The Adventures of Toto | Question Solutions


The Adventures of Toto | Question Solutions

The Adventures of Toto | Question Solutions

-Ruskin Bond


Thinking About It

Q.1. How does Toto come to grandfather’s zoo?

Ans: Toto the monkey was bought by the author’s grandfather from a Tonga driver for the sum of five rupees. First, it was kept in the closet the opening of which was to the room of the narrator. But within few hours Toto damaged the wallpaper and tore the narrator’s blazer. Then grandfather transferred Toto to his private zoo in the servants’ quarters.

Q.2. Toto was a pretty monkey. In what sense is Toto pretty?

Ans: Totto was a pretty monkey in the sense that it had bright and sparkling eyes. His teeth were pearly white. When he grinned his teeth seemed gleaming. His fingers were quick-moving and wicked. He had a long tail which he used as his third hand.

Q.3. Why does Grandfather take Toto to Shahranpur and how? Why does the ticket collector insist on calling Toto a dog?

Ans: Grandfather knew that Grandmother did not like the idea of adding more pets to their private zoo. So Toto’s arrival was kept secret from Grandmother. But all of a sudden he had to go for Shahranpur the next day. Then he thought that it would be better to take Toto along with him otherwise Grandmother would make a great fuss.

When Grandfather reached Shahranpur rail station, the ticket master happened to see Toto and he mistook it for a dog. Though Grandfather tried to prove that Toto was not a dog but a monkey, yet the ticket master insisted on calling Toto a dog and finally he penalised Grandfather by compelling him to pay a sum of three rupees as train fare for Toto.

  1. 4. How does Toto take a bath? Where has he least to do this? How does Toto almost boil himself alive?

Ans: During winter evening Grandfather used to give Toto a bath with warm water. Toto put his body up to his neck and he rubbed his body with soap. When the water started to get cold he would get out of the bowel and run to the kitchen to dry himself.

One day Toto entered the kitchen, removed the lid of a kettle on the fire and got down into it.  Gradually the water started to boil. In the mean time, Grandmother arrived and hauled him out. Thus Toto was rescued from being boiled alive.

Q.5. Why does the author say, “Toto was not the sort of pet we could keep for long?”

Ans: No doubt Toto was a pretty monkey but he was very fickle and wicked. From the very beginning, he started to behave very strangely and mischievously. When he was tied to the wall he removed all the wallpapers turning the brick naked. Whenever one of the aunts came near Toto, then he tried to get hold of her dress and made a joke about it. In Saharanpur, it bit the ears of a donkey. He was unsociable to all and would not allow other animals in the zoo. Once he spoiled a dish of pulao.

For all these reasons the author said that Toto was not the sort of a pet to keep at home for long.


Q.1. Write briefly about what Toto did with the dish of pulao?

Ans: Toto was a very wicked animal. He often committed mischievous deeds. Once he entered the kitchen and smeared the pullao on his body. When Grandmother rushed towards it then Toto threw a glass of water at her face. After  Grandfather arrived and seeing him, Toto picked up the dish of pullao and escaped through the window and climbed up the jackfruit tree. He remained there all afternoon slowly eating the pullao and at last, he threw the dish down the tree and broke it into pieces.  0 0 0.

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