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Seventeen Oranges Warm Up:
Share with your classmates.
Imagine you are caught while sneakily eating something without your parent’s permission.
Seventeen Oranges Questions And Answers Question 1.
What would be your reaction at that moment?
I would be frightened and thinking of what to tell them.
Seventeen Oranges Question 2.
How would you manage that situation?
I would quickly run from that place and when my parents ask me about it I would tell them that I was very hungry and the smell tempted me.
Seventeen Oranges Intext Questions
Seventeen Oranges Book Back Answers Question 1.
Where did the narrator work?
The narrator worked in Swift Delivery Company.
Seventeen Oranges Questions And Answers Pdf Question 2.
What was the narrator’s job in the docks?
The narrator’s job was to drive a little pony-and-cart in and out of the docks.
Seventeen Oranges Summary Question 3.
What was Clem Jones carrying in the box?
Clem Jones was carrying a ship’s cat in the box.
9th English Seventeen Oranges Question 4.
What happened when the box was opened?
When the box was opened, a ship’s cat jumped out and ran into the docks.
Seventeen Oranges Summary And Question Answers Question 5.
Did the narrator believe Clem’s story?
No, the narrator did not believe Clem’s story because he knew that Clem was planning for a theft.
Seventeen Oranges Samacheer Kalvi Question 6.
What was the narrator carrying in his pockets?
The narrator was carrying seventeen oranges in his pockets.
9th Standard English Seventeen Oranges Question 7.
Who is Pongo?
Pongo is a policeman.
Seventeen Oranges 9th Standard Question 8.
Why did Pongo want to bring another policeman?
Pongo wanted to bring another policeman to be a witness against the narrator in the court because the narrator was not answering to his questions regarding the oranges found in his pocket.
Seventeen Oranges Question Answer Question 9.
What did the voice in the narrator’s head tell him to do?
The voice in the narrator’s head asked him to eat all the oranges so that there will be no evidence of his theft.
Why did the policemen arrive a little late to the cabin?
The policemen arrived a little late to the cabin because they were talking to some cart drivers near the dock gate.
What did the narrator do with the pips and peels?
The narrator swallowed the pips and peels too.
Seventeen Oranges Textual Questions
A. From your reading of the text, choose the correct answers from the options given below.
The narrator was very fond of ____________.
(a) reading detective stories.
(b) driving a pony-and-cart.
(c) eating oranges
(d) munching away at something.
(c) eating oranges
The narrator was searched by the policeman, because ____________.
(a) the oranges could be smelt
(b) he was singing songs
(c) he was carrying a box
(d) his pockets were bulging
(d) his pockets were bulging
The narrator kept his mouth shut when questioned by Pongo, because ____________ .
(a) anything said would be held as evidence against him
(b) the oranges would fall out
(c) he did not steal the oranges
(d) he was scared of Pongo
(a) anything said would be held as evidence against him
The voice in the narrator’s head advised him to _____________ .
(a) confess the truth to Pongo
(b) eat all the oranges
(c) deny his guilt
(d) hide all the oranges
(b) eat all the oranges
Pongo found no trace of the oranges on the table, because ____________ .
(a) Pongo’s mate had stolen them
(b) all the oranges were sold
(c) the narrator had eaten them all
(d) they disappeared mysteriously.
(c) the narrator had eaten them all
B. Answer the following questions briefly in one or two sentences.
Why did the narrator call Clem Jones a careful planner?
Clem Jones planned a theft carefully and executed it well.
What was Clem Jones carrying in the box during his second attempt?
Clem Jones was carrying a large Dutch cheese in the box during his second attempt.
Why did the policeman suspect the narrator?
The police man caught the narrator red-handed because the string of the narrator’s apron broke and the cop noticed that the narrator’s pockets were bulging.
What did Pongo consider as evidence against the narrator?
The policeman considered the seventeen oranges as evidence against the narrator.
How did the narrator feel when he was alone in Pongo’s cabin?
When the narrator was locked in the cabin, he lost hope in life and felt afraid that he would lose his job.
What did the narrator do to get rid of the evidence?
The narrator ate all the oranges to get rid of the evidence.
What did Pongo do when he found no oranges on the table?
