The Fun They Had | Question Solutions


The Fun They Had | Question Solutions

The Fun They Had Question Solutions

The Fun They Had Question Solutions

The Fun They Had Question Solutions


-Isaac Asimov

The Fun They Had Question Solutions


Thinking about the text.


  1. Calculate how many years and months ahead from now Margie’s diary entry is:

Ans. Today is 1 January 2017.  Margie wrote her diary on 17 May 2157. Hence Margie’s diary entry is ahead of 140 years and 4 months 17 days from today.

  1. Answer these questions in a few words or a couple of sentences each:

Q.1. How old are Margie and Tommy?

Ans. Margie is eleven years old and Tommy is thirteen years old.

Q.2. What did Margie write in dairy?

Ans. Margie wrote in her diary about an old book Tommy had found that day.

Q.3. Had Margie ever seen a book before?

Ans. No, Margie had never seen a book before.

Q.4. What things about the book did she find strange?

Ans. First, she found the words standing still instead of moving the way that they were supposed to be.

Secondly, Turning back to the page she found the same words on it that it had when they read it the first time.

Q.5. what do you think a tale book is?

Ans. A tale book is a copy of the book that is shown on a computer and relayed on a television screen.

Q.6. Where was Margie’s school? Did she have any classmates?

Ans. Margie’s school was in a room just next to her bedroom.

No, she did not have any classmates.

Q.7. What subject did Margie and Tommy learn?

Ans. Margie learnt geography and arithmetic and Tommy learnt history.

  1. Answer the following with reference to the story.

Q.1. “ I wouldn’t throw it away.”

(i) Who says these words?

(ii) What does ‘it’ refer to?

(iii) What is it being compared with by the speaker?

Ans. (i) Tommy says these words.

(ii) Here ‘It’ refers to the old book that Tommy had found.

(iii) It is compared with a book seen on the television screen.

Q.2. Sure they had a teacher, but it was not a regular teacher. It was a man.

(i) Who does ‘they’ refer to?

(ii) What does ‘regular’ mean here?

(iii) What is it contrasted with?

Ans. (i) ‘They’ refers to the boys and girls who read in school some hundreds of years ago.

(ii) ‘Regular’ means ‘of the usual kind’. Here it means the mechanical teacher (robot) of the days of Margie and Tommy.

(iii) It is contrasted with a human teacher.

III. Answer each of these questions in a short paragraph (about 30 words)

Q.1. What kind of teachers did Margie and Tommy have?

Ans. Margie and Tommy had mechanical teachers. Such mechanical teachers were always on at the same time every day except Saturday and Sunday. The mechanical teachers have different slots and screen on which the lessons could be seen.

Q.2. Why did Margie’s mother send for the County Inspector?

Ans. Margie’s mechanical teacher had been giving her test after test in geography and Margie had been doing worse and worse. Then her mother thought that there might be some problems with the mechanical teacher.  So she sent for the County Inspector to repair it.

Q.3. What did he do?

Ans. The county Inspector came with a box of tools and wires. He found that the geography sector was geared a little too quick. He took apart the mechanical teacher and slowed it up to an average ten-year level.

Q.4. Why was Margie doing badly in geography? What did the County Inspector do to help her?

Ans.  After examining the parts of the mechanical teacher, the County Inspector told that the geography sector of the mechanical teacher was geared a little too quick. For this reason, Margie was doing badly in geography.

The county Inspector helped Margie by slowing down the geography section to an average ten-year level.

Q.5. What had once happened to Tommy’s teacher?

Ans. Once the history section had blanked out completely. It had been taken away for nearly a month.

Q.6. Did Margie had regular days and hours for the school? If so why?

Ans. Yes, Margie had regular days and hours for school. Her mechanical teacher was on at the same time every day except Saturday and Sunday.

This was because Margie’s mother had said that little girls learnt better if they learnt at regular hours.

Q.7. How does Tommy describe the old kind of school?

Ans. Tommy said that the old kind of school was held in a building where gathered all the kids from the neighbourhood. The human teachers taught the boys and girls. The teachers taught the same lessons to all the students of the same class.  The human teacher was smart enough to teach the students.

Q.8. How does he describe the old kind of teachers?

Ans. Tommy says that the old kind of teacher was different from the mechanical teacher that they have. The old kind of teachers were human beings. They used to teach the children who gathered in a school (in a particular building). All the kids of the same age were taught the same things. The human teachers of olden time gave homework to the students and asked them questions.

  1. Answer each of these questions in two or three paragraphs : (100-150  words)

Q.1. What are the main features of the mechanical teachers and the schoolrooms that Margie and Tommy have in the story?

Ans. Mechanical teachers are not like human teachers. They are machine-like robots. They have screens on their bodies. Lessons and answers to the questions given as homework appear on the screen. It has different slots and sections for various subjects. Lessons are shown and questions are asked through the screen.

The mechanical teachers sometimes get out of order and they need to be repaired and restored by the County Inspector.

The mechanical teachers are always at the same time every day except Saturday and Sunday. The classrooms of Margie and Tommy are only next to their bedrooms. In such classrooms, one and single student is taught by the mechanical teacher.

