What Katy Did (An extract from What Katy Did by Susan Coolidge)
About the passage
A. Read to understand
Answer the following questions.
Why didn’t Clover and Cecy mind at being
kept away from Katy’s room?
room was so gloomy and Katy was so annoyed that Clover and Cecy didn’t mind at
being kept away from Katy’s room.
What were the various things that Cousin
Helen noticed when she came for a visit?
Helen noticed that Katy’s face had grown thin, and her eyes had red circles
about them from continual crying. Her hair was looking like frowzy bush because
she had run her fingers impatiently through it. She was in a calico dressing
gown which though clean, was particularly ugly in pattern, and the room, for
all its tidiness, had a dismal look, with the chairs set up against the wall
and a row of medicine-bottles on the chimney piece.
‘Isn’t it horrid?’
Who said this and to whom?
Ans. Katy said
this to Cousin Helen.
was the ‘horrid’ thing mentioned by the speaker?
Ans. Dismal look
of the room with the chairs set up against the wall and a row of
medicine-bottles on the chimney-piece was the ‘horrid’ thing mentioned by the
What were the different things that Katy
wished to do?
Ans. She wanted to study, help people and become famous. She
also wanted to teach the children.
‘That class has ever so many teachers.’
Who said this and to whom?
Helen said this to Katy.
is the ‘class’ being referred to here?
of Hopefulness is being referred here.
What are the different lessons to be learnt
in the ‘School of Pain’?
lessons to be learnt in the ‘School of Pain’ are lesson of Patience, lesson of
Cheerfulness, lesson of Making the Best of Things, lesson of Hopefulness, and
lesson of neatness
B. Read to infer
Was Cousin Helen a healthy person? Justify
Ans. No, Cousin Helen was not
a healthy person because Katy’s father brought Cousin Helen in his arms and sat
her in a big chair beside the bed.
Why did Cousin Helen believe that Katy’s
current situation was suited to make an impact on the lives of those around
Helen believed that Katy’s current situation was suited to make an impact on
the lives of those around her because when one’s own life is laid aside for a
while, as hers is now, that is the very time to take up other people’s lives,
as we can’t do when we are scurrying and bustling over our own affairs.
Why do you think Katy listened to Cousin
Helen but none of the others?
Ans. Cousin Helen was also
living in same condition but she never complained about her life. She made
herself strong and learnt to appreciate the little things in her life. Hence, Katy
listened to Cousin Helen’s every piece of advice but none of the others.
Katy had many ambitions and she talks of
them remaining unfulfilled because she had become invalid for the time being.
Do you know of anyone who has achieved their ambitions despite being an invalid
for life? Talk about them in class.
Ans. Yes, Stephen Hawking is
one such example.
Stephen Hawking is a British theoretical physicist, cosmologist,
and author. He achieved his
success while having ALS (a group of rare neurological diseases that mainly
involve the nerve cells i.e. neurons responsible for controlling voluntary
muscle movement), also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, a condition that has left
him almost entirely paralyzed.
The title of this passage is the same as
the title of the book from which it has been taken. Discuss with your partner
and come up with another suitable title for the passage.
Ans. Title - 'While there's life, there