Pongo looked everywhere for the oranges. He looked in the narrator’s pockets and in his apron. He became angry and shouted at the narrator.
Why were the policemen not able to bring any charges against the narrator?
As there was no evidence left against the narrator, the policemen were not able to bring any charges against the narrator.
How did the narrator feel after eating seventeen oranges?
The narrator felt sick for a week and the oranges kept working away in his stomach.
What happened to the narrator’s love for oranges after the incident?
He was never crazy for oranges after that incident.
Why did the narrator make his own big apron?
The narrator made a big apron so that he could hide from the policeman the things which he used to take from the docks.
Does the narrator steal?
No the narrator does not steal; he only picks up some fallen items or his friends would throw him a bunch of fruits.
According to the narrator why was Clem holding the lid down tightly?
According to the narrator, Clem was holding the lid down tightly because he was hiding a large Dutch cheese inside it.
Why was Pongo able to easily notice the bulging pockets of the narrator?
Pongo was able to easily notice the narrator’s bulging pockets because the strings of his apron broke. .
Why did the narrator not answer to Pongo’s questions?
The narrator had read many detective stories from which he had leamt that if he had said anything, it would be used against him. So he did not answer to any questions asked by Pongo.
C. Answer the following in about 80-100 words.
Narrate the clever strategy followed by Clem Jones to deceive Pongo.
Clem Jones was one of the narrator’s friends who worked with him at the dock. Clem was amazingly smart about stealing things from the docks and boats that he easily fooled the policemen with his great cunningness. Once, he carried a box and came out of the docks. The cop Pongo stopped him and investigated about the box. Clem told that it had a cat. The cop insisted on opening it.
When Clem did so, a ship’s cat jumped off and escaped into the docks. When Clem Jones returned with the box of cheese, he looked angrily at the policeman Pongo to make the policeman feel guilty of his previous act of opening the box, in which the cat was kept inside. By making Pongo feel guilty, Clem was able to avoid any more security check and thus was able to steal a large Dutch Cheese.
Describe the confrontation between the narrator and Pongo.
The narrator used to work at a shipyard, carrying fruits and other goods to the docks in his pony cart. The narrator loved oranges so much that he could eat a number of oranges without a break for hours. The narrator was once caught with his seventeen oranges because his apron string broke and a policeman Pongo noticed that the narrator’s pockets were somewhat bulged.
So, the policeman looked into the narrator’s pockets and found there were seventeen oranges. Pongo wanted to set an example for the rest of the employees at the dock of the necessity of being honest and of the dire consequences of stealing anything from the dock. When the narrator was locked in the cabin, he lost hope in life, felt afraid that he would lose his job. The narrator ate all the oranges to get rid of the evidence. Pongo looked everywhere for the oranges. He looked in the narrator’s pockets and in his apron.
As there was no evidence left against the narrator, the policemen were not able to bring any charges against the narrator. He felt sick for a week and those oranges kept working away in his stomach.
Even after being caught red-handed, how did the narrator escape the punishment?
The narrator had read a lot of detective stories and he knew the importance of evidence in proving the crime. His inner mind prompted him to clear the evidence in order to get away with the situation. But there were not one but seventeen evidences. And clearing them up seemed to be quite a task. Nevertheless, the narrator prepared himself for the task and one- by-one ate all the seventeen oranges – swallowing the pips and peels too.
When Pongo and the other policeman came there, they could not find any evidence against the narrator. Though confused by the smell of the oranges, they could not prove the narrator guilty. Due to lack of evidence, the narrator was set free. Thus he escaped the punishment even after being caught red-handed.
How did the narrator manage to clear the evidence?
After catching the narrator red-handed, Pongo left him in a room and went to bring a witness. The narrator knew he was in trouble. A voice in his head told him to eat the oranges and destroy the evidence. So he took an orange, peeled it and put it in his mouth. But the pips were left. The voice in his head asked him to swallow the pips and the peel. He took a small knife from his pocket and cut the oranges into large chunks.
He swallowed the pieces as fast as he could. His stomach was nearly full but there were still three oranges on the table. Pongo and the other policeman were about to arrive when they saw some carts at the dock gate and went to talk to the drivers. This gave the narrator a few more minutes. He swallowed the remaining oranges with a great deal of struggle and thus managed to clear the evidence.
