. My uncle was left alone in the house. He decided to do cooking by himself. But he is very absent-minded. One day while cooking, he put vegetables on the stove. He came out and began to clean his bicycle. The neighbour called out saying that something was burning. Hearing this, my uncle rushed to the kitchen. He put some oil on the vegetables to save them. Unfortunately, it was the machine oil and not the cooking oil. The vegetables burnt badly and got spoiled completely.