Just before Recess (By James Van Pelt)
About the passage
A. Read to understand
1. Answer the following questions.
1. Why would Mr Earl glance up once in a
while? What did his glare mean?
Ans. Mr. Earl
was glancing up at the third graders to make sure none of them were talking or
passing notes, or looking out of the window. His glare means that child’s name
would soon go up on the board with the other kids who had lost their lunch
privileges for the day.
What did Parker see when he opened his desk
to put in his lunch box?
Ans. When he
opened his desk to put in his lunch box, he saw a cloud swirled in the space
and at its centre was a dull, pulsing red glow.
Why did he make the desk lean away from
leaned the desk away from him so that the pebble he dropped in his desk roll
towards the sun.
Why did Parker snatch his hand back out of
cautiously moved his hand towards the sun. At first he felt only the heat, but
when he got within a few inches, the skin on his palm began to sting, like the flesh
was pulling away. This made him to snatch his hand back out of the desk.
Why did Parker not have the book?
did not have the book because it disappeared into the sun along with
What happened when Mr Earl threw the
Ans. Mr Earl
went down quickly into the desk and disappeared when he threw the desktop open.
B. Read to infer
What made Parker’s desktop warm the bottom
of the desk toasty?
Ans. Sun kept in the desk
made Parker’s desktop warm and the bottom of the desk toasty.
How did the sun inside Parker’s desk get
him into trouble?
Ans. His book had disappeared
into the sun along with everything else. Parker could not explain what had
happened to Mr Earl. So, Mr Earl went to his desk to see where exactly his book
had gone. But when Earl threw the desktop open, he went down quickly into the
From where do you think the sun in the desk
was getting its energy?
Ans. Sun was getting energy
from the gravel, pebbles, twigs and gums Parker was feeding and from the school
supplies kept in his desk.
‘Careful, Mr Earl,’ said Parker. What did
Parker want to warn Mr Earl about?
Ans. Parker wanted to warn Mr
Earl about the sun that was in his desk.
Why do you think Parker would not speak
about what was going on inside his desk?
Ans. Parker would not speak
about what was going on inside his desk because nobody would trust him.
Why did a long silence fill the room? What
do you think were the children’s feeling at that moment in time?
Ans. A long silence filled the room because Mr Earl had
disappeared into the desk. The other student had not moved because they all
Why do you think the sun in Parker’s desk chose to swallow Mr Earl and not
Ans. Parker was feeding the sun and treating him like his friend
so, the sun in Parker’s desk chose Mr Earl to swallow. (Answer will vary)