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Chapter 4: THE RATTRAP

ExerciseThink as you readUnderstanding the textTalking about the textWorking with wordsNoticing formThinking About Language

Chapter 4: THE RATTRAP Exercise Exercise solutions [Page 32]

Exercise | Q 1 | Page 32

Notice these expressions in the text. Infer their meanings from the context.

  1. keep body and soul together
  2. hunger gleamed in his eyes
  3. plods along the road
  4. unwonted joy
  5. impenetrable prison
  6. nodded a haughty consent
  7. eased his way
  8. fallen into a line of thought
  9. things have gone downhill

Chapter 4: THE RATTRAP Exercise Think as you read solutions [Pages 34 - 42]

Think as you read | Q 1 | Page 34

From where did the peddler get the idea of the world being a rattrap?

Think as you read | Q 2 | Page 34

Why was he amused by this idea?

Think as you read | Q 3 | Page 34

Did the peddler expect the kind of hospitality that he received from the crofter?

Think as you read | Q 4 | Page 34

Why was the crofter so talkative and friendly with the peddler?

Think as you read | Q 5 | Page 34

Why did he show the thirty kroner to the peddler?

Think as you read | Q 6 | Page 34

Did the peddler respect the confidence reposed in him by the crofter?

Think as you read | Q 7 | Page 37

What made the peddler think that he had indeed fallen into a rattrap?

Think as you read | Q 8 | Page 37

Why did the ironmaster speak kindly to the peddler and invite him home?

Think as you read | Q 9 | Page 37

Why did the peddler decline the invitation?

Think as you read | Q 10 | Page 41

What made the peddler accept Edla Willmansson’s invitation?

Think as you read | Q 11 | Page 41

What doubts did Edla have about the peddler?

Think as you read | Q 12 | Page 41

When did the ironmaster realise his mistake?

Think as you read | Q 13 | Page 41

What did the peddler say in his defence when it was clear that he was not the person the ironmaster had thought he was?

Think as you read | Q 14 | Page 41

Why did Edla still entertain the peddler even after she knew the truth about him?

Think as you read | Q 15 | Page 42

Why was Edla happy to see the gift left by the peddler?

Think as you read | Q 16 | Page 42

Why did the peddler sign himself as Captain von Stahle?

Chapter 4: THE RATTRAP Exercise Understanding the text solutions [Page 43]

Understanding the text | Q 1 | Page 43

How does the peddler interpret the acts of kindness and hospitality shown by the crofter, the ironmaster and his daughter?

Understanding the text | Q 2 | Page 43

What are the instances in the story that show that the character of the ironmaster is different from that of his daughter in many ways?

Understanding the text | Q 3 | Page 43

The story has many instances of unexpected reactions from the characters to others’ behaviour. Pick out instances of these surprises.

Understanding the text | Q 4 | Page 43

What made the peddler finally change his ways?

Understanding the text | Q 5 | Page 43

How does the metaphor of the rattrap serve to highlight the human predicament?

Understanding the text | Q 6 | Page 43

The peddler comes out as a person with a subtle sense of humour. How does this serve in lightening the seriousness of the theme of the story and also endear him to us?

Chapter 4: THE RATTRAP Exercise Talking about the text solutions [Page 43]

Talking about the text | Q 1 | Page 43

Discuss the following in groups of four. Each group can deal with one topic. Present the views of your group to the whole class.

The reader’s sympathy is with the peddler right from the beginning of the story. Why is this so? Is the sympathy justified?

Talking about the text | Q 2 | Page 43

Discuss the following in groups of four. Each group can deal with one topic. Present the views of your group to the whole class.

The story also focuses on human loneliness and the need to bond with others.

Talking about the text | Q 3 | Page 43

Discuss the following in groups of four. Each group can deal with one topic. Present the views of your group to the whole class.

Have you known/heard of an episode where a good deed or an act of kindness has changed a person’s view of the world?

Talking about the text | Q 4 | Page 43

Discuss the following in groups of four. Each group can deal with one topic. Present the views of your group to the whole class.

The story is both entertaining and philosophical.

Chapter 4: THE RATTRAP Exercise Working with words solutions [Page 43]

Working with words | Q 1 | Page 43

The man selling rattraps is referred to by many terms such as “peddler, stranger” etc. Pick out all such references to him. What does each of these labels indicate of the context or the attitude of the people around him?

Working with words | Q 2 | Page 43

You came across the words, plod, trudge, stagger in the story. These words indicate movement accompanied by weariness. Find five other such words with a similar meaning.

Chapter 4: THE RATTRAP Exercise Noticing form solutions [Page 44]

Noticing form | Q 1 | Page 44

1. He made them himself at odd moments.

2. He raised himself.

3. He had let himself be fooled by a bait and had been caught.

4. … a day may come when you yourself may want to get a big piece of pork.

Notice the way in which these reflexive pronouns have been used (pronoun + self)

In 1 and 4 the reflexive pronouns “himself” and “yourself” are used to convey emphasis.

In 2 and 3 the reflexive pronoun is used in place of personal pronoun to signal that it refers to the same subject in the sentence.

Pick out other examples of the use of reflexive pronouns from the story and notice how they are used.

Chapter 4: THE RATTRAP Exercise Thinking About Language solutions [Page 44]

Thinking About Language | Q 1 | Page 44

Notice the words in bold in the following sentence.

“The fire boy shovelled charcoal into the maw of the furnace with a great deal of clatter”. This is a phrase that is used in the specific context of an iron plant.

Pick out other such phrases and words from the story that are peculiar to the terminology of ironworks.

Thinking About Language | Q 2 | Page 44

Mjölis is a card game of Sweden.

Name a few indoor games played in your region. ‘Chopar’ could be an example.

Thinking About Language | Q 3 | Page 44

A crofter is a person who rents or owns a small farm especially in Scotland. Think of other uncommon terms for ‘a small farmer’ including those in your language.

Chapter 4: THE RATTRAP

ExerciseThink as you readUnderstanding the textTalking about the textWorking with wordsNoticing formThinking About Language

NCERT Flamingo - in English (Core Course) Class - 12

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NCERT solutions for Class 12 English Core chapter 4 - THE RATTRAP

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