Chapter 6 This is Jody's Fawn Important Questions Class 8 Honeydew English

Chapter 6 This is Jody's Fawn Important Questions Class 8 Honeydew English

Short Answer Type Questions

Question 1. What had happened to Jody’s father?


Jody’s father had been bitten by a rattlesnake.

Question 2. Why did not Penny want to leave fawn alone?


They used doe’s liver to draw out the poison. So it would be ungrateful to leave it to starve. So he didn’t want to leave fawn alone.

Question 3. Where did he find the little fawn?


He found the spot where the fawn had emerged and dropped on all fours, studying the sand for the small hoof prints. At last, moving directly in front of him he tumbled backward.

Question 4. With whom Jody went to bring Fawn?


Jody went with Mill-wheel to bring fawn. They went through riding on a horse.

Question 5. What happens to Jody’s father? And what did Jody do?


Jody’s father has been bitten by a rattle snake. He quickly kills a doe, uses its heart and liver to draw out the poison.

Question 6. Why fawn might me hungry?


Fawn was a baby dear whose mother saves the life of penny. As fawn was too small to feed himself he, light is hungry and scared as well.

Question 7. What happened to the dead doe?


Buzzards sat in a circle around the carcass of the doe. The sand showed large cat prints but the big cats kill fresh so they had left the doe to the carrion birds.

Question 8. Describe feeling of Jody when he met fawn.


Jody was very happy to meet fawn. He was feeling like how he can serve to baby fawn. As he loose his mother in curing Jody’s father Penny, he brought fawn to his home.

Question 9. What does Jody suggest to feed up fawn?


Jody said that he is now grown up boy; his share of milk could be given to the fawn. Also fawn starts to eat leaves and acorn, so nothing much would be required to raise him.

Question 10. How does Jody know that the fawn is a male?


Jody’s father told him that in a male fawn the spots are all in a line and in females they are randomly arranged. This knowledge helped him recognize it being a male fawn.

Question 11. How did the deer drink milk from the gourd?


Jody dipped his fingers in the milk and thrust them into the fawn’s mouth. He then lowered his fingers into the gourd. The fawn blew and sucked, snorted and started sipping the milk.

Question 12. How did Penny feel when he got up in the early morning?


Penny was feeling good in the morning. As he said that “Just fine, son. Old Death has gone thieving elsewhere”.

Question 13. How did Jody and Mill found doe’s fawn?


They saw the spot in a line which remarks the presence of fawn.

Question 14. Why was Jody afraid of carrying the fawn through the clearing?


Jody was afraid that the fawn might see or smell the carcass of the doe & begin to bleat & get out of his control.

Question 15. How did the doe save Penny’s life?


The doe’s liver and heart were used to draw out the poison from Penny.

Question 16. Why was Mill-wheel afraid to leave Jody alone?


Mill-wheel was afraid to leave Jody alone because he was scared if Jody got lost or got bitten by a snake too.

Question 17. How does Jody’s mother react when she hears that he is going to bring the fawn home? Why does she react in this way?


Jody’s mother turned her nose when she heard that he was going to bring back the fawn. She gasped with surprise because she didn’t want to see an animal in her home.

Question 18. Why was Penny feeling proud?


Penny was feeling proud because his son Jody saved his life by treating him when he had been bitten by a rattle snake.

Question 19. Why was Jody unwilling to have Mill-wheel with him?


Jody was unwilling to have Mill-wheel with him. Because if the fawn was dead, or could not be found, he could not have his disappointment seen. And if the fawn was there, the meeting would be so secret that he could not share it.

Question 20. How did Jody host have to fawn?


Jody brings morning’s milk from the kitchen to fawn. And then he dipped his fingers in the milk & thrust them into the fawn’s soft wet mouth. Fawn sucked greedily and this is how feeds fawn.

Question 21. Why did Ma Baxter not want to bring fawn at home?


Ma Baxter didn’t want to bring fawn because she was worried about how they would feed him. As they had no milk for him.

Question 22. Why does Jody want to bring the fawn home?


The fawn become an orphan because its mother was killed by Jody. He wants to bring the fawn to return the obligation because he was the one who made the fawn an orphan.

Question 23. How did Jody bring the fawn back home?


Jody picked up the fawn into his arms and proceeded towards his home. After some distance, he kept the fawn down and took rest. Later on, the fawn followed him. Thus he brought the fawn back home.

Question 24. Why did Penny Barter allow Jody to go find the fawn and raise it?


Penny was convinced by Jody’s argument that it would be ungrateful if they left the fawn in the forest to starve. He realised that Jody was right.