Describe the narrator’s thoughts when he was locked inside the cabin.
The narrator was caught red-handed by Pongo, the policeman. However, upon being questioned by Pongo, he did not say a word. So Pongo left the cabin to bring another policeman who would be a witness in the case. He locked the door from outside leaving the narrator alone in the cabin.
The narrator was worried. He looked at the walls and at the door and then at the seventeen oranges kept on the table. Thoughts of fear and deep remorse filled his mind. He would lose his job and might have to go to prison. What would his father say? What would his father do? He almost gave up the hope of escaping from the trouble. He cursed himself for his foolish act.
D. Find the synonyms for the underlined words.
The voice in his head asked the narrator to eat the evidence.
Clem looked at Pongo furiously.
When Pongo caught the narrator with the oranges, he was very frightened.
The narrator was quiet when Pongo questioned him.
The narrator was in trouble because he took the oranges.
E. Find the antonyms for the underlined words in the following sentences.
1. Seventeen oranges were hidden in the narrator’s pockets.
2. Clem Jones was ordered to open the box.
3. Pongo locked the narrator inside the cabin.
4. Pongo carefully searched the narrator’s pockets.
5. The narrator of the story felt very sick for a week.
Listen to the play “The Red Peacock”. The incidents described in the one act play happen as a result of people’s responses and actions.
F. Complete the table with suitable responses.
(For listening to the passage refer to our website www.fullcircleeducation.iri) ‘ Krishna Deva Raya’s greedy minister, Chatur Pandit, arrives at the court with a red peacock.
Krishna Deva Raya : I have never seen such a creature!
Courtiers Chatur : We agree.
Pandit : Please accept this gift, Your Majesty! My servants searched the jungles to find this creature.
Tenali Raman (thinks) : How can a bird so bright survive in the jungle? It will be easily spotted by other animals.
Krishna Deva Raya : Thank you, Chatur Pandit! How can we reward you?
Chatur Pandit : Your Majesty, 1000 gold coins will be enough, as I spent that to get the bird.
Tenali Raman : Your Majesty, I think we should observe this peacock for a while before we give Chatur Pandit his reward. I will go to the jungles and get more birds like these.
Krishna Deva Raya : Alright, Tenali. You have two weeks.
(Tenali Raman did not go to the jungles.)
Tenali Raman (to his attendants): Look for the person who has painted that peacock red.
Attendants : Yes, sir!
(The attendants found the painter.)
Tenali Raman (to the painter) : Don’t worry, I won’t punish you. Just paint another four
peacocks the same colour.
Painter : Yes sir.
(Tenali Raman takes the peacocks to the court, two weeks later.)
Krishna Deva Raya : Bravo, Tenali. Treasurer, give him 1000 gold coins.
Tenali Raman : That is not what they cost, Your Majesty.
Krishna Deva Raya : What is your price then, Tenali Raman?
Tenali Raman : A bucket of water, a bag of red paint, and a gold coin for this artist.
Krishna Deva Raya (angrily) : Chatur Pandit, I sentence you to.
Tenali Raman : Your Majesty, your desire for fame led you to believe a red peacock
could exist. For a long time, there has been needless spending on such curiosities. It is better that your subjects are prosperous, rather than a display of wealth. I request you to let Chatur Pandit go and reward the artist for highlighting this matter.
Krishna Deva Raya : You’re right, Tenali.
Chatur Pandit (falls at the king’s feet): Your Majesty, please forgive me.
Krishna Deva Raya : I will do so, but you are banished from the court for a month. And you must return the gifts you got earlier.
(It starts to rain and the peacocks dance. The rain washes off their red colour.)
Krishna Deva Raya (laughs): Look, Tenali!
(The people of the kingdom dance in the rain.)
The people (to each other) : We are lucky to have a king who is not afraid to admit his mistake. (Chatur Pandit walks home alone in the rain.)
- Tenali Raman wants the king to realise his desire for fame and needless spending.
- He presents a red peacock before the king.
- Tenali Raman wants to prove to the king that Chatur Pandit was fooling the king.
G. Answer the following questions based on your listening.
Why did Chatur Pandit ask the king for 1000 gold coins?
