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On the face of It VBQs Class 12 English with Answers
Question. How would you describe Derry’s tone when she says, “I thought it was empty … an empty house”?
Question. ‘Aren’t you interested?
‘You’re a boy who came into the garden. Plenty do. I’m interested in anybody. Anything. There’s nothing God made that doesn’t interest me. Look over there … over beside the far wall. What can you see?
‘Aren’t you interested?’ This line has been stated in the context of ………… .
(a) Derry’s behaviour
(b) Derry’s burnt face
(c) Derry’s negativity
(d) Derry’s dilemma
Question. The moral of the story about the man who locked himself in the house by Mr. Lamb is
(a) poeple have different views
(b) you cannot please everyone
(c) you cannot live your life with fear
(d) isolatin is not a solution
Question. The use of brackets at various place in the play does not indicate ……… .
(i) stage direction
(iii) narrator’s note
(iv) change of voice
(v) a musical trope
(a) (iii) and (v)
(b) (i) and (ii)
(c) (iii) and (iv)
(d) (ii) and (v)
Question. Which of the following complex is visible in Derry?
(d) Social phobia
Question. “Ah, but do you care if you never kiss them.” What does Mr. Lamb aim to do with such a statement?
(a) Empower Derry to take charge.
(b) Inspire Derry to have dreams.
(c) Comfort Derry by distracting him.
(d) Question Derry about his desires
Question. “You could give me a hand.” Pick the idiom which suits the given line.
(a) Hang in there
(b) Back me up
(c) Hang on
(d) Stay the course
Question. “Everything’s the same, but everything is different.” Choose the option stating the significance of this statement depending on the textual context.
(a) Every one finds different meanings in different things according to their cultures.
(b) While essentially things are similar in nature, they are different for different people.
(c) What matters is how an individual looks at things.
(d) One’s perception is central to the understanding of one’s psychology.
Question. What was the purpose of Mr. Lamb asking Derry to look at the far wall?
(a) To make him admire the beauty of his garden.
(b) To show him the positive outlook of life.
(c) To make Derry understand the absurdity of his behaviour.
(d) To get Derry’s help in making jam.
Question. ‘Derry : What? Who’s that? Who’s there?’ which of the following options reflect what Derry felt in the given line?
Question. Classify (i) to (iv) as Fact (F) or Opinion (O) based on your reading of ‘On the Face of It’.
(i) Mr. Lamb wants Derry to focus his shift from what other people think of him to what he thinks of the world.
(ii) Derry disdain for the people around his including his mother is quite obvious.
(iii) Derry as such won’t be able to change his mindset very easily.
(iv) The manner in which Mr. Lamb is handling Derry indicates that Derry would undergo a change soon.
(a) Fact – (i) and (iv); Opinion – (ii) and (iii)
(b) Fact – (ii) and (iii); Opinion – (i) and (iv)
(c) Fact – (i) and (ii); Opinion – (iii) and (iv)
(d) Fact – (ii) and (iv); Opinion – (i) and (iii)
Question. “So you’re not lost, are you? Not altogether? You do hear things. You listen.”
In the given lines, Me. Lamb ………… Derry.
(a) starts to understand
(b) finds a ray of positivity in
(c) sees the vulnerability in
(d) brings a change in
Question. Select the suitable option for the given statements, based on your reading of ‘On the Face of it’.
I. Mr. Lamb is a very keen and immaculate gardener.
II. Mr. Lamb asks Derry to be careful of falling down and crushing the apples.
(a) I is true, but II is false.
(b) I is false, but II is true.
(c) Both I and II can be inferred.
(d) Both I and II cannot be inferred.
Question. “It’s all relative. Beauty and the beast.”
The given lines by Mr. Lamb talks about ………
(a) objectivity of thoughts
(b) subjectivity of thoughts
(c) factual nature of life
(d) evolutionary nature of life
Question. It’d have been trespassing.