Q.2. Why did Margie hate school? Why did she think the old kind of school have been fun?

Ans. The mechanical teacher was giving her test after test in geography and she was doing worse and worse. She was displeased with it, so he hated school.

Margie thought that the old kind of school was better than the one of her time. In the old school, all the kids of the neighbourhood gathered together and read in the same classroom. They came to the school courtyard laughing and shouting. Because all the kids of the same class were taught the same things by human teacher. The kids could help one another in preparing their homework. So Margie thought that the old school must have been fun.

Q.3. Do you agree with Margie that schools today are more fun than the school in the story? Give reasons for your answer.

Ans. Yes, I think that the schools today are more fun than the schools in the story.

First, the schools today are held in a building where the students of the neighbourhood gather and learn lessons together. Students of the same age are taught the same things. They are given the same homework and they can help each other in doing their homework.

Secondly, the teachers of the schools of today are humans. The students may talk to the teachers and ask questions to be answered by their physical voice.

On the other hand, schools described in the story look queer. There is no special school building. The class are held in the respective houses of the students and they are taught not by human teachers but by mechanical teachers.

For these reasons, the schools of today are more fun than the schools in the story.

Thinking about Language:


Read this sentence taken from the story:

They had once taken Tommy’s teacher away for nearly a month because the history sector had blanked out completely.

The word ‘complete’ is an adjective. When you add -ly to it, it becomes an adverb.

  1. Find the sentences in the lesson which have the adverbs given in the box below.

awfully  sorrowfully  completely

loftily  carefully  differently

quickly   nonchalantly

Ans: Try yourself.

Q.2. Now use these adverbs to fill in the blanks in the sentences below.

(i) The report must be read…………….so that performance can be improved. (carefully)

(ii) At the interview, Sameer answered our questions…………… shrugging his shoulders. (loftily)

(iii) We all behave………..when we are tired or hungry. (nonchalantly)

(iv) The teacher shook her head……..when Rabi lied to her. (sorrowfully)

(v) I ………forget about it. ( completely)

(vi) When I complimented Revathi on her success, she just smiled………….and turned away.

( differently)

(vii) The president of the company is……………..busy and will not be able to meet you.

( awfully)

(viii) I finished my work……….. so that I could go out to play.( quickly)


An adverb describes an action. You can form adverbs by adding -ly to adjectives.

Spelling Note:

When an adjective ends in -y, the -y is changed to -i when you add -ly to form an adverb. For example: angry —- angrily.

Q.3. Make adverbs from these adjectives.

(i) angry…….( angrily)  (ii) happy……..( happily)  (iii) merry…….(merrily) (iv) sleepy….(sleepily) (v) easy…(easily)  (vi) noisy…(noisily)   (vii) tidy…(tidily) (viii) gloomy…( gloomily)

  1. Not and Unless

Imagine that Margie’s mother told her, ‘’You’ll feel awful if you don’t  finish your history lesson.”

She could also say: “ You’ll feel awful unless you finish your history lesson.” Unless means ‘if not’. Sentences with unless or ‘if not’ are negative conditional sentences.

Notice that the sentences have two parts. The part that begins with if not or unless tells us the condition. This part has a verb in the present tense (look at the verbs don’t finish in the sentence above).

The other part of the sentence tells us about a possible result. It tells us what will happen (if something else doesn’t happen). The verb in this part of the sentence is in the future tense (you’ll feel / you will feel.)

Notice these two tenses again in the following examples:

There won’t be any books left unless we preserve them.

You won’t learn your lesson if you don’t study regularly.

Tommy will have an accident unless he drives more slowly.

Complete the following conditional sentences. Use the correct form of the verb.

  1. If I don’t go to Anu’s party tonight, she will be offended.
  2. If you don’t telephone the hotel to order food, you will have to go hungry.
  3. Unless you promise to write back, I shall stop writing to you.
  4. If she doesn’t play any games, she will grow fat.
  5. Unless that little birds fly away quickly, the cat will prey on it.


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Q.1. Who is the author of the short story, ‘’The Fun They Had”?

Ans. Isaac Asimov is the author of the story, “The Fun They Had”.

Q.1. What did Margie record in her diary?

Ans. Margie recorded in her diary that Tommy had found a real book.

Q.2. How was the book that Tommy had found?

Ans. The book that Tommy had found was very old.

Q.3. How were the pages of the old book found by Tommy?

Ans. The pages of the old book were yellow and crinkly.

Q.4. When did Margie write her diary?

Ans. Margie wrote her diary on the night of 17 May 2157.

Q.5. Where did Tommy find the old book?

Ans. Tommy found the old book in the attic.

Q.6. What the old book was about.

Ans. The old book was about school.

Q.7. Who was Margie’s Teacher?

Ans. Margie had a mechanical teacher.

Q.8. How had Margie to write homework and test papers?

Ans. Margie had to write homework and test papers in punch code.

Q.9. For how long was Tommy’s teacher taken away.

Ans. Tommy’s teacher was taken away for about a month or so.

Q.9. Why did they take away Tommy’s teacher?

Ans. They had taken away Tommy’s teacher because its history section had been blanked out entirely. 0 0 0. The Fun They Had Question Solutions

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