Tamil Nadu 9th Standard English Book Term 2 Seventeen Oranges Solution | Lesson 1.1

Lesson 1.1 Seventeen Oranges

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Lesson 1.1> Seventeen Oranges


  • dock (n) – an enclosed area of water in a port for the loading, unloading and repair of ships
  • apron (n) – a protective garment worn over the front of one’s clothes and tied at the back
  • red-handed (adj) – used to indicate that a person has been discovered in the act of doing something wrong
  • concealed (adj) – the act of keeping something secret or hidden
  • blabbing (v) – to reveal secrets indiscreetly and thoughtlessly
  • pips (n) – small hard seeds in a fruit
  • chunks (n) – thick large pieces of something

A. From your reading of the text, choose the correct answers from the options given below.

1. The narrator was very fond of ________________

  1. eating oranges.
  2. driving a pony-and-cart.
  3. reading detective stories.
  4. munching away at something.

Ans : eating oranges.

2. The narrator was searched by the policeman, because __________

  1. his pockets were bulging.
  2. he was singing songs.
  3. he was carrying a box.
  4. the oranges could be smelt.

Ans : his pockets were bulging.

3. The narrator kept his mouth shut when questioned by Pongo, because __________

  1. anything said would be held as evidence against him.
  2. the oranges would fall out.
  3. he did not steal the oranges.
  4. he was scared of Pongo.

Ans : anything said would be held as evidence against him.

4. The voice in the narrator’s head advised him to____________

  1. confess the truth to Pongo.
  2. eat all the oranges.
  3. deny his guilt.
  4. hide all the oranges.

Ans : eat all the oranges.

5. Pongo found no trace of the oranges on the table, because ______

  1. Pongo’s mate had stolen them.
  2. all the oranges were sold.
  3. the narrator had eaten them all.
  4. they disappeared mysteriously.

Ans : the narrator had eaten them all.

B. Find the synonyms for the underlined words given in the passage.

1. The voice in his head asked the narrator to eat the evidence.

  1. proof
  2. contradict
  3. disprove
  4. refute

Ans : proof

2. Clem looked at Pongo furiously.

  1. politely
  2. gently
  3. angrily
  4. calmly

Ans : angrily

3. When Pongo caught the narrator with the oranges, he was very frightened.

  1. undaunted
  2. afraid
  3. valiant
  4. brave

Ans : afraid

4. The narrator was quiet, when Pongo questioned him.

  1. calm
  2. noisy
  3. silent
  4. agitated

Ans : silent

5. The narrator was in trouble because he took the oranges.

  1. peace
  2. difficulty
  3. harmony
  4. comfort

Ans : difficulty

C. Find the antonyms for the underlined words in the following sentences.

1. Seventeen oranges were hidden in the narrator’s pockets.

  1. exposed
  2. masked
  3. concealed
  4. buried

Ans :  exposed

2. Clem Jones was ordered to open the box.

  1. prepared
  2. arranged
  3. forced
  4. requested

Ans : requested

3. Pongo locked the narrator inside the cabin.

  1. closed
  2. sealed
  3. released
  4. chocked

Ans : released

4. Pongo carefully searched the narrator’s pockets.

  1. attentively
  2. carelessly
  3. cautiously
  4. strictly

Ans : carelessly

5. The narrator of the story felt very sick for a week

  1. healthy
  2. disordered
  3. feeble
  4. unhealthy

Ans : healthy

D. Given below in Column A are some phrasal verbs taken from the text. Find the meanings by using a dictionary and complete Column B.

Column AColumn B
Phrasal VerbMeaning
1. Fond ofHaving a liking for
2. Hidden awayConcealed
3. Lock upShut up
4. Laughed atMade fun of
5. Look atExamine closely
6. Bring upRear (deed and educate)
7. Gave upStopped
8. Went throughExperienced
9. Finish offComplete an activity
10. Figure outUnderstand

E. Choose the correct option.

1. We use ______ (should/must/ought) when something is compulsory, obligatory and important.

Ans : must

2. We use ______ (should/must/ought) when something is the right thing to do.

Ans : ought

3. We use ______ (should/must/ought) when something is suggested or recommended.

Ans : should

F. Answer the following:

1. Frame a question using ‘have’.

I have never seen such i creature

Have you ever seen such a creature?.

2. Underline the modal.

How can we reward you?

3. Find the modal.

When will Tenali Raman go?

4. Choose the correct modal.

Who has (have / has) painted the peacock red?

5. Answer with may / may not.

Do you think red peacocks exist?

I think red peacocks may not exist.

G. Fill in the blanks with appropriated modals.

(Will / Shall, Would / Should, Can / Could, May / Might, Ought to)

Milk is a nutritious food enriched with vitamins and proteins. We should take milk regularly so that we might not develop deficiencies in our body. Aged persons, children and patients ought to take milk in sufficient quantities as it provides strength to their body/ We can supplement it with fruits, vegetables and pulses for proper growth of the body. But we must consume milk of good quality. Otherwise it will cause harm to the body. We should be very careful while selecting our food items because there are chances that these might be adulterated. We ought to protect our health.


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