Moments The Adventures of Toto - NCERT Solutions

CBSE Class 09 English Language and Literature
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Moments Chapter 2
The Adventures of Toto

Page No: 11 Think About It
1. How does Toto come to grandfather’s private zoo?
Ans: Toto was in the captivity of a tonga owner. The grandfather gets sympathetic with the monkey and thinks that his private zoo would be a better place for Toto. So he purchased Toto from the tongawallah for five rupees.

2. “Toto was a pretty monkey.” In what sense is Toto pretty?
Ans: Toto was a pretty monkey. His bright eyes sparkled with mischief beneath the deep-set eyebrows, and his teeth, which were a pearly white, were very often displayed in a smile that frightened the life out of elderly Anglo-Indian ladies.  Even though his hands looked dried-up as they had been pickled in the sun for many years, his fingers were quick and wicked. His tail, while adding to his good looks served as a third hand. He could use it to hang from a branch and it was capable of scooping up any delicacy that might be out of reach of his hands.

3. Why does grandfather take Toto to Saharanpur and how? Why does the ticket collector insist on calling Toto a dog?
 Toto was a real menace for every living soul in the household. Other animals in grandfather’s zoo were at Toto’s mercy even during night. So, grandfather decided to provide some relief to other animals in the zoo and thought of taking Toto to Shaharanpur. He was taken in a big black canvas kit-bag with some straw at the bottom. When the bag was closed, all his efforts to get out were restrained. The ticket collector was following his rule books. As there seems to be no rule for fixing a monkey’s fare so he equated Toto with a dog's fare. The ticket collector’s ingenuity tried to categorize all pets of a certain size as dogs.

4. How does Toto take a bath? Where has he learnt to do this? How does Toto almost boil himself alive?
Ans: Toto takes bath in a tub of warm water. He would first test the temperature, then gradually step into the bath. Then he would apply soap and rub himself all over. When the water became cold, he would  run  to the kitchen-fire in order to dry himself. As monkeys are good at aping others, Toto learnt proper steps of bathing by watching the narrator doing  the same. Once having tested the warmth of water in the kettle, he got in, with his head sticking out from the open kettle.The water began to boil.  Probably he is not intelligent enough to understand the risk of boiling water so he pops his head up and down in the kettle, until
Grandmother arrived and hauled him, out of the kettle. This is how Toto nearly succeeded in boiling himself alive.

5. Why does the author say, “Toto was not the sort of pet we could keep for long”?
Ans: Though Toto was pretty and clever, he was very mischievous. He brought a lot of damage to the house by breaking dishes, tearing clothes and curtains. He also scared the visitors by tearing holes in their dresses. Furthermore, he didn’t get along well with other animals in the house too. One day Toto crossed the limits by picking up a dish of pullao and running on a branch to eat it. When scolded he threw off the plate and broke it.That's when grandfather realised that he had had enough of Toto. He couldn’t bear the losses that he had incurred because of Toto’s mischief.