Unit 3 Family, Market & Public Places: Thomas and Jerry – Class 9 English Exercise

Thomas and Jerry is the reading text in the form of story between father and son which has been included in class 9 English. This article presents the exercise of Thomas and Jerry. Including grammar and reading writing.

Exercise of Thomas and Jerry

Glossary of the Text

Afraid – /əˈfreɪd/ – feeling fear or apprehension

Again – /əˈɡɛn/ – once more; another time

Approached – /əˈproʊtʃt/ – came near or nearer to someone or something

Attention – /əˈtɛnʃən/ – the action of carefully listening to or observing someone or something

Bad – /bæd/ – of poor quality or low standard

Burden – /ˈbɜrdən/ – a heavy load or responsibility that is difficult to bear

Cabin – /ˈkæbɪn/ – a small, simple dwelling or shelter

City – /ˈsɪti/ – a large town or urban area

College – /ˈkɑːlɪdʒ/ – an educational institution or establishment

Comfortable – /ˈkʌmfərtəbəl/ – providing physical ease and relaxation

Continued – /kənˈtɪnjud/ – persisted or carried on without interruption

Departed – /dɪˈpɑːrtɪd/ – left; went away

Dearly – /ˈdɪrli/ – very much; affectionately

Disappointed – /ˌdɪsəˈpɔɪntɪd/ – feeling sad or displeased because something did not meet one’s expectations

Draw – /drɔː/ – to cause to move in a particular direction by pulling

Education – /ˌɛdʒʊˈkeɪʃən/ – the process of receiving or giving systematic instruction, especially at a school or university

Excited – /ɪkˈsaɪtɪd/ – feeling or showing enthusiasm or eagerness

Expect – /ɪkˈspɛkt/ – regard (something) as likely to happen

Filled – /fɪld/ – made or became full

Forgiving – /fərˈɡɪvɪŋ/ – ready and willing to forgive

Graveyard – /ˈɡreɪvjɑːrd/ – a place where dead bodies are buried, usually with tombstones or markers

Guilty – /ˈɡɪlti/ – feeling responsible for a wrongdoing or offense

Hand – /hænd/ – the end part of a person’s arm, beyond the wrist, including the palm, fingers, and thumb

Happened – /ˈhæpənd/ – occurred; took place

Hugged – /hʌɡd/ – held tightly in one’s arms, typically to show affection

Joy – /dʒɔɪ/ – a feeling of great pleasure or happiness

Knocked – /nɑːkt/ – struck a surface with a sharp blow, typically in order to attract attention

Loan – /loʊn/ – a sum of money that is borrowed and expected to be paid back with interest

Location – /loʊˈkeɪʃən/ – a particular place or position

Long – /lɔːŋ/ – measuring a great distance from end to end

Managed – /ˈmænɪdʒd/ – succeeded in doing or achieving something with difficulty or effort

Manner – /ˈmænər/ – a way in which something is done or happens

Mistake – /mɪˈsteɪk/ – an action or judgment that is wrong or misguided

Moment – /ˈmoʊmənt/ – a very brief period of time

Neighbors – /ˈneɪbərz/ – people who live near one another

Nodding – /ˈnɑːdɪŋ/ – moving one’s head up and down as a sign of agreement or acknowledgment

Office – /ˈɔːfɪs/ – a room, set of rooms, or building used as a place for commercial, professional, or bureaucratic work

Pondered – /ˈpɑːndərd/ – thought about something carefully for a long time

Radiated – /ˈreɪdiˌeɪtɪd/ – emitted or spread out from a central point

Reception – /rɪˈsɛpʃən/ – the action or process of receiving something

Requested – /rɪˈkwɛstɪd/ – politely or formally asked for

Shifting – /ˈʃɪftɪŋ/ – moving or changing position or direction

Silent – /ˈsaɪlənt/ – making no sound; not speaking or uttering a sound

Spare – /spɛər/ – give (something of which one has enough) to (someone); afford to give to