Ah. That’s not why
“That’s not why.” This statement indicates that
(a) Mr. Lamb is suspicious of Derry.
(b) Mr. Lamb doesn’t like Derry.
(c) Mr. Lamb doesn’t believe in Derry.
(d) Mr. Lamb knows that Derry is negative
Question. No one liked to look at Derry. This made Derry suffer from
(a) Lack of self-esteem
(b) Hatred for the world
(c) A callous attitude
(d) A wish to die
Question. One woman said about Derry that it was a face______
(a) No one could love
(b) No one could see
(c) Only a mother could love
(d) Kids would be scarred of
Question. How far is Derry’s house from Mr. Lamb’s?
(a) 1 mile
(b) 2 miles
(c) 3 miles
(d) 4 miles
Question. Derry feels that Mr. Lamb can hide his handicap by
(a) Not going out
(b) Wearing trousers
(c) Not meeting people
(d) Keeping an assistant for his help
Question. What did Derry learn from the fairy tale?
(a) To be happy
(b) To face challenges
(c) To accept life as it is
(d) To love and appreciate himself
Question. Derry did not like people
(a) Being friendly
(b) Being afraid of him
(c) Being sympathetic
(d) Being affectionate
Question. Derry’s problem was
(a) He was deaf
(b) He was dumb
(c) His face was acid burnt
(d) He was lame
Question. What happens at the end of the play?
(a) Mr. Lamb and Derry talk happily.
(b) Derry does not come because his mother does not allow him.
(c) Both of them together make jelly.
(d) Mr. Lamb dies falling from the ladder and Derry weeps kneeling down.
Question. Mr. Lamb says, “It’s all_______, Beauty and the Beast”.
(d) God’s grace
Question. The boy’s name is _______
Question. Derry entered the garden
(a) To see it
(b) To steal crab apples
(c) To see who is in it
(d) in search of seclusion
Question. Derry didn’t like to be with people because
(a) He was shy
(b) He was deformed
(c) People avoided him
(d) People reminded him of his deformity
Question. Derry felt that Mr. Lamb said______ things.
Question. Why did Derry go to Mr. Lamb again?
(a) He wanted crabapples
(b) He wanted to sit in the garden
(c) Mr. Lamb was waiting for him
(d) He wished to live a free life
Question. Mr. Lamb felt that the name ‘Lamey Lamb’
(a) Suited him
(b) Didn’t suit him
(c) Was outrageous
(d) Was insulting
Question. Derry entered the garden
(a) Climbing over the wall
(b) Climbing through the window
(c) Walking through the gate
(d) Walking in stealthily
Question. Why did Mr. Lamb call Derry blessed?
(a) Because he was a young boy
(b) Because he had his mother
(c) Because he had people to talk to
(d) Because except a burnt face he had a perfectly healthy body
Question. “Why is one green growing plant called a_____ and another a flower?”
Question. What unites Mr. Lamb and Derry?
(a) Their age
(b) Their fears
(c) Their life stories
(d) Their impairment
Question. Which fruit was Derry going to step on when he jumped over Mr. lamb’s garden?
Extract Based MCQs :
1. Read the extract to attempt questions that follow.
Mr Lamb Look, boy, look…. what do you see?
Derry Just….grass and stuff. Weeds.
Mr Lamb Some call them weeds. If you like, then…. a weed garden, that. There’s fruit and there are flowers, and trees and herbs. All sorts. But over there…. weeds. I grow weeds there. Why is one green, growing plant called a weed and another ‘flower’? Where’s the difference. It’s all life…. growing. Same as you and me.
Derry We’re not the same.
Mr Lamb I’m old. You’re young. You’ve got a burned face, I’ve got a tin leg. Not important.
You’re standing there…. I’m sitting here. Where’s the difference?
Question. Like the play, the given extract is a study in contrasts. What does Mr. Lamb seek to do by bringing up distinctions?
