Karnataka Solutions for Class 8 English Chapter 1 A Day in the Ashram

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C1. Answer the following questions and share your responses with your partner.

Question 1.
Who named the school ‘Shantiniketan”?
Maharshi Rabindranath Tagore named the school Shantiniketan.

Question 2.
When does the day in Shantiniketan begin?
The day begins before dawn, when the birds chirps in almoki groves.

Question 3.
What is termed by Gurudeva as, the darling of our hearts’?
Shantiniketan is termed as the darling of our hearts by Gurudev.

Question 4.
Which phrase used in paragraph 1 means’ both the old and the young people ‘?
The phrase ‘old and young alike’ means both the old and the young people in Paragraph 1

Question 5.
The boys in Shantiniketan get up early in the morning . Who else are early risers ?
The birds in amloki grooves are the early risers with the boys in Shantiniketan.

C2. Work in pairs, Answer the following questions and share vour responses with vour partners.

Question 1.
What kind of work do the boys practice in the afternoon?
The boys in Shantiniketan practice Carpentry, spinning, weaving, drafting, painting music etc in the afternoon. They learn these types of handwork.

Question 2.
What are Shantiniketam boys famous for.?
The Shantiniketan boys are famous for sports and games everywhere.

Question 3.
How do the boys spend their evenings before they go to bed?
The boys spend their evening before they go to bed by telling fairy tales, recitation of short dramas, singing of Gurudeva’s songs and gatherings of different schools.

Question 4.
Read the second paragraph carefully. What is describes is :
a) the greatness of the teacher
b) the song of the choristers
c) the lessons taught in the Ashram
d) the silent meditation of the inmates
b) The song of the choristers

C3. Read and discuss your responses with your partner. Then write.

Question 1.
What is the effect of the song of the choristers on the listeners?
When the Choristers are singing their morning hymns and they go around the Ashram, one can hear the voices. The beauty of the sound in the silent morning air and the sense of Joy and reverence which it brings, give peace to the soul.

Question 2.
How are classes held in the afternoon in Shantiniketan?
The afternoon classes start at 2 ‘O’Clock in Shantiniketan. The class chiefly consists of handiwork. The boys could learn their own choice of interest. The different handiwork’s to be taught were Carpentry, Spinning, Weaving, drafting, painting, music etc.

Question 3.
How do the boys spend their evenings in Shantiniketan ?
In the evening boys play in the field.They play a variety games especially foot ball. After the game the boys return from the play fields. All the boys sit to meditate in silence for a short time.

Question 4.
How are the classes at Shantiniketan different from the classes in other schools?
The classes at Shantiniketan is completely different from the classes of other schools. In Shantiniketan the teaching is student or child centered. The students sit with their teacher in the open air under the trees. There is no classrooms. The group of 8 to 10 students have one teacher.

Very few books are’ used. Most part of learning is done through conversation. The students could ask the questions and clear their doubts. On the contarary in other schools the teaching is teacher oriented (centered). One teacher in the class should teach 50 to 60 students, many books and subjects.

Her subjects are compulsory whether the students like or dislike. The answer should be by hearted. Handiwork’s are very less and they were not given much importance. The students do not have freedom.

Question 5.
How does Shantiniketan prepare the boys for life?
The classes in Shanthinikethan not only CPC Honest Success Series teaches subjects but also handiwork’s. Here the importance is given to all round development of the students. The teacher student relationship is cordial and the teachers find out the student’s talent and encourage them to learn that subject.

Handiwork’s are also helpful to build their future and succeed in that particular field. If the students learn their talented subjects they would definitely gain skills. It is helpful in their future life. Thus Shanthiniketan helps and prepare the students for life.

C4. The writer has used the phrase ‘living education’ to describe the experience in Shantiniketan. Some features of education are given below. Classify them into the categories of ‘living education’ and ‘unimaginative instruction. Discuss in groups.
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C5. Write a paragraph describing your our idea of a good school.
A Good School:
The teachers are pillars for school. They must be educated, kind, learned, disciplined and have lot of patience. They must love their profession and children. Magnificent building, spacious class rooms and big fields are not as much important. The way of teaching should encourage the students creative thinking.