Staying – /ˈsteɪɪŋ/ – remaining in a particular place or condition

Stressful – /ˈstrɛsfəl/ – causing mental or emotional strain or tension

Strive – /straɪv/ – make great efforts to achieve or obtain something

Succeeded – /səkˈsidɪd/ – achieved the desired result or aim

Swamped – /swɑmpt/ – overwhelmed with an excessive amount of something

Weird – /wɪrd/ – suggesting something supernatural; uncanny

A. The words in red colour in the story correspond to the meanings below. Find the words and write.

a. a load, typically a heavy one ⇒ burden

b. came near ⇒ approached

c. so shocked that one is temporarily unable to react ⇒ stunned

d. left, especially in order to start a journey ⇒ departed

e. a burial ground ⇒ graveyard

f. very strange; bizarre ⇒ weird

g. satisfied ⇒ content

h. shined with energy or happiness ⇒ radiated

i. moved or ran somewhere suddenly or rapidly ⇒ scurried/ bustled

B. Read the story again and decide whether the following statements are true or false.

Jerry did not use to get letters from his son. ⇒ False

The neighbours helped Jerry find a way to meet his son. ⇒ True

Thomas was so eager to meet his father in his office. ⇒ False

Thomas asked his father to stay with him for a week. ⇒ False

Thomas felt bad to see his father in his workplace. ⇒ False

The story tries to show that parents’ happiness is tied up with their children’s success and happiness. ⇒ True

C. Answer the following questions.

a. Why did Jerry go to the city?

⇒ Jerry went to the city to meet his son.

b. What did the father want from his son?

⇒ The father wanted his son to go with him as his mother wanted to see him.

c. Did the father come back to the village happily? Why?

⇒ No, he didn’t come back to the village happily because his son said that he was very busy working for his success and it was hard to manage a leave to visit as his hands were full of loads of stressful work.

d. What made Thomas decide to visit his father?

⇒ After his father had gone, he wondered why his father came alone after a long time, he felt bad for treating his father in a weird manner. This guilty made him decide to visit his father.

e. What had Jerry taken the loan for?

⇒ Jerry had taken the loan for paying for his son’s college education, and a new car.

f. Why did Jerry return home without telling his son about the loan?

⇒ Jerry returned home without telling his son about the loan because his son was very busy and bustled with his work, and he didn’t want to burden his son with the problem.

g. What lesson do you learn from this story?

⇒ From this story, we learn that parents’ happiness is tied up with their children’s success and happiness.

Grammar I

A. Complete the following conversations using can, could and would.

A: Can I get you something to drink?

B: Yes, please. A glass of lemonade for me.

A: Could you tell me where the nearest community school is, please?

B: I’m sorry, I’m not from around here.

A: Would you like me to answer the phone?

Yes, please, that would be lovely.

A: I’ve finished my homework. Can I play now?

B: Ok. You may.

A: Can I come round to your house sometime later?

B: Well, actually, my dad’s not feeling well. Maybe another time.

A: Would you mind passing me that register, please?

B: Yes, of course. Here you go.

A: Would you like me to talk to the head teacher?

B: Oh. Yes, please! would you?

A: Could you lend me Rs. 200, please?

B: I suppose so. But I need it back before next month.

A: Would you mind if I used your pen, mam?

B: Not at all, go ahead.

Writing I

A. Request Letter Writing

Write a letter to the head teacher of your school on behalf of your class requesting him/her organize an inter-house volleyball tournament in your school. Make requests for managing all required sporting goods for the tournaments.




The Head Teacher

Dear Sir,

We are pleased to inform you that the students of Class IX are organizing an inter-house volleyball tournament in our school.

The tournament will feature four houses competing against each other and will commence after school on Friday. To ensure the smooth execution of the event, we have sought the assistance of Mr. Nirmal KC, our sports teacher, who plans to involve three senior students as well. The quarter-final and semi-final matches are scheduled for Monday, which coincides with a public holiday, while the final match will take place next Friday.

In order to facilitate the tournament, we kindly request your support in arranging the necessary sporting equipment. We would greatly appreciate permission to utilize the school playground, along with the ball and net, under the supervision of Mr. KC.

Furthermore, we cordially invite you to be our esteemed chief guest at the program. Your presence and words of encouragement would greatly inspire the students to exhibit excellent sportsmanship and strive for excellence.

Thank you for your consideration.


Students of Class IX


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