Long Answer Type Questions

Question 1. Why didn’t the fawn follow Jody up the steps as he had thought it would?


The deer is a wild animal. It is used to live in the forest. When the fawn reached Jody’s home, it did not follow Jody up the steps because of the strangeness of the house and steps and everything. This is similar to its reaction to the milk in the gourd. It simply did not know what to do.

Question 2. What did Doc Wilson mean when he said “nothing in the world ever comes quite free”?


Penny had killed the doe to save his life. Therefore in return what they had done to the doe, its fawn needed to be taken care of and saved from starvation. It would be ungrateful to leave it alone. This was what Doc Wilson meant when he said that nothing in the world comes quite free.

Question 3. Penny said ‘you are smarter than boys of your age’. Why did he say so?


Penny was smitten by a snake and it was life threatening. His son killed a doe and used its heart and liver to draw out the father’s life. Secondly he made a smart move; he went to the jungle in search of the fawn as he knew that it had to be looked after. He sent along with Mill but did not want to observe his weakness. He dared to lift the fawn saving it from bushes and vultures. Finding it difficult for the fawn to feed through the gourd he used his finger and fed it. So Penny rightly told about his son that he was smart, intelligent and a responsible boy than other boys of his age.

Question 4. Describe the meeting of fawn and Jody in your own words.


The meeting of fawn and Jody is not easy to be described. It was so loving. Jody reached out one hand and laid it on the soft neck. Its skin was very soft. He rose slowly & lifted the fawn from the ground. Slowly fawn accepts him and he follows him after that.

Question 5. How did Jody look after the fawn, after he accepted the responsibility for doing this?


After Jody accepted the responsibility for looking after the fawn he took it to the kitchen and fed it with milk. He dipped his fingers in the milk and thrust them into the fawn’s soft wet mouth. Hence, one can say that Jody carried out his responsibility quite well.

Question 6. Do you think Jody was compassionate and conscience-stricken? Why do you think so?


Jody’s father has been bitten by a rattle snake. He quickly kills a doe and uses its heart and liver to draw out the poison. However, he was conscious of damage he had done to the fawn when it was feeble and meek. He knew that it couldn’t survive if left alone in the jungle. So he searched for it and fed it. He was conscience-stricken for the damage he had done. But he need not bring it home. He could have sent it to a zoo, where it could be given care. He was compassionate; he avoided the route where the carcass of the doe was lying. He picked it up in his arms to save it from being hurt and fed him.

Question 7. Jody didn’t want Mill-wheel with him for two reasons. What were they?


Jody didn’t want Mill-wheel to come with him because of two reasons:

  • If fawn was not there Jody didn’t want Mill-wheel to see the disappointment on his face.
  • If the fawn is alive then Jody did not want to share this happiness with anyone.

Question 8. In This is Jody’s Fawn, Jody’s father uses a ‘home remedy for a snake bite. What should a person now do if he or she is bitten by a snake? Are all snakes poisonous? With the help of your teacher and others, find out answers to such questions. Then write a short paragraph on – What to do if a snake chooses to bite you.


Snakes are the most dreaded of wild creatures. This is why we use sticks to kill them. There are many poisonous snakes. Green snakes or water snakes are poisonous. Still we cannot be sure of it. So we don’t take a chance. We call in a snake charmer to draw the cobra out of the house. A snake-bite can kill the victim in a few minutes. But the victim can be saved if he gets the first aid in the farm of blood-letting and anti-venom serum.

The medicine for snake bite is prepared from the snake’s poison. In case I am bitten by a poisonous snake, the first thing I would do is to put a band tightly over the bitten part. Then I shall use a blade or knife to make a small cut on the bitten part, and press the poisonous blood out. Then I shall go to hospital for medical help. I shall not go to sleep until I feel better and safe.

Question 9. Jody was filled with emotion after he found .the fawn. Can you find at least three words or phrases which somehow he felt?


Jody was filled with emotion after he found the fawn. When he stroked its neck, the touch made him ‘delirious’. When he realised that its was his fawn now, he was ‘light headed with his joy’. When he finally brought the fawn into the house Penny thought that “the boy’s eyes were as bright as the fawn’s”.

Extract Based Questions

Extract 1

He waited for the sound of the hooves to end, then cut to the right. The scrub was still. Only his own crackling of twigs sounded across the silence. He wondered for an instant if he had mistaken his direction. Then a buzzard rose in front of him and flapped into the air. He came into the clearing under the oaks. Buzzards sat in a circle around the carcass of the doe. They turned their heads on their long scrawny necks and hissed at him. He threw his bough at them and they flew into an adjacent tree. The sand showed large cat prints but the big cats killed fresh, and they had left the doe to the carrion birds.


