Hello Readers, the chapter “A Mad Tea Party” is taken from Tulip Series English for Class 7th for students of JKBOSE. You have already gone through the Summary and Word Meanings of the A Mad Tea Party in my previous post. Today in this post, I am discussing with you A Mad Tea Party Class 7 Question Answers and Explanation. Let’s get started:
A Mad Tea Party Class 7 Question Answers and Explanation
The story is about a young who was wandering in Wonderland. It is a place where animals behave and talk like human beings. She joined the tea party of three animals the March Hare, Mad Hatter and Dormouse without invitation. They got irritated at this and ill-treated her.
A Mad Tea Party Class 7 Question Answers
Working with the Text
(A) Answer these questions:
1. How were the animals using the Dormouse?
Ans. The Dormouse was sitting between March Hare and the Hatter. They were using it as a cushion. Alice thought that Dormouse was fast asleep.
2. Why did the Dormouse not object to being used as a cushion?
Ans. The Dormouse was fast asleep so that is why it did not object to being used as a cushion by March Hare and Hatter.
3. Alice and March Hare considered each other impolite.
a) Was the March Hare impolite?
Ans. March Hare was impolite as he made fun of Alice by offering her wine because there was no wine on the table.
b) In what way was Alice impolite?
Ans. Alice was impolite because she joined the party without being invited and also, she interrupted Dormouse again and again while he was telling his story.
4. What were the two points, which puzzled Alice in the story of the Dormouse?
Ans. The two points which puzzled Alice in the story of the Dormouse were, how three sisters could live at the bottom of the well and the second point was how they could draw honey from the honey well.
5. Why did Alice leave the party?
Ans. Alice could not bear the impolite remarks made by Hatter, so she left the party.
(B) Say whether the following statements are True or False:
I. “I don’t see any wine,” Alice remarked.
ii. The Dormouse slowly closed his eyes.
iii. “You can draw water out of water-well,” said the Hatter.
iv. Alice was disgusted.
v. The Dormouse was being put into the teapot.
Look at the following sentences taken from the story.
- “What did they live on?”
- “Have you guessed the riddle?”
- “Which is your favourite colour?”
The above sentences are direct questions. There are two types of direct questions. They are Wh- questions and Yes/No questions. Wh-questions start with a Wh-word, i.e., Who, What, Why, When. Which, Where, Whose, Whom, etc.
Yes/No questions start with an auxiliary verb. e.g.,
The structure of the Wh-question is:
Wh-word + helping verb + subject + main verb….?
Wh-word + main verb or helping verb used as main verb+subject ….?.
The structure of a Yes/No question is:
Helping verb + subject+main verb….?
Helping verb(used as the main verb)+ subject….?
Now find at least five Wh-questions and five Yes/No questions from the story and write them down in the space provided:
- What did they live on?
- What did they draw?
- Why did they live at the bottom of the well?
- Where did they draw honey from?
- Who is making personal remarks now?
- Do you think that you can find out the answer to it?
- Have you guessed the riddle yet?
- Did you ever see such a thing?
- Can you ride a horse?
- Do you know how to swim?
Look at the following extract from the text:
A table was set out under a tree in front of the house, and Alice saw the March Hare and Hatter having tea at it: a Dormouse was sitting between them fast asleep, and the other two w using it as a cushion and talking over its head.
The underlined words are in simple past and past continuous tenses. You are familiar with simple past tense. In the past continuous tense, we use Was/Were+’-ing’ form of a verb. We use ‘was’ with I/ He/She/It and singular subjects. We use ‘were’ with We/You/They and plural subjects. We use past continuous to say that somebody was in the middle of doing something at a certain time. The action or situation had already started before this time but had not finished.
This time last year I was living in Jammu.
What were you doing at 10 o’clock last night?
I waved to her but she wasn’t looking.
Use the verbs in the correct form (past continuous and simple past) to make meaningful sentences.
- Javid was _________ (wait) for me when I _________ (arrive).
- What _________ (be) you _________ (do) this time yesterday?
- My friend _________ (take) a photograph of mine while I _________ (look) at the flowers.
- We were in a very difficult position. We did _________ (not/know) what to do.
- I haven’t seen Geeta for ages. When I last _________ (see) her, she _________ (try) to find a job in Srinagar.
- She _________ (burn) her hand when she _________ (cook) dinner.
- I _________ (see) you in the park yesterday. You _________ (sit) on the grass and reading a book.