(a) To explain that weeds are important and should be valued and cared for as much as flowers.
(b) To emphasize that distinctions are made by man to serve specific purposes and uses.
(c) To highlight that labels are arbitrary and essentially reflect a common life experience.
(d) To remind Derry that the only difference that matters is that of attitude and experience.
Question. The character of Derry as ………… Mr. Lamb.
(a) a distraction from the pain for
(b) the bridge between loneliness and
(c) like a divine assurance for
(d) in sharp contrast to
Question. How would you describe Derry’s tone when he says–“We’re not the same”?
Question. Which of the following represents Mr. Lamb’s analysis of flowers and weeds?
(a) Comparison is an act of violence against the self.
(b) If you have a garden in your library, everything will be complete.
(c) One man’s freedom fighter is another man’s terrorist.
(d) The cosmos is within us. We are made star-stuff.
Question. Look at the given images of books. In which of the following are you NOT likely to find Mr. Lamb’s words as given in the extract?
(a) Options (i) and (iii)
(b) Options (i) and (iv)
(c) Options (ii) and (iv)
(d) Options (ii) and (iii)
2. Read the extract to attempt questions that follow.
Mr Lamb Like a bomb only blew up my leg.
There’s worse things can happen. Your can burn yourself away inside.
Derry After I’d come home, one person said, “He’d have been better off stopping in there. In the hospital. He’d be better off with other like himself.” She thinks blind people only ought to be with other blind people and idiot boys with idiot boys.
Mr Lamb And people with no legs altogether?
Derry That’s right.
Mr Lamb What kind of a world would that be?
Question. What does the given lines tell about the relationship between Mr Lamb and Derry?
(a) They both are sympathetic to each other.
(b) The both become friends.
(c) they share a relationship as that of a teacher and student.
(d) All of the above
Question. The attitude of ‘she’ in the extract is
(a) 1 and 2
(b) 3 and 4
(c) 1 and 5
(d) 5 and 6
Question. What does ‘you can burn yourself away inside’mean?
(a) Fire can kill a person.
(b) One can die because of negative feelings.
(c) Pessimism can destroy a person’s life.
(d) Negative thoughts can become dangerous.
Question. By saying ‘what kind of a world would that be’, Mr. Lamb is ……… Derry’s statement.
Question. What does the stranger say for Derry?
(a) That no one would love him.
(b) That he would not live for long.
(c) That there should be a place where all people like him could stay together.
(d) That he should stop being a burden.
Short Answer Type Questions :
Question. Do you think Mr. Lamb’s words will change Derry’s attitude towards Mr Lamb?
Ans. Derry’s attitude towards life itself will entirely change with Mr. Lambe words. Mr Lamb was able to show him the bright side of life.
His words and his own condition made Derry understand that he is too important. As a consequence of Mr. Lamb and his philosophy, Derry is completely transformed and he becomes a optimist.
Question. What qualities of Mr Lamb attracted Derry to him?
Ans. The quality that attracted Derry most to Mr Lamb was his tremendous patience as he listened to him. He talked to him about things which mattered; things nobody else had ever said to him.
Question. ‘‘It is not merely age but experience that counts.’’ With reference to any one example from the text, comment on how Derry found Mr. Lamb different from other adults he had encountered?
Ans. Derry is a pessimist. His negative attitude towards the world is a result of the negative outlook of people towards him. People around him have always made him feel inferior and ugly. Even his parents reflect a similar attitude. In middle of such experience, Mr. Lamb provides him a new approach to things because he himself had experienced such behaviours in his life.
Based on his experience, he tells Derry that it is the perception of an individual that matters. He teaches him the importance of being positive and also about now he needs to believe in his own self. He tells him that should not hate others and that hatred is worse than acid because it burns the inside.
Question. How has Mr. Lamb kept himself open to everyone?