Chatur Pandit said that he had spent 1000 gold coins to catch the red peacock.
Where did Chatur Pandit find the red peacock?
He said that his servants found the red peacock in the jungle.
What sort of a person was Chatur Pandit?
He was a greedy minister.
State whether the statement is true or false.
Tenali was given three weeks to bring more red peacocks.
Why the people feel that they were lucky to have Krishna Deva Raya as their king?
The people felt that they were lucky to have a king who would not afraid to admit his mistake.
H. Work in groups of four. Choose one of the situations given below. Discuss how the story would have been different if.
Pongo had pardoned the narrator after scolding him.
Pongo had arrived on the scene before the last orange was eaten.
Pongo had forgotten to lock the door properly but the narrator only discovered it just before Pongo returned.
Share your ideas with the rest of the class.
- If Pongo had pardoned the narrator after scolding him, the narrator would have felt guilty. He would never steal anything in the docks and he would have been a completely changed man. His love for oranges would have remained the same.
- If Pongo had arrived on the scene before the last orange was eaten, he would have caught the narrator redhanded and would have evidence before the other cop. The narrator would have been punished for his mistake.
- If Pongo had forgotten to lock the door properly but the narrator discovered that just before Pongo returned, the narrator would have felt bad of the lost opportunity.
I. Work in groups and discuss. Then write a diary entry in about 60-80 words describing your feelings and emotions for the given situations.
Imagine, you are Pongo.
Your feelings when you caught the boy.
Date: 20th June, 20xx.
Day & Time: Friday, 8.00 p.m.
Today, while I was on duty at the security gate, I saw a little boy with his apron string broke. I also noticed that his pockets were somewhat bulged. I took him into my cabin and found that seventeen oranges were hidden in his pocket. I wanted to set an example for the rest of the employees at the dock of the necessity of being honest and of the dire consequences of stealing anything from the dock.
I was angry at him and went to bring another policeman, who would be a witness and evidence, to file a case in the court.
Your feelings and emotions when you came back and found the oranges gone.
Date: 20th June, 20xx.
Day & Time: Friday, 9.00 p.m.
Today, I saw a poor little boy who tried to steal the oranges from the ship. His apron string broke and his pant pockets were bulging with oranges. I caught him red handed and locked him in the cabin. He had seventeen oranges with him and I wanted to punish him so that other employees would dare not do so. But unfortunately, I couldn’t gather any evidence as that little fellow ate all the seventeen oranges along with the pips and chunks.
Now, read this hilarious anecdote from the life of a journalist and enjoy.
In 1977, Mr. Nicholas Scotti, a journalist from San Francisco, flew America to Italy to visit some cousins. The plane stopped for ab hour in JFK Airport in New York. Mr. Scotti thought he was at Rome Airport and got off the plane. Of course his cousins were not there to meet him.
Mr. Scotti spent two days in New York believing he was in Rome. In their letters his cousins always talked about the traffic problems and the famous building in Rome. Mr. Scotti decided to find their home without their help. On his journey round the city, Mr. Scotti asked a policeman to tell him the way to the bus station Mr. Scotti asked him in Italian. Luckily, the policeman was an Italian from Naples, Italy and could reply in the same language.
On the next day, after 12 hours of travelling round by buses, Mr. Scotti was surprised that the policeman and drives speak in English. A policeman tried to tell him that he was in New york, but Mr Scotti didn’t believe it and even got angry.
J. Complete the following table with information from the anecdote about Mr. Scotti’s
- to visit some cousins
K. Circle the best option.
In New York Mr Scotti left the plane because he thought he
(a) had to change the plane
(b) was in Rome
(c) had to phone his cousins
(d) had to look at the airport.
(b) was in Rome
He decided to find his cousins’ home without their help. He asked the policeman for information in Italian because he
(a) thought he was in Italy.
(b) knew the policeman.
(c) didn’t speak any other language
(d) liked the language.
(a) thought he was in Italy
On the next day, Mr. Scotti was …………….. at how the local people responded to his queries.
Circle three words that best describe Mr. Scotti
clever / unlucky / stupid / successful / miserable / happy
unlucky / stupid / miserable
L. Have you experienced any unexpected turn of events in your life? What happened? How did you feel about it at that moment? How do you feel about it now? Write an article for your school magazine describing your experience in about 150 words.