- While Rahim _________ (work) in the garden, he _________ (hurt) his back.
- When I _________ (be) young, I _________ (want) to be a doctor.
- The doorbell _________ (ring) while I _________ (have) a bath.
- Javid was waiting (wait) for me when I arrived (arrive).
- What were (be) you doing (do) this time yesterday?
- My friend took (take) a photograph of mine while I was looking (look) at the flowers.
- We were in a very difficult position. We did not know (not/know) what to do.
- I haven’t seen Geeta for ages. When I last saw (see) her, she was trying (try) to find a job in Srinagar.
- She burnt (burn) her hand when she was cooking (cook) dinner.
- I saw (see) you in the park yesterday. You were sitting (sit) on the grass and reading a book.
- While Rahim was working (work) in the garden, he hurt (hurt) his back.
- When I was (be) young, I wanted (want) to be a doctor.
- The doorbell rang (ring) while I was having (have) a bath.
Give a brief description of Alice.
Ans. (a) Alice liked good manners. She did not want any personal remarks to be made against anybody. She felt disgusted at the party. When she asked where the wine was, she was told that she had been invited. She was curious and wanted to know things. She did not believe in false stories. She was quick and very sensitive.
Alice has been variously seen as clever, well-mannered, and sceptical of authority, although some commentators find more negative aspects of her personality.
A Mad Tea Party Class 7 Line by Line Explanation
A table was set out under a tree in front of a house, and Alice saw the March Hare and the Hatter having tea at it: a Dormouse was sitting between them, fast asleep, and the other two were using it as a cushion, and talking over its head. “Very uncomfortable for the Dormouse,” thought Alice, “perhaps it’s asleep, I suppose it doesn’t mind.”
Explanation: Alice saw the table for the tea party was set under a tree in front of the house. When Alice approached the table, March Hare and the Hatter were having tea while Dormouse was sitting between the two and they were using it as a cushion. They were talking over its head. Alice thought it may be comfortable for Dormouse or maybe Dormouse was fast asleep so he was not objecting to the behaviour of March Hare and the Hatter.
The table was a large one, but the three were all crowded together at one corner of it. “No room! No room!” they cried out when they saw Alice coming. “There’s plenty of room,” said Alice angrily, and she sat down in a large armchair at one end of the table.
“Have some wine,” the March Hare said in an encouraging tone.
Alice looked all-round the table, there was nothing to be seen on it except tea. “I don’t see any wine,” she remarked.
“There isn’t any,” said the March Hare.
“Then it wasn’t very polite of you to offer it,” said Alice angrily.
“It wasn’t very polite of you to sit down without being invited,” said the March Hare.
Explanation: The March Hare offered Alice some wine but when Alice looked around the table there wasn’t any wine on the table. She asked March Hare if there was no wine to which he replied that there was no wine. Alice told March Hare that it was very impolite of him to offer her wine if there wasn’t any wine. The March Hare replied that it was also impolite of her to sit down on the armchair without being invited to the party.
“I didn’t know it was your table,” said Alice, “it’s laid for more than three.”
“You must cut your hair,” said the Hatter. He looked at Alice for some time with great curiosity, and this was his first remark.
“You must learn not to make personal remarks,” Alice said. “It’s very rude.”
The Hatter opened his eyes very wide on hearing this, but all he said was, “Why is a crow like a writing desk?”
Explanation: Alice replied that she was unaware that the table belonged to them because it was a large table and also has space to accommodate more than three. Hatter suggested Alice cut down her hair. Alice gave him a very curious look at his first remark. Alice warned Hatter of personal remarks and Hatter widened his eyes but didn’t argue and just asked a riddle from Alice “Why is a crow like a writing desk?”
“We shall have some fun now!” thought Alice. “I’m glad they’ve begun asking riddles – I believe I can guess that,” she added aloud.
“Do you think that you can find out the answer to it?” said the March Hare.
“Yes, I think so,” said Alice.
“Then you must say what you mean, “the March Hare went on.
“I do,” Alice replied, “at least I mean what I say. It is the same thing, you know.”
“Not the same thing a bit!” said the Hatter.
“Why, you might just as well say that I see what ‘I eat’ is the same thing as ‘I eat what I see’.”
“You might just as well say,” added the Dormouse, who seemed to be talking in his sleep “that ‘I breathe when I sleep is the same thing as ‘I sleep when I breathe’.’