Ans. Mr Lamb kept himself open to everyone by keeping his gates always open and having no curtains on the windows. He likes to meet people who come in his garden and so does not want to shut out the world. He is always open to making friends and offers apples, pears and toffees to visitors.
Question. Imagine that Mr. Lamb had not fallen off the ladder at the end. Recalling his conversation with the bees, do you think Derry’s return might have changed him as much as he had changed Derry? Elaborate.
Ans. Yes, I think that Derry’s return would have changed Mr. Lamb if he had not fallen off the ladder at the end. Derry is so impacted by Mr. Lamb’s words that he decides to visit Mr. Lamb again. This would have taken the old man from loneliness to a happy companionship. Mr. Lamb liked company which he did not enjoy but with Derry he would have someone to talk to, tell his experiences to, share his joys with and enjoy his life. Most importantly, the old man will have a purpose to hand over his philosophy of life to Derry and inspire him to find out what he wants to be.
Question. Mr. Lamb and Derry were both suffering from similar problems. Comment.
Ans. It is true that Mr. Lamb and Derry were both suffering from similar problems. They both were physically impaired by the virtue of which they both were alienated from the society. However, they both react differently to their conditions.While Mr. Lamb accepts it, Derry becomes a pessimist.
Question. Why did Derry insist that he would go back to Mr. Lamb ?
Ans. Derry insisted that he would go back to Mr. Lamb as he found comfort and happiness in his company. Mr. Lamb opened a new world of thought and wisdom for Derry wherein he completely forgot about his handicap. He felt that he too could live an independent life.
Question. Why did Mr Lamb help Derry?
Ans. Mr Lamb perhaps identified himself with Derry. Though he had conquered his physical disability, he could well understand Derry’s pscyhe, having himself gone through a similar phase in life. He probably did not want Derry to be a victim of the same and thus dicided to help him.
Question. How is the Derry we meet at the beginning different from the Derry at the end ?
Ans. Derry in the beginning of the play ‘On the Face of it’ is a withdrawn and a defiant person. He is filled with negativity and is miserable as well as pitiable. But by the end we find a positive change in Derry. The meeting with Mr. Lamb has given him a direction and purpose of life. He is now free from his old complexes.
Question. Why does Mr Lamb leave the gate of his house always open?
Ans. Mr Lamb always keeps his gate open because he always wants visitors to come to his house. Mr Lamb resided alone in a big house and liked to meet and talk to people. He was warm and welcoming. He had a positive outlook towards life and believed that everything that belonged to him, belonged to everyone.
Question. Do you think Derry’s mother is protective of him?
Justify your opinion with textual evidence.
Ans. Though Derry’s mother is given little characterisation in the play, in the little she exists, she comes out as simultaneously overprotective and not understanding of her son. She knows that the world would not be kind to her son and is worried for him. Her protectiveness only becomes visible when she forbids him from returning to Mr. Lamb’s house, for all the bad things she had heard of him. But at the same time she herself contributes to his isolation by keeping him home. She treats him like a helpless victim with a sense of pity that robs him of dignity and adds to her son’s pessimism.
Question. What kind of garden does Mr Lamb have ? Why does he like it ?
Ans. Mr Lamb’s garden has flowers, fruit trees as well as a place for rearing bees.
He likes the garden because it keeps him busy. He spends his entire day looking after the plants, breaking the crab apples from the trees and making jam out of them.
Question. Why did Derry go back to Mr. Lamb’s garden even after opposition?
Ans. Derry decided to go back to Mr. Lamb’s garden even after opposition from his mother because for the first time someone had not judged him for his injured face. Instead, Mr. Lamb had inspired Derry to overcome his disability by adopting an optimistic outlook on life.
The teachings and advices given by Mr. Lamb impacted Derry to tread the path showed by him, and thus he returned to Mr. Lamb.
Question. How does Mr Lamb try to remove the baseless fears of Derry?