Give importance to boost the children’s talent. The students should have free ness to ask questions. Handiwork’s and games and sports should include in their curriculum. The students should also be obedient, disciplined and love to learn.


VI. Observe The use of nearer and nearer in the following example.

e.g. You can hear the voice in the distance, drawing nearer and nearer.

Fill in the blanks in the following sentences with the help of the clues given in brackets.

  1. When you blow air into a balloon in becomes ……… and ………. [big]
  2. As the train approaches the station, the should of its whistle becomes ……….. and ………. [loud]
  3. If you practice harder and harder, you will feel ……… and ……… [much] confident to solve the problems.
  4. Man has been constructing ………. and ………. [tall] buildings in the cities.
  5. As you move away from a tree it looks ……… and ………… [small]


  1. bigger, bigger [big]
  2. louder, louder [loud]
  3. more, more [much]
  4. taller, taller [tall]
  5. smaller, smaller [small]

V2. Fill in the blanks using some and others.

e.g. Some prefer capentry others prefer mechanical work.

  1. You can see shining objects in the sky at night. …….. of them are planets ………. are stars.
  2. There are many fruits in the basket. ………. of them are mangoes, ……… are bananas.
  3. After the bell, ……….. boys went out to play ………. went home.
  4. There are a few books on the table. ……….. of them are text books, ……….. are not.
  5. ………. of the apples in the basket are good ………… are bad.


  1. some, others
  2. some, others
  3. some, others
  4. some, others
  5. some, others

V3. Fill in the blanks choosing the appropriate words from the words given in brackets.

Last week [week, weak] I went to a shop to buy [by buy] a pair of trousers. I bought one and returned home. When I tried to wear [wear., ware] it, I found that it was rather loose [loose, lose]. So I went to the shop in fury. But the shopkeeper was out. So I had to wait [wait, weight] for half an hour. When he returned. I shouted at him, “See how big it is. It fits an elephant”. He replied coolly looking at my pot belly, “Therefore we offered it to your, Sir”.

V4. Fill in the blanks using the antonyms of the words underlined.

  1. Krishna was a …….. king, while his friend was a ……… man.
  2. Madanika is ……… but her brother is ………..
  3. Radhika is ……… but her sister is ………..
  4. Silk is …….. ; iron is ……..
  5. I can ……….. stories but ………… lessons.


  1. rich, poor
  2. tall, short.
  3. strong, weak
  4. soft, hard
  5. remember, remember

V5. Classify the following into prefixes and suffixes :

re, less, fill, mis, non, anti, ment, able, ish, in ex, ion, ship, multi, sub, ive.
One example for each is given.

Prefixes Suffixes
re-mis, non, anti, in ex, multi sub -less, full, ment, able ish, ion, ship, ive

V6. Fill in the blanks with the appropriate prefixes choosing from the ones given above [V5]

  1. The school reopens on ………..
  2. Manish eats meat. He is a ………
  3. Yerrorists are ……… social.
  4. BakraNangal is a ………. purpose project.
  5. Plastic chairs are ………. expensive.


  1. June 1
  2. non – vegetarian.
  3. anti
  4. multi
  5. in

V7. Fill in the blanks with appropriate suffixes choosing from the ones given above [V5]

  1. He was comfor…….. in his seat on the train.
  2. He was acting in a very chil…….. way.
  3. She looked at her reflect………. in the mirror.
  4. India has won the Champion……… at Sharjah.
  5. The rate of employ………. in India has been rising steadily.


  1. table
  2. dish
  3. ion
  4. ship
  5. ment

Task 2.
Your teacher will say these words. listen and write them in two different columns a few example are given.

Words with / i: /

eg mean, priest, lead, seek, clean, read, speed, meet, breed, sheet, dream, fees, Leed, learn

Words with /1 /

eg spit, win, fit, mist, kit, grin, mix chit, hid, trim

C. Reading:
Reading warning Sings.
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  1. Do not use it in a closed room. (3)
  2. Do not eat or drink it (2)
  3. Do not breathe it in (6)
  4. Do not store it in a cupboard. Keep it cool. (4)
  5. Do not but in it. (1)
  6. Keep it in a place where a child cannot go near it. (5)

Task 1:
Read the following passage. underline the common nouns. Say whether they are countable, that is whether they can be wanted one, two etc., or whether they are uncountable. that is, they cannot be counted, list them under different columns. Two examples are given.