Explanation: Alice thought that it would be fun because they started asking riddles but that didn’t happen because an argument started between them over the conversation. Alice said that she thinks could find an answer to the riddle. The March Hare replied that she must say what she means. She replied that She mean what she says is the same thing. The Hatter objected to this and an argument started between them.
“It is the same thing with you.” said the Hatter, and here the conversation stopped, and the party sat silent for a minute. Alice, meanwhile, tried to remember all she could about crows and writing desks, but it wasn’t much.
“The Dormouse is asleep again,” said the Hatter, as he poured a little hot tea onto its nose.
The Dormouse shook his head impatiently, and said, without opening his eyes. “Of course, of course, just what I was going to remark myself.”
Explanation: The argument stopped at the point where Hatter said that it may be the same thing for her but not for them. All of them remained silent for a minute. In the meantime, Alice was thinking about the answers to the riddle but couldn’t figure it out. The Hatter said that Dormouse was sleeping again and he poured some hot tea on his nose. The Dormouse shook its head after feeling the heat and replied while in sleep “Of course, of course, just what I was going to remark myself.”
“Have you guessed the riddle yet?” he said, turning to Alice again.
“No, I give it up,” Alice replied. “What’s the answer?”
“I haven’t the slightest idea,” said he.
“Nor I,” said the March Hare.
Alice sighed. “I think you might spend your time better,” she said, “than wasting it in asking riddles that have no answers.”
Explanation: The Hatter asked Alice whether she had guessed the answer to the riddle Alice was unable to answer the riddle. She gave up and asked Hatter for the answer he replied that he hasn’t any idea about the answer. March Hare too didn’t know the answer. Alice sighed heavily and suggested they ask for meaningful rhymes rather than these meaningless rhymes.
“You wouldn’t talk about wasting it. It’s him.”
“I don’t know what you mean,” said Alice.
“Of course, you don’t,” the Hatter said, tossing his head.
“I suggest the young lady tells us a story,” said the March Hare.
“I’m afraid I don’t know one,” said Alice, rather nervously.
“Then the Dormouse shall,” they both said. “Wake up, Dormouse” and they pinched it on both sides at once.
Explanation: The March Hare told Alice that she should not talk about wasting time because it was Hatter. Alice replied that she doesn’t know what does March Hare mean. The Hatter replied that Alice was unaware of this and suggested that she should tell them a story. Alice replied nervously that she doesn’t know any story. After Alice refused the story both March Hare and Hatter asked Dormouse to tell them a story. They made him woke up by pinching on both sides at once.
The Dormouse slowly opened his eyes. “I wasn’t asleep,” he said in a hoarse, feeble voice. “I
heard every word you fellow was saying.”
“Tell us a story,” said the March Hare.
“Yes, please do,” said Alice.
“And be quick about it,” added the Hatter, “or you’ll be asleep again before it’s finished.”
“Once upon a time there were three little sisters,” the Dormouse began in a great hurry, “and their names were Elsie, Lucie, and Tillie; and they lived at the bottom of a well.”
“What did they live on?” said Alice, who always took a great interest in questions about eating and drinking
Explanation: The Dormouse woke up, slowly opened his eyes and said in a low voice that he wasn’t asleep and had heard all the conversation that was going on. March Hare asked him to tell them a story. Alice also showed her interest to listen to a story. Hatter further added and told him to start as quickly as possible otherwise he will fall asleep before completion of the story. The Dormouse started the story in a hurry. There were three sisters with names Elsie, Lucie, and Tillie. They used to live at the bottom of the well. Alice asked about the food they eat there because she was very curious about the questions about eating and drinking.
“They lived on honey,” said the Dormouse, after thinking a minute or two.
“They couldn’t have done that, you know,” Alice gently remarked.
“They’d have been ill.” “So they were,” said the Dormouse, “very ill.” Alice was puzzled; she couldn’t imagine how girls could live at the bottom of a well.
Explanation: The Dormouse thought for some time and replied to her question that the lived-on honey. Alice replied that they shouldn’t have done that because it could have made them ill. Dormouse replied they were very ill. Alice was confused after knowing that girls lived at the bottom of the well. She was not able to believe that the girls lived at the bottom of the well.
“Take some more tea,” the March Hare said to Alice earnestly.
“I’ve had nothing yet,” Alice replied in an offended tone, “so I can’t take more.”
“You mean, you can’t take less,” said the Hatter. “It’s very easy to take more than nothing.”