Ans. Mr. Lamb tried to remove the baseless fears of Derry by pointing out the nature and its wonders. He tells Derry about how his negative thoughts destroyed him and will continue to destroy him. He highlights the importance of perspectives and optimism. All of these bring a change into Derry.
Question. Why does Mr. Lamb say to Derry, ‘‘So you are not lost, are you ? Not altogether ?’’
Ans. Mr. Lamb makes this remark when Derry mentions that he too enjoys the sound of falling rain. He makes the remark to change Derry’s negative approach towards life. The lines boost Derry’s self-confidence and fill him with positivity.
Question. In what sense is the friendship between Mr Lamb and Derry fruitful?
Ans. The friendship between Mr Lamb and Derry was fruitful as it helped the latter get over his baseless fears. Derry was inspired by Mr Lamb’s positive attitude towards life. The old man’s optimism instilled in Derry the confidence to come out of his shell and face the world. In return, Mr Lamb is benefited from Derry’s company, and is able to shed his loneliness.
Long Answer Type Questions :
Question. What is it that draws Derry towards Mr Lamb in spite of himself?
Ans. Derry finds Mr Lamb quite different from the other people he has come across till now. He is impressed by the old man’s talk about beauty and the beast, pretty girls and the plain talk about how the world will change its attitude towards Derry. Mr Lamb’s concept of the world, friendship, not believing everything one hears, the story about the timid man who locked himself in, and the like, sound peculiar to Derry, but interest him. He understands the underlying message that Mr Lamb has given him.
He is encouraged by Mr Lamb’s word. Gradually, Derry is able to shed his inhibitions, insecurities, fears and complexes. The talk with Mr Lamb is the beginning of his transformation.
Another reason that aids Derry’s metamorphosis to optimism is the similar situations both Mr. Lamb and Derry had faced. They both suffered from physical impairment and consequently alienation. This similarity brings them closer and Derry undergoes transformation.
Question. Mr. Lamb died just as soon as Derry was beginning to feel positive about life. Do you think that this would bring about a setback in his life ? Give reasons for your answer.
Ans. I don’t think that Mr. Lamb’s death would bring a setback in Derry’s life. Mr. Lamb plays an instrumental role in changing Derry’s attitude to life. Suffering from a physical impairment, Derry had become a pessimist.
But after he met Mr. Lamb, he gradually began to see the bright side of life. He realised that, in the form of Mr. Lamb, he had found a true friend who has shown him the right approach towards life. A brief association with Mr. Lamb boosted Derry’s self-confidence and made him respect himself as he was.
This new self-esteem brought about a major change in Derry and he told his mother that his looks do not matter. A change has certainly come about in Derry’s attitude towards himself and towards life in general.
It is unlikely that he will revert to his past secluded life, even with Mr. Lamb’s probable death at the end of the story. In fact, he will now lead a more active life with the positive thoughts given to him by Mr. Lamb, because Mr. Lamb was the person who taught him the correct approach to life.
Question. Both Derry and Lamb are physically impaired and lonely. It is the responsibility of society to understand and support people with infirmities so that they do not suffer from a sense of alienation. As a responsible citizen, write in 120-150 words what you would do to bring about a change in the lives of such people.
Ans. People with some physical disability or impairment are often pitied and ridiculed by others. This makes them develop a sense of inferiority. They form a shell around themselves and begin to lead a life of seclusion. As responsible citizens, it is our duty to treat such people with love and affection, and not make them a subject of our pity or ridicule. We should try to understand their infirmity and empathise with them. We must give them due respect, and thus motivate them to feel at par with the others in society, so that they do not suffer from a sense of isolation or alienation and are able to live a normal life. We must make them aware of the innumerable opportunities available to them and bring a ray of hope in their lives.
