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(i) Mr M. Hamel firstly blamed himself for neglect of learning on the part of boys like Franz as he used to send the students to water his plants and take holidays whenever he wanted to go fishing. He also blamed the people of the city Alsace who rather wanted their children to work on farms and earn some money.

(ii) At the start of his training, the instructor put a belt around Douglas. A rope attached to the belt went through a pulley that ran on an overhead cable. The instructor held on to the end of the rope, and they went back and forth. Then the instructor taught Douglas how to breathe continuously while swimming. He also held Douglas at the side of the pool and had him kick with his legs. This is how the instructor turned Douglas into a swimmer.


(iii) Gandhi went to Champaran in 1917 and it was then that he decided to insist on the British leaving India. There he arranged a gathering of peasants in huge numbers which were the beginning of their freedom from of the British. The peasants realized that they had rights and they could protest against the British rule. Gandhiji regarded the Champaran incident as a turning point in his life as it was the first time when he realized the power of collective protest of the Indian peasants against the British rulers.


(iv) In the story ‘The Tiger King’ after listening the ten days old prince speak, the Chief Astrologer made the gesture of placing a finger on his nose as he was surprised to the core as he had never heard a ten days old child speak.


(v) The writer of the story ‘The Enemy' pens down the character of Dr Sadao's father as a very traditional and conventional man. For Dr Sadao's father culture and old traditions of Japan were very important. Also, Sadao's father wants him to get marry a pure Japanese girl in the old Japanese way. He made sure that Hana is a pure Japanese girl before allowing his son to marry her.


(vi) Jo was not convinced with the ending of the story which was told by her father in which the mother of a skunk got angry at her child for changing his bad smell to the smell of roses. According to her, neither Roger Skunk nor the wizard was wrong in the story. Jo refused to accept the end where Roger Skunk's mother gets angry at her child and hits the wizard. She wanted the story to end with the wizard hitting back the mother skunk with his magic wand.


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