There was a merchant in a town. His name was Parashuramappa. He had many friends. They helped him in selling milk all over the town. Parashuramappa loved to live in peace. Also, he always spoke the truth. These qualities endeared him to all the people in the locality.

Countable Nouns Uncountable Nouns
People, merchant, town, friends milk, peace, truth

Task 2:
Fill in the blanks using ‘a,’ ‘an’ or ‘the’ only

1. Abdul is an excellent football player. As a student, he won many pizes. Now he has joined a .multinational company. The company encourages him to play for the state level tournaments.

2. The Democracy is the best form of government for all the people have the right to i vote. Even in the emergency, the people do not j lose their…. rights, in that form of government.

3. … Peter lives in the same locality as I do. His father is an Assistant Engineer. He loves … music and… sports. His most favorite sports is … is cricket.

Task 3:
Look at the following pairs of sentences. Why is ‘the’ (the definite article) used in some cases but not in others? Discuss with your partner and write the reasons. Answer the following questions by filling in the blanks. :

  1. …….. rose is a beautiful flower
  2. ……… rose on your coat is fading.
  3. Do you have ……. ticket? (The ticket collector to the passenger )
  4. Here are ……. tickets
  5. It is ……… e-mail
  6. I have not yet read …….. e-mail


  1. A
  2. The
  3. the
  4. the
  5. an
  6. the

Task 4:
What do you understand after doing these exercises? Answer the following questions by filling in the blanks.

  1. Nouns can be countable or Uncountable
  2. Countable can be singular or plural.
  3. ‘a’, ‘an’ and the are articles.
  4. ‘a’, and ‘an’ are used only with countable nouns.
  5. ‘The’ can be used with both singular and plural forms of nouns,
  6. The is called the definite article, ‘a’ and ‘an’ are called indefinite. Articles.


  1. Uncountable
  2. plural
  3. the
  4. countable
  5. plural
  6. article, indefinite

Other Determines
Apart from a / an / the, some of the other determiners are a few, many, several, a pair of, a piece of, a lot of etc.
Another type of determiners are Demonstratives namely
This- these
That- those.

Task 5:
Frame sentences using the above determiners.

  1. There are ……… students in the assembly hall.
  2.  I have ………. books,.
  3. Gopi had ………. paintings.
  4. Sindhu purchased ………. of gloves.
  5. Ranga tasted ……….. sweet.
  6. ……….. people attended the fair.
  7. ……… is fruit and ……….. are fruits.
  8. ………. is a toy and ……….. are toys.


  1. a few
  2. many
  3. several
  4. a pair
  5. a piece of
  6. A lot of
  7. This, these
  8. That, those

E. Writing:
Choice of words :

Task 1:
Read the following descriptions. Substitute each with an appropriately descriptive word from the ones given in brackets below. One example is given.

  1. He often promises to do things, but half the time he forgets ………….
  2. She is always here on time ……….
  3. I don’t think he has done any work since he has been here, ……….
  4. She finds it difficult to meet people and talk to strangers ………..
  5. He can work in any department and it doesn’t matter to him if he is on his own or part of a team ………..


  1. Forgetful
  2. punctual
  3.  azy
  4. shy
  5. flexible

A Day in the Ashram Summary in English

A day in the Ashram’ is the experience of C. F. Andrews while he stayed in the Ashram known as ‘Shanthiniketan’founded by Rabindranath Tagore, he was famous as ‘Gurudeva’. Shantiniketan was his dream school. He was one of the important educationists. All his ideas are practically applied in this school. It is one of the important internationally popular school.

1. The beauty of Shantiniketan is not found visibly. Its importance lies in its quality of education and the way of teaching. Irrespective of age all who have visited it, appreciate and feel its inner beauty Gurudeva says that all the students learned here never forgot their student life and they reached a very great height in future life. Our ex-Prime Minister Smt. Indira Gandhi was one of the students of Shantiniketan.

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