Question. Derry mentions two kinds of responses people often have to justify misfortune, one “Look at all those people who are in pain and brave and never cry and never complain and don’t feel sorry for themselves”; and secondly, “think of all those people worse off than you.” Far from comforting him, these empty words only agitate him. In both cases, one’s sense of self is derived from others and how they live their lives.
(i) How far might looking at others itself be the cause of suffering?
(ii) In what way can people, especially children, be empowered to face their challenges without the spectre of comparison?
Ans. (i) Looking at others can easily become the cause of suffering simple because of the comparison we make with others. Others suffering and even betterment can make one feel dejected and alienated. This is exactly what happens with Derry. While some people feel sorry for Derry because of his burned face, other alienate him for being different from other people. Due to such comparisons one becomes prone to a pessimistic attitude, low self-esteem, lack of confidence, desolation and withdrawal.
(ii) People, especially children can be easily empowered to face their challenges without any spectre of comparison by simply considering all of them as equals irrespective of their genders, disabilities etc. With right opportunities, genuine concern and no differentiation everyone should be given a chance to prove themselves. A person with any physical impairment can live life with respect and honour, if he is not ridiculed. He/she expects empathy rather than sympathy. The feeling of sympathy and pity is just a constant reminder of the disability which should be avoided as it only alienates or takes them into a secluded world of their own.
In the play, both Derry and Mr. Lamb are in a similar situation. Mr. Lamb, as an adult, is able to cope with such problems, but Derry falls into the pit of seclusion and pessimism. It is only when he finds an equal optimistic approach without judgement that he undergoes a change.
Question. Discuss the relevance of the title ‘On the Face of It’.
Ans. The title of the play ‘On the Face of It’, seems somewhat odd and awkward at first.
However, it is related to the central thematic concern that sometimes people may be quite different from what they appear to be at first. Mr Lamb appears to be a secretive, mysterious, lonely, lame old man who lives all alone. But in the story, he appears to be a gentle, kind, generous and considerate person who helps Derry in overcoming his fears, obstacles, complexes and inhibitions.
In a similar way, Derry seems to be a complex-ridden boy who hates people because of his own ugly face. He is withdrawn and defiant.
However, as the story move on, one finds out the Derry is not completely pessimistic and his pessimism results from the way the world has treated him.
Both Mr. Lamb and Derry undergo a transformation Mr. Lamb gets a companion in Derry and Derry find a mentor and guide in Mr. Lamb. On the face, it may seem that thin age might hinder their companion. However, their circumstances bring them closer.
Question. The play ‘On the Face of It’ depicts the unusual behaviour of the people towards the physically disabled which makes them feel lonely. Comment.
Ans. It is true that the play ‘On the Face of It’ depicts the unusual behaviour of the people towards the physically disabled. In the story, Mr Lamb and Derry both suffer from physical impairment. Mr Lamb has a tin leg as his real leg has been blown off in a war. Derry’s face got burned, as acid fell on it. Derry, due to his burnt face, tries to keep away from people. He hates it when people have pity on him. He thinks that people are scared of him.
Even his mother doesn’t kiss him on the burnt side. Such incidents have filled Derry with negativity and bitter feelings. So, he prefers to live in seclusion and looks for places that are isolated. Mr Lamb is also somewhat lonely, though he doesn’t show it. He himself says that people always promise to return to him, but they never do. He is often misjudged by the other people. Derry’s mother considers him to be crazy.
Thus, the lesson is an apt depiction of the loneliness and sense of alienation experienced by people on account of a disability.
Extract Based Questions :
Question. Read the extract to attempt questions that follow:
Mr. Lamb It’s all relative. Beauty and the beast.
Derry What’s that supposed to mean?
Mr. Lamb You tell me.
Derry You needn’t think they haven’t all told me that fairy story before. ‘It’s not what you look like, it’s what you are inside. Handsome is as handsome does. Beauty loved the monstrous beast for himself and when she kissed him he changed into a handsome prince.’ Only he wouldn’t, he’d have stayed a monstrous beast. I won’t change.
