CBSE 8th English- Honeydew

This is Jody’s Fawn

Comprehension Check (Page 90)


  1. What had happened to Jody’s father?
  2. How did the doe save Penny’s life?
  3. Why does Jody want to bring the fawn home?
  4. How does Jody know that the fawn is a male?


  1. Jody’s father had been bitten by a rattlesnake.
  2. Jody’s father killed the doe or she dear. He used her heart and liver to draw out the snake’s poison. In this way the doe saved Penny’s life.
  3. Jody’s father had killed the doe. Without the mother-deer, the fawn was likely to starve to death in the forest. So Jody wanted to bring the young fawn home.
  4. The spots on the fawn’s body made Jody know that it was a male.

Comprehension Check (Page 91)


  1. Jody didn’t want Mill-wheel with him for two reasons. What were they?
  2. Why was Mill-wheel afraid to leave Jody alone?


  1. Jody didn’t want Mill-wheel to join him in the search for the fawn. The reason was that he was not sure about the fawn’s safety. He didn’t want Mill-wheel to see his disappointment.
  2. Mill-wheel was afraid that Jody might be lost in the jungle.

Comprehension Check (Page 94)


  1. How did Jody bring the fawn back home?
  2. Jody was filled with emotion after he found the fawn. Can you find at least three words or phrases which show how he felt?
  3. How did the deer drink milk from the gourd?
  4. Why didn’t the fawn follow Jody up the steps as he had thought it would?


  1. Jody picked up the fawn into his arms and proceeded to home. After some dis­tance, he kept the fawn down and took rest. Later on, the fawn followed him. Thus he brought the fawn back home.
  2. (i) (The fawn) shook him through with the stare of its liquid eye.(ii) The touch of the fawn made him delirious.(iii) As though the fawn were a china deer.
  3. Jody dipped his fingers in the milk. Then he left the fawn suck his fingers. He did so several times. Finally, the fawn drank off all the milk from the gourd.
  4. The fawn didn’t know how to raise its feet to climb the steps.

Working With the Text (Page 94)

Questions 1:Why did Penny Baxter allow Jody to go find the fawn and raise it?Answer:Penny was convinced by Jody’s argument that it would be ungrateful if they left the fawn in the forest to starve. He realised that Jody was right.

Question 2:What did Doc Wilson mean when he said, “Nothing in the world ever comes quite free”?Answer:Doc Wilson meant that Penny must pay back to the doe whom he had killed for his own gain by bringing up her fawn.

Question 3:How did Jody look after the fawn, after he accepted the responsibility for doing this?Answer:Jody looked after the faWh like a mother. He made it drink milk with his fingers dipped in milk. This is how a mother feeds her baby. Jody was glad that he had found the fawn.

Question 4:How does Jody’s mother react when she hears that he is going to bring the fawn home? Why does she react in this way?Answer:Jody’s mother turned her nose when she heard that he was going to bring back the fawn. She gasped with surprise because she didn’t want to see an animal in her home.


Working With Language (Page 94)

Question 1:Look at these pairs of sentences.Penny said to Jody, “Will you be back before dinner?”Penny asked Jody if he would be back before dinner.“How are you feeling, Pa?” asked Jody.Jody asked his father how he was feeling.

Here are some questions in direct speech. Put them into reported speech.

  1. Penny said, “Do you really want it son?”
  2. Mill-wheel said, “Will he ride back with me?”
  3. He said to Mill-wheel, “Do you think the fawn is still there?”
  4. He asked Mill-wheel, “Will you help me find him?”
  5. He said, “Was it up here that Pa got bitten by the snake?”


  1. Penny asked his son if he really wanted the fawn.
  2. Mill-wheel enquired if Jody would ride back with him.
  3. Jody asked Mill-wheel if he thought the fawn was still there.
  4. He asked Mill-wheel if he would help him find the fawn.
  5. Mill-wheel wanted to know if that was the place where Pa had got bitten by the snake.

Question 2:Look at these two sentences.

He tumbled backward.

It turned its head.

The first sentence has an intransitive verb, a verb without an object. The second sentence has a transitive verb. It has a direct object. We can ask: “What did it turn?” You can answer. “Its head. It turned its head.”Say whether the verb in each sentence below is transitive or intransitive. Ask yourself a “what’ question about the verb, as in the example above. (For some verbs, the object is a person, so ask the question ‘who’ instead of ‘what’).

(i) Jody then went to the kitchen.(ii) The fawn wobbled after him.(iii) You found him.(iv) He picked it up.(v) He dipped his fingers in the milk.(vi) It bleated frantically and butted(vii) The fawn sucked his fingers.(viii) He lowered his fingers slowly into the milk.(ix) It stamped its small hoofs impatiently.(x) He held his fingers below the level of the milk,(xi) The fawn followed(xii) He walked all day.(xiii) He stroked its sides.(xiv) The fawn lifted its nose.(xv) Its legs hung limply.



Question 3:Here are some words from the lesson. Working in groups, arrange them in the order in which they would appear in the dictionary. Write down some idioms and phrasal verbs connected to these words. Use the dictionary for more idioms and phrasal verbs.ncert-solutions-for-class-8-english-honeydew-this-is-jodys-fawn-1Answer:


Idioms or phrasal verbs connected to the above words.Clearing: clearing, campaignClose: close shave, close up, close quartersDraw: draw the curtain on/over, draw a blankLight: in the light of, bring to lightMake: make the most of, make upPart: part with, parted comparingPick: pick up, pick and chooseScrawny: the scrawny neckSweet: have a sweet tooth, sweet seventeen, sweet tongued, sweet nothingsWonder: wonder world, wonder load, nine day’s wonder, wonder about, do wonders.

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