An accident on a lake – By Arun
Last year my friends and myself went boating in a small lake. In spite of the boatman’s warning, two of my friends jumped up and down in excitement, causing the boat to rock violently. One of my friends fell into the water. We all started screaming hysterically. Luckily, two patrol-boats were nearby. Our boatman waved to them and they rushed to us very speedily, caught hold of my friend and managed to lift him into their boat very quickly. After first-aid, my friend who had fainted, regained his consciousness. He was advised to take rest and we came back to the shore, thanking the boatman and the patrol boatman.
A. Given below in Column A are some phrasal verbs taken from the text. Find the meanings by using a dictionary and complete Column B.
- having an affection towards
- to store in a secret location
- shut and secure / prison
- made fun of to bring to
- to direct your eyes towards something
- lost hope
- to experience something difficult and unpleasant
- to complete
B. Can You Do It.
Talking about the abilities of your class members is a great way to review the use of the modal can.
Work in pairs and discuss things a person might be able to do. Include things that some people can do and others cannot do, and make a list on the board
1. read Spanish, 2. bake cakes, 3. dance, 4. draw a scenery, 5. sing, 6. play tennis, 7. climb a tree, 8. write a poem, 9. cook, 10. stitch, 11. do yoga, 12. operate a computer, 13. make bangles, 14. bind a book, 15. act, 16. perform mimicry, 17. do embroidery, 18. type fast, 19. dig a well, 20. memorize things fast, 21. do face painting, 22. design a book, 23. playveena, 24. comb hair on your own, 25. knit, 26. skip, 27. teach, 28. write an essay, 29. play cricket, 30. play hockey, 31. skate, 32. operate a calculator, 33. repair a bicycle, 34. ride a bicycle, 35. speak French, 36. perform somersaulting.
F. Match the Squares to Form Proper Sentences.
Advice: I shouldn’t take some pills. She should wear warm clothes. They shouldn’t go home. Sam and Jai should see a doctor.
Obligation /Prohibition: I mustn’t take some pills. She must wear warm clothes. They mustn’t go home Sam and Jai must see a doctor.
G. Fill in the blanks with appropriate modals.
(Will / Shall, Would / Should, Can / Could, May / Might, Ought to)
Milk is a nutritious food enriched with vitamins and proteins. We (1)……………….. take milk regularly so that we (2) …………….. not develop deficiencies in our body. Aged persons, children and patients (3) ………………. take milk in sufficient quantities as it provides strength to their body. We (4) …………………….. supplement it with fruits, vegetables and pulses for proper growth of the body. But we (5) ……………….. consume milk of good quality. Otherwise it (6) …………………… cause harm to the body. We (7) …………………… be very careful while selecting our food items because there are chances that these (8) …………………… be adulterated. We (9) …………………… protect our health.
- ought to
Seventeen Oranges by Bill Naughton About the author:
William John Francis Naughton, or Bill Naughton (12 June 1910 – 9 January 1992) was an Irish-born British playwright and author, best known for his plays and short stories. He attended Saint Peter and Paul’s School, and worked as a weaver, coal-bagger and lorry- driver before he started writing.
Naughton was a prolific writer of plays, novels, short stories and children’s books. His preferred environment was working class society, which is reflected in much of his written work.
His work also includes the novel One Small Boy (1957), and the collection of short stories The Goalkeeper’s Revenge: And Other Stories (1961). His 1977 children’s novel My Pal Spadger is an account of his childhood in 1920s.
Seventeen Oranges Summary:
The narrator used to work at a shipyard, carrying shipments to docks. He had an irresistible love for oranges. He stole them from the boats and ships and chewed them for hours.
However, once he was caught by security police guard, Pongo. Pongo wanted to make his case an example for all the other workers and frighten them of the consequences of dishonesty and stealing. So, he locked the narrator up in a room.
When the police officer locked him in a room and went out for getting another police officer to be a witness, the narrator ate up all the seventeen oranges, with their seeds and peel, and vanished the last of the evidence against him. That was a bitter experience for him. Well, thereafter he was never crazy about oranges.
Seventeen Oranges Glossary: