A House is Not a Home | Question Solutions


A House is Not a Home | Question Solutions


A House is Not a Home | Question Solutions

-Zan Gaudioso



Thinking About It

Q.1. What does the author notice one Sunday afternoon? What is her mother’s reaction? What does she do?

Ans:  One Sunday afternoon the author saw smoke pouring through the ceiling. 

The author’s mother ran out of the house carrying a small metal box that contained important documents. After throwing the box on the lawn of the garden, she ran into the house again to try to save her husband’s picture and letters.

The author was very grieved because she lost everything including her loved cat.

Q.2. Why does the author break down in tears after the fire?

Ans:  One Sunday afternoon when the house of the author got burnt down entirely, then she broke down in tears because she lost her belongings including her cat which she loved dearly. 

Q.3. Why the author deeply embarrassed the next day in school? Which words show her fear and insecurity?

Ans:  The author went to school in her Sunday clothes as all her belongings got burnt in the fire. She wore the tennis shoe borrowed from her aunt. She looked weird in that dress. She had no books. She felt as if she was an outcast. So she was deeply embarrassed.

The words that showed her fear of insecurity were:

“The more I tried to fit in, the worse it got. Was I destined to be an outcast and a geek all my life? ……… I just wanted to curl and die.”

Q.4. The cat and the author are very fond of each other. How has this been shown in the story? Where was the cat after the fire? Who brings it back and how?

Ans: The author once saved the cat when it was a kitten. Since then the cat and the author became very fond of each other. When the fire caught the house one Sunday evening, the cat was lying on the top of papers. But after the fire, the author found the cat nowhere so she grieved very badly.

The cat was so frightened by the fire that she ran away about a mile and took shelter in a house. The lady of the house kept the cat in safe. One day when the author came back to her home, the lady came to the author’s house carrying the cat and gave it back to the author.

Q.5. What actions of the schoolmates changed the author’s understanding of life and people, and comfort her emotionally? How does his loneliness vanish and how does he start participating in life?

Ans: After being known of the author’s disaster caused by fire, her schoolmates collected books, notebooks, school dresses, and some other necessary things and presented them to the author. These kindnesses and fellow feelings changed the author’s feelings towards life and people. She became very emotional and she began to make friends with others and started participating in life. Thus her loneliness vanished and she began life afresh. 0 0 0.

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