NCERT Solutions for Class 6 English Chapter 20 - The Friendly Mongoose

Question 1:

Why did the farmer bring a baby mongoose into the house?


The farmer brought the baby mongoose to be their son’s future companion.

Question 2:

Why did the farmer’s wife want to leave the baby alone with the mongoose?


The farmer’s wife did not trust the mongoose. She thought it to be a wild animal. So, she did not leave the baby alone with the mongoose.

Question 3:

What was the farmer's comment on his wife's fear?


The farmer said that the mongoose was a friendly animal and she shouldn't worry.

Question 4:

Why did the farmer’s wife strike the mongoose with her basket?


On seeing the blood-smeared mongoose, the farmer's wife thought that it had killed her baby. So, she struck the mongoose with her basket.

Question 5:

Did she repent her hasty action? How does she show her repentance?


Yes, she repented her hasty action. She touched the dead mongoose and started crying.

Question 6:

Do you have a pet - a cat or a dog? If not, would you like one? How would you look after it? Are you for or against keeping birds in a cage as pets?


Although I don't have pets, I would definitely like to keep one. Ever since I was a little boy/girl, I wanted to have a German shepherd. I like this breed of dogs because they are known for being loyal, protective and intelligent. I would look after him by giving it regular showers, giving proper food, taking it for a walk everyday and following regular medical check-ups.
I am certainly against the idea of keeping birds in a cage. By keeping them in cages, we take away their freedom. Birds are meant to fly in the open sky. Just as we humans would never like to spend our lives in jails, birds also wouldn't like to spend their lives in a cage.