“Nobody asked your opinion,” said Alice. “Who’s making personal remarks now?” the Hatter asked.
Alice did not quite know what to say to this, so she helped herself to some tea, bread-and-butter, and then turned to the Dormouse, and repeated her question.
Explanation: The March Hare offered Alice to take some more tea. Alice got offended at this but hadn’t had anything yet and said she can take more. Hatter interrupted and said that it means she can’t take less. He said it was easy to take more than nothing. Alice got angry at this and she yelled at Hatter. She took some tea and butter and turned towards the Dormouse and repeated her question.
“Why did they live at the bottom of the well?” The Dormouse again took a minute or two to think about it, and then said, “It was a honey well.”
“There’s no such thing!” Alice was beginning to say very angrily, but the Hatter and the March Hara went “Sh! Sh!” and the Dormouse remarked, “If you can’t be polite, you’d better finish the story for yourself.”
“No, please go on, “Alice said, “I won’t interrupt you again.”
Explanation: Alice asked Dormouse why the three sisters lived at the bottom of the well. Dormouse took some time to think about the answers and then replied that it was honey well. Alice got angry over this and said angrily that there was no such thing as honey well. March Hare and Hatter asked her to remain quiet. Dormouse remarked that if she can’t behave politely, she should complete the story. Alice requested Dormouse to complete the story and agreed not to interrupt Dormouse again.
The Dormouse agreed to go on. “And so these three sisters – they were learning to draw, you know.”
“What did they draw?” said Alice, quite forgetting her promise.
“Honey,” said the Dormouse.
Alice did not wish to offend the Dormouse again, so she began very carefully, “But I don’t understand. Where did they draw the honey from?”
“You can draw water out of a water well,” said the Dormouse, “So I think you could draw
honey out of a honey-well – couldn’t you?”.
“But they were in the well,” Alice said to the Dormouse.
“Of course, they were”, said the Dormouse, “in the well”.
This answer so confused poor Alice that she let the Dormouse go on for some time without interrupting it.
Explanation: The Dormouse agreed to continue the story. The Dormouse further said the three sisters were learning to draw honey from the honey well. Alice did not want to offend the Dormouse so she asked very carefully that she don’t understand where did they draw the honey from. The Dormouse said if she could draw water out from the water well similarly they were drawing honey out of the honey well. Alice replied they were already in the well. To his question, Dormouse answered that yes, they were in the well. Alice got confused because she thought if they were in the well how could they honey out of the well but she remained silent and let the Dormouse continue for some time.
“They were learning to draw,” the Dormouse went on, yawning and rubbing its eyes, for it was getting very sleepy, “and they drew all kinds of things – everything that begins with an M.”
“Why with an M?” said Alice.
“Why not?” said the March Hare.
Alice was silent.
Explanation: The Dormouse said that three sisters were learning to draw honey out of the honey well. The Dormouse was yawning and rubbing its eyes because it was feeling so sleepy and in the sleeping tone, he further said that they drew the things starting with an M. Alice asked why with an M. The March Hare retorted back why not with M. Alice remained silent.
The Dormouse had closed its eyes and was going off to sleep, but the Hatter pinched him and it woke up again with a little cry and went on: “That begins with an M, such as mousetraps, and the moon and memory, and muchness; you know you say things are ‘much of a Muchness’- did you ever see such a thing as a drawing of a muchness?”?
“Now you ask me,” said Alice, very much confused, “I don’t think I have.”
“Then you shouldn’t talk,” said the Hatter.
Explanation: The Dormouse was about to sleep but the Hatter pinched him and the Dormouse woke up again and went on to say that the things that begin with M were mousetraps, moon, memory and much of muchness. Alice said she was confused at the answer because she doesn’t understand how can one draw muchness from the well. The Hatter said if she was confused, she should not talk.
This piece of rudeness was more than Alice could bear. She got up in great disgust and walked off. The Dormouse fell asleep instantly, and neither of the others took any notice of her going. She looked back once or twice, half hoping that they would call after her but they didn’t. The last time she saw them, they were trying to put the Dormouse into the teapot.
Explanation: The behaviour of Hatter was very rude to her and she could not bear it anymore. She got up and left the place in anger and disgust. The Dormouse fell asleep instantly after that and neither Hatter nor March Hare noticed Alice leaving the place. She looked back twice hoping that they would call her back but they haven’t and she left the place. The last time when she saw them, they were trying to put Dormouse into the teapot.