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The Lost Child NCERT Solutions For Class 9 English Moments Chapter 1(Long Answer Questions )

The Lost Child

Long Answer Type Questions (4 marks each)
(About 80-100 words)

Question 1:
What changes do you notice in the behaviour of the child, once he is separated from his 
parents in the story “The Lost Child” ? (Board Term 1,2012, ELI-021)

A child along with his parents had been to a fair. He was very excited and happy with the stalls
of toys and sweets. He gets separated from his parents and starts crying. He runs hither and
thither in search of his parents, but in vain. Since the place was overcrowded he got real
scared. He started crying as he was all alone. A kind-hearted man offers him many things but
he refuses. The child who wanted everything from the fair was now not interested in any of
these things as he only yearned to be with his parents.

Question 2:
Compare the attitude of the child before and after his separation from his parents.
(Board Term 1,2012, ELI-025)

Before separation, the child was very happy and excited at the fair. He was fascinated with all
the things that were displayed at the stalls. He wanted to have all the things like his favourite
toys, sweets, flowers, etc. He also wanted to go for a ride. But after separation, the boy just
wanted to be with his parents. He was not interested in any of those things which he kept
longing to have from the stalls. In the absence of his parents, these things did not give him any satisfaction.

Question 3:
How did the man who found the little boy in the fair, try to soothe him?
(Board Term 1,2012, ELI-031)

The man who found the little boy in the fair tried every possible way to soothe him. He took him to a roundabout swing then offered a horse ride, tried to make him listen to the snake charmer’s song and offered him a balloon, as he thought that this would distract his mind, but in vain. He offered him flowers and sweets, but the child kept crying. The child could not be distracted by any of the things at the fair as he longed to be with his parents.

Question 4:
How do you know that the lost child was a nature–lover?(Board Term 1,2012, ELI-047)

The child was attracted to nature’s little aspects because of his innocence. When his mother
diverted his attention towards the mustard field he saw the flowers which were in the nascent
stage and flowering. The flowers of the field were pale like melting gold. He then saw a group
of dragonflies that were bustling about on their Gandy purple wings, intercepting the flight of a
lone black bee or butterfly in search of sweetness from the flowers. The child wanted to catch
those dragonflies but they went away fluttering and flapping. He also got attracted to the little
insects and worms along the foot that were teeming out from their hiding places to enjoy the
Sunshine. A §hower of young flowers fell upon the child as he entered the fair. He forgot about
his parents and began to gather the raining petals in his hands. Again when he heard the
cooing of doves, he ran towards his parents shouting about them.

Question 5:

What all things did the child get attracted to, once he entered the fair? Was he able to get all the things he desired? What happened when he made a bold request to his parents?

(Board Term 1,2012, ELI-053)


With a wide mouth, he stared at the sight of burfi. Later he was attracted to a garland of
Gulmohar and was carried away by the rainbow glory of the coloured balloons. He wanted
them all but, on the other hand, he also knew the answers of his parents, so he convinced
himself and did not ask them for anything. Finally, he made a bold request for going on the
roundabout. As he turned to get their reply, he could not find them behind him.

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