(i) How could he hear the ‘cracking of twigs’?
(ii) Was he sure of his direction?
(iii) What were buzzards doing around the carcass of doe?
(iv) Whose footprints were imprinted on the sand?
(v) What is the plural form of ‘Hooves’?


(i) As he was heading towards the place where doe was killed, the forest was quiet and peaceful. So he could easily hear the sound of twig’s cracking.

(ii) No, he wasn’t sure of his direction.

(iii) Buzzards sat in a circle around the carcass of the doe.

(iv) The footprints of a large cats were imprinted on sand.

(v) Hoof.

Extract 2

Movement directly in front of him startled him so that he tumbled backward. The fawn lifted its face to his. It turned its head with a wide, wondering motion and shook him through with the stare of its liquid eyes. It was quivering. It made no effort to rise or run. Jody could not trust himself to move. He whispered, “It’s me.” The fawn lifted its nose, scenting him. He reached out one hand and laid it on the soft neck.

The touch made him delirious. He moved forward on all fours until he was close beside it. He put his arms around its body. A light convulsion passed over it but it did not stir. He stroked its sides as gently as though the fawn were a China deer and he might break it. Its skin was very soft. It was sleek and clean and had a sweet scent of grass. He rose slowly and lifted the fawn from the ground. Its legs hung limply. They were surprisingly long and he had to hoist the fawn as high as possible under his arm.


(i) Why was he ‘startled’?
(ii) Why couldn’t he trust himself to move?
(iii) How did he manage to get hold of it?
(iv) What is a ‘China deer’?
(v) Write the past participle of ‘hang”.


(i) Jody went to the forest to find the fawn. He was not sure about the success of search. When it suddenly came to him, he was surprised.

(ii) Jody found the fawn who was scared. So he thought if he moved ahead to pick it up, it would run away.

(iii) He crawled towards it, so that it won’t run away.

(iv) ‘A China deer’ is a clay deer that is easily broken.

(v) Hung.

Extract 3

He remembered his father saying that a fawn would follow if it had first been carried. He started away slowly. The fawn stared after him. He came back to it and stroked it and walked away again. It took a few wobbling steps toward him and cried piteously. It was willing to follow him. It belonged to him. It was his own. He was light-headed with his joy. He wanted to fondle it, to run and romp with it, to call to it to come to him. He dared not alarm it. He picked it up and carried it in front of him over his two arms. It seemed to him that he walked without effort.


(i) What did his father tell him?
(ii) Why was it taking ‘wobbling’ steps?
(iii) Why did he pick up again?
(iv) Why did it want to ‘fondle’?
(v) Give synonym of ‘Romp’.


(i) His father told him that a fawn would follow if it had first been carried.

(ii) It was taking wobbly steps as it was meek and fearful.

(iii) He picked it up as it was taking too long to move.

(iv) He was willing to hold it and took care of it but he had to reach home at the earliest.

(v) Jumping about.

Extract 4

Jody then went to the kitchen. The fawn wobbled after him. A pan of morning’s milk stood in the kitchen safe. The cream had risen on it. He skimmed the cream into a jug. He poured milk into a small gourd. He held it out to the fawn. It butted it suddenly, smelling the milk. He saved it precariously from spilling over the floor. It could make nothing of the milk in the gourd. He dipped his fingers in the milk and thrust them into the fawn’s soft wet mouth. It sucked greedily. When he withdrew them, it bleated frantically and butted him.

He dipped his fingers again and as the fawn sucked, he lowered them slowly into the milk. The fawn blew and sucked and snorted. It stamped its small hoofs impatiently. As long as he held his fingers below the level of the milk, the fawn was content. It closed its eyes dreamily. It was ecstasy to feel its tongue against his hand. Its small tail flicked back and forth. The last of the milk vanished in a swirl of foam and gurgling.


(i) Where did he pour milk?
(ii) What was the problem with the gourd?
(iii) What did he feed him with?
(iv) Was the fawn contended?
(v) Why did its small tail flicked back and forth?


(i) He poured milk into a small gourd.

(ii) It was difficult for him to feed from gourd.

(iii) He dipped his finger in the milk and thrust them into the fawn’s mouth.

(iv) The fawn was contended after drinking milk.

(v) The fawn was secured and contented. So it moved its tail back and forth.

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