Mystery of the Talking Fan Poem Important Questions Class 7 Honeycomb English

Mystery of the Talking Fan Poem Important Questions Class 7 Honeycomb English

Short Answer Type Questions

Question 1. Fans don’t talk, but it is possible to imagine that they do. What is it, then sounds like the fan’s chatter?


Yes, we can imagine that fans do talk as poet imagined in the poem but it is not the reality. The chattering sound made by the fan is actually the electrical fault in it because of friction due to not oiling.

Question 2. Complete the following sentences.
(i) The chatter is electrical because
(ii) It is mysterious because


(i) The fan functions on an electrical motor and the attention to my chatter, noise was being produced by its motor.

(ii) The poet was unable to comprehend what the fan was saying.

Question 3. What do you think the talking fan was demanding?


The talking fan was demanding for oiling its little whirling motor.

Question 4. How does an electric fan manage to throw so much air when it is switched on?


The electric fan manages to throw so much air when it is switched on as it gets huge amount of power from electricity to rotate its whirling motor as well as the metallic blade so fast.

Context Based Questions

Stanza 1

Once there was a talking fan
Electrical his chatter.
I couldn’t quite hear what he said
And I hope it doesn’t matter


The poem was given human attributes such as the ability to talk and chatter. The poet calls the fan’s noise an ‘electrical chatter’. The poet is unable to comprehend.

(i) About whom is the poet talk about?
(ii) What does the poet comment on its ‘chatter’?
(iii) Explain ‘electrical his chatter’.
(iv) What does not matter to him?


(i) The poet talks about a talking fan.

(ii) The poet called its chatter as ‘electrical chatter’.

(iii) The sound is created by the fan because of its electrical motor.

(iv) He could not quite hear clearly the sound that comes from the fan.

Stanza 2

Because one day somebody oiled
His little whirling motor
And all the mystery was spoiled
He ran as still as water.


What exactly means and before the poet could succeed in decoding the mystery, somebody oiled its motor. Ever since, it functioned in such a smooth manner that no noise could be heard. The ‘talking fan’ fell silent.

(i) What is the rhyming scheme in the poem?
(ii) What is the impact of oiling in the fan?
(iii) What is ‘Whirling motor’?


(i) The rhyming scheme is ahab in the poem.

(ii) The oiling of the fan will help in its smooth movement.

(iii) Rotating movement of motor.

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