Mr. Lamb In that way? No, you won’t.
(i) It’s all relative Beauty and the Beast. What does Mr. Lamb mean by this statement?
(ii) ‘I won’t change’ With reference to the lines, describe how did Derry’s handicap affect his life?
(iii) Derry dislikes people but in the given extract he is talking to Mr. Lamb. Explain.
(iv) What is the significance of the given lines?
(v) Do you think Derry understood Mr. Lamb?
Ans. (i) By this statement, Mr. Lamb means to say that different people have different view-points to look at the same thing. Some find one thing beautiful, others find it ugly. It all depends on ones outlook and attitude.
(ii) Derry’ handicap affected him adversely. He was afraid of meeting people and lived a lonely life. He even hated himself and thought negatively about himself.
(iii) Derry dislikes people but in the given extract he talks to Mr. Lamb because he finds a similarly between himself and Mr. Lamb. They both are physically impaired. This disability, makes both of them isolated and lonely.
(iv) The given lines are significant because it states Mr. Lamb’s philosophy of life and his attempt at filling Derry with optimism.
(v) Derry understood Mr. Lamb but it did take some time for him to start becoming optimistic.
Question. Read the extract to attempt questions that follow.
You can’t help the things you say. I forgive you. It’s bound to make you feel bad things….and say them. I don’t blame you.
It’s got nothing to do with my face and what I look like. I don’t care about that and it isn’t important.
It’s what I think and feel and what I want to see and find out and hear. And I’m going back there.
Only to help him with the crab apples. Only to look at things and listen. But I’m going.
(i) Explain the reference to the given lines?
(ii) With reference to the given lines do you think that the friendship between Mr. Lamb and Derry is fruitful?
(iii) How has Derry changed?
(iv) Do you think Derry’s mother is also responsible for his pessimistic nature?
(v) What do you make out of Derry’s mother from the given lines?
Ans. (i) The given lines are taken from scene 2 of the play. In these lines, Derry is telling his mother about how Mr. Lamb has changed his opinion about himself and others.
(ii) I think that the friendship that flourished between Mr. Lamb and Derry was fruitful. Mr. Lamb’s unending enthusiasm and zeal to live life despite all odds helped Derry change his outlook towards life.
(iii) Derry has now become an optimist. He has realised that he himself and his perspective matters.
(iv) Yes, I think that Derry’s mother is also responsible for his pessimistic nature as even though she is protective of him, she pities his condition and constantly reminds him of his handicap.
(v) From the given lines, we can say that Derry’s mother is ignorant of how her and other’s behaviour is affecting Derry.
Question. Read the extract to attempt questions that follow:
Mr. Lamb Real one got blown off, years back.
Lamey-Lamb, some kids say. Haven’t you heard them? You will. Lamey-Lamb. It fits. Doesn’t trouble me.
Derry But you can put on trousers and cover it up and no one sees, they don’t have to notice and stare.
Mr. Lamb Some do. Some don’t. They get tired of it, in the end. There’s plenty of other things to stare at.
Derry Like my face
(i) Why did children call Mr. Lamb Lamey Lamb?
(ii) Why would people stare at Derry’s face?
(iii) What other things do Mr. Lamb refer to?
(iv) How the meeting With Mr. Lamb became a turning point for Derry?
(v) What can be said about Derry from the given lines?
Ans. (i) The children called Mr. Lamb Lamey Lamb because his leg got blown off in a bomb explosion.
(ii) People would stare at Derry’s face because one side of his face was covered in burn scars and made him look ugly.
(iii) The other things referred to by Mr. Lamb includes the wonders of the nature and the world around him.
(iv) Meeting Mr. Lamb became a turning point in Derry’s life because he encouraged Derry to be friends with everyone and not to be bothered by their comments.
(v) From the given lines it can be inferred that Derry is a pessimist who has no self-regard and feels rejected by the society.