Hard to Believe Class 7 English Lesson 4
One morning when Mummy was opening a new packet of detergent powder to wash Monty’s dirty uniform, a small booklet peeped out of it. Mummy handed it to Monty. Monty was very happy to see it. There was a puzzle which she had to solve. The company promised a mystery gift for children who would win the contest.
By evening, Monty had searched the answers for all the questions and the puzzle was worked out quite fast. Monty asked her Daddy to send it to the company’s address…. And it was sent.
Fifteen days later, Monty recieved her mystery gift-a beautiful little book.
It was full of interesting facts and pictures. Monty was excited.
That weekend Monty’s headmistress announced a competition on ‘Amazing Facts’. Each class had to make a presentation. The best three selections were then put on the school display board. Monty’s selection was also there!
A stolen parrot was brought to the court as a witness in New Delhi. It could identify its real owner by repeating the names of her owner’s children!
In 1936, a hen was trapped in a crate when a violent storm destroyed the town of Gainesville, Georgia. Forty seven days later, it was rescued and it had survived by eating its own eggs.
Francesco Lentini of Sicily, Italy, was a master musician. He lived in the 1930s. He was a famous soccer player. He had three legs and that was a great advantage for him as a player.
Liew Thow Lin of Gunung, Rapat, Malaysia, can lift more than 60 pounds of weight attached to a metal plate against his chest or stomach. Lin is 71 years old and is called the Magnet Man. Nuts, bolts and tools can be seen dangling from his bare chest. In 2001, he pulled a car hooked to a chain attatched to a plate stuck to his chest. All the three sons of Lin and his two grand children also have the magnetic ability.
“THE MUDDY SCENE!’
Scottsdale, Arizona, organizes the Mighty Mud Mania festival every year. People sling mud on each other. In the month of July, kids of all ages slip and slide over mud-filled tunnels. More than 240,000 pounds of mud is prepared for this event.
Elephants in Myanmar are very clever. They stuff the bells hanging around their necks with mud. They do this so that bells won’t ring. They can then quickly steal bananas from farms at night. Now, Judge for yourself. The best of these three is……..!!
– Compiled by the writers’ group
Believe (बिलीव) = विश्वास करना, यकीन करना
Detergent (डिटर्जेंट) = साफ़ करने वाला पदार्थ (साबुन या पाउडर आदि)
Dirty (डर्टी) = गंदा, मैला
Uniform (यूनिफार्म) = गणवेश
Puzzle (पजल) = पहेली
Solve (सॉल्व) = हल करना
Mystery (मिस्ट्री) = रहस्य, गुप्त बात
Contest (कांटेस्ट) = प्रतियोगिता
Receive (रिसीव) = प्राप्त करना
Interesting (इंटरेस्टिंग) = रोचक
Fact (फैक्ट) = तथ्य
Excited (एक्साइटेड) = उत्साहित
Announce (एनाउंस) = घोषणा करना
Competition (कम्पटीशन) = प्रतियोगिता, मुकाबला
Amazing (अमेजिंग) = अद्भुत
Selection (सिलेक्शन) = चयन
Presentation (प्रेजेंटेशन) = प्रस्तुतीकरण
Stolen (स्टोलेन) = चुराया हुआ
Owner (ओनर) = मालिक, स्वामी
Trapped (ट्रैप्ड) = जाल या फंदे में फंसा हुआ
Crate (क्रैट) = टोकरा
Violent (वायलेंट) = प्रचंड, हिंसक
Storm (स्टॉर्म) = तूफ़ान
Destroyed (डिस्ट्रॉयड) = नष्ट हुआ
Rescue (रेस्क्यू) = सुरक्षित बचा लेना
Survived (सरवाइव) = जीवित रहना
Soccer (सॉकर) = फुटबॉल
Advantage (एडवांटेज) = लाभ, सुविधा, फायदा
Metal (मेटल) = धातु
Magnet (मैगनेट) = चुम्बक
Ability (एबिलिटी) = क्षमता
Event (इवेंट) = घटना
Clever (क्लेवर) = चतुर
Stuff (स्टफ) = सामग्री, पदार्थ, भर लेना
Steal (स्टाल) = चोरी करना
1. Put a tick mark to choose the correct word or phrase to get a true statement.
(i) Mummy handed a booklet / a puzzle /a packet of detergent / to Monty.
Answer – a booklet
(ii) Monty’s gift was a book of
Answer – interesting facts
(iii) One / two /
Answer – interesting facts
(iv) The Mud-Mania festival is organized in the month of January / June /
Answer – July.
2 . Look at the title of the selections on Monty’s school display-board. Now answer the following questions.
(i) Title : THE MUDDY SCENE
(a) Do you like it ?
Ans – Yes
(b) What is common in the facts under the title ?
Ans – Playing with mud.
(ii) Title : THE WINGED VICTORIES
(a) What does the word ‘winged’ stand for ?
Ans – The birds
(b) What were the victories? :
Ans – (i) The parrot was able to identify its real owner.
Ans – (ii) The hen was able to survive for 47 days by eating its own eggs.
(iii) Title : MIRACLE MEN
(a) Who are the miracle men ?
Ans – Francesco Lentini and Liew Thow Lin
(b) What is miraculous in them?
Ans – Francesco Lentini had three legs and Liew Thow Lin has magnetic abilities.
Answer – Bells
(vi) The hen lived by eating grains /
Answer – Eggs
3. Mention the paragraph numbers which contain the following facts / ideas.
1. People of all ages slip and slide over mud in the month of July. 10
2. A large quantity of mud is required for the Mud-Mania festival. 10
3. Stuffed bells help elephants in stealing bananas. 11
4. No other bird could have known the names of a client’s children. 6
5.If the hen had not eaten its eggs, it would have died. 7
6. The magnetic ability of Lin was passed on to the next generations. 9
7.Lentini played football.8
8. Monty won a book of amazing facts as the mystery gift. 3